Festival Calendar

IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Frederiksplein 52
1017 XN Amsterdam
phone +31-20-6 27 33 29
fax +31-20-6 38 53 88
http://www.idfa.nl
email: info@idfa.nl

Director
Ms. Ally Derks

Contact for German Entries
Mr Raul Niño Zambrano
raul@idfa.nl



raul@idfa.nl

Year of Foundation 1988

Event Date from 18 November 2020 till 29 November 2020

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

International Competition

Sections Competition Sections

Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, First Appearance, Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Competition for Short Documentary, Competition for Student Documentary, DocLab Competition & IDFA DocLab New Media Program, Competition for Kids & Docs, Competition for Dutch Documentary

Non-competitive Sections
Best of Fests, Masters, Frontlight, Luminous, Paradocs, IDFA on Stage.

Terms of Entry Requirements competitions:
- Competition for Feature-Length Documentary*
For films up to 70 minutes.
- Competition for Mid-Length Documentary*
For films between 40 and 70 minutes.
- Competition for Short Documentary
For films up to 40 minutes.
Only European, international or world premieres are accepted.
- Competition for Student Documentary
Open to documentary graduation projects of a film school/university.
Open to documentaries of any length.
Screening or broadcasting in the Netherlands prior to the festival will not exclude the film, but priority will be given to premieres.
- Competition for First Appearance*
For films up to 70 minutes.
First feature-length films made after film school are eligible for the Competition for First Appearance.
- Competition for Kids & Docs
Open to films made for children up to 13 years of age.
Screening or TV broadcast in the Netherlands prior to the festival makes the submission ineligible. Priority is given to European premieres.
- DocLab Competition & DocLab New Media Program
Program for new media and transmedia documentaries
- Best of Fests, Masters, Frontlight, Luminous
Open to films of any length, no screening or TV broadcast in the Netherlands prior to the festival. Films that are available online or have been released via streaming, home video or any other public platform are not eligible.
- Paradocs
Program for experimental documentaries and documentary experiments.
Open to films of any length, as well as video installations and other media, may have been presented or broadcast in the Netherlands prior to the festival, priority is given to premieres
- IDFA On Stage: Open to projects that combine documentary film elements with music, theatre, dance, new media, etc. (e.g. Live Cinema projects, Experiential Cinema projects, Immersive Theater).
- Competition for Dutch Documentary
Open to Dutch productions longer than 40 minutes. Only world premieres can be accpeted.

*Only European, international or world premieres are accepted. IDFA allows a maximum of two festival/market screenings prior to IDFA. Market screenings within Europe require authorization from the Festival. National theatrical release or television broadcast is permitted. Films that have been broadcast or streamed on the Internet, or released internationally via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, video on demand, etc.) are not eligible.

Subtitles English subtitles recommended

Format DCP 2K, DCP 4K

Registration Deadline May 1, 2019 for documentaries completed between August 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
August 1, 2019 for documentaries completed after April 2019.

Fees €50 (excl. VAT)

Attendance Figures 280,000

Participants of the Film Industry around 3,000 guests from more than 50 countries

Prizes/Awards The IDFA award structure is being further developed in 2019.

German Films

2019

IDFA Competition for First Appearance
A TUNNEL by Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili (GE/DE, Ventana Film)

IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
SAUDADE by Denize Galiao (University of Television and Film Munich)
SUMMERWAR by Moritz Schulz (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs 
DEAR DARKNESS by Samuel N. Schwarz (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
5ELEKTRA by Metahaven (NL/DE, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Planetarium Hamburg)
THE HAPPIEST THOUGHT by Agnieszka Polska (DE/PL, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Planetarium Hamburg)

IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
A SYMPHONY OF NOISE VR by Michaela Pnaceková (DE/UK, Kloos & Co. Medien / OST, Reeperbahn Festival, VRHAM!)

