The festival

The sixteenth edition of Film by the takes place from Friday 12 until Sunday 21 September in Vlissingen, a seaside town in the province of Zeeland, the Netherlands. This year, the festival will once again make a name for itself with special films, guests, premieres and other events.

DioraphteFilm by the Sea distinguishes itself from other Dutch and European festivals by emphasising the links between film and literature. This can be seen, among other things, in its main competition. In the Dioraphte Film and Literature Competition, twelve recent literary adaptations are judged by a professional jury. The jury consists of Dutch (or Flemish) writers, filmmakers, actors and/or other professionals from the film industry. During the Award Ceremony, they hand out the Dioraphte Film and Literature Award to the best new literary adaptation.

FestivalHowever, Film by the Sea is more than a film and literature festival. Aside from the many premieres, much attention is also given to vulnerable cinema. We import around 100 films from all over the world that would otherwise never be screened in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we encourage interaction with our public as well as between the public and the visiting artists. The festival has its own educational programme, courses, workshops and plenty of Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Foto Morgan FreemanNumerous prominent filmmakers, writers and actors have visited Film by the Sea in the past few years. Among them we find: Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives) Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), Ben Elton (Blackadder, Blast from the Past), Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things), Morgan Freeman (Seven, Million Dollar Baby), James Ivory (The Remains of the Day, Howard’s End) and in 2007 Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) and Volker Schlöndorff (Die Blechtrommel). Several of these filmmakers and actors have received unique Awards, in order to honor their influential career.


Discussion in collaboration with PEN after Manuscripts Dont Burn

After the screening of Manuscripts Don’t Burn on sunday 14 September, there will be a discussion organised in ...

Actrice Sylvia Hoeks wins first Sylvia Kristel Award

Actress Sylvia Hoeks will be the first person to ever receive the Sylvia Kristel Award during the Award Ceremony on friday...

New subprogramme: Van Boek naar Doek

There is a new subprogramme for distributors and filmproducers at Film by the Sea; ‘Van Boek naar Doek’ (Dutch for from ...