Dutch film festivals and archives offer online streaming of arthouse films

Dutch film festivals and archives offer online streaming of arthouse films

Dutch film festivals and archives offer online streaming of arthouse films

Events and festivals are being cancelled left, right and centre and that's understandable, what with coronavirus in our midst. What's remarkable is that some Dutch film festivals have decided to go ahead, thanks to online streaming and partnerships with video player websites such as Picl. What's more, some eminent film archives such as those at the iconic Eye Museum are open for online viewing.

Stay safe at home and watch Dutch and international films

Get enlightened with arthouse gems, compelling documentaries and Dutch and international hits from the comfort of your home! Look out for films with English subtitles and if you can't find what you're looking for, why not watch some Dutch films on Netflix or Dutch TV series on Netflix?

Movies That Matter Festival

Movies That Matter Festival is a film festival running this week until March 28! It uses the power of film to promote human rights and social justice.

The Hague, as an international city of peace and justice, is the designated home of the Movies that Matter Festival, which is funded by Amnesty International and takes place once a year. This year, there’s no need to go all the way to The Hague – you can discover the festival from the comfort of your sofa!

Films can be streamed for a fee of 8,50 euros and they can be viewed within a 48-hour timeframe. At the festival, it’s not only films that are going ahead: interviews with directors and producers will still take place and you can even join in discussions and Q&A sessions.

Check out the Movies That Matter Facebook page for the latest information. Scroll down and you’ll find all the details in English that you could possibly need to make your online festival experience one to remember.


For five days, Cinedans Festival shows the best international dance films and installations and explores the synthesis between dance and cinematography. This year, the festival is going ahead online!

In the last decade, Cinedans has grown into the largest and most diverse dance-related film festival in the world! It explores significant developments in the fusion of dance and film while also looking towards the future of these artistic genres. 

It's normally based in the iconic Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam. It is a meeting place for choreographers, directors and film and dance lovers from around the world - a renowned platform for exchanging creative ideas. Get online and see for yourself.


Now that we are in the midst of the coronavirus measures to stay safe at home, there are new ways of living our lives, which involves a lot of kids staying at home with their parents. On NPO Start, kids can now watch movies for free thanks to Cinedkid's online portal.

Just because you are over the age of 12 doesn’t mean that these films aren’t for you, though! These films are perfect for Dutch-speaking children, kids who are working on their Dutch, and adults! Many people would say that movies and TV shows aimed at kids are very useful for adults trying to learn Dutch. There’s more to Cinekid’s online films than meet the eye!

Cinekid Festival is the largest media festival for children on the entire planet. The film festival takes place once a year and there’s also a year-round programme with films, apps, educational fun and workshops.  

International Film Festival Rotterdam 

Rotterdam is home to one of the leading film festivals each year in the Netherlands, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The festival returns to present a diverse programme of movies online, in IFFR Unleashed! It took place at the start of the year and escaped the coronavirus chaos, but still, the films are there to be enjoyed online.

Nederlands Film Festival

You can get some cutting-edge Dutch-language films and television on the Nederlands Film Festival website. Both documentary and fiction films are featured and themes vary from environmental threats to human rights to LGBTQ equality, race and gender issues.

The film festival, which takes place in Utrecht in autumn each year, offers hidden gems and independent experimental films, celebrating Dutch talent. No need to wait until September  - just have a peek online instead!

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has over 300 free documentaries that you can find on the IDFA website. IDFA happens each year in Amsterdam and is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

In the last edition, around 300 titles were shown, having been selected from more than 3.000 submissions. Along with offering filmmakers an incredible platform within the documentary industry, the public programme offers a valuable opportunity for audiences to see and be inspired by films that have a social impact.

Eye Film Museum archive

Watch some gems from the Eye Film Museum archives. The Eye Film Museum, also known as The EYE Film Institute, is the Dutch centre for film culture and heritage, dedicated to developing a distinctive film culture in the Netherlands. During the corona crisis, the organisation is keen to share their wealth of films, videos and sound files with the public.

Visit the EYE Film museum website and the EYE Film Museum youtube channel, which, in their own words, will "satisfy your movie cravings".

Keep calm and enjoy films from your sofa

There's such a broad range of film available online, whether you're a regular Netflix user or you seek out other sources of first-rate films. We hope this selection of Dutch film organisations offering streaming can help you in having an enlightening experience during these unusual times.

Rachel Deloughry


Rachel Deloughry

Rachel is a writer, editor and digital content creator, passionate about the arts, culture and lifestyle.

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