Pluk de Nacht was founded in Amsterdam 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. They really wanted to share their excitement about the wonderful films they saw at those festivals, but many films didn’t get released in the Netherlands so they could never be seen again. This is how Pluk de Nacht came to be. The one and only open air film festival shows the gems that were not released in The Netherlands or, if they were, only reached a small audience.
The organisation 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. Last year we had an entire night devoted to love, with our theme programme ‘Love is in the Air’ and in 2010 we organised The Crying Competition.
Run by volunteers
Since the start in 2003 and to this day, the festival is fully organised and realised by a big group of volunteers who put all their creativity into the festival. Starting three weeks before the festival, the locations are swept clean and transformed into an attractive festival paradise. In 2013 Pluk de Nacht expands. The festival will not only take place in Amsterdam (August 7-17) anymore but also in Arnhem (August 22-25) and The Hague (August 29-31).
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. Admission in Amsterdam and Arnhem is free, in The Hague visitors pay a small fee. The festival 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 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. Why don’t you swing by this summer?