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Institute of Documentary Film’s Activities

Founded in 2001, INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of Central and East European creative documentary film and its wider promotion.

We work closely with Central and East European film directors and producers and provide in-depth development support for their projects as well as international promotion.

We also work with key international festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, film institutions, film schools, MEDIA Desks, training programmes, national film centres and various film portals, and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM – an indispensable source of documentary projects and films from Central and Eastern Europe.

Documentary Lessons at the Dutch IDFACADEMY

Young filmmakers, producers and film students have a great opportunity to get educated during IDFA, the world’s leading documentary film festival. IDFAcademy is a platform established to provide valuable lectures, master classes, workshops, and discussions held by international professionals. The training programme takes place in Amsterdam from November 18 through 20, with a new, special kick off night “Meet the Participants” which is held on November 17. Accreditation deadline is October 10.

IDFAcademy is the highpoint among educational events the Amsterdam-based IDFA organizes for emerging filmmakers throughout year . In search for new documentary talents, IDFA established two Dutch-only workshops: IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop, focusing on complex development and presentation of documentary projects, and Kids & Docs Workshop which cultivates a specific genre of children’s short documentary.

Besides IDFAcademy, international applicants may take part in a six-day-long inspiring workshop titled Summer School. The 2011 edition took place in July 4 – 9 with professionals and tutors assisting the participants with script development, editing phase, fine-tuning and even planning and crowd-funding. The finished films of the past years usually feature on International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam in November.

Compared to Summer School, IDFAcademy stresses the importance of meeting, networking and learning from others’ experiences. During the IDFA festival, IDFAcademy introduces variety of documentary industry professionals that are available for one-on-one meetings as well as for group sessions discussing the issues of development, distribution and pitching. The participants of the past sessions experienced master classes of such legends as Werner Herzog or Frederick Wiseman, among presenters were also many top-rated commissioning editors and producers. The programme of this year’s IDFAcademy will be available soon.



Place: IDFA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: November 18 – 20, “Meet the Participants” on November 17
Fee: €180 for IDFAcademy pass providing access to all industry events and film screenings of the IDFA festival

Application deadline: October 10 - create MyIDFA account and apply by filling the accreditation form.

Further information and details about former programme available on the official website.


Contact information:

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Frederiksplein 52
1017XN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 6273329
Fax: +31 20 6385388

IDFAcademy Co-ordinator:
Barbara van de Water, Meike Statema
IDFAcademy Producer:
Yorinde Segal
Assistant Producer:
Birte Hendriks