Collaborations that inspire
At IDFA, we believe in the power of inspiring collaborations. Without our partners, sponsors, funds and (special) Friends, we wouldn’t have come this far in the last 32 years. We’re proud to keep working together with partners that share our values and contribute to the festival substantively and sustainably. Like every year, several new partners entered into a partnership with IDFA in 2019, raising their profiles as creative and committed social organizations. Additionally, many loyal partners continued their support. Premium Partner BankGiro Loterij supported all audience activities of the festival, with a special focus on The Best of IDFA on Tour and the IDFA Hits in Carré. VIP-Card holders of the BankGiro Loterij enjoyed free entrance to the festival.
More special screenings
During the festival, Dutch broadcaster and loyal IDFA partner VPRO organized two day-long programs and two special screenings. The VPRO IDFA Audience award, IDFA’s coveted public prize, went to For Sama, one of the year’s most striking and high-profile documentaries. Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant organized the well-attended de Volkskrant Day and Volkskrant Magazine Day. Private bank InsingerGilissen presented a documentary weekend exclusively for their clientele. Oxfam Novib adopted three screenings with special Doc Talks in Tuschinski 1. Dutch weekly news magazine De Groene Amsterdammer presented their yearly curated full day program. VICE presented a selection of five short films at the VICE Night; and broadcaster NTR chose our best art documentaries for the NTR Avond van de Wolf.
Friends of IDFA
IDFA is supported by private donors that help us in our mission to spread the best creative documentaries that deepen, reveal, inspire, and bring people closer together. In 2019, IDFA was generously supported by 3,300 Friends, 112 Special Friends(+), and several patrons. Donations of our Friends were allocated to support new talent through the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance and the IDFAcademy Summer School.
Subsidy providers and funds
IDFA receives structural subsidies from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands and from the City of Amsterdam. In addition, we are grateful for newfound support of the JustFilm/Ford Foundation, allowing us to strengthen the organization. Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Ammodo, Creative Europe Media, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Democracy & Media Foundation continue to support our audience program. All activities aimed at young talents are supported by Dioraphte, VEVAM, Creative Europe Media and the NPO Fund. This year's DocLab activities are funded with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, CLICKNL, Mondriaan Fund and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands.
New this year
This year, NPO 2 adopted the 2Doc IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary. Beeld en Geluid supported a new competition segment, the IDFA Competition for Creative Use of Archive, with the accompanying Beeld en Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award. As of 2019, Ammodo proudly became a main partner and is still connected to our competition program. Furthermore, IDFA started a new partnership with the European Cultural Foundation. ASN Bank adopted a screening with special Doc Talk. Videoland launched Videoland Academy in close collaboration with IDFA, The Netherlands Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Netherlands Film Fund. Finally, the co-working environment Spaces became a partner, making several of their offices and meeting rooms available to IDFA. An IDFA film was screened especially for Spaces members.
IDFA’s business club
Club IDFA members enjoy exclusive privileges during the festival, as well as inspiring network meetings and special screenings with world class documentaries and talks throughout the year. In 2019, eighteen organizations were affiliated with Club IDFA. Throughout the year Club IDFA members have the possibility to use excerpts from IDFA documentaries for internal or external meetings and gatherings focused on themes including female leadership, digitization, inclusiveness, and sustainability—using film as the catalyst to get conversations going within an organization.