On the Roof Film Festival 2015

De nieuwste films zien uit de wereldcinema? Luisteren naar bijzondere voorgesprekken met wetenschappers en gastsprekers op een unieke locatie? Kom maandag 31 augustus tot en met vrijdag 4 september naar het On The Roof Film Festival op het dak van de Vrije Universiteit, met spectaculair uitzicht over de stad! Het volledige programma is dit jaar volledig Engelstalig of Engels ondertiteld.

Festival theme

Your aspiration is to contribute to society, but do you get that chance? You're young and talented and grab every opportunity for self-development. There's enough content to compare self-development within our own society and elsewhere in the world.

General program
At the beginning of the evening there is an opportunity to have a meal, the menu of the day is inspired by the country of origin of the film! Order of events for each evening:

17.00           Roof open: drinks, food, and dj sessions
20.15           Niña Weijers interviews the guest of the evening 
21.00           Film
22.30-23:00 End 

Location: Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV AMSTERDAM, Main building, 16th floor.
Nina WeijersNiña Weijers is the host for this years' introductory talks. Niña is a young promising writer, famous for her novel De consequenties (The Consequences). She is journalist/publicist at the weekly newsmagazine De Groene Amsterdammer and is the VU Vrije Schrijver 2015/2016. Niña will interview a special guest prior to each film screening.

Ticket sales

You can buy the tickets by clicking the green buttons beneath the trailers.
Ticket prices:
FILM AND FOOD: 19 euro.
FILM: 12.50 euro.

Reduced fare for VU-students, Staff and members VUvereniging:
FILM AND FOOD: 17.50 euro.
FILM: 11 euro.      

Cineville-members discount (no presale):
FILM: 5.00 euro.


Monday - August 31         

(Ernesto Daranas, Cuba)

Heart-warming classroom drama which was not only a huge hit in Cuba, but was also well-received internationally, as witnessed by the many awards the film has garnered at a wide range of film festivals worldwide. Many regard the film as the Cuban answer to Dead Poets Society. Read more...

Special guest: theology professor Ruard Ganzevoort. BUY TICKETS
Tuesday - September 1
ART CONNECT           
(Miquel Galofe, Trinidad/Tobago)
The film is set in Laventille, a poor region in Trinidad & Tobago where crime and lawlessness are the order of the day. Galofré connected a group of young people with poetry, painting, music and dance and gave them digital cameras to record their personal experiences. Read more...

Special guest: Cinetree-founder Hanna Verboom.BUY TICKETS
Wednesday - September2
(Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, South Africa)

A portrait of the gilded youth of today's Johannesburg. The suicide of a young white woman leads us into the world of a multi-ethnic set for whom Mandela is history and the present an alluring but ruthless challenge. Read more...

Special guest: VU University researcher Saskia Welschen.
Thursday - September 3

(Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey)
The setting is Turkey, a Black Sea coastal village. School’s just out and the five orphaned sisters Lale, Nur, Ece, Selma and Sonay join a couple of boys from their class to have fun and fool around on the beach. From one day to the next, their lives change drastically. And not for the good...Read more...

Special guest: writer Désanne van Brederode.BUY TICKETS
Friday - September 4

(Anna Muylaert, Brazil)

Heart-warming, award-winning story of snobbery, class differences and empowerment. Val is the live-in housekeeper for a wealthy family in São Paulo. One day her daughter Jessica calls to let her know that she will come and live with her for a while. There's much upheaval when Jessica refuses to conform to the status quo. Read more...

Special guest: AUC lecturer Anne de Graaf.


On The Roof Film Festival is organized by VU University Amsterdam, De Griffioen theatre and Rialto movie theatre.

All changes reserved. In case of bad weather films are shown inside (16th floor) and check our Facebook page for the latest updates.