During the festival, IDFA offers an intensive four-day training program for emerging documentary filmmakers and producers: IDFAcademy (November 19-22, 2015).
IDFAcademy gives filmmakers the opportunity to meet a broad spectrum of highly esteemed documentary professionals who are willing to share their knowledge of the industry. During the training, the participants gain up-to-date market knowledge of the documentary industry and become street-smart about the current trends in documentary filmmaking. Trends and models in various parts of the world are dealt with to ensure that participants develop a broad view of the sector.
Participants apply with a film that they want to distribute on the world stage, or a project that they would like to produce and/or finance internationally, and eventually distribute. This ensures that participants are constantly applying the general knowledge and advice to their own film or project during the four days.
Profile of Participants
Documentary filmmakers and producers who have made a maximum of two documentaries, preferably between 20 and 90 minutes in length. These documentaries provide evidence of their talent. A course of study in film is a plus, but not a requirement.
Up until now, the filmmakers have operated primarily on the national level, where their films have been financed and screened. They now wish to broaden their careers by operating internationally. A few of the participants have films that are screening at IDFA. For most of them, IDFA is the first major international documentary film festival that they attend.
IDFAcademy is principally open to emerging filmmakers and producers from Europe (nationality). Please check the list of eligible European countries. Not from Europe? This year IDFAcademy will also be able to include a limited number of non-European filmmakers and producers.
IDFAcademy applications are processed through the regular IDFA accreditation form, which is available through MyIDFA. Please visit the IDFA website for more information about accreditation and attending IDFAcademy .
IDFAcademy 2015 is open to a maximum of 80 participants. The deadline for application is October 1. The selection is made before the end of October.
The IDFAcademy activities during the IDFA 2015 are kindly supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme.