Pluk de Nacht Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam screens interesting films nightly for free on the edge of the IJ. This year it will take place from the 5-15th of August.
PLUK DE NACHT • AMSTERDAM’S BIGGEST OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL
Each summer the festival showcases a unique selection of unreleased independent arthouse cinema, documentaries, animation films and shorts to a large crowd of film enthusiasts. For a schedule of films check out the Pluk de Nacht website.
Pluk de Nacht (Seize the Night) was founded in 2003 by a group of young film professionals and is run by volunteers. The films are shown at the Stenen Hoofd area on Het IJ near Central Station. The empty lot by the waterside is transformed to a fun and funky festival centered around a huge movie screen.
Amazingly, admission is totally FREE! There are folding beach chairs and pillows available to sit on, and several bars and cafes are set up around the grounds. We highly recommend ordering something from the WORST truck – so delicious! Or bring your own snacks and drinks and share with the other film fans!
The festival can get quite crowded, so it is wise to arrive early to secure a place to sit. You can reserve a chair online before the screening by making a donation to the organization. Or bring your own picnic blanket and pillows and set up your own little sitting area with your friends. Don’t forget to take along a warm jacket or even a cozy blanket as it can get quite chilly, in fact it has been known to rain at the festival most years. It can be quite gezellig huddling under the tents, watching films in the rain.
After the screening, kick back by the fire with a warm chocolate milk or a beer to discuss your favorite parts of the film. Or get your groove on under the stars by the DJ booth.
See you at Pluk de Nacht!