IDFA year round

More than a festival

Alongside the festival in November, documentary lovers can also enjoy IDFA all year round.


The best of IDFA on tour


From January through to April, audiences can see a selection of award-winning films from the last edition of IDFA in 43 cinemas throughout the Netherlands. In 2018, these included Amal (the opening film of the 2017 festival) and The Other Side of Everything, which won the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary in 2017.


IDFA Specials


Each year IDFA presents tasters of the upcoming festival program, called IDFA Specials, in Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam. In May 2018, we screened Hale County This Morning, This Evening followed by a discussion with director RaMell Ross and IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia. In September, we presented the premiere of Vitaly Mansky’s Putin’s Witnesses, with an introduction and post-screening discussion with author, journalist, and Russia correspondent Pieter Waterdrinker and the director, who spoke about his film via live stream.

IDFA x partners


IDFA is now increasingly reaching a young, culturally diverse audience. This is achieved partly by organizing monthly events with partners such as Amsterdam’s Melkweg, Tolhuistuin, and Kriterion venues, as well as working actively with other festivals such as Black Achievement Month and Da Bounce Urban Film Festival, where a selection of IDFA documentaries screened in 2018. Additionally, IDFA by Night is held each summer in Amsterdam cultural center Pakhuis de Zwijger, where IDFA documentaries are screened every evening throughout a two-week period.


IDFA online


Finally, there is also IDFA’s online collection. In 2018, no fewer than 763 documentaries were available for viewing on our website; some for free and some for a small fee. We regularly ask a guest curator to put together a selection of documentaries from the IDFA collection. DJ Eddy de Clerq, for instance, compiled a set of films within the context of Amsterdam Dance Event. We also link a number of film selections to current affairs, such as Human Rights Day. Furthermore, we make IDFA films available on other platforms, such as Dutch streaming service Cinetree and the international GuideDoc.