The glitz and glamor of showbusiness in the mainstream film festival can sometimes detract from the true purpose of the event — the celebration of creative film-making. While the red carpets, the champagne parties, and the high admission prices may be good for grabbing headlines and driving profits, they may also prevent the dissemination of art to the audience.
At the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, we focus on film. The event will bring independent artistic visions to an audience that demands a more fulfilling experience than the latest Hollywood fare.
In Amsterdam’s Lab 111 — a cult cinema located in a former anatomical pathology hospital — we’ll be screening the world’s best independent films free of charge, giving film-makers the widest possible exposure and freedom from commercial constraints.
We’ll also pay tribute to the masters of the independent film industry and explore their creative journeys. In 2020 we’ll look at the oeuvre of American arthouse pioneer Darren Aronofsky. The American filmmaker and screenwriter, who is noted for his surreal, melodramatic, and often disturbing films. Aronofsky's feature debut, the surrealist psychological thriller Pi, won the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Later he made Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Noah and mother! which sparked controversy upon release due to its biblical allegories and depiction of violence, and polarized audiences.
Alongside our showcase of independent film and the Darren Aronofsky special will be the carefully-curated “Red Lights” selection, featuring the best of modern erotic cinema. This presentation of unique and original art will be a tasteful exploration of human sexuality — demonstrating the full spectrum of human experience through the medium of motion picture.
No red carpets. No elitist audiences. No distraction from the art itself. The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival will provide an intimate environment for film-makers and film lovers to come together and share in the beauty of artistic expression.
Join us from October 6th - 10th 2020 with your own independent work, and embrace a new type of film festival — one where the films take center stage.
We offer a film festival submission fee waiver package (to at least 10 partner film festivals) worth at least 250 USD to ALL selected filmmakers.
The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen H264 1080 MP4 files or DCP.
EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Amsterdam Independent Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Amsterdam Independent Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Amsterdam Independent Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Amsterdam Independent Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.
The filmmaker holds the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.
Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.