Welcome to 2021

The Nederlands Silent Film Festival takes places from January 7 until 10, 2021. This fourth edition, because of all the restrictions, can only be enjoyed via our special livestream.

During NSFF 2021 you are able to experience the most recent silent film restorations and rediscovered scenes. This year, the stigma of the silent film (slow, amateurish black and white recordings) will once again be utterly defeated. The public favorite, Slapstick Saturday, offers lots and lots of Laurel & Hardy (although, a tiny bit more Laurel this time around), included the biggest pie-throwing fight ever recorded on screen. In Stan Laurel’s solo film DETAINED (1924), a recently rediscovered scene has been placed back into the film after it was found in a film archive in Friesland!

We also have for you the most recent restoration of THE LOST WORLD (1925), based on the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes, as you may know), a program about the history of Italian comedy (‘ITALIAN COMEDY 101’), a lecture by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, an ode to the late animator Richard Williams, and we will witness daily life between 1897 and 1902 as we present the new Eye Filmmuseum compilation THE BRILLIANT BIOGRAPH. The festival will be opened on Thursday, January 7 with a unique coproduction between the NSFF and the Bristol Slapstick Festival!

Given the fact that all of our visitors will be at home watching the livestream, the NSFF will tour (in a virtually manner) through the Netherlands of a hundred years ago; every program will be preceded by a Dutch city film, made by Dutch film pioneer and creator of Haghe Film, Willy Mullens.

Per usual, all films will be musically accompanied live by internationally renowned musicians.

On behalf of the entire NSFF team, I wish you all a splendid festival!

Daan van den Hurk
Director Nederlands Silent Film Festival