Every year it seems one more open air film festival in Amsterdam is added. Understandably, because watching a film under the starry sky while sipping a drink in a lounge chair is a wonderful thing to do.
In 2012 there are 5 (UPDATE!) open air film festivals in Amsterdam in August and September.
Remember to dress warm and bring an umbrella!
In The Netherlands, films are never dubbed, but always have subtitles in Dutch.
However, when the film is in an other language besides English, subtitles will most likely be in Dutch. Though, at World Cinema and Pluk de Nacht, English subtitles are also common. Please check the websites regarding subtitling policy.
World Cinema Amsterdam
Dates: August 8 – 19
Location: Rialto, De Balie, Marie Heinekenplein
During the film festival not only films are being shown. There are also over 20 guests, directors and other independent film makers who present themselves at the festival. The audience can discuss the film with them during the Questions & Answers (Q&A) after the films and during separate debates.
World Cinema Amsterdam competition
Nine films enter into the World Cinema Amsterdam 2012 competition. They are all from different countries. There is a Jury award (€ 7.500) and an Audience Award (€ 7.500)
Every year World Cinema Amsterdam puts the spotlight on a special country. This year it’s Brazil. Named Brazilian Stories, the festival shows 10 long and 8 short films, all produced independently and from Brazil. Five of these films are musical films. This genre is popular in Brazil.
The World Cinema Amsterdam film festival takes place at Cinema Rialto and De Balie. Tickets are €9,50.
Free open air film festival Amsterdam
From 15 to 18 August there is a special open air screening of films from the World Cinema Amsterdam festival at Marie Heinekenplein. Entrance to the open air film festival is free.
Pluk de Nacht
Dates: 22 August – 1 September
Location: ‘T Stenen Hoofd
Pluk de Nacht was Amsterdam’s first free open air film festival. The festival has grown hugely since its first occurrence in 2003.
The programme is always refreshing and diverse: from animation to road movie. From documentaries to romantic comedies. The atmospere is always quite special. Apart from films there is art on display, acts and drink and food is available.
Pluk de Nacht is organised by volunteers and is completely free of charge.
Films start as soon as the sun has set. Check website Pluk de Nacht for full programme.
All films at open air film festival Pluk de Nacht are either English spoken or have English subtitles.
Flevopark Film Festival
Dates: 31 August – September 2
Location: Flevopark, between playground and café ‘t Nieuwe Diep (Amsterdam East)
Food and feel good films, those are the ingredients of the the new Flevopark Film Festival. You are welcome at 17.00 and enjoy meals prepared by several cooking groups from the neighbourhood.
Films start at 21.00 or when the sun sets. Entrance is free.
Friday August 31 – Yangin Yar (Turkish film)
Saturday September 1 – Majid (Maroccan film)
Sunday September 2 – Bollywood film
Please be aware that subtitles will be in Dutch.
West Beach Film Festival
Dates: Every weekend from August 31 to September 22
Location: Sloterparkbad (Amsterdam West)
There are not many seats. If it rains, the film is screened inside the bar of the pool.
Drinks and snacks are available. The pre-show are films made by students of the Dutch film academy. The main film starts at 21.00.
The West Beach Film Festival is organised by Dutch housing corporation Ymere
31 August- Rabat
1 September – Black Swan
6 September - Kiss me
7 September – Psycho
8 September – Midnight in Paris
13 September – 14 Kilómetres
14 September – The King’s Speech
15 September – Dolfje Weerwolfje
20 September - Once upon a Time in Anatolia
21 September – Biutiful
22 September – Pulp Fiction
Dates: 13 until 16 September
National and international films on this brandnew festival West’ival organised by creative inhabitants of this lively and culturally diverse neighbourhood of The Baarsjes, Amsterdam West.
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