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
email: info@idfa.nl

Ms. Ally Derks

Contact for German Entries
Mr Raul Niño Zambrano


Year of Foundation 1988

Event Date from 14 November 2018 till 24 November 2018

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

International Competition

Sections Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Competition for Mid-Length Documentary (40-70 minutes), Competition for Short Documentary (shorter than 40 minutes), Competition for First Appearance (1st and 2nd time directors), Competition for Student Documentary (documentary graduation projects of a film school/university), Competition for Dutch Documentary, DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, Competition for Kids & Docs (films or videos that capture the experiences of young people up to 13 years of age), Music Documentary, Best of Fests, Masters, Panorama, ParaDocs (experimental documentaries)

Terms of Entry Documentaries of any length that were completed after 1 August 2016 are eligible for IDFA 2017. Please note that there are two different deadlines.
Requirements competitions:
- Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
Restricted to films longer than 70 minutes.
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.
- Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
Restricted to films between 40 and 70 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 AppearanceFor films longer than 70 minutes.
Open to first-time or second-time directors of a feature-length film (IDFA not only counts previously directed documentaries, but also fiction, animation and experimental films).
Only European, international or world premieres are accepted.
- Competition for Kids & Docs
Open to films made for children up to 13 years of age.
Open to films of any length, films may have been screened or broadcast in the Netherlands prior to the festival, priority is given to premieres
- DocLab Competition & DocLab New Media Program
Program for new media and transmedia documentaries
- Best of Fests, Masters, Panorama
Open to films of any length, no screening or broadcast in the Netherlands prior to the festival, short films may have had any number of public theatrical exhibitions, been released on DVD, and may have been broadcast on television or the internet and still retain eligibility, priority is given to international and European premieres
- 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
- Music Documentary: Non-competitive section containing films about music - in the broadest sense of the word. International productions of any length. No broadcast in the Netherlands prior to the festival. Priority to European, international and world premieres.
- Competition for Dutch Documentary
Open to Dutch productions longer than 40 minutes.
- Competition for Short Documentary
For films shorter than 40 minutes.

Subtitles English subtitles recommended

Format DCP 2K, DCP 4K

Registration Deadline May 1, 2018 for documentaries completed between August 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.
August 1, 2018 for documentaries completed after April 2018.

Fees 25 EUR

Attendance Figures 280,000

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

Prizes/Awards VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (€12.500), IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary (€2.500), IDFA Award for First Appearance (€7.500), Special Jury Award for First Appearance, in remembrance of Peter Wintonick (€2.500), DFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary (€10.000), IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary (€2.500), IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling (€5.000), IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award (€2.500), Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary (€7.500), IDFA Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary (€2.500), IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary (€5.000), IDFA Special Jury Award for Student Documentary (€2.500), DFA Award for Best Children's Documentary (€2.500), IDFA Audience Award (€5.000).

German Films


IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
AMAL by Mohamed Siam (EG/LB/DE/FR/NO/DK/QA, Sara Bökemeyer Produktion)
OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki (DE/SY, Basis Berlin, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion)
OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus (PL/DE/FI, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion)
A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (HU/DE, Corso Film- und Fernsehproduktion)

IDFA Competition for First Appearance
YVES’ PROMISE by Melanie Gärtner (Stoked Film, m-eilenweit film)

IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
BLACK STONES by Usama Ghanoum (SY/EG/DE)

IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
THE CELEBRATION (DAS FEST) by Alexandra Wesolowski (Dreifilm, HFF Munich)
FIND FIX FINISH by Mila Zhluktenko, Sylvain Cruiziat (University for Television and Film Munich)

Best of Fests
DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS by Joakim Demmer (SE/FI/DE, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF by Rupert Russell (Bulldog Agenda)
MUHI – GENERALLY TEMPORARY by Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman (IL/DE, Jürgen Kleinig - Neue Celluloid Fabrik)   
THE POETESS by Stefanie Brockhaus & Andreas Wolff (Brockhaus/Wolff, HFF Munich)
THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK (DER PRINZ UND DER DYBBUK) by Elwira Niewiera & Piotr Rosołowski (PL/DE, Kundschafter Filmproduktion, zero one Filmproduktion)
TASTE OF CEMENT by Ziad Kalthoum (DE/LB/SY/AE, BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion GmbH)

BEUYS by Andres Veiel (zero one film, Terz Filmproduktion)
RISK by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films Berlin)
UNTITLED by Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi (AT/DE, Razor Film)

MR. GAY SYRIA by Ayse Toprak (FR/DE/TR, Coin Film)
WATANI MY HOMELAND by Marcel Mettelsiefen (Marcel Mettelsiefen Films)

Music Documentary
BUNCH OF KUNST by Christine Franz (TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion)
QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION by Yony Leyser (Desire Productions)
WHEN GOD SLEEPS (WHEN GOD SLEEPS) by Till Schauder (US/DE, Till Schauder Filmproduktion)


Jonathan Harris TOP 10
INTO GREAT SILENCE (DIE GROSSE STILLE) by Philip Gröning (Philip Gröning Filmproduktion)

Camera in Focus
ATMAN by Pirjo Honkasalo (DE/FI)
TOKYO-GA by Wim Wenders (DE/US, Wim Wenders Produktion, restoration: Wim Wenders Stiftung)

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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