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The Amsterdam Film eXperience, or AFX for short, is an annual filmfestival that takes place in Amsterdam. It's being organized by the AISFF (Amsterdam International Short Film Festival). AISFF used to be the name of the festival itself, but the organization decided to focus less on short film and more on the broader experience of film in all its forms, hence Amsterdam Film eXperience.

Even though AFX is Amsterdam(NL)-based, the attitude of the festival is mainly international. The organization of AFX consists of a varied group of people with different cultural, educational and professional backgrounds. All team members hold full-time jobs or study next to their work for the festival. Apart from the AFX core-team, the festival is made possible every year with the help of volunteers.

The beginning

The first edition of AFX took place from October 6th till 8th, 2006 at the old part of Het Ketelhuis (also called 'Openbare Verlichting') in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During this first edition short films were shown in 6 different categories of competition:

  1. Experimental Documentary
  2. Guerilla Techniques
  3. Sound & Vision
  4. Narrative Time Space Continuum
  5. Buzz Clicks & Visual Chaos: New Directions
  6. Crossover Animation.

Each film that ran in competition could win one of the four awards. The following four films eventually won the prizes:

  • Tyger (Guilherme Marcondes, BraziliĆ« 2006) - Best in Show
  • Spin (Jamin Winans, Verenigde Staten 2005) - People's Choice
  • Metalosis Maligna (Floris Kaayk, Nederland 2006) - Jameson-Award (sponsor-award)
  • Kapitaal (Thom Snels, Nederland 2005) - Breaking Out of the Frame-Award (jury-prize)

There were also films shown out of competition, some names of filmmakers running out of competition are Rosto A. D., Chris Cunningham and Virgil Widrich. They collaborated with other international filmfestivals, which resulted mainly in exchanging parts of the program and cross-promotion. Also, there was a special kids-program.

According to AFX, the festival concerns itself not just with film, but with the broader experience of everything that has in any way to do with film. They hope to accomplish this by having a strong supporting program consisting of (video-, art-, media-)installations, workshops (e.g. Florian Thalhofer), lectures en interactive content (e.g. 15x15).


In 2007 (November 2nd till 4th) the festival will again be held at Het Ketelhuis, now in their new setting which counts three filmscreens. Also, the area around the cinema, which lays on the 'Westergasfabriek'-terrain, will be actively used for the festival. The organization hopes to offer a bigger, broader and even more compelling festival in 2007.

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