Competition

 

Mainstream films from the US are dominant within the cinema on offer in the Netherlands. Many special films from peripheral countries are made every year, but they struggle to find their way into the Dutch theatres. This is one of World Cinema Amsterdam‘s main goals, to bring in those beautiful independently produced movies and present them to the local audience.

 

The Competition is the backbone of the festival’s programme with a selection that comprises mostly films made by young emerging directors – whom the festival happily supports not only by hosting their Dutch première, but also by providing them with a chance to win one of the festival awards. Nine contenders compete for two awards – the World Cinema Jury Award and the World Cinema Audience Award – both including a cash prize of € 5000. The Competition programme will be screened at Rialto Film Theatre and De Balie.

 





  • Bar Bahar


    For some viewers, Palestinian-Israeli director Maysaloun Hamoud’s first feature will be a real eye-opener forcing them to radically adjust...



  • El Sonido de las Cosas


    Ever since Costa Rican director Ariel Escalante saw Yasujirō Ozu’s masterpiece Tokyo Story, he told American film magazine Variety,...



  • Félicité


    Félicité works as a singer in a bar in the chaotic metropolis of Kinshasa. She struggles to make ends...



  • La Novia del Desierto


    In 1840, Deolinda Correa set out into the Argentinian desert near San Juan with her new-born child to find...



  • Pendular


    In 2011, the film world was pleasantly surprised by Histórias que só existem quando lembradas, the fairytale-like, award-winning feature...



  • The Net


    South Korean director Kim Ki-duk barely needs introduction. His 23 films, including Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring,...



  • The Wound


    Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has repeatedly made scathing remarks about gays. He views homosexuality as a symptom of Western...



  • Una Mujer Fantástica


    In 2013, World Cinema Amsterdam’s closing film was Gloria by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio - a loving ode to...



  • Vazante


    As co-director of the 2016 Olympic Games’ opening ceremony, Daniela Thomas already showed that she had no intentions of...