Film Submissions

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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 No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.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.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. 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.

2018 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.

Tuesday, September 18 at 19h (7PM)
Tuesday, September 18 at 20h50 (8.50PM)
Wednesday, September 19 at 19h (7PM)
Wednesday, September 19 at 19h50 (7.50PM)
Wednesday, September 19 at 20h50 (8.50PM)
Thursday, September 20 at 19h30 (7.30PM)
Thursday, September 20 at 20h25 (8.25PM)
Thursday, September 20 at 21h45 (9.45PM)
Admission is free of charge.

Jim Jarmusch, a focus on his early work

We’ll also pay tribute to the masters of the independent film industry and explore the beginnings of their creative journeys. In 2018 we’ll look at the early oeuvre of American arthouse pioneer Jim Jarmusch. Drawing inspiration from French New-Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville, Jarmusch’s brooding style emphasizes mood over narrative structure, and blends American filmmaking tradition with European and Japanese influences. We’ve selected three acclaimed early pieces to highlight his genius: Permanent Vacation (1980), Down by Law (1986) and Mystery Train (1989).


Backstory (Germany) by Joschka Laukeninks

As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.
Duration: 00:08:00

The Boudoir (Canada) by David Latreille

A two-minute short film about a young woman experiencing music through a psychotic phase.
Duration: 00:02:22

New Neighbors (United States) by E.G. Bailey

How far will a Mother go to protect her children? A 2017 Sundance Official Selection, New Neighbors is a story about a mother and her two sons who move to a new neighborhood, and because of all the killings and assaults on Black lives she is determined to keep her family safe. She takes to the neighborhood with kids in tow. A clever, resourceful, and unique approach to the BLM dialogue.
Duration: 00:09:25

The Last Letters (Netherlands) by Keely Vulkers

‘De Laatste Letters’ is a short film about the consciousness of losing and the passing of time. Katharina is a writer, driven by love and experiences. By writing she is trying to preserve her experiences and the feelings that go along with them.
Duration: 00:14:10

Yuri on the Phone (Netherlands ) by Rene Nuijens and Steve Korver

‘Yuri on the Phone’ is a dry tragic short comedy featuring Serbian film diva Rada Đuričin (1934) as a woman whose passion for Yuri Gagarin (1934-68) is still as strong as when it was first set aflame in 1961.
Duration: 00:06:06

The Velvet Underground Played at My High School (United States) by Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli

This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: 'There She Goes', 'Venus in Furs', and 'Heroin'. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a 'murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance' that 'increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to play' which'swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment...' Half the audience walked out.
Duration: 00:08:00

Les Homards Immortels (Night Song) (Belgium) by Kate Voet

Over the course of a lengthy night, Alba and Max meet after a brief and crude separation, rediscovering each other while uncovering their motivations and desires against the backdrop of an anonymous, foreign city. They find themselves balancing on the thin line between solitude and establishing a connection. Les Homards Immortels is a film about how our memories are reshaped over time, how they can differ, and how we can desire to revisit a moment in the past to try to change the unchangeable and unsay what’s been said.
Duration: 00:13:13

Nicabob (United States) by Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson

A lonely teenager inadvertently makes a real human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.
Duration: 00:14:00

Moonlight Princess (Israel) by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss

Despite her albinism and only 8% sight, it is the 19-years-old Ruths greatest dream to become an actress. But her way is full of small hurdles of everyday life, which we experience with her in an audiovisual voyage.
Duration: 00:13:00

A Dog Leashed (United States) by Dane Cree

Self-reflection through meditation. A look at the shadow self.
Duration: 00:03:00


Permanent Vacation (1980 - United States) by Jim Jarmusch

Permanent Vacation is a 1980 film directed, written and produced by Jim Jarmusch. It was the director's first release, and was shot on 16 mm film shortly after he dropped out of film school. This film is often credited as the birth of the director's original style and character schemes. The film won the Josef von Sternberg Award at the 1980 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival. The main character, played by Chris Parker, wanders around a dingy New York atmosphere and is confronted by a number of intriguing characters as he ponders the questions of life, and searches for a better place.
Jim Jarmusch, a focus on his early work / Duration: 01:15:00


Scandal (Réunion) by Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx

This animation made of 2500 paintings tells the story of a man who tries to run away from his fate. He is seeking for success, fame, happiness and love... But the city is too strong and he can't win. Sadly, he becomes a powerless witness of his own fall, just like a bee trapped in a spiderweb.
Duration: 00:04:10

Train Man (United States) by Alex Barsky

A social outcast makes a home for himself inside of a train car.
Duration: 00:01:49

Mum, I'm back (Greece) by Dimitris Katsimiris

A woman returns, after 40 years, to the village where she was born. The cause is the death of her mother. She keeps an old photograph in her hands: a mother with her two sons. Arriving at the cemetery, she encounters the faces of all those she left behind.
Duration: 00:04:40

Enough (United Kingdom ) by Anna Mantzaris

Moments of lost self-control.
Duration: 00:02:19

La Sabotage - Rabengasse (Germany) by Luis August Krawen

Music video for the song "Rabengasse" by the austrian band La Sabotage. Created by Luis August Krawen.
Duration: 00:03:55

