International film festival Film by the Sea is the fourth biggest festival of the Netherlands with 46,000 admissions yearly. The festival celebrates film with a focus on book adaptations and French language films. Film by the Sea takes place in the coastal city of Vlissingen, in the southwest of the Netherlands. The 24th edition runs from 8 until 18 September.

Competitions and awards
Film by the Sea’s main competition is the Film & Literature Competition in which eight films compete for the Film & Literature Award. The jury consists of Dutch writers, actors, musicians and directors.
Besides the Film & Literature Competition, Film by the Sea boasts several other competitions and awards, most notably:

* Vive le cinéma! – French language films
* Career Achievement Award, previously awarded to Sophia Loren, Bruno Ganz, Claudia Cardinale, Morgan Freeman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci and Paul Verhoeven among others
* Youth Jury Award
* International Student Jury Award

You can register films for Film by the Sea 2022 until 1 July 2022. Film by the Sea upholds a restrictive policy regarding unsolicited applications. This is due to the fact that we have a ‘Best of the Fests’ programming policy, i.e. the majority of the selected films have previously screened at major international film festivals such as Berlin and Cannes. In the following categories we call upon makers to apply their films:

• Book adaptations (long and short, Dutch and international)
• Feature films and documentaries from Zeeland makers and/or with a Zeeland theme (long and short)
• Dutch fiction films and documentaries (long)
• Documentaries and fiction films with a maritime theme (long)

• Long films have a length of at least 80 minutes (fiction films) or 60 minutes (documentaries)
• Short films have a length of up to 20 minutes.
Unfortunately, films that do not meet the above criteria will not be processed.
If you want to register a film, please send an e-mail with title, short synopsis and viewing link to, stating ‘Film by the Sea 2022 application’ and one of our programmers will contact you.

Press and industry
(International) press and other industry professionals are welcome at Film by the Sea. Please send an e-mail to to request accreditation.
If you would like to receive more information on Film by the Sea, please send any questions you may have to