The 31st edition of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November 14-25, offers an independent and inspiring meeting place for audiences and professionals to see a diverse and high-quality program.

In addition to the festival, IDFA has developed several professional activities, contributing to the development of filmmakers and their films at all stages. At co-financing and co-production market IDFA Forum filmmakers and producers pitch their plans to financiers; at Docs for Sale new documentaries are on offer to programmers and distributors. The 2018 Docs for Sale catalogue will be online Monday, November 5; the IDFA Bertha Fund supports filmmakers and documentary projects in developing countries; and the IDFAcademy offers a international training programs for up-and-coming doc talents. 


UpDate November 21, 2018
Congratulations to the directors of german documentaries – Aboozar Amini, Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff as well as Mahdi Fleifel. 

Aboozar Amini won the IDFA Special Jury Award for First Appearance, in memory of Peter Wintonick (€ 2.500) for Kabul, City in the Wind (Netherlands, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany).

IDFA Competition for Short Documentary: I Signed the Petition (United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland) by Mahdi Fleifel won the IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary (€ 5.000).

In addition, the jury presented the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary (€ 2.500) to Los Reyes (Chile, Germany) by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff. In this almost fairy-tale-like film, the phenomenal, dreamlike camerawork centers almost entirely on the subtle interaction between two dogs, as they play with a ball, a stick, a stone, and each other.
...and all the other winners are >>>

LIVE  at IDFA 2018 | Doc Talk: Karim Aïnouz on “Central Airport THF”





Meet the German filmmakers, producers and commissioning editors with drinks and finger food on Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at  ESCAPE Caffé & Lounge, upstairs in the Lounge in Rembrandtplein 15, 1017 CT Amsterdam.


This year's Feature-Length competition includes 12 titles by established filmmakers, and is characterized by a diversity of styles and forms.  The First Appearance competition showcases emerging filmmakers who pour everything into their debut film. In the Dutch competition, award-winning filmmakers criss-cross with promising new talent. The IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling showcases 10 of the best interactive stories and unexpected artistic applications, while makers in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction defy the definitions of documentary with wide-ranging sensory experiences and experimental technology. Beyond the competitions, IDFA DocLab Spotlight presents documentary art from across many disciplines, embracing surprising new talent and exceptional research projects. Meanwhile, our new focus program Serialized explores the omnipresent serial format, and the place it occupies within documentary film art. 10 films are nominated for the Amsterdam Human Rights Award this year, to be presented November 20th by the city of Amsterdam. Read all the details here.



LineUp of the German documentary productions and co-productions:


IDFA's feature-length competition contains titles from established filmmakers


IDFA Competition for First Appearance


IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling with interactive stories and unexpected artistic applications

  • EARN A LIVING by Yuval Orr, 90min, France/Germany/The Netherlands/US, interactive, P: Upian


IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction


DocLab Humanoid Cookbook

  • EARN A LIVING by Yuval Orr, 90min, France/Germany/The Netherlands/US, interactive, P: Upian
  • EYE OF THE DREAM by David O’Reilly Japan, Germany (JP/DE)
  • LEAKED RECIPES by Gabriela Ivens, Germany, Performance


 IDFA Competition for Short Documentary


 IDFA Competition for Student Documentary An international jury will evaluate the films and select the winners of the ARRI IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary and the IDFA Special Jury Award for Student Documentary. 


IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs


Frontlight  honors the political activists and whistle-blowers of our time. 


Luminous is offering up the gravity of personal experience as a window into contemporary society. These documentaries are character-, story- or author-driven, and make the universal tangible through the individual.

  • LOST REACTOR by Alexandra Westmeier, 77min, Germany, P: LINGER ON Filmproduction?
  • UNDERDOWN by Sarah Kaskas, 72min, Lebanon/Qatar/Germany, P: Karaaj Films, pong film, Lichtung


Best of Fests:  Striking documentary films from the international festival circuit are central to Best of Fests. The program showcases prize-winners, public favorites, and high-profile titles from the past year.

  • #FEMALE PLEASURE by Barbara Miller, 97min, Switzerland/Germany, P: Mons Veneris Films GmbH, Das Kollektiv fur audiovisuelle Werke GmbH, co-P: Indi Film GmbH
  • CHRIS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel, 90min, Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland,  P: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Nukleus Film, IV Films, Filmproduktion
  • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady, 94min, Germany/United Kingdom/Australia, IDFA history, P: Chromosom Film, World Sales: auTLOOK Filmsales
  • IT’S ALL GOOD by Tuki Jencquel, 70min, Venezuela/Germany P: Orinokia Filmproduktion, Hekura Films
  • THE RAFT / DAS FLOSS) by Marcus Lindeen, 97min, Sweden/Denmark/Germany/United States, P: Motto Pictures, Fasad, Bulitt Film, Sutor Kolonke
  • THEATRE OF WAR by Lola Arias, 81min, Argentina/Spain/Germany,  P: Gema Films, BWP, Sake Argentina, Sutor Kolonko)
  • TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie, 125min, (Romania/Germany/Czech Republic/Bulgaria/France, P: Les Films de l'Etranger, Manekino Film, Rohfilm Productions)


Masters  includes the latest films by auteurs whose work IDFA closely follows, and who have an unmistakable cinematographic signature.

  • AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky, 90min, UK/Germany/Denmark, P: Aconite Productions, Filmproduktion GmbH, Danish Documentary
  • CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Ainouz, 97min,  Germany/France/Brazil, P: Lupa Film, Les Films d'Ici, Diane Maia
  • SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN /AUF DER SUCHE NACH INGMAR BERGMAN  by Margarethe von Trotta, Germany/France, P: C-Films
  • THE TRIAL by Maria Ramos, 140min, Brazil/The Netherlands/Germany, P: Nofoco Filmes, Conijn Film, Autentika Films
  • VICTORY DAY by Sergei Loznitsa, 94min, Germany, P: Imperativ Film, Taura Ltd.


Paradocs moves between film and art.

  • BACKYARD by Khaled Abdulwahed, 26min, Germany, P: pong film GmbH
  • EXTINCTION by Salomé Lamas, 86min,  Portugal/Germany, P: O Som e a Fúria & Lamas for Lamaland, co-P: Mengamuk Films, Bikini, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Walla Collective

IDFA School Program

  • OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus, 74min, Poland/Germany/Finnland, P: Telemark, co-P: Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Marianna Films
  • WATANI MY HOMELAND by Marcel Mettelsiefen, 76min, Germany/UK, P: Marcel Mettelsiefen Films


and  ME & IDFA history  with
        •  NEWS FROM HOME by Chantal Akerman, 90min, ©1977, France/Belgium/Germany



IDFA Forum 2018 - the international documentary co-financing and co-production market takes place November 18-21. The Rough Cut Screenings take place on November 18 and will be followed by three days of pitches and meetings. Project selection of German productions & co-productions:





...and representative Bernhard Simekoffers German producers collective submission. Cklick here for more information IDFA 2019.