Danny Wylde (United States) by Matthew Kaundart

Inspired by an essay by former porn star “Danny Wylde”, this film explores the darker, less talked about side of the porn industry and the consequences of working in it.
Duration: 00:02:56

Yo Marco! (Hungary) by Kostil Luka

A short story about love and texting.
Duration: 00:03:35

Sleepers (Netherlands) by Danny Maas

When the depressed Herman wants to end his life by jumping in front of a train, he gets competition from a suicidal man. They start a competition: who is the saddest, and who deserves the approaching train.
Duration: 00:08:45


It's Her (United States) by Travis Newsad

A "How-To" video maker runs into a slight snag while editing his project.
Duration: 00:01:00

Vianey (Finland) by Marko Vuorinen

“Vianey” is an intensely personal documentary portrait about the life and hardships of the New Jersey and Bronx based underground hip hop artist Vianey Otero, also known by the stage name So Icey Trap. The film reveals the raw reality behind growing up on the streets, the lure of escorting, everyday life in jail, and being a female artist in the music industry. Vianey tells her story with unapologetic strength and honesty. Visually, the film takes the viewer on a meditative journey through the important locations of Vianey’s life.
Duration: 00:55:00


Down by Law (1986 - United States/Germany) by Jim Jarmusch

Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, and escape from jail of three men. It discards jailbreak film conventions by focusing on the interaction between the convicts rather than on the mechanics of the escape. A key element in the film is Robby Müller's slow-moving camerawork, which captures the architecture of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou to which the cellmates escape.
Jim Jarmusch, a focus on his early work / Duration: 01:35:00


Pawnshop (Ukraine) by Liza Litvinenko

Visualization of a poem by Karina Piliugina.
Duration: 00:02:10

Save (Spain) by Iván Sáinz-Pardo

Dawns. A baby breaks the silence.
Duration: 00:03:54

Sleep on the Tracks (Canada) by Jasmin Mozaffari

Kat, an unemployed single mom struggles to prepare for an impending interview while also having to face the task of managing her restless young daughter Jayden, who has just returned from spending an exciting week with her father.
Duration: 00:12:45

The Double (Netherlands) by Nicola Hepp

A man experiences an unsettling encounter with someone very much like himself. The Double is about the anonymity of urban life and takes its inspiration from the notion of a 'doppelgänger', a double.
Duration: 00:01:28

#selfie (Germany) by David M. Lorenz

A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie... The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.
Duration: 00:05:00

Different - Je Suis Différent.E (France) by Ben Lemaire

I came out as a transgender to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.
Duration: 00:02:20

The Dead Man Speaks (Netherlands) by Marcos Mereles

A dead man's thoughts about his current state.
Duration: 00:02:27

Fractal (Australia) by Dyllan Corbett

As fragmented patterns recur under darkness, we untangle ourselves from the chaos to find connection in the light.
Duration: 00:03:40

Me, documented (United Kingdom) by Caity Lougheed

Not content with trivial photographs to remember events, a young woman seeks help from a voyeur with a video camera to document her life; every moment of it.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (Brazil) by Frederico Evaristo

Just another fashion shoot in our fashion world. It is an experience about the (ab)use of the power, in a critical self reflection of two photographers testing limits. You just have to swallow it.
Duration: 00:02:21

Kalinka (Netherlands) by Remy Kooi

Obsessed by his handheld game a man doesn't notice that the game is overtaking his reality.
Duration: 00:05:00


The pencil (Switzerland) by Basile Vuillemin

An unsharp pencil, it's very annoying.
Duration: 00:00:30

Songs in the Sun (Denmark) by Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard

On a hot summer day, Anna visits her childhood friend Julie, on the Danish island Møn, where they both grew up. Julie is obsessed with an old Danish myth and spends all her time in the forest. According to Julie's mother Sonja, Julie is depressed. Anna is there to cheer Julie up and convince her to give up her childish fantasies. But as the three women relax on the beach under a clear blue sky, Julie disappears. In the course of one single hot summer day an ancient Danish myth changes the life of three different women. Songs in the Sun is an art-house thriller, set in the dramatic landscape of the island Møn, about lost friendship and the need of spirituality and myth to cope with grief.
Duration: 01:10:15


Mystery Train (1989 - United States/Japan) by Jim Jarmusch

Mystery Train is a 1989 independent anthology film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and set in Memphis, Tennessee. The film is a triptych of stories involving foreign protagonists unfolding over the course of the same night. "Far From Yokohama" features a Japanese couple (Youki Kudoh and Masatoshi Nagase) on a blues pilgrimage, "A Ghost" focuses on an Italian widow (Nicoletta Braschi) stranded in the city overnight, and "Lost in Space" follows the misadventures of a newly single and unemployed Englishman (Joe Strummer) and his companions (Rick Aviles and Steve Buscemi). They are linked by a run-down flophouse overseen by a night clerk (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) and his disheveled bellboy (Cinqué Lee), a scene featuring Elvis Presley's "Blue Moon", and a gunshot.
Jim Jarmusch, a focus on his early work / Duration: 01:15:00

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