Frontlight
THE FORUM by Marcus Vetter (DE/CH, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Filmperspektive)
THIS IS NOT A MOVIE by Yung Chang (CA/DE, Sutor Kolonko)

Luminous 
BECOMING BLACK by Ines Johnson-Spain (Kobalt Documentary)
WATERPROOF by Daniela König (Kloos & Co Medien, Kloos & Co OST)

Best of Fests
AGAIN (NOCH EINMAL) by Mario Pfeifer (blackboardfilms, Papermoon Films, Mario Pfeifer Studio)
BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree (DE/AT, Tondowski Films)
THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad (DK/DE, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
HI, A.I. by Isa Willinger (Kloos & Co. Medien)
NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michael K. Zongo (BF/DE, Film Five)
SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal (Corso Film)
TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari (FR/SD/DE/TD/QA, Made in Germany Filmproduktion)

Masters
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME (HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT) by Thomas Heise (DE/AT, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
SING ME A SONG by Thomas Balmès (FR/DE, zero one film)
THE WINTER JOURNEY by Anders Østergaard (DK/DE, zero one film)

Paradocs
UMBRA by Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell (RosenPictures Filmproduktion, Academy of Media Arts Cologne)

Focus: It Still Hurts
BLACK BOX BRD by Andres Veiel (zero one film)
BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree (DE/AT, Tondowski Films)
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME (HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT) by Thomas Heise (DE/AT, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
LIBERATORS TAKE LIBERTIES by Helke Sanders (Bremer Institut Film Fernsehen, Helke Sander Filmproduktion, Journal-Film Klaus Volkenborn)
MENGELE’S SKULL by Eyal Weizman, Thomas Keenan
WARHEADS by Romuald Karmakar (DE/FR, Max Film Wolfgang Pfeiffer Filmproduktion)
WRONG ELEMENTS by Jonathan Littell (FR/DE/BE, zero one film)

Focus: Re-releasing History
OUT OF THE PRESENT by Andreï Ujica (DE/RU/FR/BE , Bremer Institut Film Fernsehen, Harun Farocki Filmproduktion)

Spotlight: Sudan
TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari (FR/SD/DE/TD/QA, Made in Germany Filmproduktion)

Retrospective
NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT by Patricio Guzmán (FR/DE/CL, Blinker Filmproduktion)

IDFA School Program
CROWLEY – COWBOY UP by André Hörmann (Telekult Film- und Medienproduktion)
199 LITTLE HEROES: MIRAL FROM PALESTINE by Sigrid Klausmann (Gemini Film & Library)

DocLab Domesticating Reality
ELEKTRA by Metahaven (NL/DE, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Planetarium Hamburg)
THE HAPPIEST THOUGHT by Agnieszka Polska (DE/PL, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Planetarium Hamburg)
NON-FACE by Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez (Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Planetarium Hamburg)
A SYMPHONY OF NOISE VR by Michaela Pnaceková (DE/UK, Kloos & Co. Medien / OST, Reeperbahn Festival, VRHAM!)

DocLab Spotlight
NON-FACE by Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez (Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Planetarium Hamburg)

IDFA On Stage
AGAIN – LIVE by Mario Pfeifer (blackboardfilms, KOW)
OUT OF THE PRESENT by Andreï Ujica (DE/RU/FR/BE , Bremer Institut Film Fernsehen, Harun Farocki Filmproduktion)






Number of Films Shown over 300 films

Media Coverage approxim. 265 international and national journalists from all kinds of media

Evaluation Alongside Hot Docs (the most important doc film festival for North America), IDFA is considered the most important documentary festival worldwide and in terms of visitors IDFA is the largest festival in the world. Like Rotterdam, it is a huge event for a general audience as well as for representatives of the film industry. The festival is highly appreciated for its program selection as well as for the opportunity to enhance personal contacts among documentary filmmakers and producers. The selective project market "Forum" is an internationally known opportunity to pitch projects and to find coproduction partners on an international level. It is attended by high-ranking commissioning editors from across the world. Docs for Sale, the documentary market for buyers and sellers, takes place during IDFA and also attracts a large group of international documentary professionals.

Services All postal/shipping expenses to the festival are to be paid by the entrants, IDFA will pay for the return. All other expenses incurred, such as insurance etc. lie in the responsibility of the participants.

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