Tonic Immobility

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Nathalie Teirlinck
Producer: Savage Film
Co-Producer: CTM Pictures, 41 Shadows

Alice leads a routine life as an escort and avoids any significant form of social contact. After the death of her ex, she is forced to take care of the son she abandoned years earlier. Her seeming indifference comes abruptly to an end, as she is confronted with the emotional emptiness in her life. 

My First Highway

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Kevin Meul
Producer: Fobic Films
Co-producer: CTM Pictures
Language: Dutch
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama

My First Highway tells the story of a boy who does everything for love, and maybe too much. It’s a tale of love and lot innocence, a love story with a bitter twist, situated in the world of teenagers. Evertyhing remains the same, but everything has changed. 

Road Duster

Category: Feature film
Director: Erik de Bruyn
Writer: Jan Eilander
Producer: CTM Pictures
Co-producer: CZAR (BE)
Adaptation: "J. Kessels: The Novel" by P.F. Thomése
Genre: Black Comedy
Languages: Dutch and German
Duration: 90 minutes
Distributor: September Film

FRANS, a crime novelist, is finishing the opening line of his new bestseller – “It all started with one of those telephone calls that you hope you won’t receive” – when his phone starts to ring annoyingly in his study. Frans answers… and the film gehts los!

ROAD DUSTER is both a hilarious road movie and a bittersweet trip down memory lane, a crazy ride in a flame-adorned Plymouth Gold Duster from provincial Holland to Hamburg’s Reeperbahn and back. And a hallucinatory trip through the mind of an author, who no longer knows if his novel is a product of his own imagination, or if he is actually living it.

The lead character is Kessels, a chain smoking tough guy with a heart of gold. Kessels and Frans are ageing youngsters who like nothing better than to consume nicotine, beer and country & western music. However, in Frans’ novels Kessels and he are fearless crime fighters: heroes even, but the world around them is unaware of it. Heroes who create a flurry of misunderstanding at every step.

Frans accepts the assignment for Kessels and him to kidnap a philandering criminal in Hamburg and return him to his wife, because the caller is the younger brother of BB, or Brigitte, once the focus of little Frans’ prepubescent sexual dreams and awakening. Frans expects that, after thirty-five years, the trip will finally drive him into the arms of his childhood fantasy.

Well, the missing person case doesn’t have much to it, but what do the two heroes not encounter along the way? Steaming tarmac, burning rubber and J. Kessels’ Plymouth Gold Duster.

Booze and nicotine binges. Deafening country & western. Totenköpfe. Reeperbahn porn vs. courtly love. Flying Burritos. Prostitutes. A Turkish pimp who quickly becomes a bothersome corpse in the trunk of Kessels’ car. Rebellious characters – even Kessels goes on the run with Frans’ ingeniously constructed plot. And then Frans has yet to meet BB, who is also – a small oversight of Frans’ – pushing 50…

Director – Erik de Bruyn

Erik de Bruyn’s first feature Wild Mussels was the opening film at the Dutch Film Festival 2000. Nominated for Best Script and Best Actor, it received the Dutch Film Critics Award of Best Film, the Russian Film Critic Award and the Youth Award for Best Film.  He is also known for Nadine and The President. He also directed several short films such as, The Witness, which was nominated Best Short Golden Calf 2006 and winner of the Best Short Film Award of the Italian Republic, IFF Montecatini.

Writer – Jan Eilander

Several film and television productions in which he participated as writer have won prices. Rock & Roll Junkie, Hartverscheurend, André Hazes-Zij gelooft In Mij, In Krakende Welstand – won prices at (inter)national film festivals. And in 2006 he won a Golden Calf for Katia’s Sister.

Symmetry

Category: Short film
Writer/director: Ruben van Leer
Producer: CTM Pictures
Co-producer: Westframe
Genre: Experimental dance film 
Language: English
Duration: 20 minutes
Distributor: Formostfilm

Symmetry is a dance & opera film in which science and choreography in the personification of Lucas set out on an existential search. Quantum mechanical  experiments are released upon dance and vice versa in order to form a parable about the building blocks of life in a new figurative language.

The film shows shots of three moments – at CERN, in an ice landscape and on a molecular level inside his body – during which Lucas gets acquainted with the symmetry that is formed by the building blocks of life.

