World Cinema Amsterdam

World Cinema Amsterdam

Aug 15, 2019Aug 24, 2019
Rialto and De Balie
11 euros for a standard adult ticket

World Cinema Amsterdam

World Cinema Amsterdam is an annual film festival, focusing on movies from Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, Asia and Africa. Showcasing a wealth of independent films from these countries, it is a special kind of film festival not to be missed. 

Celebrating 10 years of World Cinema Amsterdam

From August 15-24, the Rialto cinema will be celebrating the 10th edition of World Cinema Amsterdam (WCA). The film festival has been presenting some of the best films from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for a decade now, with a variety of beautiful films, many by young directors, offering an unforgettable perspective on life in these parts of the world. 

The 10th-anniversary edition will take place at Rialto and De Balie, with open-air screenings at various locations as early as August 7. All films will be shown with English subtitles, so no need to worry about having to read Dutch! Tickets will be available on the World Cinema Amsterdam website from August 1.

World Cinema Amsterdam - Opening Film - Temblores

Focus Programme: Cinema Indonesia

Every year, the festival zooms in on films from a specific country or region. This year, that country is Indonesia. Within the focus programme, the festival screens feature films, documentaries and short films by talented young filmmakers, addressing a wide range of cultural, social and political issues. In collaboration with programmers and filmmakers from Indonesia, WCA showcases the current state of affairs in Indonesian cinema.

New this year at World Cinema Amsterdam

Apart from nine international competition films and the Cinema Indonesia focus, WCA will include a completely new feature this year: World Cinema Amsterdam Presents, with films by Dutch filmmakers who have roots in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean. As a first, this year's festival will also showcase several family films.

World Cinema Open Air at Marie Heinekenplein

Films under the starry sky: World Cinema Open Air

At the start of the festival, World Cinema Amsterdam will present World Cinema Open Air. Immerse yourself in the magic of the big screen against the backdrop of a lush park or in the cosy neighbourhood De Pijp and enjoy a perfect film evening under the starry sky.

The screenings will start at sunset, around 9.30pm, but feel free to go earlier and chill out in one of the hammocks. One great thing about the festival is that you can visit the open-air programme for free (voluntary contributions are greatly appreciated)! After the festival, VU (Vrije University Amsterdam) will offer an additional open-air programme at the On the Roof Film Festival. 

Open-Air Programme:

Here's an overview of the open-air cinema screenings:

  • Marie Heinekenplein: August 7-10
  • Vondelpark Openluchttheater: August 10, 16 & 17
  • VU - On the Roof Film Festival: September 3-6

Check out the full open-air film programme in the events section of the World Cinema Amsterdam Facebook page

World Cinema Amsterdam - Cemara Family

What else to expect at World Cinema Amsterdam

WCA is not about to let the 10-year anniversary go unnoticed. In addition to the new programme features, you can look forward to lavish parties, a new award and a lot of visiting filmmakers. Last but not least, in addition to this year's Indonesian focus programme, Ron Gastrobar Indonesia will provide the food during the festival. Yum! 

Stay tuned

Follow World Cinema Amsterdam on social media to stay updated on the ticket sale start and the announcement of their full programme!

Buy your film festival tickets

Make sure to get your tickets to World Cinema Amsterdam in advance. Tickets to the film festival can be found on the World Cinema Amsterdam website.

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