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Award Winners of Amsterdam Independent Film Festival 2022 Announced

The closing night of the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival 2022, now in its fifth year, took place this past Saturday evening. As is tradition, the festival took place at Amsterdam’s LAB111 — the cult cinema located in a former anatomical pathology hospital — where it screened an eclectic selection of 33 independent films from local and international filmmakers. Festival Director Kris De Meester looks back: "It's been a great privilege to screen so many amazing gems. Amsterdam Independent Film Festival proved once again that there's a demand for independent voices in the cinema industry. With practically all full houses during the whole festival. Film connects people, that's for sure. But sometimes films can divide an audience. During the screening of 'Scenery other end' by Tseng Yu Chin some people couldn't handle the provocative style and started making their objections clear while others shushed them and loved every bit of it. Cinema is emotion."


The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival is excited to share with you today the 2022 award winners. The jury panel has chosen the following films as this year's finest:


Best Narrative Feature Film: Humanization (Sweden) by Giulio Musi


Best Documentary Feature Film: The Tears of Bea Smit (Netherlands) by Orly Nurany


Best Narrative Short Film: Ousmane (Canada) by Jorge Camarotti


Best Documentary Short Film: Scars (Canada) by Alex Anna


Best Director: Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu


Best Acting: Kyle Chen in Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu


Best Animated Film: Dragon (USA) by Dane Cree, Lisa Poppe


Best Experimental Film: Upsodown (Australia) by Nathan Ceddia


Best Music Video: Once There Was III (USA) by Nina Mcneely


Best Dance Film: The Lamb (Canada) by Hélène Matte, Marco Dubé


Best Dutch Film: After A Room (Netherlands) by Naomi Pacifique


The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival would like to thank LAB111 and Tarkovski Agency for their continued support, and all guests for coming out to enjoy another week full of independent cinema. See you all next year!

Official Selection 2022


You Heard Me (Netherlands) by Edith Morris

Scars (Canada) by Alex Anna

I'm Whispering to Myself (Netherlands) by Jelte van Lente

The Prisoner (Poland) by Łukasz Gierańczyk, Filip Drzewiecki

Monster (Netherlands) by Henk Loorbach

Mamma (Norway) by Aslak Danbolt

Mil (Netherlands) by Kim de Bruijn

Obituary (Iran) by Moein Zarrabi

Chick Wash (Netherlands) by Bethany de Forest

After A Room (Netherlands) by Naomi Pacifique

Vegetative (France) by Hannah Papacek Harper

This is fine (Italy) by Gianmarco Nepa

Once There Was III (USA) by Nina Mcneely

Before the Earthquake (Sweden) by Gustav Hugo Olsson

Scenery other end (Taiwan) by Tseng Yu Chin

Return (Chile) by Marcos Sanchez

The Tears of Bea Smit (Netherlands) by Orly Nurany

Thunder (Ukraine) by Orest Smylanetz

The Consolation of Life (Netherlands) by Caspar Duijsens

Dynamite (France) by Jim Vieille

A Feast That Never Comes (USA) by Maria Juranic

Before We Collide (UK) by Guy Gooch, Gregor Petrikovic

Humanization (Sweden) by Giulio Musi

Cabin Ban (Norway) by Finn Walther

To America (USA) by Arya Jo Singh

Upsodown (Australia) by Nathan Ceddia

Losing It (Austria) by Sascha Vernik

Window (Sweden) by Sara Kadefors

Dragon (USA) by Dane Cree, Lisa Poppe

I Love You Don't Leave Me (USA) by Alex Leombruno

The Lamb (Canada) by Hélène Matte, Marco Dubé

Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu

Ousmane (Canada) by Jorge Camarotti

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