After completing a pilgrimage around the world Lucas arrives in an ice landscape. There, on the serene ice fields, he meets Vala, an old and wise female shaman. She initiates a ritual dance that Lucas undergoes and that confronts him with his body and his past. In the visions evoked by the dance he makes a journey through his own memories and through his body, looking for truth and his own identity.

In his mind, Lucas returns to CERN, where as a young scientist he looked for the divine in the shape of the particle from which life originated during the Big Bang. He kept himself locked in a rational world that started weighing down on him more and more. Fearing his own destruction he abandoned his career and started looking for another truth than science.

The snow crystals falling from the sky in the ice landscape and data visualisations from the research at CERN represent his realm of ideas and are literally moved by his dance. Worlds that are invisible to the naked eye and that seem endlessly far apart from one another have gained a new and coherent meaning for Lucas. In a vision in which Lucas travels back to CERN he meets several reflections of himself in a group dance. By observing himself in different moments in time and space, Lucas realizes that life adopts uncontrollable manifestations. When he comes to himself again in the ice landscape, it is the first time for Lucas to see that he really consists of all possible forms of himself.

Ruben van Leer

Artist Statement
I look through the microscope with a digital camera. I see beautiful crystallization processes that regenerate in my body every moment of the day. The camera becomes a true extension of my body. My eyes, so used to looking at the surface of big things in the world – a human body, a building, a spoon – now they can look at microscopic particles of myself.

I filmed dancer Lukas Timulak and soprano singer Claron McFadden in the world’s biggest machine 100 meters under the ground: CERN in Geneva. A delicate voice and a tiny movement surrounded by an incredible structure build by our Western knowledge economy. I want to stretch the in-between space within this overwhelming system we have build together.

My previous work with e.g. film maker Peter Greenaway, opera maker Michel van der Aa and pop-band The Black Eyed Peas gave me insight into the necessity of connecting different art and science disciplines. With the internet and growing embedded network systems, the power of many is taking a leap in our world. How we deal with Western technology is not solely a tool in my work, but becomes also the story.

For the coming year I will realize my visual opera ‘Symmetry’, a 20 min film (NTR, NL3) which deals with dance, music and quantum physical data-visuals. The medium film has become a starting point and a way to frame my explorations. 

www.symmetrymovie.com
www.rubenvanleer.com

The Sky Above Us

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Marinus Groothof
Producer: CTM Pictures 
Co-producers: Entre Chien Et Loup / Art & Popcorn / Heretic
DOP: Ruben Impens
Editor: Alain Dessauvage
Sound: Ferry de Pater
Screenplay: Original

Every day Ana, Sloba and Bojan put their lives at great risk, simply by going to work. Their jobs are in or next to the national television building in Belgrade, which because of the war has become a strategic target for NATO bombings. All three force themselves to deal with the fear, in order to hold on to their ordinary lives. But “ordinary” has ceased to exist some time ago.

The actress Ana (35) wants to stay loyal to the theatre she loves dearly, but which is located next to the TV building. Although secretly terrified, she keeps compelling herself to go. To escape from reality, the hip youngster Bojan (23) immerses himself in the club scene with its sex, drugs and house music. Broadcast technician Sloba (46) has sent his wife and son to safety out of town, but has stayed behind to earn their livelihood. That’s his mission and nothing can deter him from it.

Every night Belgrade transforms from a vibrant city into a military target. While the bombs fall from the sky above, Ana, Bojan and Sloba struggle with the question: How can I survive, while staying sane in an insane world?  

Director / Writer Marinus Groothof

After finishing his studies in cinematography on the Dutch Film Academy in 2004, Marinus engaged himself in the writing and directing of short films. His second short film Morning to Noon, which he also produced, won second prize at the NBC Universal Shocking Shorts contest. NBC immediately acquired the broadcasting rights for the film.

In 2009, his short film SUNSET FROM A ROOFTOP was awarded Best Short Film at the Dutch Film Festival. It was also the Dutch entry to the Academy Awards of that year. In 2010 Marinus attended the European Producers Workshop EAVE as a writer for his first feature film The Sky Above Us. This project has also been awarded the Kodak NPP Development Award at the Holland Film Meeting. In 2011 Marinus was selected to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Directors Programme at the Binger FilmLab, again with this project The Sky Above Us. He has also represented The Netherlands as a young director at EFA’s A Sunday in the Country and was a member of the jury at the Dutch Film Festival. His short film Mirroring won Best Short Film at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in 2011. 

