La Scam invite cinq auteurs ou autrices à participer à l’IDFAcademy. Vous avez jusqu’au lundi 24 juillet 15 heures pour adresser votre candidature.

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Taking place from November 9 to 12 in Amsterdam 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.


During this intensive training program, 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 program consists of masterclasses of well-known directors and smaller sessions on subjects like outreach and distribution. See the program.


LaScam invites* 5 authors, making their first or second feature length, who have proven their talent on a national scale and would like to expand their career internationally. Applications from experienced authors are not accepted.
This invitation is exclusively dedicated to authors recipient of, either Brouillon d’un rêve grant, Etoile de la Scam, Scam Prize or Albert Londres Prize.
Please note carefully: the program is not project-driven, nevertheless participants should have a project during their attendance. This ensures that participants are constantly applying the general knowledge and advice to their own documentary during the four days program.
Having a producer is not needed. Only one author per project can apply.
Attention will be focused on your motivations. What do you hope to get out of the IDFAcademy program and how can your participation contribute to your career?

LaScam Bonus

In partnership with EURODOC, filmmakers invited by LaScam for the IDFAcademy have the opportunity, during their stay in Amsterdam, to pitch their project to producers from the EURODOC network, benefit from their advice and, in so doing, expand their professional network.

To ensure that these opportunities take place in the best conditions, LaScam offers, several weeks before IDFA, a workshop with Claire Dixsaut « The art of the pitch in English ». It consists of two modules:

  • a training course on the methodology of pitch
  • a pitch practice session

Important: If you are selected, in October, you will be asked to submit a complete file of your project in English as soon as possible. Be prepared.


Deadline application: Monday, July 24th at 3pm on LaScam form.
The finale selection in collaboration with IDFA will be made early October.

Workshop “The art of the Pitch in English”:

  • Tuesday, October 10th: Methodology of pitch (4 hours, in videoconference)
  • Friday, October 20th: Practice session (4 hours, in Paris*)

EURODOC preparation session: late October.
IDFAcademy 2023: from November 9 to 12 in Amsterdam.
EURODOC producers’meetings on November 13 in Amsterdam.

Accreditation form

Please use this form to apply before Monday, July 24th at 3pm.

Please have the following details (english only) ready:

  • Full contact details
  • Motivation – What do you hope to get out of the IDFAcademy program and how can your participation contribute to your career – max. 400 words
  • Pitch of your project – max. 300 words
  • Project-related viewing link (rush, teaser, etc.) (optional)
  • Biography max. 120 words (only one author per project can apply)
  • Full Filmography (mandatory, or mention that this is your first film): films titles, broadcasters, festival selections and prizes.
  • Vimeo link to one selected film from your filmography
  • Justify the choice of this selected film. How does this shed light on your approach as an author? max. 100 words

* The costs for organization are covered by LaScam and IDFA


Lise Roure, Fanny Viratelle et Maimouna Najib –  – 01 56 69 58 06