Film Submissions

The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.


The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Amsterdam Independent Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Amsterdam Independent Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Amsterdam Independent Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Amsterdam Independent Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

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Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

2019 Official Selection
& Screening Schedule

In Amsterdam’s Lab 111 — a cult cinema located in a former anatomical pathology hospital — we’ll be screening the world’s best independent films free of charge, giving film-makers the widest possible exposure and freedom from commercial constraints. All screenings will take place at Lab111 (cinema 2), Arie Biemondstraat 111, 1054 PD Amsterdam. Admission is free of charge. Reserve your seats by mailing your name, number of seats and the specific screenings to

Tuesday, October 8 at 19h (7PM)
Wednesday, October 9 at 19h (7PM)
Thursday, October 10 at 19h (7PM)
Friday, October 11 at 19h (7PM)
Saturday, October 12 at 19h (7PM)
Admission is free of charge.

David Lynch, the artist

We’ll also pay tribute to the masters of the independent film industry and explore the beginnings of their creative journeys. In 2019 we’ll look at the work of American underground pioneer David Lynch. David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He is best known for acclaimed films such as Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001), regarded by some critics as among the best films of their respective decades, and for his successful 1990–91 television series Twin Peaks, which led to him being labeled "the first popular Surrealist" by noted film critic Pauline Kael. A recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 2019, he has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era", while AllMovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking".


Positive (France) by Hadi Moussally

POSITIVE is a film and photo series starring three people with special skin conditions. Putting a spotlight on albinism and vitiligo through negative editing , the project aims to raise awareness of these skin conditions and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination those with albinism and vitiligo face. By allowing the negative to empower the positive, Hadi Moussally highlights our similarities, rather than our differences.
Duration: 00:01:30

Invitation (Netherlands) by Sjoerd Martens

“We are constantly leaving traces of our existence behind in our surroundings but we also have the urge to erase them as quickly as possible. They normally do not capture our attention, either because of their everydayness or perceived ugliness. The hidden beauty and purity of the human traces are what I want to immortalize so that they can be experienced differently and infinitely. Consequently, the subjects are no longer taken for granted. It is thus reminiscent of archeology, but with a different purpose and an unconventional mean.” Martens’ sees his work as a sculpture of our legacy. The areas he creates are characterized by past human presence, current abandonedness and future uncertainty. The human traces as still life are brought to a new breathing environment through multidisciplinarity and atypical narrative techniques. The manipulated mise-en-scène forms a post-apocalyptic, semi-surreal microcosm that includes physical and non-physical signs of our mortality. This haven is solely palpable and is comparable to past childhood dreams, or dissociation from one’s environment or self.
Duration: 00:05:08

The silence of a flower (Netherlands) by Anne Jan Sijbrandij

A son talks for the first time with his immigrant mother about her past in the Dutch East Indies.
Duration: 00:13:49

David Lynch, The Art Life (United States/Denmark) by Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.
Duration: 01:28:00


Lost Highway (United States/France) by David Lynch

Lost Highway is a 1997 neo-noir film directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Barry Gifford. It stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Blake. The film follows a musician (Pullman) who begins receiving mysterious VHS tapes of him and his wife (Arquette) in their home, and who is suddenly convicted of murder, after which he inexplicably disappears and is replaced by a young mechanic (Getty) leading a different life.
Duration: 02:14:00


Donderdag 10/10/2019 (19u-21u)

Ophelia (France) by Eric Du Bellay

At night, a woman at different ages loves, suffers and frees herself. She's called Ophelia.
Duration: 00:12:57

Pain is Mine (Australia) by Farshid Akhlaghi

One day, One room, One take.  After her spinal surgery, she was always in pain, intense pain, unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time, but one day, she decided to stop.
Duration: 00:12:30

Entropia (Denmark) by Julie Annlie

A girl sits all day by the rainy window, trying to get the buzzing noise in her head under control. The therapist in the corner tries to help her, but the noise is like chaos and she will soon do anything to make it stop.
Duration: 00:03:44

Diva & Astro (United States) by Angel Barroeta

A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.
Duration: 00:08:43

3 - nil (Greece) by Boris Stout

Manolis, a happily married, successful young merchant banker seems more inhibited than inspired by his success and hopes that Irida, the rebellious artist that runs a local hipster bar can somehow save his soul. He wants a change. Irida is weary of a life lived on the margins; she is tired of the squalor of her shared apartment, tired of her stoner musician boyfriend bullying her for cash and selfish sex, tired of a job that gives her no time for art and insufficient money for rent. She wants a change.
Duration: 01:01:00


Tungrus (India) by Rishi Chandna

Tungrus (pronounced: toongroos) is a short documentary that observes a week in the peculiar lives of a middle-class suburban Mumbai household. What was once a home like a million others in the city, turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with, much to the exasperation of his family. What follows is an alternatingly absurd, nerve-jangling and heart-warming set of accounts about the latest addition, from each member of the household. The once adorable chick has survived his early days and grown into a hell-raising, willful rooster – forever taking up a touch too much of their space, defecating on their spotless floors, bullying their cats, crowing at ungodly hours, and generally making life in the already-crowded apartment unlivable. The film follows the thoughts of each person to their inevitable conclusion – the rooster’s got to go. And as his fate hangs in the balance, the family debates the question that lingers in the air: should he be given the gift of life, or served for dinner?
Duration: 00:12:56

Afsluitdijk (Netherlands) by Ewoudt Boonstra

Afsluitdijk is a fictional film about the world’s longest causeway. Afsluitdijk tells the tale of ants, Sofie Lely, the great granddaughter of the engineer of The Afsluitdijk, and mixes facts with previously unknown tennis-related easter eggs.
Duration: 00:03:07

