The Best Places to See Independent Film in Amsterdam

The international Lift-Off Film Festival returns to Amsterdam this week to celebrate the best that the independent film community in the Netherlands and across the rest of the world has to offer.

Taking place at quirky cult cinema LAB11, Amsterdam Lift-Off will be showcasing inspiring and thought provoking shorts, features, and animations.

View the full programme here.

Tickets to the event can be found here.

You can also keep up to date with Amsterdam Lift-Off  here.  

In honour of the return of the festival, carry on reading below to find out where else you can watch and discover the best independent and stimulating content in Amsterdam. 

Whether you prefer foreign features in a cosy arthouse venue, or Hollywood decade dramas alongside the harbour, take a look at these venues across the capital for your ultimate film fix.


1. LAB111

Arie Biemondstraat

111, 1054 PD

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A quirky cult cinema located in a monumental old pathological anatomical laboratory, LAB111 showcases everything from in-depth documentaries, modern classics, and small public films to unconventional genre films. (And of course Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival 2018!)


2. Cinecenter


Lijnbaansgracht 236

1017 PH Amsterdam

An independent arthouse cinema with an intimate atmosphere located in the centre of Amsterdam, Cinecenter showcases the latest independent films from France, Italy, Spain, the UK, and South America.


3. Filmhuis Cavia

Filmhuis Cavia

Van Hallstraat 52-I

1051 HH Amsterdam

A non-profit organisation, Filmhuis Cavia has been showing films for more than 30 years. Located in the former Princess Beatrix boarding school, the theatre is made up of 40 seats, making it the smallest cinema in Amsterdam.


4. Filmhallen

De FilmHallen

Hannie Dankbaarpassage 12

1053 RT Amsterdam

With nine theatres, Filmhallen is one of the biggest cinemas in Amsterdam, offering a wide variety of screenings, from documentaries to family-friendly films.


5. De Uitkijk

De Omval

Ouddiemerlaan 104

1111 HL Diemen

Located in the heart of Amsterdam on the Prinsengracht, De Uitkijk is is the oldest movie theatre in the Netherlands, with its origins dating back to 1912.


6. Filmhuis Griffioen

Filmhuis Griffioen

Uilenstede 106

1183 AM Amstelveen

Showcasing regular screenings of recent hits, classics, documentaries and forgotten pearls of cinema, Filmhuis Griffioen is a main part of a culture centre connected to the Vrije Universiteit.

Showings are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


7. EYE


IJpromenade 1

1031 KT Amsterdam

Housed in the impressive white building on Amsterdam’s IJ harbour in Amsterdam Noord, EYE showcases more than 40, 000 films of all genres.