The closing night of the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival 2022, now in its fifth year, took place this past Saturday evening. As is tradition, the festival took place at Amsterdam’s LAB111 — the cult cinema located in a former anatomical pathology hospital — where it screened an eclectic selection of 33 independent films from local and international filmmakers. Festival Director Kris De Meester looks back: "It's been a great privilege to screen so many amazing gems. Amsterdam Independent Film Festival proved once again that there's a demand for independent voices in the cinema industry. With practically all full houses during the whole festival. Film connects people, that's for sure. But sometimes films can divide an audience. During the screening of 'Scenery other end' by Tseng Yu Chin some people couldn't handle the provocative style and started making their objections clear while others shushed them and loved every bit of it. Cinema is emotion."
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The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival is excited to share with you today the 2022 award winners. The jury panel has chosen the following films as this year's finest:
Best Narrative Feature Film: Humanization (Sweden) by Giulio Musi
Best Documentary Feature Film: The Tears of Bea Smit (Netherlands) by Orly Nurany
Best Narrative Short Film: Ousmane (Canada) by Jorge Camarotti
Best Documentary Short Film: Scars (Canada) by Alex Anna
Best Director: Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu
Best Acting: Kyle Chen in Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu
Best Animated Film: Dragon (USA) by Dane Cree, Lisa Poppe
Best Experimental Film: Upsodown (Australia) by Nathan Ceddia
Best Music Video: Once There Was III (USA) by Nina Mcneely
Best Dance Film: The Lamb (Canada) by Hélène Matte, Marco Dubé
Best Dutch Film: After A Room (Netherlands) by Naomi Pacifique
The Amsterdam Independent Film Festival would like to thank LAB111 and Tarkovski Agency for their continued support, and all guests for coming out to enjoy another week full of independent cinema. See you all next year!
ABOUT AMSTERDAM INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
At the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, we focus on film. The glitz and glamour of show business in the mainstream film festival can sometimes detract from the true purpose of the event — the celebration of creative film-making. The festival will bring independent artistic visions to an audience that demands a more fulfilling experience than the latest Hollywood fare.