Documentary / Digital Media


Taking place every November during IDFA, IDFAcademy gives emerging international filmmakers the opportunity to meet a broad spectrum of highly esteemed documentary professionals willing to share their knowledge of the industry. 

19-25 November 2021 (during IDFA, 17-28 November 2021)
During this intensive four-day training programme, participants gain up-to-date market knowledge of the documentary industry and learn first-hand about the current trends in documentary filmmaking. Trends and models in various parts of the world are dealt with to ensure that participants develop a broad view of the sector. The programme consist of masterclasses of well-known directors and smaller sessions on subjects like outreach and distribution. 

IDFAcademy is open to  directors and producers making their first or second film, who have proven their talent on a national scale and would like to expand their career internationally. Film students are not eligible for IDFAcademy. Although the programme is not project-driven, participants should have a project or finished film during their attendance. This ensures that participants are constantly applying the general knowledge and advice to their own documentary during the four day programme.
Target groupProducers, Directors
Project-based, Without project
Junior | Intermediate
Included Lunches included.
Included Available to 15% of the participants. This consists of a four-night hotel voucher and exemption from the participation fee. IDFA makes this selection on the basis of participants who have a film in the IDFA programme (most likely the First Appearance program).