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34th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 17 to 28, 2021

Call for entries

(Documentaries – Feature and Short films & immersive new media projects)


The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is currently accepting entries for its 2021 edition.

 Please note that films must be submitted directly to the festival.

  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry Fees: Yes


  • IDFA considers documentary films and new media projects in any format and of any duration. IDFA understands documentary film in a broad sense, as a film that deals with reality, including hybrid films and films that rely on real elements as a core component.
  • Unless approved in writing by IDFA program department, only one version of a film will be considered. It is therefore highly preferred that the submitted screener is at least a picture-lock. Rejected works-in-progress cannot be resubmitted for the current edition when a newer version is available, nor for the following year.
  • Documentaries that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are not eligible, even if the film has changed significantly since the last time it was submitted.
  • Films that have already been screened in the Netherlands, been broadcast on Dutch television or are available via VOD, SVOD or any online platform in the Netherlands are not eligible for the festival. For premiere requirements and regulations for specific program sections.



The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam was founded in 1988 in order to stimulate the national and international documentary culture. Since its foundation, IDFA has developed into one of the most important documentary film festivals in the world. The festival is an exciting meeting place for directors, producers, buyers, financiers and audiences alike.

IDFA selects approximately 250 titles every year in several 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 (and in 2020, also online), the festival welcomes some 295,000 visitors annually, 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.

Parallel to the festival is Docs for Sale, a marketplace where producers and sales agents offer creative documentaries to buyers during the IDFA, and the Forum, IDFA’s international co-financing and co-production market, one of Europe’s largest gathering of filmmakers, commissioning TV editors and independent producers specialized in documentary.


Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection of a feature film in the Festival for applications to its International Festival participation Program.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890