Selected Dutch Experimentals
Eye distributes and promotes a selection of Dutch experimental film to international film festivals and exhibitors under the banner of Eye Experimental. With the help of a committee, Eye selects about 10 recent films per year for a modest catalogue of Dutch experimental films and artists’ moving image works. These range from works by established filmmakers to graduation projects by young filmmakers. Eye advises on festival strategies and supports the distribution and promotion of these films with regard to festivals.
In addition, we offer these films the option of being included in Eye’s archive after having toured festivals for two years. Being mindful of the activities of the former Filmbank (of which Eye Experimental’s archive is the continuation, following the 2012 merger of Eye and Filmbank), this is how we strive to bring Dutch experimental films and artists’ moving image works to the attention of international exhibitors. However, selecting a film for this catalogue is not intended as a substitute for active distribution, so when a film is selected we expect the filmmakers themselves to actively submit their work to festivals. Eye is involved in this process as consultant and support, for example by bringing the film to the attention of festival programmers in its network, providing screeners and screening material and recommending potentially suitable festivals. The selection committee meets twice a year, in June and December, to compile a new selection for the catalogue.