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Welcome to the 013 Cinecitta International Film Festival!

October 17 – October 20, 2019

As Tilburg continues to revitalise its city centre and enhance its cultural footprint, the idea of starting an international film festival—small at first but with big hopes for the future—seemed like a natural fit. And what better place for this festival to take place than Cinecitta, the central art-film complex and cultural meeting place that has become, since its lavish refurbishment and re-opening in 2014, the haven for cinephiles of all ages and stripes in and around Tilburg? So, with these two thoughts in mind, we are very happy and excited to announce that the first edition of the 013 Cinecitta International Film Festival, with support from the City of Tilburg, will take place Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20, 2019. Expect quality films, a friendly atmosphere, invited guests, and a celebration of the best that cinema can be!

Important Dates!

Monday, September 9 – The 013 CIFF website goes live with all film information, a screening schedule, and ticket options. Early-bird ticket sales (€8) begin both online and at the Cinecitta box-office.

Sunday, September 15 – Last day for Early-bird tickets!

Monday, September 16 – Regular ticket sales (€10) begin. The glossy souvenir catalogue (for sale) is available at Cinecitta, as is a free, handy, pocket-sized mini-programme guide with all film information and a screening schedule.

Thursday, October 17 – Opening Night of the first 013 Cinecitta International Film Festival. See the website on September 9 to find out what the Opening Night film will be and details of the Opening Night party.

See our FAQs page here

All films are in their original language with English subtitles.

Given the limited seating in Cinecitta’s three screening rooms, Festival patrons are
urged to buy their tickets early in order to avoid disappointment.

The Name

The Name

Simply put, ‘013’ (Tilburg’s area code) is the affectionate nickname for the city; mention ‘013’ to anyone in the country and they immediately think of Tilburg. As for ‘Cinecitta’: when the cinema, which has been a venue for movies since 1916, became a rep house in 1983, the owners wanted to pay homage to the legendary Italian production studio of the same name and convey the art-house atmosphere associated with it.
The Mandate: Unheard Voices

The Mandate: ‘Unheard Voices’

Although hard numbers are impossible to determine, worldwide film production yields more than 7,000 feature films each year, many of which are showcased at nearly 5,000 annual film festivals. So, why start another festival? Because so many of those 7,000 films seem to fall through the cracks and vanish mere moments after premiering. Of course, many of them deserve to vanish due to a lack of quality, but the fact is there are so very many excellent works that are either undeservedly consigned to the trash heap of history or deserving of further exposure. We will screen 13 (in keeping with our name) fiction features from 13 different countries, all of which we will be entertaining, thoughtful, and high-quality examples of the seventh art—and all of which we are pretty sure you’ve never heard of. These are films—all from the last couple of years—that more than merit a second chance to entertain and enlighten audiences. When you see them, we are convinced you’ll agree.
The Venue: Cinecitta

The Venue: Cinecitta

Housed in a Rijksmonument (listed building) constructed in 1877 and gorgeously refurbished between 2012 and 2014, Cinecitta has three auditoriums (with plans for two more by 2020); a multipurpose room that can be used for screenings, workshops, master classes, or post-film discussions; a beautiful and spacious restaurant/bar that offers high-quality cuisine and a congenial atmosphere; and a garden, making Cinecitta an ideal international film festival venue for both festival guests and patrons.
The Audience Award for Most Popular Film

The Audience Award for Most Popular Film

In keeping with the 013 CIFF philosophy of raising the profiles of worthy films, the Festival has created the Audience Award for Most Popular Film, which gives Festival patrons the chance to vote for their favourite titles. The winner of the award, announced on the final night of the Festival, will receive two things: a prize of €1,000 and, perhaps more importantly, the potential for distribution. If the film’s producers or sales agent are in agreement, the Festival will assume the costs of subtitling the film in Dutch and distributing it throughout the Benelux countries, thus giving at least one ‘unheard voice’ the chance to be heard and seen where it was meant to be—in cinemas!
Our New Website, Souvenir Catalogue, and Mini-Programme Guide

Our New Website, Souvenir Catalogue, and Mini-Programme Guide

Visit www.013ciff.com for everything you want to know about the Festival. Beginning Monday, September 9, all films and ticket information will be on our site, and a secure ticket-purchase system will be in place to make buying tickets simple. A glossy souvenir catalogue (for sale) will be available at Cinecitta from Monday, September 16, and a handy, pocket-sized mini-programme guide with all film information and a screening schedule will be available for free from that same day.
Volunteer at the 013 CIFF

Volunteer at the 013 CIFF!

We are looking for volunteers to help during the Festival. If you are interested, send an email with ‘013 CIFF Volunteer’ in the subject line to: contact@013ciff.com In exchange for your volunteer hours, you can see free films (if seating is available at Festival screenings). On top of that we will offer you a special volunteers lunch + free pre-screening a week before the film festival.