Beeld voor Beeld 2013
2013 has been an eventful year for us. After the tragic closure of our former home base the Tropentheater on January 1st, we were forced to look for new venues and a new office space. Looking back on this period, we can proudly say that we succeeded in forging new and exciting partnerships.
The festival now has as it’s central location EYE, the spectacular new state-of-the-art building of the former Filmmuseum. There are also screenings in the Tropenmuseum, community centre De Meevaart, both in Amsterdam, and in the Nutshuis in The Hague. Furthermore, our monthly Cineblend-evenings have found a new location in Pakhuis De Zwijger, not coincidentally on the opposite bank of the river IJ from EYE. Our offices are now on the premises of the Tolhuistuin, a new cultural hotspot that will open in May 2014 and where we will start programming part of the festival as of December 2014.
In short: exciting new prospects and great new venues.
Apart from EYE, we are also closely collaborating with the other national audiovisual archive, Beeld en Geluid, and the programming is built around some of the hidden treasures we found in the collections of these two film institutes. Especially for the festival, these institutes have digitalized films that were programmed as part of our theme Images from the West, which joins in with the celebrations surrounding the abolition of slavery in the Dutch Western colonies 150 years ago. In another section of the festival we celebrate our new cooperation with the IDFA Bertha Fund, screening two of their films of which one is a jointly organized premiere.
In short, an exciting new edition of Beeld voor Beeld awaits us, a prelude to the celebration of our 25th anniversary in 2014.
Eddy Appels, festival director