The Northern Film Festival

5-11 November, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)

Seven days of festival. Over 175 films. 20 to 25 thousand visits annually. That is the Noordelijk (or Northern) Film Festival. It’s one of the oldest and largest regional film festivals in The Netherlands.

We are celebrating the 39th edition, a special one, because the festival is part of the main programme of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. We’re sharing their slogans Dare to dream, Dare to act and Dare to be different on our opening night, we’re presenting films from all over Europe and we’re investing in the future, working on the legacy of a prosperous regional film climate with our New Generation programme, that is full of masterclasses and meetings between filmmakers.

Besides this, the Northern Film Festival is what you can expect it to be. Including many interesting, touching, humorous and thrilling films. There are feature films and shorts, brand new premieres and must-see classics, from established as well as upcoming talent. You can watch impressive documentaries, small arthouse films or big crowd pleasers, visit special premieres, join fun parties and meet our international guests. All in the great, vibrant atmosphere of Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland.

True to tradition, the main focus of the Northern Film Festival is the Northern Focus, a major film expedition through Northern Europe: from Iceland, through Ireland, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, up to the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States. A strong selection of the newest international feature films and documentaries, but also an ode to Ingmar Bergman, some film & food events, a programme from the Frisian Film Archive and many promising films from professional talents to amateur filmmakers from the local region in the Noorderkroon.

There is a smaller section called European Perspectives this year with films from the southern and eastern parts of Europe as well as a special selection of films connected to our own and other European Capitals of Culture.

More information in English

For the English translation of the film descriptions, we refer you to our programme, where all the films have English translations below the Dutch text. Here you can also check which films are provided with English subtitles (‘ondertiteld’) and don’t worry: there are quite a lot to choose from. You can also check out this pdf with an overview of films for non dutch speakers. We wish you a wonderful festival!