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Imagine Film Festival
LocationEYE Film Institute Netherlands
AwardsSilver Scream Award, Silver Méliès, Black Tulip Award
Festival dateAnnually

The Imagine Film Festival is an annual film festival in Amsterdam. The festival aims to acquaint both film lovers and the general public with a selection of historical and recent films from genres such as knowledge fantasy, horror and science fiction. A large part of the program consists of genre films, exploitation films, cult films and obscure films, though the offer has become increasingly diverse over the years. The event is organized by the Foundation AFFF for no profit and receives subsidies from the Film Fund and the City of Amsterdam.

The Festival was created in 1991 as the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, before changing its name in 2009.


The main program consists of several new European, Western and Asian genre films. Many of these films have their European or Dutch premiere during the AFFF. Some films go in the rotation afterwards . There is also the festival of knowledge and discussion between professionals and other interested parties, through free access 'Q & A', a symposium and a masterclass. Since 2000 there is a special educational youth part of the festival: AFFF Kids. This gives children the opportunity to connect with film and film production, knowledge in a playful way and involve them in the discussion on current and historical themes, which are mentioned in the films shown. The Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in 1984 founded by Jan Doense, director of short films and founder of The Night of Bad Taste. In more than two decades, the AFFF become the Weekend of Terror into a mature 'player' in the festival circuit. Through the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF), the AFFF since 1996 is connected, the Foundation works closely with many other European film festivals in this genre.


In 1991, in the Alhambra Theatre on the Weteringschans the first Weekend Of Terror laid the foundation for the current Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival. During this weekend were lovers of horror movies relish the better splatter and horror. But Weekend Of Terror was also a haven for movie lovers who diligently in another Italian zombie fest collapsed, but it was also agreed that the work of David Cronenberg deserved serious attention. With Cronenberg retrospective in 1984, the festival was ahead of its time, while with selections from the work of Lucio Fulci (1987) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (1991) prevailing views about quality were challenged. Meanwhile, the AFFF grown into a 'player' in the festival circuit, while paying attention to films from various genres. Thus organized the AFFF in 2004 the Golden Méliès Gala, when prices for the best European fantastic long and short film were presented. Furthermore, saw the AFFF his adult status recently confirmed by the awarding of the (four-year) grants by both the Ministry of Education and the City of Amsterdam. Since 2009, the festival has a new name: Imagine Film Festival.[1] With the name change, the organization wants to emphasize that the festival has become more focused on films that can not be strictly defined as fantasy, horror or science fiction over the years.[1] In 2013, the festival moved to the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam North.


During the festival the following prizes: Silver Scream Award Lifetime / Career Achievement Award Silver Méliès Golden Méliès Nomination The Black Tulip Award Imagine Time Capsule

Lifetime/Career Achievement Award[edit]

The Lifetime/Career Achievement Award has been awarded since 2000. The winners are: 2014 - Alejandro Jodorowsky (Career Achievement Award) 2013 - Neil Jordan 2012 - Stan Lee 2011 - Rutger Hauer 2010 - Dick Maas 2008 - Tim Burton (Career Achievement Award) 2007 - Terry Gilliam (Career Achievement Award) 2006 - Roger Corman 2005 - Ray Harryhausen 2005 - Paul Naschy 2004 - not awarded 2003 - Lloyd Kaufman 2002 - Paul Verhoeven 2001 - Dario Argento 2000 - Wes Craven

Silver Scream Award[edit]

The Silver Scream Award is voted by the audience of the festival.

