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.