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Dames 4

Category: Telefilm
Director: Maurice Trouwborst
Writer: Lotte Tabbers
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Language: Dutch

The immature Wyne (32) starts a football team to rebel against all her friends who’s lives have become dull and boring since either giving birth or becoming pregnant. However, she threatens to lose everything through unexpected events.

Director Maurice Trouwborst

Maurice Trouwborst graduated in 2006 as director at the Utrecht School of Arts. His graduation film Jef a fictional, absurdist tale about the Dutch soap actor Bartho Braat won three awards. After this, he directed several short films including Urfeld for One Night Stand, Stalker and the viral A Merry Hunt. In addition, he directed a documentary series about the Black Cross for the VPRO and music videos for artists like De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig. He currently writes and directs for the TV program Villa Achterwerk, is working on a documentary about the League against Swearing and directs commercials at production house Cake.

The Canal

Category: Feature Film
Writer/director: Ivan Kavanagh 
Producers: AnneMarie Naughton / Park Films (Ireland)
Co-producers: Sander Verdonk / CTM LEV Pictures & Vaughan Sevill / Western Edge Pictures (United Kingdom)
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Duration: 90 minutes
Distributor: A Film Distribution (Benelux)

Cinema Archivist David Williams lives with his wife, Alice, and their 5-year-old son, Billy. All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is then compounded by a bizarre coincidence at work: cataloguing a film-reel from 1902, he learns that his home was the site of a brutal series of murders by a man named William Jackson, who slew his wife for being unfaithful and drowned both of their children in the nearby canal.  As David’s suspicions grow, a terrifying shadowy figure of a man, who resembles Jackson, starts to appear to him and David becomes convinced that this “evil supernatural presence” that inhabits his house, never ever wants him or his family to leave.  

Writer/Director – Ivan Kavanagh

In 2005 Ivan directed his first feature film ‘Francis’. His second feature film ‘The Solution’ toured the festival circuit worldwide and won ‘Best Drama’ at the Portobello Film Festival 2007 in London. The Durban International Film Festival in South Africa called it ‘a gritty masterpiece’.
Ivan’s third feature ‘Tin Can Man’ (Park Films) won ‘Boundary Breaking Best Feature’ at the Sydney Underground Film Festival 2007 and ‘Best Actor’ for Patrick O’Donnell. It also won ‘Best Foreign Film’ ‘Best Foreign Actor’ for Michael Parle and ‘Best Foreign Director’ at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2008 and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the Strasbourg International Film Festival 2008. In February 2012 a remastered and re-edited version of the film won a ‘Special Jury Award’ at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, presented by the Dublin Film Critics Circle.
His fourth feature ‘Our Wonderful Home’ was fully financed by the Irish Film Board. It screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009 and had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh(2008).

His fifth feature film ‘The Fading Light’ produced by Park Films and again financed by the Irish Film Board, won ‘Best Irish Film’ and ‘Best Male Actor’ for Patrick O’Donnell at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2010. It also played in the World Cinema section of the Pusan International Film Festival 2010, South Korea and at the Titanic Film Festival 2011, Hungary.

Into Thin Air

Category: One Night Stand
Director: Daniel Bruce
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler 
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch and English
Duration: 50 minutes
Co-produced by: NTR, VARA & VPRO

On October 4th 1992, El Al flight 1862 Boeing 747 crashed into the Klein Kruitberg flat in the Bijlmer, destroying over 80 apartments. According to official figures there was a total of 43 fatalities. However, survivors and rescue-workers maintain that there were many more victims, unaccounted for due to their illegal status. All evidence of their existence was incinerated by the intense kerosene-fuelled inferno. Into Thin Air is the untold story of the Bijlmer plane crash and those unnamed victims.

