The AFFF has, in 25 years, grown into a mature 'player' on the festival circuit. As a member of the EFFFF (European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation) it organized the 2004 Golden Méliès Gala, where the prize for the best long and short European fantastic films of the year were awarded. In addition, the AFFF saw its adult status recently confirmed through the approval of structural (four year) subsidies by both the Ministry of Culture and the City of Amsterdam.
Since the first Weekend of Terror in 1986, the 'fantastic' offering has become a great deal more diverse, and the public's taste has likewise become more refined. The development of the AFFF program, started from a feast for horror lovers and has evolved to become a broadly oriented 'fantastic' festival.
In the main program of the AFFF the whole range of the genre film from blockbuster to art house film can be seen on screen: fantasy, horror, science-fiction, thriller, anime, and cult. The festival screens Dutch fabrication to films from far and away. The program also includes the Night of Terror when you can count on old-fashioned goosebumps.
AFFF has honored many guests over the years, including the recipients of The Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded since 2000) which include: Terry Gilliam (Career Achievement Award), Roger Corman, Ray Harryhausen, Paul Naschy, Peter Jackson, Lloyd Kaufman, Paul Verhoeven, Dario Argento and Wes Craven.
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