About the Netherlands Film Festival

The platform for Dutch cinema

Every year in early autumn, the Dutch film industry and public gather at the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) to see, assess, discuss and celebrate the best and newest cinematic offerings from the Netherlands. For ten days, Utrecht is the capital of film, where Dutch cinema is placed centre stage. Films from short to long, art-house to mainstream, analogue to digital. Feature films, documentaries, animations, short films, TV dramas and events for all audiences, both young and old, Dutch and international.

The talkshows, workshops, film parties and, of course, the screenings guarantee an effervescent, instructive, inspiring and creative festival. 

Main Programme/Golden Calf Competition
At the heart of the festival is the Main Programme with premieres of long features, shorts, documentaries and TV films. Any Dutch filmmaker can submit a film to the festival before the deadline in June. Some of the selected films compete for the much-coveted Golden Calf Awards, the most prestigious prizes in Dutch cinema. Furthermore, a selection of first-time features, culled from the Main Programme, compete in the Debut Competition for the Film Prize of the City of Utrecht. The festival is also known for surveying the best student films and a number of striking foreign films to which Dutch talents have made a significant contribution.

Kids & Youth
The festival presents a broad selection of children’s and family films. It organises the Kids’ Cinema and Youth Cinema for thousands of pupils from primary and secondary schools in Utrecht and the surrounding areas. The ‘meet & greets’ and educational workshops are also much-loved programme sections.

International meetings
Numerous international festival programmers, distributors, TV programmers and producers attend the festival to keep abreast of developments in Dutch cinema. The Holland Film Meeting enables leading and emerging film professionals to establish essential contacts for international co-productions.

Audiences can follow the festival at home via the festival website, which is updated daily with festival reports and on-the-spot accounts. The Talkshow and the L'OR Golden Calf Gala award show can also be watched live on www.filmfestival.nl.

Before & After the festival
September in Utrecht is merely the culmination of the NFF and its year-round activities. Outside the festival dates the organisation is also busy enriching the knowledge and promotion Dutch cinema. One such example is the festival's awarding of the  Golden, Platinum, Diamond and Crystal Film prizes to productions with high visitor numbers.