Into Thin Air gives an insight into the lives of the illegal inhabitants (particularly those within the Ghanian community) of Klein Kruitberg, many of whom disappeared after the disaster. We catch a glimpse of the colourful and lively underground world they had created for themselves and their hopes for the future, as they hide from the outside world for fear of deportation. As we come to understand their secret lives, we also come to realize why they were so untraceable after the disaster.

Although Into Thin Air is based on a true event that happened to real people; our characters and their stories are fictional. While many survivors still insist that many more victims indeed existed even now, 20 years later, we cannot prove or identity who these unnamed people were. This story and its characters simply offer a researched insight into who the undocumented inhabitants of Klein Kruitberg may have been and how they lived before their untimely death.

Besides the story behind their disappearance, the film also explores the themes of identity, existence and immortalization. If you were to die today without the proper papers, leaving no trace behind in modern society, did you actually exist? Today these victims are still not officially accounted for and live on only in the fading memories of the survivors who knew them, and that is what makes the premise of this film so relevant.

With the 2012 Bijlmer disaster memorial service possibly being the final one, this film seeks to honour those victims who would otherwise be forgotten.

Director Daniel Bruce

Daniel Bruce (1981) is originally from south Africa where he studied as an art director a the prestigious Red & Yellow School of Advertising and worked as a lead graphic designer in the publishing industry. After emigrating to the Netherlands in 2001 he found his creative passion as a director. Since them he done commercials for brands such as Bacardi, Coco Cola, Philips and Vodafone and directed international award winning short films and music videos. Having studied as an actor himself, he has a keen sense of narrative and he is deeply immersed in high-end visual effects. 

Speelman

Category: One Night Stand
Director: Klaartje Quirijns
Writer: Jaap Peter Enderlé 
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Duration: 50 minutes
Co-produced by: NTR, VARA & VPRO

Businessman Sweder Speelman leads a successful life with his wife Cecile, a celebrated concert pianist. When his momentum is slowed down by small events, his autopilot seems to start failing. The world around him seems to exclude him more and more making him a spectator of his own life. When he follows a cat into an empty house, he is rewarded with a secret view of his own villa and Cecile. Sweder decides to disappear to see how Cecile responds to his absence. As Sweder obsessively observes his wife he slowly loses touch with himself and reality.

Director: Klaartje Quirijns

Klaartje Quirijns has directed many documentaries, including Anton Corbijn Inside Out, Peace vs. Justice, The Brooklyn Connection and The Dictator Hunter. Speelman is her first fiction film. After studying law, Klaartje Quirijns worked as a director at the NPS and the VPRO. Klaartje lived for ten years in New York where she worked on documentaries and made a video installation made for the Kunsthal. She currently lives in London. Anton Corbijn Inside Out is a portrait of the internationally successful photographer and director who she followed the world over for a period of four years the world over. The documentary won the Prix Italia. Her film The Dictator Hunter premiered at the Toronto film Festival in 2007, was nominated for the European Film Awards and won several other awards.

Across The Street

Category: short film
Director: Wouter Stoter
Writer: Gerry de Hoogh
Producers:  Sander Verdonk & Trent
Executive Producer: Marius van der Weerd
D.O.P.: Adam Fillenz
Gaffer: Zen Bloot
Art Director: Anneloes Uijen de Kleijn
Sound: Tim van Peppen – Richard Wilder – Stefan Meutstege
Styling: Gabrielle De Gersigny
Make-up: Robert Stouthamer
Editor: Wouter van Luijn

A restrained drama, about Moos (33), who is extremely excited when she unexpectedly receives an invite for the party of the new neighbours Suzanne (42) and Ralf (60). Her husband Berend (37) reluctantly joins her even though he is tired from work.

The party however is nothing like she expected. They witness the escalating tension in their neighbor’s marriage, and a strained mood fills the big, white, empty apartment. To make matters worse Berend seems to fall for Suzanne’s charms and that while Moos’s nipples start leaking as she hears the baby crying over the baby phone.

But the desperate situation is a wake up call for Moos. At the pinnacle of the miserable evening Moos decides to take matters into her own hands. The party is ruined, but she can still save her own relationship. Silently the two leave their neighbours and as they walk back home she knows Berend sees her as the woman he loves.

Director – Wouter Stoter

Wouter graduated in graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He worked as graphic designer for a few years and directed several leaders and music videos. In 2007 he joined Comrad and began directing commercials. He loves concept driven scripts with a visual and personal approach. Wouter was featured in ‘Shots December 2008′.

