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IDFA moves industry program online due to COVID-19 restrictions

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is adjusting the hybrid digital-physical program it laid out earlier this year and moving its industry program online in response to new restrictions set ...
October 14, 2020

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is adjusting the hybrid digital-physical program it laid out earlier this year and moving its industry program online in response to new restrictions set by the Dutch government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Those restrictions prohibit more than 30 people inside indoor seated venues in Amsterdam. Indoor and outdoor groups also must have no more than four people from different households.

However, organizers will still present 600 screenings in cinemas in Pathé, Eye and other locations for a maximum of 30 people per screening. There will also be six films touring the Netherlands in 60 regional theaters for a maximum of 30 people per screening.

In addition to IDFA Forum, Docs for Sale, and IDFAcademy taking place online, all other industry programming and networking events will now move to an online environment, with the exception of a few live studios with limited capacity.

The awards ceremony on Nov. 25 can also be attended online.

IDFA is also cancelling its Guest Meet Guests events, with other social events to be on offer in an online environment.

“As we understand the importance for filmmakers being present at their premiere, we’ll do our utmost to accommodate filmmakers in a safe way so they can still attend their premieres and celebrate the art of documentary film with our audiences. Watching from online, you can expect lively discussions and debates with the filmmakers who are present in Amsterdam. If circumstances prevent them from attending, we will host them via livestreams so that filmmakers and audiences can still engage in a conversation,” IDFA said in a statement.

IDFA’s 33rd edition runs Nov. 18 to Dec. 6.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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