IDFA, aka Iternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – An Overview

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IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, was founded in 1983, and is unique for its international documentaries-only film program featuring a wide variety of documentary genres with political and socially conscious themes. The festival presents many European and world premieres each year, and is a major annual gathering place where filmmakers, producers, distributors and students to meet and network.

IDFA-logo-2014-light-outlineFestival Development

IDFA began as a small festival located in one area of Amsterdam, but under the enterprising guidance of Festival Director Ally Derks, has had to expand to venues across the city in order to house screenings of the more than 250 films shown during the eleven day schedule and to accommodate the more than 120 participants who attend each year. IDFA’s center of operation is now along Roken, near Amsterdam’s Central Station, but the festival has venues throughout the city, including include de Balie, Pathé City Theater, Filmmuseum Cinerama, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Paradiso, the Ketelhuis, the Hotel American, Tuschinski Cinema, Pathé De Munt multiplex, Theatercompagnie and Arti et Amicitiae.

IDFA is the documentary realm’s pre-eminent cutting edge film festival, acclaimed for presenting trend-setting ‘creative documentaries,’ with ‘creative’ roughly defined as expressing the filmmaker’s point of view in a creative and cinematic manner– one which may challenge or push the envelope on established forms in documentary filmmaking.

At IDFA, the film selection takes place on the basis of clear criteria. IDFA searches for documentaries that are cinematically intriguing or innovative, are relevant or highly topical to society at large, and stimulate the viewer to reflect, discuss and ask questions. IDFA also strives to present an international program that is diverse, topical and politically committed.

International Documentary Institute

IDFA also runs special programs intended to boost development of nonfiction film projects and improve the international climate for creative documentary filmmaking:

  • The Jan Vrijman Fund – Offers support to documentary filmmakers, projects and festivals in developing countries
  • The FORUM – Europe’s biggest co-financing market for international documentary productions
  • Docs for Sale – An international documentary market where buyers, sales agents and distributors can see a selection from the best creative documentaries of the past year.

Basic Information

Official Name: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Address: Frederiksplein 52, 1017 XN, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 6273329
Fax: + 31 20 638 53 88
IDFA Website

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