Call for Applications: IDFA 2020 Festival


Deadline: 1 may 2020


We are now accepting submissions for IDFA 2020! Send us your films, performances, and interactive/immersive projects to be considered for the 33rd edition of IDFA, taking place November 18th to 29th, 2020.

About IDFA

IDFA selects approximately 300 titles every year in 10 competitions, a wide range of non-competitive program sections, and an expansive new media program with works showcased in a physical exhibition or as experimental live performances. With locations across Amsterdam, the festival welcomes some 295,000 visitors, including 3,300 industry professionals and 40,000 school children, making it the world’s largest and most influential documentary film and new media festival.

As we enter our 33rd year, we look forward to receiving your documentary films and non-fiction art.

Submission deadlines

Our submission deadlines are:

  • May 1st, 2020 – for all films completed between August 1st, 2019 and April 30th, 2020.
  • July 1st, 2020 – for all performances and interactive/immersive new media projects.
  • August 1st, 2020 – for all films completed after April 30th, 2020.

We encourage you to submit your work as soon as it is completed.

What's new this year?

  • The IDFA Competition for Student Documentary will now only accept world, international, and European premieres.
  • July 1st is the new submission deadline for performances and interactive/immersive new media projects. These projects will be considered for IDFA DocLab, IDFA on Stage, and other program sections that explore different ways of showcasing documentary art.
  • If you are submitting a project for IDFA on Stage, please fill out the entry form for performances and new media projects, not the film entry form.

Please note that performances and interactive/immersive new media projects have a submission deadline of July 1st, 2020. Read more about how to submit these projects here.

We encourage you to submit your work as soon as it is completed.

How to submit your film

Go to MyIDFA (in the section ‘My Entries’) to submit the online entry form and pay the entry fee. Please read the regulations carefully before filling out the entry form. For any questions about the film submission process, take a look at our film submission FAQs. If your question is not answered in the FAQs, get in touch with us.

If you are submitting a performance or interactive/immersive new media project, refer to our separate submission page.

Read the regulations
Go to the film entry form


If your film is selected, we encourage you to provide more accessible film formats when possible. We will contact you about whether you have a version available with full English subtitles, Closed Captions and/or Descriptive Sound. For general information, please refer to our accessibility page.

Closed Captions (CC): Display of text on a screen to provide additional or interpretive information.

Descriptive Sound (DS): A digitally compatible described narration system for people who are blind and visually impaired with headphones.

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