About


The Arab Film Festival is an artistic forum where a nuanced image of the cultural, political, social and artistic situation in the Arab world is shown and in which films about hot topics in the Arab communities in Europe are programmed.

By doing this, Arab Film Festival creates space for an open dialogue about art, human rights, emancipation and political freedom in Arab countries and in Europe as a whole and in the Netherlands in particular.

Dutch people with Arab roots get the chance to stay updated on the latest developments in their countries of origin in a way that goes beyond official media, mosques or their own social networks. The Arab Film Festival offers a good occasion to attract urban youth that generally don’t feel attracted to mainstream cultural events.

The Arab Film Festival considers the development of young talents of the utmost importance and therefore organizes workshops and master classes given by filmmakers from the Arab world and Europe. Furthermore, we dedicate a part of the program to experimental films and developing talent.

The Arab Film Festival is organized by the Foundation WaaR Art and Culture. The foundation has several goals including promoting nuanced imaging in the cultural and societal atmosphere by producing or employment of audiovisual tools.

The foundation strives to realize its goal by a number of means such as:
* producing audiovisual tools and products and encouraging others to do so
* organizing workshops, art and film festivals as well as other events in which audiovisual media are preferably one of the employed disciplines and encouraging others to do so.
* all other visual tools that stimulate this goal.

The board of the foundation consists of:
Christiaan van Schermbeek (MA)
Carla Tjon (MA)
Hans Kleinjan (PhD)
Shariff Nasr

The team of Arab Film festival consists of:
Rosh Abdelfatah – artistic director
Ruthie Delwel – managing director
Kirstin Feberwee – festival coordinator
Ine Smeets – publicity and press
Yolanda Knibbe – guests and production

Foundation WaaR Art and Culture

Address: P.O. Box 23467, 3001 KL
City: Rotterdam

Chamber of Commerce: 53196708
VAT: 850789448B01

IBAN: NL36 INGB 0005 2670 54

Annual report 2016 Foundtion Waar Art and Culture (Dutch)

Annual report 2015 Foundation WaaR Art and Culture (Dutch)

Annual report 2014 Foundation WaaR Art and Culture (Dutch)

Profile board Foundation WaaR Art and Culture (Dutch)

The Arab Film Festival is a ‘Public Benefit Organisation’.