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Golden Calf
Awarded forBest in film and television programs
Country Netherlands
Presented by Nederlands Film Festival
First awarded1981
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The Golden Calf ( Dutch: Gouden Kalf) is the award of the Netherlands Film Festival, which is held annually in Utrecht. The award has been presented since 1981, originally in six categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Culture Prize and Honourable mention. In 2004, there were 16 award categories, mainly because in 2003 the categories Best Photography, Best Montage, Best Music, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design were added.

Famous Dutch film makers and actors that have won a Golden Calf include Rutger Hauer, Louis van Gasteren, Paul Verhoeven, Eddy Terstall, Carice van Houten, Felix de Rooy, Fons Rademakers, Martin Koolhoven, Alex van Warmerdam, Fedja van Huêt, Jean van de Velde, Pim de la Parra, Dick Maas, Marleen Gorris, Ian Kerkhof, Jeroen Krabbé, Monic Hendrickx, Rijk de Gooyer and Marwan Kenzari.

Name and meaning

The name refers to an animal as is common in names of European film awards, such as the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival and the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival, and cattle is one of the most common types of livestock in the Netherlands. [1] The name of the award also refers to the Bible reference, where a golden statue of a calf was made by Aaron, [2] which was later destroyed by Moses because God prohibits worshipping anything other than the One, True God. [3] Jury member in 2002 Martin Koolhoven says the Dutch Calvinist culture is more relativizing than proud: "This is why the Golden Calf is such a good prize, because of the wink that is included. Other countries have golden lions and golden bears. We have a golden calf and after all it is sinful to worship it." [1]

In 1995 Rijk de Gooyer threw his Golden Calf statuette on the street in the reality TV series Taxi (the Dutch version of Taxicab Confessions), when he was picked up by a taxi after a dissatisfying closing ceremony at the Netherlands Film Festival. [1] In 1999 he let Maarten Spanjer, the host of Taxi, throw his Golden Calf for Scratches in the Table out of the window.

Award categories

Film awards

TV awards

Interactive award

The Golden Calf Award for Best Interactive is a category presented since 2015. It is awarded to forms of interactive storytelling outside standard film and television like, for instance, VR films, video games, website design, webseries and social media projects. [4]

The winners were:

Special awards

Retired awards


  1. ^ a b c Jungmann, Bart (3 October 2002). "Hé, het lijkt de Oscars wel" [Hey, it looks like the Oscars do]. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.(translation at [1])
  2. ^ Exodus 32:4
  3. ^ Exodus 20:3
  4. ^ "Beste Interactive ⋆ Nederlands Film Festival". Nederlands Film Festival.
  5. ^ "Gouden Kalveren 2019 uitgereikt op Nederlands Film Festival ⋆ Nederlands Film Festival". Nederlands Film Festival.
  6. ^ "THE SHOEBOX DIORAMA". Retrieved 9 June 2023.

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