Imagine is THE festival for fantastic film in the Netherlands.
Now in its 40th 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 2023 or 2024
- Minimum length 60 minutes
- Deadline for submission: 16 August 2024.
- Rough cuts and works in progress are accepted
Short films:
- Production years 2023 or 2024
- Maximum length 30 minutes (25 minutes to be included in the Méliès competition)
- Deadline for submission: 19 July 2024.
- 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
  • Julien Allen

    One of the very best genre festivals - we were so honoured to have our film in the programme. Amazing communication and hospitality too.

    December 2023
  • Juliette Van Ardenne

    Had a blast. Great selection, great festival!!

    November 2023
  • Anders Elsrud Hultgreen

    I had a great experience of be selected to this year legendary festival Imagine FIlm Festival.
    It was a great festival to attend with great programming and VR exhibition. It was easy to meet the other filmmakers and programmers. The festival did a good job with hosting me at the festival.
    The dialogue with the festival was great and the festival did a good promotion of my film.

    November 2023
  • Yichien Lee

    I premiered my short here and had the best time at the festival! The programmers did an amazing job with the programming and presenting the works. Every block is well-conceived and curated. The crowd is supportive and passionate. Will definitely attend again either as a filmmaker or audience!

    November 2023
  • 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