IDFA is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the art and industry of documentary film and new media. Each November, IDFA presents documentary films and new media projects to around 300.000 visitors. IDFA also organizes activities for professionals that attract around 3.000 international guests.



About the job

As Program Intern you are a member of the Program Department and therefore you have the chance to work in the heart of the IDFA organisation. During the internship you get the chance to be part of the department’s process from the moment films are submitted until they are presented at the festival. Throughout the internship, you are part of many aspects of the work in the festival’s program department as well as get a broad overview of the functioning of the festival organization as a whole.

What are you going to do?

Assisting in the film program research;

Processing entry forms in the film database and handling communication around submitted films;

Corresponding with directors, producers and sales agents regarding selection;

Collecting materials for the festival publications, website and other forms of communication;

Keeping close contact with other departments (for instance communication or guest services) where needed for the films assigned to you;

Responsible for the transport of films to and from the festival;

Occasionally introducing films during the festival and moderating Q&A's;

Assisting in an additional project, for instance the festival schedule or assisting a programmer with a collaboration project.


What are we offering?

  • A fulltime internship from July 1st until December 5th, 2024;

  • If time is needed to attend classes, we can discuss the possibilities;

  • Remuneration is € 240 per month based on 4 days per week, lunch included as we are in the office;

  • Travel expenses within the Netherlands are covered if you live outside of Amsterdam during the internship;

  • Travel costs to the Netherlands and accommodation are not covered by IDFA;

Unfortunately IDFA can't offer assistance or financial support for getting a student or residence permit. More information can be found here. Diversity IDFA is a collection of passionate, driven people with different experiences and personalities. IDFA wants to be an organization that offers space to everyone. Talent as the basis, diversity as the strength to achieve better results.

At IDFA, we believe it is important that you can simply be yourself. That is why we are curious who you are! Apply for the job Do you see yourself in this vacancy? Then we would like to get in touch with you!

Click on the application button and upload your cover letter and CV, before April 21, 2024. The first interviews will be scheduled in the last week of April . If you’re interested in more than one of our internships, please don’t hesitate to mention this. We will contact you shortly after your application.


Who are we looking for?

  • ou have a great affinity with documentary cinema. You are nearing the end of your course of study (usually related to film) and have the time to take up an internship; You can work well in a hectic environment, and you are very organized;

  • You are creative, flexible, communicative, stress resistant and work well with others;

  • You don’t mind working longer hours in the weeks leading up to the festival and thrive when you’re working to several strict deadlines;

  • You are a quick learner when it comes to new software, you aren’t afraid of talking on the phone and you speak English fluently;

  • Some knowledge of the Dutch language would come in handy but is not a requirement;

If a research project is required for your course of study this can be arranged in consultation with the organization. The Program Department consists of five programmers, a program coordinator and two program producers. The program coordinator manages the intern and will guide you in learning as much about the program department and the rest of the organization as you can. 

Interns form outside of the EU are welcome to apply, provided they have (or can arrange for) a student permit themselves before the start of the internship. 

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Meer over dit bedrijf

IDFA is the world’s leading institute dedicated to the art and industry of documentary film and new media. Over the course of 12 days each November, the festival offers a trend-setting program that welcomes some 300,000 visits, 3,000 industry professionals, and 40,000 school children. The organization is based in the Dutch capital and consists of 45 employees year-round. In the months leading up to the festival, the staff doubles in size with temporary employees and interns. IDFA has an open, informal culture that aims toward working together. We have a passion for documentary film, we are socially engaged, and we believe in the strength of a diverse team; everyone is welcome to be a part of it.

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Belinda Gelsema

Belinda Gelsema

Adviseur Werving Talent +31 35 6466 280