Driving Ms. Saudi (United States) by Walid Chaya

As of 2018, women are finally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Inspired by this news, a son must help his Saudi mother put her future in drive when she panics in the drivers seat for the first time.
Duration: 00:02:00

How Countries Fight Their Wars (Netherlands) by Thomas Loopstra, Maurice Baltissen

How countries fight their wars.
Duration: 00:02:00

Connections (Germany) by Jannis Alexander Kiefer

Words. Rooms. Family. History. (No) Connections. Ringing Bell.
Duration: 00:05:00

All Clear (United States) by Billy Palumbo

A three-minute tornado siren test provides a moment of uneasy but serene reflection on place, space, and color.
Duration: 00:03:21

Short Calf Muscle (Netherlands) by Victoria Warmerdam

Short Calf Muscle is an absurdist black comedy about Anders. And Anders is different. But he doesn’t know that. Yes, he’s also gay, but that’s not the point here. There is also this thing that others see but he doesn’t.
Duration: 00:13:00

Chaos (Germany) by Samuel Auer

CHAOS is a one-shot fairytale about the devil. What are one jogger, one hobo and two pigs doing in a forest? CHAOS is a story about greed and time, a deconstruction of known genres and form.
Duration: 00:04:59

Girl Above the River (United States) by Alexandria Searls

A girl plays and dances with the river. We see her from underneath the water.
Duration: 00:01:59

Rhizoma (Belgium) by Santiago Pérez Rodríguez

Hounds and transmission towers. Frequencies of flesh and electric howls. A disturbing atmosphere where the animal, the organic and the industrial blend.
Duration: 00:03:00

A Walk (Russian Federation) by Ivan Arkhipov

Discovering the inner myself is similar to supernova. Initially shape is fuzzy, no edges, everything is flowing and unclear. I'm walking down the road of life, and I discover new forms of Myself. Interlacing light and darkness fills me up with experience. Consciousness expands. Misery makes me convex, more versatile, multi-character. In the same time it wakes up an animal inside me, fearful and aggressive, on the prowl in search of prey. I wander around my subconscious, stumbling and falling. Maybe the cross will help me to cleanse, but there are too many temptations around me. They rise up the darkness inside me... And darkness grows and fulfills the spaces. I'm begging the sky to give me an understanding of who am I and what am I living for. Single frame animation made of graphic prints in the art of drypoint engraving. Hand printed with intaglio press. Animation frames are needle etched on the aluminum plates.
Duration: 00:04:40

Love (Canada) by Benoit Ouellet

The friendship between Sam and Mathieu ends.
Duration: 00:04:42

Detached (United States) by Frances Love

Lines warp and grids distort, a mother and daughter are brought together. 00:03:05

Alma (Netherlands) by Kevin Kessels

A neglected girl is about to leave her parents behind, but before her departure, she decides to pay one last visit to her mother in hospital. The film explores the ethical dilemma of leaving family behind. A dreamy 'slice of life' story interwoven with symbolism and metaphors.
Duration: 00:20:15


023_GRETA_S (Germany) by Annika Birgel

A young actress' audition quickly spirals out of control, turning into an intimate and manipulative interrogation. As she fights to stand her ground, one pressing question will remain: how far will she go to get the role? 023_GRETA_S is a disquieting drama about the abuse of power in the film industry.
Duration: 00:11:59

Princess Rita (United States) by Blair Waters

A lonely insurance adjuster becomes consumed by his desire to meet his internet girlfriend, who claims to be a princess from a faraway country in need of his financial help in order to meet him in Southern Florida.
Duration: 00:09:55

Dispersion (Switzerland) by Basile Vuillemin

A man uses an automated funeral homes company to bury his mother.
Duration: 00:08:26

14.05 always a kind of onward (Netherlands) by Guido F.G. Jeurissen

Narrated by Rotterdam’s city poet Dean Bowen with his memorial poem ‘always a kind of onward’ the viewer is challenged to relive the bombing of the city of Rotterdam on the 14th of May 1940. However, this time, in the context of the present. In a city rebuilt, a heedless community moves forward. The clock hits five ‘o clock. Leftover wage slaves drip homewards; an old couple can’t even remember each other’s existence and a young pregnant woman struggles to find her way in an overcrowded subway. For just a moment, time freezes. Stuck in an infinite feedback loop. Until a colossal eruption awakens the city and embraces it in a blanket of black smoke. Taking everyone’s breath.
Duration: 00:08:00

Crossing Over (Switzerland) by Lotti Bauer

Duration: 00:04:00

White Male (United States) by Jared Hogan

A brief portrait of a young man's interior world as he spirals from hypothetical to physical violence.
Duration: 00:04:00

Double Take (United Kingdom) by Arthur Cauty

Sometimes, no reaction is the worst reaction.
Duration: 00:01:30

Wognum (Netherlands) by Tim Bary

Mathijs is 42 years old and an avid member of the hardcore world. A life of raving, taking pills and jumping up and down and up and down. A rough and harsh life at first sight, but Matthijs found warmth there, warmth he couldn’t find elsewhere. Having had a difficult childhood, with parents who didn’t believe in his dream, he discovered a different world in the hardcore scene. An answer for his loneliness, a place where he felt understood. Unfortunately life is not an ever ongoing party, and Matthijs’ loneliness comes back to haunt him again. This affects his relationship with his friend René, and not knowing what to do he locks himself up in his attic during the day, dreaming of his long lost passion to become a world class pianist. He decides to pick up the pieces and bring back life in his piano playing fingers again.
Duration: 00:53:44

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Red Lights Film