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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

About IDFA

In 34 years of existence, IDFA has become the most significant international documentary festival in the world. The popularity of the genre has also grown exponentially during the past ten years. Documentaries are increasingly screening at the major festivals, as well as being produced and programmed by commercial platforms. The documentary genre is flourishing. IDFA gladly benefits from this, but we also pay close attention to the growing popularity of the genre, organizing panel discussions and think tanks about storytelling and distribution on these platforms.

Since IDFA began, there has been constant growth, with a record number of more than 290,000 visits and more than 3,000 professional guests in 2019. For this audience, IDFA selects approximately 300 documentary films from the Netherlands and abroad each year, of which approximately 200 premiere during the festival.

The festival has a very strong media platform, with partners such as de Volkskrant newspaper, the NPO (Dutch public broadcaster), broadcasters VPRO and VICE, and news magazine De Groene Amsterdammer, in addition to benefitting from unparalleled media attention every year.