Year Film Title Director
2019 One Cut of the Dead[2] Shinchiro Ueda
2018 Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson
2017 Get Out Jordan Peele
2016 They Call Me Jeeg Gabriele Mainetti
2015 Ex Machina Alex Garland
2014 Jodorowsky's Dune Frank Pavich
2013 The Battery Jeremy Gardner
2012 The Raid Gareth Evans
2011 The Perfect Host Nick Tomnay
2010 Mary and Max Adam Elliot
2009 Let the right one in Tomas Alfredson
2008 REC Jaume Balagueró en Paco Plaza
2007 Adam's Apples Anders Thomas Jensen
2006 Ordinary Man Vincent Lannoo
2005 Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow
2004 Tempus Fugit Enric Folch
2003 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki
2002 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly
2001 Heart of the Warrior Daniel Monzón
2000 Galaxy Quest Dean Parisot
1999 eXistenZ David Cronenberg
1998 Dark City Alex Proyas
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Robert Rodriguez
1995 Dellamorte Dellamore Michele Soavi
1994 Return of the Living Dead 3 Brian Yuzna
1993 Braindead Peter Jackson
1992 Akira Katsuhiro Otomo
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme
1990 Nightbreed Clive Barker

Méliès Awards[edit]

The Méliès Awards are an initiative of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF), the AFFF since 1996 member. Eight so-called affiliated festivals granted each year to two Silver Méliès Award during their festival, namely one for the best long and one for the best short film fantastic. The winners then join the two things Méliès d'Or Awards, which will be awarded to one of the eight festivals involved annually. Amsterdam Méliès winners:

Amsterdam Méliès-winnaars:

Year Film Title Director
2019 O Beautiful Night[3] Xaver Xylophon
2018 The Place[4] Paolo Genovese
2017 Skins[5] Eduardo Casanova
2016 The Survivalist Stephen Fingleton
2015 Liza, the Fox-Fairy Károly Ujj Mészáros
2014 Der Samurai Till Kleinert
2013 The End Jorge Torregrossa
2012 Sleep Tight Jaume Balagueró
2011 Suiker Jeroen Annokkeé
2010 Transmission Roland Vranik
2009 Before the Fall F. Javier Gutiérrez
2008 The King of the Mountain Gonzalo López-Gallego
2007 Them David Moreau & Xavier Palud
2006 Storm Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein
2005 Calvaire Fabrice du Welz
2004 The Green Butchers Anders Thomas Jensen
2003 My Little Eye Marc Evans
2002 The Devil's Backbone Guillermo del Toro
2001 Heart of the Warrior Daniel Monzón

Black Tulip Award[edit]

In 2006 set jury prize, the Black Tulip Award, in 2006 was awarded in three categories, but then only in the category of Best Feature:

Category Film Title Director
Best Feature 2019 The Father's Shadow Gabriela Amaral Almeida
Best Feature 2018 Tigers Are Not Afraid Issa López
Best Feature 2017 Are We Not Cats Xander Robin
Best Feature 2016 Into the Forest Patricia Rozema
Best Feature 2015 Sunrise Partho Sen-Gupta
Best Feature 2014 Coherence James Ward Byrkit
Best Feature 2013 Wolf Children Mamoru Hosoda
Best Feature 2012 Eddie: the sleepwalking cannibal Boris Rodriguez
Best Feature 2011 Bedevilled Jang Cheol-soo
Best Feature 2010 The Seventh Circle Arpad Sopsits
Best Feature 2009 Let the right one in Tomas Alfredson
Best Feature 2008 Timecrimes Nacho Vigalondo
Best Feature 2007 The Bothersome Man Jens Lien
Best Feature 2006 Next Door Pål Sletaune
Best Feature Debut 2006 MirrorMask Dave McKean & Neil Gaiman
Best Short 2006 Doll Nr. 639 András Dési & Gábor Móray

Imagine Time Capsule[edit]

This prize is awarded for online entries since 2010:

Year Film Title Director
2015 We Love Robots Bram Roza and Jurriaan Verdoold
2014 Looking for Laika Thijs Molenaar and Laurens Roorda
2013 Monsterpop Boriz Baatsen
2012 Mayan Prophecy Geoffrey Cramm
2011 Under the Dress Sasha Meijer
2010 The Vegan Vampire Suzi Terror


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