Emilie

Category: Stop-motion animation
Writer/director: Olivier Pesch
Producers: Anne Schroeder, Jani Thiltges - Samsa Film (LU)
Co-producer: Sander Verdonk – CTM LEV Pictures 
Language: French
Duration: 17 minutes

Emilie, a little 7-year-old girl, lives on a huge rubbish dump with her father, a scientist, who is building a secret machine. She feels lonely, until one day she meets three playful monkeys and her life transfroms. But not only her own life changes, also the scientific goal of her father and even more… their entire environment.

Plan C

Director/writer: Max Porcelijn
Cast: Ruben van der Meer, Rene van ‘t Hof, Ton Kas
DOP: Coen Stroeve
Gaffer: Willem van der Eerden
Sound design: Michaël Sauvage
Art director: Mares Tomassen
Casting director: Rebecca van Unen
Make-up: Robert Stouthamer
Styling: Lynn van Eck
Editor: Marc Bechtold
Music: Erik Jan Grob
Line producer: Bo Polak, Mendy Post
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland

Filled with sharp wit and boasting a first-rate cast, PLAN C is a dark comedy thriller that reveals human weakness through a smart and compelling plot.

Ronald Plasmeyer (Ruben Van Der Meer) is a small-time Amsterdam detective, struggling with financial problems because of his gambling habit. When Chinese crime boss Hao threatens Ronald’s ex-wife and son to get his money back, Ronald comes up with a plan that will solve all his problems.

Ronald enlists two petty criminals (Ton Kas & René Van ‘t Hof) to rob an illegal poker tournament he’s taking part in, providing him with a perfect alibi. Quick, simple and non-violent; the plan is foolproof… until people start getting killed. 

Max porcelijn – WRITER/DIRECTOR 

Max Porcelijn (1981) was born and raised in Amsterdam. It is there that he developed his love for film and for the people of his city. This love served Max as his inspiration for Plan C. Throughout the years, Max has familiarised with different aspects of the city and its inhabitants, among others the more obscure side of Amsterdam with its illegal poker tournaments. Like no other, Max recognizes the humor and tragedy in everyday life.Max graduated in 2006 from the Film Academy in Amsterdam with the praised graduation film The Deception, written and directed by himself. Just like Plan C, The Deception is a tragicomedy starring Ruben van der Meer. As a result of their fruitfull collaboration on The Deception, Max wrote Plan C with Ruben in mind as lead character. This character, Ronald Plasmeyer, is tailor made for Ruben and takes full advantage of Ruben’s talents as an actor.In the past couple of years Max has further developed his talent directing several video clips and television commercials among which for the BBC, Toyota, Dixons and the Dutch Film Festival. This has led to a refinement of his style that he put in practice for Plan C. Max is a young and talented director who has been shaping his professional career always motivated with Plan C. in the back of his mind.

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The Invisible Men

Director: Yariv Mozer
Writer: Adam Rosner, Yariv Mozer
DOP: Shahar Reznik
Editor: Yasmine Novak
Composer: Wouter van Bemmel
Sound: Hugo Dijkstal
Producers: Yariv Mozer, Sander Verdonk, Gertjan Langeland, Adam Rosner, Hila Aviram
Co-producers: Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Carine Ruszniewski

The film “The Invisible Men” tells the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinian men who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv.

Their stories will be told through the film’s heroes: Louie, 32 years old, a gay Palestinian who has been hiding illegally in Tel Aviv for the past 8 years; Abdu, 24 years old, exposed as gay in Ramallah, accused of “espionage,” tortured by Palestinian security forces; Fares, 23, recently escaped to Tel Aviv from the West Bank. His fate remains to be determined. Louie’s story will be the main line of the film; Abdu and Fares’s stories will support Louie, clarifying and deepening the audience understanding of him.

