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About Imagine

Imagine is the largest film festival for fantastic film in the Netherlands, showcasing the best in fantasy, horror and science fiction. Imagine is all about the imagination. Every year we try to challenge our audience to think through the imagination about the future of people and society. The power of the fantastic film is used here: it allows you to discover future worlds, develop a different view of reality, explore the unknown and thus broaden your view.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN

Imagine sees the fantastic genre as a rich source of thought experiments, often anticipating or reflecting on social and technological developments. In in-depth programs, the festival offers backgrounds, history and context, and connects fantastic film with current developments in society.

Imagine brings together filmmakers, guests, journalists and the general public. We identify new talent, present new work by established makers and show classics and forgotten gems. In addition, we offer Dutch filmmakers a platform for their projects and put them in the international spotlight.

Imagine is an accessible, accessible and public-friendly festival, in which the public is actively involved. We present serious topics, but always in an attractive and accessible way. The festival program is a mix of films, workshops, masterclasses, games and more, for a variety of visitors. With a 38-year history and extensive network, Imagine acts as a curator and guide for newcomers and seasoned genre fans alike.

Team

General Director
Chris Oosterom

Business Leader
Toon Verheugen

Head Marketing & Communication
Rabia Sitabi

Programming
Clio Leeuwenburgh
Eddy Appels
Esther Schmidt
Evrim Ersoy
Lauren Murphy
Kiko Morah
Stanislaw Liguzinski
Zuraida Buter

Education
Eva Rijs

PR
Triple P Entertainment

Supervisory Board
Bastiaan Driessen
Géke Roelink
Jeanine Hage (treasurer)
Sanne Lohof
Soraya Titaley
Taco Stomps (chairman)

Design
KesselsKramer

Website
Have a Byte

Imagine is made possible by

Funds & Sponsors

  • Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst
  • NL Filmfonds
  • Fonds 21
  • Vevam
  • Stimuleringsfonds  Creative Industrie
  • VSB
  • BUMA

Partner organisations

  • Cineville
  • HKU
  • Modern Myths
  • Film Forward
  • OBA
  • We are public
  • NewScientist
  • Spui25
  • CJP
  • Beeld en geluid
  • Nederlandse filmacademie
  • Schokkend nieuws

Partner festivals

  • LIFF
  • Cinemasia
  • Roze filmdagen

Imagine Film Festival is an affiliate member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation.

INTERNSHIP VACANCIES AT IMAGINE

We are looking for bad-ass interns for the festival in October! Would you like to participate in the largest genre film festival in the Netherlands? Then take a look at our vacancies.

Terrorific prestige

Two jury prizes for features are awarded at Imagine: the Black Tulip and the Méliès d’Argent. There is also the prize of the Imagine audience, the coveted Silver Scream Award.