The Northern Film Festival

8-12 November, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)

The Noordelijk Film Festival (Northern Film Festival) is celebrating its 38th edition this year. With over 150 films in five days and 20 to 25 thousand visits annually, it is one of the largest and oldest regional film festivals in The Netherlands. The festival brings engaging feature films, intriguing documentaries, outstanding arthouse for die hard cinema lovers as well as special premieres, international guests, short films, classics, music, fun parties and a great atmosphere. All this takes place in the vibrant city centre of Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland and European Capital of Culture in 2018.

The Main Showpiece
The Northern Film Festival is the only film festival in The Netherlands that presents a wide Northern Focus, main showpiece of the festival. A major film expedition through Northern Europe: from Iceland via Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to Scandinavia and the Baltic States. Moreover, within this focus, we provide a stage and stepping stone for talent from our own region with several competitions, a film meeting and the spectacular 48 Hour Film Project.

Various side programmes
In addition to our Northern Focus, there are several interesting side programmes. Film and music come together perfectly in the Sounds & Cinema programme. Film & Food puts a number of tasty events on the menu. Summer Birds offers a trip through Central and Southern Europe, especially for sunaddicts. In Festival Secrets you will discover films and other art forms or activities on exciting locations.

The Northern Film Festival is praised for its hospitality. Please feel welcome!

You can download our film programma by clicking on the following link: Northern Film Festival programme in English.

On our (dutch written) programme page, you will find all the films we screen at our festival. If you click on the title or ‘lees more’ button, which means ‘read more’, you will find a short English summary of the film below the Dutch text. If it says ‘Engels gesproken’ it means the films is English spoken, if it says ‘Engels ondertiteld’ it means English subtitles. The schedule can be found here. Again, if you can’t understand Dutch, please look for the ‘e.o.’ (English subtitles) or ‘en’ (English spoken) films.