Much has been said about the plight of homosexuals in the Muslim world, yet those stuck in the ghettos of the West Bank and suffers all the more. There, rumors about sexual identity travel fast—and rapidly turn threats into serious physical harm: if their families don’t find them first, the Palestinian secret service immediately accuses them of cooperating with the Israeli secret service (that does in fact exploit gay Palestinians). For that reason, these men have no choice but to escape illegally to Israel and to its most liberal city, Tel Aviv. But even there they must continue to live double lives. With no address, no passport or bank account, no real friends, no true lovers, Tel Aviv becomes their living prison. To suffocate them further, Israel criminalizes anyone who provides these illegal Palestinians with accommodation, employment, or transportation. 

Yariv Mozer – Director

Director and Producer, had graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film Department.

Mozer directed the short films: “Passiflora Waltz” (2003) and “Bed Stories” (2010), and the documentaries “My First War” (2008, Zdf Arte, Noga CH.8), winner of DocAviv special mention award, IDFA first appearance nominee and Winner of Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the TV documentary “Another Way, Noa & Mira Awad on the way to Eurovision 2009” for IBA’s Ch. 1. Mozer had also directed music videos among them “My Turn” for Israeli singer Yehonathan which got to the top of MTV’s Logo Channel’s chart. His films had been shown in festivals and TV channels worldwide.

Arash

Category: Short film
Director: Michaël Sewandono
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler
Cast: Issaka Sawadogo, David Steffen and Doa Pozam
DOP: Martijn van Broekhuizen N.S.C.
Editor: Jurriaan van Nimwegen
Composer: Ruben Samama
Styling: Sara Hakkenberg
Art direction: Ralf van Lanen
Producer: CTM LEV Pictures
Genre: Drama
Languages: Dutch and English 
Duration: 10 minutes

Matthew, a rejected African asylum seeker, is waiting in a deportation centre for his flight back, and sees the Iranian Arash with his daughter Parisa. When the desperate Arash starts a bloodbath, Matthew is unexpectedly given his freedom. But he is in turmoil, not knowing what is right. Every line you cross, you surrender a part of your soul.

Director: Michaël Sewandono

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1979, Michaël graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy audio-visual arts department (VAV) in 2005. In 1999 he studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television de Cuba where he made several documentaries. Having worked on different projects as a graphic designer, on an organisational level and as an autonomous artist, his main focus is on film. Next to directing commercials for Czar he’s currently working his first feature film.

Chopper

Category: Short film
Directors: Lars Damoiseaux & Frederik Palmaers
Writers: Michael Palmaers & Lars Damoiseaux
DOP: Daan Nieuwenhuijs
Computer graphics: Frederik Palmaers & Michael Palmaers
Composer: Joris Oonk
Sound design: Lars Damoiseaux     
Editors: Arno Willemstein & Warnier Posta       
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Animation
Duration: 2 minutes

The circle of life: a mantis gets eaten by a frog. The frog is swallowed by a stork, which in turn is eaten by a crocodile just before he gets shot by a hunter…

Awards

2013
Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market:
Best Short Animation – runner-up
Audience Award: Best Short Animation – runner-up 
54th Ciné-Rencontres Film Festival:
Audience Award: Best Short Film 

2014
17th short film festival of Fréjus:
Prix spécial de l’animation
Dam Short Film Festival
Audience Award – Best Animation

Festival Selection

2013
Go Short – International Short Film Festival – The Netherlands
Holland Animation Film Festival – The Netherlands
13th Lanzarote International Short Film Festival – Spain
20th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film / Trickfest – Germany
Festival International des Très Courts – France
Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market – USA
7th Athens International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo – Greece
Annecy Film Festival – France
54th Ciné-Rencontres Film Festival – France
XX Capalbio Cinema ISFF – Italy
Anima Mundi 2013 – Brazil
29èmes Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou – France
Concorto Film Festival 2013 – Italy
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival – UK
Ottawa International Animation Festival – Canada
Nederlandse Film Festival 2013 – The Netherlands
8th Anim’est International Film Festival – Romania
Animatou 2013 – Switzerland
49th Chicago International Film Festival – USA
La Costa Film Festival – USA
Big Cartoon Festival – Russia
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterhur – Switzerland
36th Starz Denver Film Festival – USA
Brest European Short Film Festival – France 

Lars Damoiseaux

Lars Damoiseaux is a Dutchman who moved to Antwerp. He’s a screenwriter and director of short films, music videos, commercials and video games. He has an original and dry sense of humor, talent for directing actors, a huge amount of technical knowledge and a powerful, dark visual style.

