Mission and profile

The Netherlands Film Film Festival is both the home of Dutch cinema and the leading platform for our 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. 

For professionals, the Netherlands Film Festival is the most important full-scale platform for independent, art-house, content-driven 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.

The festival presents Dutch film as art, as entertainment and as a mirror of society. It is active throughout the year, stimulating and promoting Dutch film culture before the 10-day extravaganza in late September when the cream of the previous 12 month production output is presented.

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 fashion, 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 36 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.