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At IDFA we're looking for 2 Industry interns to join our Markets and Guest Services teams.

Part-time · Amsterdam

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.

Here you can watch a recap of what we did in the wider Industry team during the festival last year. 

At IDFA we're looking for 2 industry interns to join our Markets and Guest Services teams.

IDFA’s Markets Team supports the documentary sector by providing two market services - IDFA Forum, where filmmaking teams come to find financing and production partners for films they are developing, and  Docs for Sale, our market for completed films looking for distribution opportunities. We are looking for an intern to join our Markets team and support in the administration of these markets leading up to the event, and to assist in the production of the markets during the festival. The position is admin-focused but with unique access to the range of documentaries currently being developed internationally, an overview of recently completed films, and plenty of opportunities to learn more about the documentary industry.

IDFA’s Guest Services Team is responsible for assisting our guests in planning their stay. You will learn how a large festival like IDFA deals with hospitality, find out how the administration works, how budgets are organized, how visa applications work, learn about the partnership with hotels and get insight in services a festival offers to professional guests. You will also get to know the documentary film industry through your contact with filmmakers, producers, sales agents, distributors and your colleagues in other departments within IDFA.

We are keen to create active learning opportunities for our interns, with knowledge sharing on the documentary film industry and current trends relating to it. The intern will be managed by senior colleagues in the Markets & Guest Services teams.

What are you going to do?

Markest & Guest Services:

  • Support in processing entries in the film database Fiona.
  • Perform administrative tasks relating to these entries to ensure the projects and films are up to date in the database and publish information on the IDFA website.
  • Fielding questions from professionals regarding their projects, films, or their participation in events.


  • Physical production of events; making practical arrangements ahead of the markets, helping us run the events during the day, and hosting industry guests.
  • Review films for the Docs for Sale catalogue in collaboration with the producers of Docs for Sale.
  • Managing visual material relating to films on Vimeo.

Guest Services:

  • Planning the attendance of selected filmmakers and other professionals, like processing accreditations, printing passes, sending out invoices, processing reimbursements, booking hotel rooms and flights and offering support with visa applications.
  • Assisting Car Service Producer with admin and guest communications pre- and during festival.
  • Welcoming guests in person during the festival.

Who are we looking for?

  • You have a great affinity with documentary cinema and are service oriented.
  • You are nearing the end of your course of study (usually related to film), have the time to take up an internship and are interested in gaining practical experience.
  • You can work well in a hectic environment, and you are very organized.
  • You are creative, flexible, communicative, and work well with others.
  • You don’t mind working long 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 and write English fluently.
  • Interns from 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.

What are we offering?

  • Your own workstation within our beautiful new monumental offices in Vondelpark Amsterdam.
  • 50% work from office and 50% from home.
  • A full-time internship from 24 July – 2 December (Markets) or 21 August – 20 December 2023 (Guest Services), with exact dates to be agreed upon with the selected candidate.
  • If time is needed to attend classes, we can discuss the possibilities.
  • Remuneration is € 240 per month for 4 days per week (30.4 hours) internship, lunch included when we are working in the office.
  • Being part of IDFA Festival 2023: a festival pass, the opportunity to visit films and events, lunch & dinner catering and some free tickets to give away.
  • 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 cannot offer assistance or financial support for getting a student or residence permit. More information can be found here.


IDFA wants to be an organization that offers space to everyone. Driven people with different experiences and personalities work at IDFA. We strive to be an open and diverse organization, and we encourage all interested people, regardless of age, gender, religion, or ethnicity, to apply.

Do you see yourself in this vacancy?

Then we would love to hear from you! Click on the application button and upload your cover letter and CV, before 11 June, 2023. The first interview will be scheduled in week of 19-23 June 2023.

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.