Sprouts Film Festival
ecocinema & debut films


7 - 12
MAY 2024





A yearly fiction film festival
and running contemporary
ecocinema archive


“Let’s crack the facade.”

After two successful editions Sprouts Film Festival is ready to expand. Not only will we return to our festival heart Studio/K, we are adding MACA | Moving Arts Centre Amsterdam as a satellite location. More motivated than ever to get our community to grow, our drive remains the same: to express urgent climate action through works of imagination, and to clear space for the next generation of trailblazing filmmakers.







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:

Studio/K
Timorplein 62
Amsterdam Oost

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


Filmtheater Kriterion
Roetersstraat 170
Amsterdam Oost


Zone2Source
Amstelpark 4
Amsterdam Zuid


Movie W
Wilhelminaweg 3A
Wageningen

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Artistic Director Thomas Streekstra
Managing Director Veerle van Lieshout

Board Elin Boijens (President), René Wolf (Secretary),
Jeroen Groot (Treasurer)

KvK 92198600 - Stichting Sprouts Film Festival