The 35th edition of the festival will take place from 9 to 20 November 2022 with films and talks in the cinemas and immersive and interactive installations throughout Amsterdam. There is an extensive industry program for professionals.

IDFA’s program components reflect the documentary world, which is constantly changing. From new art forms to established cinematic traditions, our competitions and non-competitive segments offer something for every filmmaker and film enthusiast.

international competition

This is a selection of unique and well-balanced films that appeal to a wide audience and that have their international or world premiere at IDFA.

Envision Competition

The focus in this selection of international or world premieres is on films with a more daring form, where makers traverse reality and explore all possible edges of documentary art.

IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

The IDFA Competition for Short Documentary has grown in strength and diversity in recent years. Not only young filmmakers produce short films, experienced makers also show that the short documentary is more than a stepping stone to a long film.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

The IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction shows works where the artistic potential of new technologies is optimally utilized for storytelling.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling shows that creating and telling stories that say something about our times can take shape in an infinite number of different ways.

Focus programs

Focus programs delve deeper into specific themes with a selection of new films and classic masterpieces.

Top 10

Every year, a filmmaker or artist puts together a personal Top 10 of films and works for IDFA


A tribute to the festival’s annual guest of honor through a celebration of his oeuvre.


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