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Film&Science 2017 – Illusions: Trick & Treat your sight

After the 2016 edition about the sense of smell, the Institut Français des Pays-Bas is pleased to invite you to the 7th edition of the Film&Science Festival – “Illusions : Trick & Treat your Sight”, which will be held on the 12th and 13th April from 7pm at the FilmHallen in Amsterdam.  Should you wish to attend to the evenings, please, register by email to, stating the number of people. 

Check the full festival program here.

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

From April 3 to May 15, EYE and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of six public lectures at EYE devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage. Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses recent restoration projects and presentation forms of film heritage, varying from pre-cinema to recent experimental films and Hollywood classics. Besides regular film projections in cinemas, the lectures cover exhibitions and alternative presentation formats. Each session features a guest speaker, a Q&A and film screenings, often accompanied by live music.

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NALACS Thesis Award in film theatre Rialto

On Friday, March 31st, 2017, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), organizes a festive network event in film theatre Rialto in Amsterdam. The event is devoted to the annual award for the best thesis written on a Latin American or Caribbean topic at a Dutch university in the academic year 2015-2016. The nominated master students will all give a short presentation on their thesis, after which the jury will award the prize for best thesis and, this year for the first time, the best presentation.

The program will start at 3pm with the screening of Consuming the Future, a short film by Jaime Hoogesteger, President of NALACS, and a response and discussion by social scientist and activist, Rosabla Icaza Garza. After the ceremony, from 5pm onwards, there will be drinks and bites in the bar of Rialto. Entrance is free.

NALACS Thesis Award 2015-2016

Date:                Friday March 30, 2017
Time:                3-7pm (start program: 3pm, start drinks: 5pm)
Location:        Rialto (Ceintuurbaan 338, 1072 GN Amsterdam)
Entrance:       Free of charge and open for all to attend, both to the ceremony (3pm) and the drinks afterwards (5pm)

No registration needed, just come and join!

DocuDoka on the encounters between tourists and refugees

On Thursday March 30th, DocuDoka (of which the Film Team is part as well) organizes a film and discussion night on the encounters between tourists and refugees. The night in creative bar Doka will start with the screening of Holiday for Everyone (2017, Vakantie voor iedereen), a new documentary by Dutch film trio Annelies WezenbergMark Koster and Rik Lauwen about a temporary center for asylum seekers on a Dutch holiday park and their contact with the local vacationers there. After the screening, which also includes short film and PowNed news report on similar encounters in the Mediterranean region, there will be an interactive discussion with the filmmakers as well as two experts, (former) refugee worker Rebecca Streng and philosopher Ruud Welten.


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Screening of ‘Metalepsis in Black’

On Thursday the 23th and Friday the 24th of February the documentary Metalepsis in Black (Aryan Kaganof, 2016, 98 min) will be screened at film theatre Cavia. Metalepsis in Black is a powerful documentary about the student activism in South Africa and the debate about the non-existent equality in education and throughout contemporary society, 22 years after the supposted abolition of apartheid.

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Rise and Shine! This Must be Happiness – Research Lab UvA+Piet Zwart

The Research Labs in EYE on Art on 28 February and 16 May provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. In these Research Labs, students from ten art academies and universities put together a programme involving their own work and films (including remixes) from EYE’s collection. The Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. On 28 February and 16 May EYE will award a prize for the two best projects in collaboration with Heineken H41.

Tuesday the 28th of February will be an evening in collaboration with the Film Team of the University of Amsterdam and the Piet Zwart Institute to celebrate, challenge and contradict the age-old question of happiness. The programme will feature 17 original film and artworks presented by young researchers and artists who ask you tonight: are you happy?

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World Premiere Emerald Transmutations

The film Emerald Transmutations (2016), made by Ian Magor, D.N. Rodowick, Jacques Perconte, Polly Stanton, David Verdeure, Rosa Menkman and Film team member Patricia Pisters, will receive its world premiere at the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick, UK, on Friday March 3th. Jacques Perconte will be present for a Q&A after the screening and Patricia Pisters will give a talk at the Alchemical Visions Opening Symposium on Thursday March 2nd.

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Programme IFFR 2017 Now Available

In two days time the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 (25 January – 5 February) will start! Since its founding in 1972, it has become one of the most important events in the film world, maintaining its focus on independent and experimental films by emerging and established filmmakers. Film Team member, Patricia Pisters, takes part in the jury of the Tiger Shorts and is involved in two other festival programmes, including Black Rebels, a programme of films, documentaries, tv-series and art from and about.

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Sounds of Silence festival presents silent film masterpieces with cutting edge contemporary music, performed live. This year they celebrate our 3rd edition, coming to The Hague in February 24-26, 2017. The festival is sponsored by Gemeente Den Haag and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and hosted by theatre De Nieuwe Regentes, the Hague.

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Film Event on ‘The Jewish identity’

On Sunday January 22nd from 2.30-4pm the Joods Cultureel Kwartier (JHM) organizes a film afternoon on ‘The Jewish Identity. The main film of the afternoon is the ‘mockumentary’ Zelig (1983) by Woody Allen. This fictional documentary highlights the life and period of Leonard Zelig (played by Woody Allen), the ‘human chameleon’, whose overwhelming desire to conform is reflected in the ability to take on to the face and physical characteristics of whom he happens to meet. Film Studies alumni Amir Vodka will give a talk at the event.

