Imagine is THE festival for fantastic film in the Netherlands.
Now in its 39th year, Imagine presents the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, anime, martial arts and cult.
Besides a film programme, Imagine offers an extensive Expanded programme, exploring the fantastic universe in a digital form.

The festival has three competitions:
The Sea Devil Award is the award for the best fantastic feature film.
The Silver Méliès is the award for the best European fantastic film. There is a Silver Méliès for both features and shorts.
Apart from these competitions, all feature films (except classics) are eligible for the Silver Scream Award from our audience.

Feature films:
- Production years 2022 or 2023
- Minimum length 60 minutes
- Deadline for submission: 15 August 2023.
- Rough cuts and works in progress are accepted
Short films:
- Production years 2022 or 2023
- Maximum length 30 minutes (25 minutes to be included in the Méliès competition)
- Deadline for submission: 14 July 2023.
- Rough cuts and works in progress are accepted
All films:
- Screeners have to be in the English or Dutch language or need to be submitted with English or Dutch subtitles.
- Not eligible are films that have screened or will be screened prior to Imagine in other festivals in the Netherlands, films that have been broadcast or will be broadcast before the end of this year's festival, and films that are publicly available online.
- The festival has the sole right of selection and in no way can submission provide any right of selection. Decisions by the event organizers are final.
- Submission fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • My absolute favorite Amsterdam / Dutch film festival!
    It was an honor to have the Dutch premiere of our film: Covid Love' this year. Thanks so much for the hospitality and all the fun. It was a fantastic selection of films again this year. I saw many great films and met some great people. This festival is absolute worth the little entree fee and to visit.

    November 2022
  • Nick Cremers

    I love Imagine. This was my second shortfilm at the festival and everything was organized to perfection. Chris the organizer is on top of things and all the people there make it a good time. Loved the viewing, lots of people there and a great program accompanying it. The movies shown at the festival are well chosen and make this a must for genre film makers with a taste for scifi and horror.

    November 2022
  • Alejandro Mathe

    It was an honor to be selected to screen my short film at this years edition of Imagine. Sadly I could not attend but the communication was fantastic and they had a great program.

    November 2022
  • Jose Luis Saturno

    Truly one of the best genre festivals in Europe!

    November 2022
  • Thanks for screening my short Amy & I. I had an amazing time on this film festival. Saw a lot of awesome films. Met fellow filmmakers who also had their short at the festival. So happy that my short was part of this years festival.

    November 2022