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IDFA wants your films to sell & screen

idfaAre you looking to pitch your documentary idea to commissioning editors or are you looking for a distribution channel for your doc? Then IDFA’s Forum and Docs for Sale programmes could be an option. Both programmes are now open to submissions.

IDFA Forum offers producers the opportunity to pitch their selected projects to leading professionals in the global documentary industry, including commissioning editors, funds, financiers and distributors. All pitch categories focus on introducing the projects to industry experts, shaping the path your project will follow as well as its potential for success.

New categories

This year, in addition to the Central and Round Table pitches, the festival is introducing two new categories to increase opportunities. The Docs4Cinema Meetings are designed for documentary projects suitable for theatrical release. Producers looking for co-producers and distributors are invited to submit their projects. The selected projects will benefit from one-on-one meetings with producers interested in co-production, distributors and even funds.

The Work in Progress Screenings present selected filmmakers with the opportunity to receive professional feedback from delegates in the audience. They offer TV buyers, sales agents, distributors and/or festival programmers the chance to preview new projects that are potentially interesting for acquisition.

The deadline to submit your documentary project to IDFA Forum is 1 September, 2013. For more information on regulations and how to submit your project, please visit the IDFA website.

Docs for Sale

Every year, more than 250 TV buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers come to Amsterdam to watch a selection of the very latest documentaries available to the international market.

For those interested in having their documentaries included in the vast database of documentaries available for viewing during the 2013 festival, the next deadlines for the online programme are:

  • 1 August: your documentary will be online on 1 September, 2013 and will be placed in the Docs for Sale catalogue during IDFA.
  • 15 September: your documentary will be online on 4 November, 2013 and will be placed in the Docs for Sale catalogue during IDFA.For more information on regulations and how to apply, please visit IDFA’s Docs for Sale page.

How to submit

In order to submit a film or project, you must create a MyIDFA account or use your existing MyIDFA account. This allows you to submit films and projects to IDFA, as well as to Docs for Sale and the IDFA Forum markets.

To get access, accredited or to enter, please visit the IDFA website here.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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