Film by the Sea


Years running: 25 (since 1998)

Film by the Sea

Feature film festival dedicated sea and literature.


Film by the Sea is more than a film and literature festival, however: aside from many premieres, much attention is given to vulnerable cinema. The festival shows approximately 100 films from all parts of the world which are imported especially for a unique showing during the festival; there is a large educational programme, there are courses and the public and guests meet each other in the daily talkshows.


  • A specialised international competition of feature films based on a novel or other original literary source (at least 8 films);
  • A non-specialised competition of feature films that don’t have Dutch distribution;
  • Non-competitive film programmes, retrospectives, homage profiles, educational programmes, side programmes.


  • A prize of 5,000 Euro awarded to the director of the best feature film based on a novel or other original literary source;
  • Audience award: distribution grant for the most popular film voted by the audience in the section of films ‘Unreleased’ in the Netherlands.


  • Films produced for television can only be considered if a theatrical release is also planned;
  • Films selected for the competition programmes may not have been previously screened at any other film festival in the Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) neither in nor out competition;
  • Once a film has been registered for participation, it cannot be withdrawn or screened elsewhere in the Netherlands, prior to its screenings at Film by the Sea.
  • If you want to register a film, please send an e-mail with title, short synopsis and viewing link to, stating 'Film by the Sea 2021 application' 

Subtitles language: English or Dutch

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Director — Leo Hannewijk



Official Website



International Film Festival Film by the Sea
Spuikomweg 5
4381 LZ VLISSINGEN (The Netherlands)


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    July 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    10 — 19 September 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — free
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