This year marks the 35th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, with a trend-setting program of films, talks, performances, and interactive and immersive projects throughout the town. For professionals, markets and talks program will return in full swing, with plenty of goodies to be announced in the lead-up to the festival.
• Festival dates: November 9–20
• Film submissions open: March 10
• First deadline for film submissions: May 5
• Final deadline for film submissions: July 14
• Accreditation opens: July 1
• Accreditation deadline: October 1
IDFA’s markets open for SUBMISSION:
Project teams can submit their entries for IDFA Forum—including the Producers Connection, Forum Pitches, and Rough Cut Presentations—as well as for IDFA DocLab Forum and Docs for Sale.
DOCS FOR SALE
The upcoming edition of Docs for Sale takes place Friday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
Docs for Sale facilitates the sales and distribution of high-end documentary films, providing one-on-one meetings, bespoke services, and strategic know-how for IDFA-selected films as well as other outstanding titles on today's market. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets and distribution incubators for documentary cinema, welcoming artistic documentary films from all over the world.
The market is open to films that target cinema, television, and online audiences, facilitating one-on-one meetings between film teams and buyers, festival programmers, sales agents, and distributors, in addition to offering bespoke services for films looking to maximize their launch and exposure at IDFA. Now housed under the same roof as IDFA Forum, in Amsterdam's Felix Meritis, Docs for Sale has become the integral final stop for films looking for distribution.
IDFA FORUM takes place from Saturday, November 12 to Wednesday, November 16.
• Submission open: June 13
• Submission deadline: August 1, 23:59 CEST
• Accreditation opens: July 1
• Observer accreditation deadline: October 1
• Producers Connection presentations: Saturday, November 12
• Producers Connection meetings: Sunday, November 13 to Tuesday, November 15
• Rough Cut Presentations: Sunday, November 13
• Forum Pitch presentations: Sunday, November 13 to Tuesday, November 15
• IDFA DocLab Forum presentations: Monday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 15
• IDFA Forum & IDFA DocLab Forum meetings: Monday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 16
IDFA DocLab Forum takes place November 14-16, 2022.
• Project submissions open: June 13
• Project submissions deadline: August 1
• Presentations & Pitches: November 14-15 (mornings)
• One-on-one meetings: November 14-16
IDFA PROGRAM SECTIONS
are a testament to the evolving world of documentary film. From emerging art forms to established cinematic traditions, our slate of competitions and non-competitive sections offer something for every filmmaker and film lover.
- International Competition
The best of the art. Singular films that are artistically confident, well-rounded, and universally relevant. An international jury of five jurors will award the best film as well as other films that champion the craft and innovation of filmmaking.
- Envision Competition
With stylistic integrity and courage, these films traverse our current reality, offering visions of a documentary art form that can, might, and will be. An international jury of five jurors will award the best film as well as other films that champion the craft and innovation of filmmaking.
- IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
A testament to the power of exceptional non-fiction storytelling across media and technologies, the selected works for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction reveal the full spectrum of immersive art. An international jury of three jurors will award the best project in addition to handing out a special jury award.
- IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
The selected projects in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling illustrate all the different ways to create stories in new ways to innovate and re-imagine the potential of interactive storytelling, often moving between the digital and the physical. An international jury of three jurors will award the best project in addition to handing out a special jury award.
- IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
The IDFA Competition for Short Documentary has titles that showcase a healthy boom for the short film form. A mosaic of styles and themes defines this selection, exploring everything a short documentary can be. An international jury of three jurors will award the best film.
- IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary
The IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary (formerly the IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs) presents a world-class offering of documentary films for audiences aged eight to thirteen. An international jury of three jurors will award the best film.
The premiere-only section’s lineup includes a wide range of styles and formalist approaches, from observational to personal to experimental.
The premiere-only section take an artistic approach to exploring the urgent issues of our time.
- IDFA on Stage
The IDFA on Stage selection presents a boundary-breaking program of live cinema events—bridging film, new media, and the performing arts.
- IDFA DocLab Spotlight
Documentary art across disciplines, presenting emerging media works and research projects by masters and new talents.
Pushing the limits of the documentary form. A showcase of the year’s best experimental documentary art.
The latest films by today’s auteurs of documentary cinema, whose renowned names and careers never disappoint.
- Best of Fests
Prize-winners, public favorites, and high-profile titles from the international festival circuit.
- Top 10
Ten films selected by IDFA’s Guest of Honor, from influential masterpieces to hidden documentary gems.
- Focus Programs
A selection of new and canonical films curated around a thematic point of focus.