Kaboom Animation Festival

9 Nov - 17 Nov - Various locations, Amsterdam
Free for members

We’ve got the feeling that this will be one for the books – or for the screens. The second week November is all about animation. Running Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 November, Kaboom Animation Festival is opening pandora’s box of all things animated, in all shapes and sizes. Varying from cosmic identity-crises to animated erotica. It’s going to be colorful, it’s going to be explosive. As Kaboom put it themselves “Kaboom adores animation. We live it, we breathe it, we devour it like an unguarded bag of cookies.”

We have a limited amount of free tickets for members, for selected screenings. To secure a spot, please shoot a mail to with ‘Kaboom’ + the name of the screening you would like to attend in the subject line & your full name in the mail. Find all screenings that are free for members below! <3

Friday 15 November / Sunday 17 November
The State against Mandela and the Others (Full Length Feature)
Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam / Machinegebouw, Amsterdam

There were no cameras in court when Nelson Mandela and nine other defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, but sound recordings were made throughout the trial. Directors Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte recognized the potential of these 256 hours of audio, and used them to create a vivid reflection on the apartheid era. 

Wednesday 13 November / Thursday 14 November
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (Short)
Machinegebouw, Amsterdam / Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam

Creepy tentacle monsters chasing their prey through a narrow hallway, sentient robots that suddenly refuse to comply with your orders, and gooey parasites that want to have your brain for brunch: this is a shorts compilation filled to the slimy brim with all the galactic horrors animators are able to imagine.

Wednesday 13 November / Sunday 17 November
Mo Cosmos Mo Problems (Short)
Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam / Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam

Ah, the scientific wonders of space travel! But what about the philosophical and ethical implications? What problems do we bump into when traveling through space, colonizing planets or even hopping universes? Will we forget about Earth? Who owns the planets? Can our bodies handle space travel? Can our minds handle it?

Thursday 14 November / Friday 15 November
Everyday People (Short)
Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam

Shorts about life struggles we all encounter: feeling insecure about our looks, losing a beloved pet or even just dealing with a runny nose. Everyday people. Part of the ‘Focus on South Korea’ program at Kaboom.

Thursday 14 November
Mind My Mind (Short)
Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam

When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl. Join for a special screening, including a Q&A with director Floor Adams.

Saturday 16 November
Women Watching Porn Live (Short)
Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam

A genre of animation we shouldn’t underestimate. Porn. Or should we? Let’s find out. Cris, Maxi and Laura (hosts of the podcast Women Watching Porn) invite you to watch animated porn and erotica with them, and to chat about the good, the bad and the orgastic that present itself on screen.