The Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht

Edition 30 August 2018

The Netherlands Film Film Festival is both the home of Dutch cinema and the leading platform for the Netherlands’ national film culture. It celebrates the achievements of Dutch filmmakers and provides the bridge between film culture and all facets of Dutch society. The festival is the most powerful tool we have to engage a large and varied audience in everything that Dutch cinema has to offer. It is active throughout the year, stimulating and promoting Dutch film culture before the 9-day extravaganza in late September when lots of premieres and the cream of the previous 12 month production output is presented.

For professionals, the Netherlands Film Festival is the most important full-scale platform for independent, art-house, contentdriven exchange and innovation. As a catalyst for renewal the festival promotes cross-pollination between disciplines and actively seeks to forge links between the drivers of urgent, artistic and socially engaged cinema.

The Netherlands Film Festival presents Dutch film culture within both national and international contexts, at all times navigating the tension between artistic and commercial, between the popular and the elite, familiar and adventurous, past and present, the local and the global. NFF mirrors and responds to continuous changes and trends within the Dutch culture and the media landscape, putting paid to any notion that ‘Le cinéma est mort!” But these days, cinema is more than just films, and so NFF incorporates into its program disciplines that draw inspiration from, and themselves influence, the cinematic narrative form, from TV drama, music and visual arts to games and interactive productions – all experienced through and across myriad platforms, but all nevertheless essential parts of the Dutch film culture. The Netherlands Film Festival has, during its 37 years, served, interpreted, analysed, debated and recorded the evolution of Dutch film culture, its strengths and its vibrancy. And in the process it has entertained a large, diverse and very cinema-savvy Dutch audience. The 38th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival takes place from 27 September – 5 October 2018.

During the Nederlands Film Festival, the city of Utrecht is once again the beating heart of Dutch film, television and interactive production. NFF proudly introduces ‘NFF English’, a programme specifically designed for the non-Dutch speaking public and encompasses all films, talks, presentations and events that are accessible to English speakers. ‘NFF English’ is made up of subtitled Dutch blockbusters and auteur films, original English spoken films by Dutch film makers, interesting talks, interactive exhibitions and festive events.

See the newest through a VR headset at the Interactive Expo and meet the actors and makers of today and tomorrow. See, do, and immerse yourself: don’t miss a favourite at the 38th Nederlands Film Festival. Tickets and the entire English programme of the Nederlands Film Festival can be found on www.filmfestival.nl/en

Wanna be sure to have a seat? Book your tickets now! The complete programme will be announced on 3 September. Opening night NFF 2018 with public premiere OPEN SEAS Date: 27 september 2018 Time: 18:45 – 21:00 Location: Pathé Rembrandt in Utrecht Price: €12,50 www.filmfestival.nl

Program tips

Open Seas (Niemand in de Stad) – Michiel van Erp
Juicy, sexy and sensitive adaptation of the bestseller by Philip Huff, in which a bunch of boys have to face the end of a care free student life. Open seas convinces because of the strong acting by the young cast and the sharp eye of director Michiel van Erp, renowned for his documentaries.

The Voice of Holland (Sprekend Nederland)
John Appel A state of the nation address through lectures and speeches on weddings, funerals and gatherings. Despite the Dutch prosperity, an image arises of a country in a state of moral confusion. What are we actually afraid of?

Adriaan de Jongh – NFF Blikverruimers
Sunday 30 September, 19:00, Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt Game designer Adriaan de Jongh (1990) hosts a night about independent game production. Adriaan is known for his indie game hit HIDDEN FOLKS (2017). This search game received a Golden Calf nomination for Best Interactive 2017 and was awarded the Apple ‘iPad game of the year 2017’. Together with a group of international indie game designers, Adriaan teaches a crash course on the art and science of game development.

NFF proudly introduces ‘NFF English’, a programme specifically designed for the non-Dutch speaking public and encompasses all films, talks, presentations and events that are accessible to English speakers. ‘NFF English’ is made up of subtitled Dutch blockbusters and auteur films, original English spoken films by Dutch film makers, interesting talks, interactive exhibitions and festive events.