Pluk de Nacht is a free open air film  festival in Amsterdam, taking place every summer and showing the best previously unreleased national and international feature films and  documentaries. In addition there are campfires, interesting art  projects, festive experiments and extra comfy beach chairs. Entrance is  free and everyone is welcome!

Pluk de Nacht was founded in 2003 by a couple of friends who shared  a great love for film. They worked at cinemas and visited film  festivals in their spare time. All too often they found they wanted to  share their excitement about the wonderful films they saw at those  festivals with their friends, but because many films didn’t get released  in the Netherlands they could never be seen again. This is how Pluk de  Nacht came to be. The only real open air film festival in Amsterdam  shows the gems that were not released in The Netherlands or, if they  were, only reached a small audience.The organization visits  (inter)national film festivals throughout the year and carefully selects  films on their cinematographic merits. That is why you can find all  types of film at Pluk de Nacht: from animation to road movie. From  tragic small-town documentary to absurd romantic comedy. The programming  is surprising every year. The 12-man orchestra, for example, who  accompanied some of the short films at the fifth edition of the  festival. This year we have an entire night devoted to love, with our  theme programme ‘Love is in the Air’.Since the founding in 2003  and to this day, the festival is fully organised and realised by a big  group of volunteers who pour all their creativity into the festival.  Starting three weeks before the festival, the location, Het Stenen  Hoofd, is swept clean and transformed into an attractive festival  paradise.

The festival has grown to become a true meeting place  and combines the screening of never-before- released films with art,  food, drinks, debates and parties. What never changed is the fact that  the festival is free and that everyone is welcome. Pluk de Nacht offers a  platform to many young artists, which means there is a lot more to see  and do at the festival besides film.
Because we just don’t have a  tropical climate in the Netherlands, Pluk de Nacht takes a few  precautions. Early every day we light the fires, we rent out blankets  and we have an indoor location where we can show the film if the rain  starts coming down too heavy.

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