The Amsterdam Film Festival celebrates films that capture both the artistry and progressive nature of world cinema today. Created to recognize and award films that have potential to move audiences and change perceptions, the Amsterdam Film Festival is devoted to filmmakers whose quest is self-expression and communication.

Much like Amsterdam itself, the Amsterdam Film Festival contains a unique mix of art and expression. Its vision is one that has been realized by filmmakers who live for the art of filmmaking and who recognize the passion that lies within each work.

Honoring films from over 90 countries around the world, the Amsterdam Film Festival awards and recognizes Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Student Films, Animation, Music Videos, Screenplays and more. The festival accepts submissions of all types and encourages individuality and experimentation.

The Amsterdam Film Festival is an awards based competition designed to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking achievements. Films are not screened publicly. Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners will be announced on our official website and via our Internet based promotions announcing the winners to the public and industry media.

Screenplay Competition:
The Amsterdam Film Festival proudly supports the art of screenwriting by allowing new talent to be heard and discovered in our annual Screenplay Competition. Top screenplays in the competition are awarded based on the quality and originality of the work. The Amsterdam Film Festival seeks to discover and revere the finest and most original voices in screenwriting from around the globe.

Awards & Prizes

Van Gogh Awards:
Each year, the Amsterdam Film Festival recognizes excellence in filmmaking in several categories with the prestigious Van Gogh Awards. The AFF Jury en het Beoordelen van Comité will award films in the following categories: screenplay, direction, actor and actress, performances, art, photography, editing, animation, short film, feature narrative, documentary, music video, experimental, first-time director, and student films. In addition, Special Jury Prizes will be awarded to several standout films at the discretion of the Jury en het Beoordelen van Comité.

De grote Prijs van de Jury
Cinematic Vision Award
Van Gogh Award
Prodigy Auteur Prize
Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic
Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary
Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Short
Dramatic Directing Award
Documentary Directing Award
World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary
World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Short
Documentary Film Editing
Dramatic Film Editing
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award
World Cinema Screenwriting Award
Special Jury Prize for Originality
Special Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary
Special Jury Prize for Acting, World Cinema
Special Jury Prize, Dutch Documentary
Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Independence
Special Jury Prize for Acting
Jury Prize: Dutch Short Filmmaking
Jury Prize: International Short Filmmaking
World Cinema: Music Video
World Cinema: Student
World Cinema: First Time Director
World Cinema: Music Video
World Cinema: Experimental Film Award

Rules & Terms

1. Producers will submit projects via FilmFreeway.

2. All fiction and documentary films can apply to the Amsterdam Film Festival. Films should have been completed no earlier than three years prior to the submission date.

3. The films will have to appear in their original language. For those films in a language other than English, the Festival requires subtitles.

4. No work or artist will be either discriminated or favoured by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, ideology, or by their economic resources. Every content, every form, every technique will be considered with no censorship of any kind.

5. As a first stage, all the films will be displayed to the Jury to consider for possible award recognition.

6. As the next stage, the AFF Jury will award films in the following categories: screenplay, direction, actor and actress, performances, art, photography, editing, animation, short film, feature narrative, documentary, music video, experimental, web video, first-time director, screenplay competition, and student films. The Jury can also determine Special Mentions and Special Jury Prizes.

7. As a final stage, the Awards will be announced on the Announcement Date via Internet. It is requested, though not obligatory, that the Award, the Festival and the Programme should be mentioned in all promotion material of the films awarded.

8. The Amsterdam Film Festival is an awards based competition designed to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their achievements. Films are not screened publicly. Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners will be announced on our official website and via our Internet based promotions announcing the winners to the public and industry media.

9. The Amsterdam Film Festival reserves the right to hold a press screening or show clips of up to one minute in length of awarded films on its website.

10. In order to participate, the entrants must bear a nonrefundable entry fee.

11. Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Amsterdam Film Festival.

12. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film or screenplay to the Amsterdam Film Festival.

13. By submitting your film or screenplay to the Amsterdam Film Festival, you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all of the Rules and Guidelines of the festival.