He’s part of the directors collective ‘Baron von Dingdong’ who are specialized in computer animations. Lars is also busy writing his feature film, ‘Paint it Black’, a cynical comedy about the art world.

Frederik Palmaers

Frederik Palmaers (1975) graduated at Sint-Lukas school of arts in Brussels as master in the audio-visual arts. 

After working for 5 years as an employee in the computer graphics sector he became freelancer, working on various commercials and projects. In 2011, he completed together with Michael Palmaers his first animated short ‘Nuru’ which received the first prize for animated short at Palm Springs Shortfest and Rhode Island Film Festival. The film was also selected for more than 30 festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Festival du Court Métrage.

Home Before Dark

Category: Telefilm
Director: Joeri Holsheimer
Writer: Jaap Peter Enderle
Cast: Robert de Hoog, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Anneke Blok, Gaite Jansen
Sound: Eddy de Cloe
Gaffer: Joris Hetsen
Editor: Wouter van Luijn
DOP: Coen Stroeve
Art director: Florian Legters
Make-up & hair: Robert Stouthamer        
Costume design: Lynn van Eck
Line producer: Mendy Post
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland
Duration: 50 minutes
Broadcast partners: NTR, VARA, VPRO
Financing: CoBo Fund, Mediafund, The Netherlands Film Fund

When the Dutch peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan is nearly over, soldier Diederick dies in the arms of his 21-year-old platoon mate Johnny. Johnny comes home as coffin bearer. He is being welcomed home by his parents. But he still has one mission to complete, a birthday gift from Diederick to give the twin sister Fleur.  The loss of Diederick has put the family relations on edge. Johnny is sucked into the unpredictable family struggling with their pain. Johnny sees it as his duty to help them, but he doesn’t know how. To be able to come home, he must first allow himself to experience his own grief.

Director – Joeir Holsheimer

Joeri Holsheimer studied photography for 2 years at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague before commencing his studies at the Film Academy in Amsterdam. Joeri is a qualified cameraman, but immediately after he graduated  started directing commercials and short films for CZAR.

“My intention is to find ways to make a film credible while telling a surreal/fantastic story. I think content dictates form. The use of CGI and postproduction are now part of the basic toolkit of a director and I enjoy the possibilities they offer. 

Inside

Category: Telefilm
Director: Rolf van Eijk
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler
DOP: Martijn van Broekhuizen
Casting director: Rebecca van Unen & Gwen Maduro
Cast: a.o. Sigrid ten Napel, Tygo Gernandt, Coosje Smid
Gaffer: Uwe Kuipers
Art director: Florian Legters
Make-up: Robert Stouthamer
Editor: Wietse de Zwart
Sound: David Dramm
Sound design: Michaël Sauvage
Line Producer: Bo Polak
Producers: Gertjan Langeland & Sander Verdonk
Duration: 50 minutes

Festival Selection

Karlovy Vary – Czech Republic
Cinekid – The Netherlands
Right Film Festival STEPS
Prifilmfest – Kosovo
PRIX EUROPA 2012 – Italia
CineCity Brighton Film Festival – United Kingdom


Isabel, a teenage girl, is placed in juvenile detention. After a fit of rage, she ends up in solitary confinement. She promises to change, but, before she can move forward in life, she has to confront her past.

Rolf van Eijk – DIRECTOR

Rolf van Eijk’83, studied fiction screen writing and directing at the School of the Arts in Utrecht. In his second year he made, amongst other projects, the short film”Guido”which was selected for the Dutch FilmFestival. In 2007 he graduated with the film  “HEAVEN OVER HOLLAND” in which he shows an unprecedented, not polarizing picture of Mohammed B. He wins the HKU AWARD for Most Innovative Graduation Project.

