Sprouts Film Festival

ecocinema & debut films

In times of a glitching world, with weather extremes and inhumane conflicts intensifying, it can be tempting to avert your gaze. Instead, Sprouts wants to make the cinema a site for peaceful protest by showing newly released ecocinema and socially critical debut films. All selected features and shorts are fiction, because it is our belief that through the power of imagination we can alter our behaviour for the better and rethink our relationship with the more-than-human world. We are here to make you wonder, to inform, to spark resistance and to nurture fresh talent.

Sprouts Film Festival 2024 took place from 7 - 12 May. But luckily we have some Sprouts On Tour events. On 14 & 15 June we have a very special program at the Glass House in Amstelpark at Zone2Source.

In case you missed our festival in Amsterdam, you can check out the best of the fest features and shorts at Movie W in Wageningen, every Wednesday evening for four weeks. Follow us on ︎ @sproutsfilmfestival and Letterboxd @sproutsff to stay up to date!

About the festival

Everyday our lives are flooded by crises, not least of all a seemingly ever-growing climate crisis. It is therefore no surprise that Dutch society has seen a proliferation of protests. Sprouts wants to make the cinema a site of protest by addressing these crises at hand through fiction film, because the power
of the imagination can help us battle polarization and foresee effective ways of living together harmoniously with one another and the
more-than-human world.

As a festival we strive towards a greener and more diverse alternative to the regular films on offer in Amsterdam. Cinema can make tangible how our current global extinction crisis is never isolated. Battling racism and xenofobia, fighting for LGBTIQ+ and women’s rights, decolonizing Europe, adressing mental health, these issues and more all intersect and find a voice at Sprouts.  

French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote of our imagination as being botanical. Like a rooted tree that can connect the sky and the earth, the real and the dreamed. At Sprouts we could not agree more. Fiction makes up our festival DNA. That many of our selected eco films are also first works attests to the importance felt by a new generation of filmmakers to better take care of what we have. Sprouts wishes to nurture these brave trailblazers. We hope that you too will give them your full support.

Throughout the year Sprouts is dedicated to offer more. This website functions as a running archive voor fictional ecocinema in order to broaden the category, because there is more than The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Now we need it more than ever. We also organise monthly screenings at Studio/K.

Contact & info

︎ sproutsfilmfestival@gmail.com

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Festival locations

Timorplein 62
Amsterdam Oost

MACA | Moving Arts Centre Amsterdam
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 61
Amsterdam Noord

Filmtheater Kriterion
Roetersstraat 170
Amsterdam Oost

Amstelpark 4
Amsterdam Zuid

Movie W
Wilhelminaweg 3A



Creative Director & Film Programmer Thomas Streekstra
Managing Director & Societal Programmer Veerle van Lieshout
Cultural Programmer Pieter de Beaufort
Graphic Designer & Marketeer Ella Gijselhart
Print Traffic Fenna van Halsema
Financial Advisor Tiemen van Stempvoort

President Elin Boijens
Secretary René Wolf
Treasurer Jeroen Groot

KvK 92198600 - Stichting Sprouts Film Festival