Netherlands Film Festival

The Netherlands Film Festival (Dutch: Nederlands Film Festival) is an annual film festival, held in September and October of each year in the city of Utrecht.[1]

Netherlands Film Festival
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LocationUtrecht, Netherlands

During the ten-day festival, Dutch film productions and co-productions are exhibited. Besides feature films, the program also consists of short subjects, documentary films, and television productions. On the closing evening of the festival, the Golden Calves are awarded to the best films, directors, and actors.

Together with the Netherlands Film Fund, the festival also recognises box office results of Dutch film productions during the year with the Crystal Film (10,000 visitors of documentary films), the Golden Film (100,000 visitors), the Platinum Film (400,000 visitors), and the Diamond Film (1,000,000 visitors).[2]


The Netherlands Film Festival was founded in 1981 by the Dutch film maker Jos Stelling, who called it the "Netherlands Film Days" (Nederlandse Filmdagen).[3] Initially the festival was oriented towards film makers only, but it gradually reached a broader audience.

The 36th edition of the festival, in 2016, attracted more than 150.000 visitors.

Canon of Dutch cinemaEdit

In 2007, the festival presented their Canon of Dutch Cinema (Canon van de Nederlandse Film), containing sixteen monumental films in Dutch film history.[4] The list included the following films:

Special guestsEdit

Since 1992, the festival organisation invites a special guest, usually a respected director or actor in the Dutch film business.


Besides the Golden Calves the Festival also has its own special awards.

  • Dutch Film Critics award
  • Award of the city Utrecht
  • Tuschinski Award (former Cannon City Prize)
  • Talent & Pro Student Award
  • NPS Award for best short film
  • Teen Award
  • Film Poster Award (former Skrien Afficheprijs)
  • Grolsch Film Award


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About NFF ⋆ Nederlands Film Festival 2020". Nederlands Film Festival 2020 (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. ^ "Gouden, Platina, Diamanten en Kristallen Film". Netherlands Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2007-06-28. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Jos Stelling eregast op jubilerend filmfestival". NRC (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  4. ^ "Zestien films in Canon van de Nederlandse Film". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2012-01-31.

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