IDFA - documentary film festival in Amsterdam

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is one of the biggest and one of the most important festivals of its kind in the world. It is not only the biggest market place for the authors and TV stations, but a unique opportunity for anyone to find out something new about the world we are living in today. After the ‘fever’ that started with Michael Moore’s unique political documentaries, the world seems to be more than ready for some more truthful stories.

With screenings starting from the early morning until the middle of the night, it has become a unique phenomenon of its kind. Probably the hardest task is to stay awake after ten nights of constant partying that usually takes place every night in de Balie. In the same place, you will meet intelligent and funny people from all over the world and will have a unique opportunity to have a conversation on any topic you could think of, from football and carrots to sex and politics.

In the selection of over 200 movies, you will definitely find something for yourself. In order to escape the crowd of almost 100.000 people, our advice is to make sure that you have your tickets reserved on time. Besides several awards given by special juries (Joris Ivens Competition, Silver Wolf, The Fipresci Prize, DOEN Award) and in order to have a clear interaction with the public, IDFA has established a special Public Prize Award, so that every visitor has an opportunity to give her/his opinion on the movies seen. This prize is also a great recommendation for the rest of the world on which the movies are most likely to become important and popular worldwide.

Time: Last 2 weeks in November

Locations: main cinemas in the town, mainly situated around the Leidseplein - de Balie, Pathé City Theater, Filmmuseum Cinerama, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Paradiso, Het Ketelhuis, SMCS.