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Sugar

Category: Short Film
Director: Jeroen Annokkée
Writers: Dennis van de Ven, Jeroen Annokkée
DOP: Lex Brand
Editor: Marc Bechtold
Composer: Sebastiaan Roestenburg
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland
Genre: Comedy
Language: Dutch 
Duration: 10 minutes

Festival selection

La Short comedy Film Festival  Clermont Ferrant  
- Audience price,
- Best Comedy “Fernand Raynaud” Award

Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
Méliès d’Argent  Best Short Film

Film Festival Emden                        
The Ostfriesischer Kurzfilmpreis der VGH, Best short film

Salento Finibus Terrae    
-The best  direction in the section short very short
-Bert Hana – Best main actor

Lenola filmfestival           
1st price international competition & Best Screenwriter 

Mas Sorrer festival in Spanje
Audience price

Nederlands Filmfestival  
Zilveren krulstaart for best screenplay

Méliès d’Or   Sitges-Spain   
The Best European Fantastic Short Film.

Couchfestfilms
Coveted Silver Couch Award

7th edition of Paris Courts Devant’ festival
Public prize

The 16th OUrense Film Festival 
-Special Mention of the Jury at Short Film Competition
-Audience award for best short movie

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (CHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL)
Best fiction short film 

Eindhovensfilmfestival
Best screenplay

Brest European Short Film Festival     
Audience award

Cinesonne FRANCE 
18. The special high school jury’s price.  


Bert’s scantily dressed downstairs neighbour, Klaasje, comes by to borrow a cup of sugar, a standard situation with a possibly sexual outcome. When she lets the cup slip from her hands and they both try to catch it, destiny strikes.

 

Jeroen Annokkeé

Jeroen Annokkeé (1973) attended The Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 1996 and graduated in 2000 with the films ‘Tinus & Henkie’ (Tuschinski award dutch FIlm Festival 2000) and ‘Unwired’ (Mandela Award, Dublin 2000). Ever since he has been working as a director for commercials, shorts and comedy television series at companies such as Motel Films, IJswater Films, CCCP and CZAR. In 2002 he directed the short film Roadkill (Silver Melies 2003, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Short Film in Silver and was presented a ‘Golden FIlm Award’ at the Dutch Film Festival 2003). For his commercials he won several prices such as the ‘Gouden Loekie 2005′ and multiple ‘ADCN lampen’ (Art Director’s Guild Holland) including the director’s award 2010.

Sunset From a Rooftop

Category: Short Film
Director & writer: Marinus Groothof
DOP: Marc de Meijer
Editor: Brian Ent
Composer: Arno Tijnagel
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch 
Duration: 10 minutes

Festival selection:

  • Cineglobe Geneve 2010
  • Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage
  • Brussel Short FF
  • Festival D’Aubagne
  • Sao Paulo Short Film Festival
  • Festival Mas Sorrer
  • Molise Cinema
  • Festival de Contis
  • Festival Paris Courts Devant Paris
  • Almeria en corto
  • St Kilda Film Festival Melbourne Australia
  • Festival Balkan Trafik
  • European Film Festival of Lille
  • Braunschweig International Film Festival
  • kurzfilm freunde Koln
  • Leuven Short filmfestival
  • Bolzano Film Festival
  • Dutch Film Festival

Awards:

  • Nederlands Film Festival - Best short film

Ivana, a Serbian girl in her early twenties, prepares for a night out. The every-day routine becomes something different when seen at the time the sunsets over Belgrade during the NAVO bombings. Her friend Shekki dashes into her room and congratulate Ivana with her pregnancy.

Together they decide to tell Ivana’s friend Matej when they go to the party he is having, on the roof of his apartment, that night. On their way they meet Sloba, who looks rather subdued because that afternoon he had to act as a living shield to prevent a bridge from destruction and Nikola with whom they arrange to go to the latest techno club later that night.

At the party Matej appears to be in a bad mood. So without telling him the good news, she heads for the rooftop where Shekki joins her and together they look out over Belgrade by night. When Matej comes up on the rooftop to apologize the air-defense alarm goes of. Ivana decides that it is not the right time to tell the good news and together with Shekki and Matej she wants to enjoy this special moment in her life.

Marinus Groothof

Marinus developed an early interest for photography and at the age of 14 he earned himself the money to buy his first camera. In the years before he was accepted to the Film Academy in Amsterdam, Groothof, besides being active in photography, began writing stories. In 2004 he graduated in Camera and Lighting. After the Film Academy Groothof could no longer suppress his true passion: writing and directing films. Since then he has made several short films.

SUNSET FROM A ROOFTOP (FULL FILM)