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Special Film Screening of Reasonable Doubt

On Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 4pm, EYE Filmmuseum presents the latest film by cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal. Reasonable Doubt (2016) is an experiment to audio-visualise ‘thought’. Mixing docu-drama with theoretical fiction, the project stages scenes from the lives of philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) and the Swedish Queen Kristina (1626-1689). The screening is introduced by Mieke Bal, and followed by a Q&A session led by Giovanna Fossati, chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam.

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First DocuDoka in 2017 focuses on impact of voluntourism

We are proud to announce that we, the Film Studies Division of the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam, have become an official partner of DocuDoka, a bimonthly film and discusison night in Doka (Volkshotel Amsterdam) that explores the adverse effects of globalization. Every two months (usually the last Thursday of that month) an urgent issue in today’s global society will be discussed on the basis of a documentary and discussion with special guests and the audience. 

The first DocuDoka of 2017 will focus on the help and harm of volunteer tourism. On Friday January 27th, the film and discussion will start with the world premiere of Making a Difference (2017), a documentary on voluntourism made by Dutch film trio Brechtje Boeke, Kuba Szutkowski and Reinier Vriend. After the screening they will open a discussion on the ethics of voluntourism together with Krista Arriëns from Rambam, the satirical journalistic Dutch television program that recently aired a critical episode on voluntourism.


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IFFR Short Film 2017

As a central part of International Film Festival Rotterdam, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Shown on a variety of formats from 3D to 35mm film, it is a celebration of all forms of film and video. The 2017 edition of IFFR Short Film presents 23 films in the Tiger Competition for Short Films, now in its 12th year. Three award winners will be selected by a jury of three, comprising Finnish artist Salla Tykkä, Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film) at Tate, and Patricia Pisters, Professor of Media Studies and Film team member at the University of Amsterdam.

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New DocuDoka film and discussion night on child sex tourism

On Friday, December 2nd, DocuDoka will host the third edition of their bimonthly film and discussion series in creative night bar Doka, located in the basement of the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The central question of the night will be: why is child sex tourism so difficult to prevent? This question will be addressed by screening two new documentaries on child sex tourism, SOS: Sold Out Slaves (2016) and Fallen Angels (2016), and having a discussion afterwards with Celine Verheijen of Defence for Children, Anneke Koning of the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, and the audience. The moderator will be Inge Hermann, Associate Professor Ethics & Tourism at Saxion University of Applied Sciences.  Film team member Emiel Martens is one of the organizers of the event.  

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Meet in the Middle

On Saturday November 5, 2016, Marie-Aude Baronian, Director of the MA Film studies, will be a speaker at the symposium Meet in the Middle:  Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film. In the context of a retrospective on the video installations of filmmaker Atom Egoyan (at the MacKenzie museum) and an Armenian film series (organized by the University of Regina, Canada) she will be talking about testimony and otherness in Egoyan’s work.

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This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Beeldenstorm, the wave of iconoclasm that swept over the Low Countries in 1566. This defining moment in Netherlandish history will be commemorated with a two-day symposium ICONOCLASM: BEELDENSTORM AND BEYOND, which will consider the Beeldenstorm in relation to iconoclasm as a global phenomenon. The symposium will be held on 9 and 10 December 2016, in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum and the aula of the University of Amsterdam. The program and registration are now online:


Book launch of Thomas Elsaesser’s new book

The book launch of Thomas Elsaesser’s new book, Film History as Media Archaeology: Tracking Digital Cinema, will take place on Friday October 14th, 2016 from 13.00 till 16.30 hrs in EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. You are able to reserve a seat by sending an RSVP-email to before October 7th. The launch event is made possible with support of the Department of Media Studies.

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Pllek Going Places | Afrolijk

On Friday September 23th, the fourth and last edition this summer of Pllek Going Places, co-organized by Film Team member Emiel Martens, will take place at Amsterdam city beach Pllek. Under the title Afrolijk, meaning ‘AfroJoy’, the night will provide a full South African program. It will start with the open air screening of the South African film Ayanda (2015), after which the DJs of Rituals, the new branche of Afrolosjes, will take over the night with an Afro dance party. A performance by South African dancer Elvis Sibeko, art by photographer Alice de Kruijs and food by Broodje Met will make this last edition of Going Places complete. Afrolijk also marks the official launch of Afrovibes, the annual festival of modern theatre, dance and music from Africa that will be held next month in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag and Rotterdam.

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Filming for the Future nominated for Louis Hartlooper Prize for Best Film Publication 2016

Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis Gasteren by Film Team member Patricia Pisters is nominated for the Louis Hartlooper Prize for Best Film Publication 2016. The annual Louis Hartlooper Prize for Best Film Publication will be presented during the Dutch Film Festival on Thursday, September 22nd. For the 12th time, the award will be awarded to a person with one or more publications in the past year that has made a stimulating contribution to thinking about Dutch film culture.

Patricia Pisters’ Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis Gasteren (Amsterdam University Press, 2015) presents an analytical tribute to this versatile artist. The book includes three DVDs, which enables the reader to ‘visually check’ the theoretical explanation given in the book.

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