October 25, 2018

Stones Have Laws @ IDFA 2018

Stones Have Laws (86mins) a film essay by directors Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan premieres – in Feature Length competition and in Dutch competition  – @ IDFA 2018

Majestic shots of the forest and the alternately serene and turbulent river set the scene, while members of the Surinamese Maroon community, who are descended from runaway slaves, shed light on their world. They show us how they live, how they consult their ancestors and forest spirits, and how this is all integrated with the use of modern tools.

In reenacted situations—set deep in the forest, along the river or around a campfire—village elders and younger men and women talk about the history of their people and the spirits of the natural world around them. A broad spectrum of subjects unfolds, including the dramatic escape by one of the ancestors, the struggle against the Dutch colonists, and the binding laws of trees and boulders. Desolate landscapes draft a grim picture of the far-reaching effects of the arrival of mineral-hungry multinationals.

But to start off, members of the Maroon community discuss their feelings about the film. Should they put their trust in the good intentions of the filmmakers?

For more information about Stones Have Laws on IDFA 2018

research, script, photography, sound, montage Lonnie van Brummelen | Siebren de Haan  Surinamese co-director Tolin Alexander  translation of the script into Saramaka and Aucan Vinije Haabo | Tolin Alexander  adaptation for the screen Van Brummelen | De Haan in collaboration with Darek Szai Szendel  main advisors Dorus Vrede | Hugo Jabini | Vinije Haabo | Paitoja Saaki | Corine Spoor | Joney Doekoe | Naltus Naana | Quinsy Sinei  produced by Van Brummelen & De Haan | IDEAL Film | seriousFilm | VRIZA  Surinamese line producer Ann Hermelijn
the film was supported by the Netherlands Film Fund | Netherlands Film Production Incentive | Mondriaan Fund | Fonds 21 | AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts)


October 25, 2018


SHEEP HERO (81mins) a documentary by director Ton van Zantvoort premieres – in Dutch competition – @ IDFA 2018

Shepherd Stijn has a romantic world view, but his idealism clashes with the harsh reality of having to be a modern entrepreneur. In this poignant and cinematic documentary we come close to Stijn and his family in their quest to keep the tradition of sheep herding alive. Will his struggle pay off or is he forced to go with the flock?

For more information about SHEEP HERO @ IDFA.

director Ton van Zantvoort  producers Ton van Zantvoort for NEWTON film  Marc Thelosen | Koert Davidse for seriousFilm  cinematography | editing Ton van Zantvoort  sound Iris van de Rijt | Olivier Nijs | Annerose Langeveld  sound design Jeroen Goeijers  music Roy Bemelmans  TV Channels Omroep Brabant | KRO-NCRV  world sales Films Transit International Inc  cinematic distribution for the Netherlands Windmill Film Distribution
this film was supported by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund | Netherlands Film Fund | Brabantse Beauties
October 11, 2018

the Principal Wife @ DOK Leipzig

The Principal Wife – the 70mins documentary by Hester Overmars – is selected for the international competition at the DOK Leipzig festival 2018. The festival opens on October 29, 2018 and closes on November 4, 2018. For more information and screenings in Leipzig click here. The award ceremony is scheduled for Saturday evening November 3, 2018.

October 1, 2018

de Verbeelding 10 jaar

During the Netherlands Film Festival 2018 the support programme ‘De Verbeelding’ – ‘The Imagination’ – a joint programme by the Netherlands Film Fund and Mondriaan Fund, celebrated its 10 years of existence.

Please, click here for the dedicated website of De Verbeelding, in that context our co-production ‘Stones Have Laws’ by director Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan is realised.

July 25, 2018

Netherlands Film Festival 2018

It is with pleasure to announce that three seriousFilm productions have been selected for the upcoming edition of the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht:

The Principal Wife (2018 – 72mins) by Hester Overmars, a documentary co-production with KRO-NCRV, long-listed for the ‘Gouden Kalf’ competition.

Finity Calling (2018 – 15mins) by Jasper Kuipers, a stop-motion short in co-production with Walking the Dog (Brussels), in competition for the ‘Gouden Kalf’.

Sand Wanderer (2017 – 6:21mins) by Eric Giessmann, an animated short, produced in the framework of the Wildcard programme of the Netherlands Film Fund, in competition for the debutant ‘Gouden Kalf’.

Marco Niemeijers long documentary Garden of Life (2017 – 72mins) is unfortunately not selected, but long-listed for the ‘Gouden Kalf’ competition.

We warmly congratulate the filmmakers, and all who have been contributing to the productions.


April 14, 2018

Garden of Life in Dutch cinemas

The documentary ‘Garden of Life’ by director Marco Niemeijer receives its Dutch theatrical release on May 31, 2018, the film is scheduled for:


Filmtheater, Hilversum 31-5 / Rialto, Amsterdam 31-5 / De Balie, Amsterdam 31-5 / Ketelhuis, Amsterdam 31-5 / LUX, Nijmegen 31-5 / ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht 31-5 / de Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch 31-5 / de Cacaofabriek, Helmond 31-5 / Filmhuis, Den Haag 31-5 / de Filmschuur, Haarlem 31-5 / Cinema Oostereiland, Hoorn 31-5 / LantarenVenster, Rotterdam 31-5 / Fraterhuis, Zwolle 31-5 / Chassé, Breda 31-5 / Kijkhuis, Leiden 31-5 / Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort 31-5, Forum, Groningen 31-5

Forum, Groningen 6-6 / Filmhuis De Spiegel, Heerlen June 7, 8, 9, and 10

Gruitpoort, Doetichem week 20-9

distribution by Periscoop Film

April 14, 2018

Finity Calling premiere

After many years of intense labour the animated stop-motion short ‘Finity Calling’ by director Jasper Kuipers premiered on Friday 13, 2018 during Playgrounds Blend in Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam. Congratulations Jasper!

First international screenings are scheduled for the Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart 2018, and during the Zagreb Animafest 2018.

April 14, 2018

Along Chapel Road @ Lantaren Venster

On Sunday April 23, 2018 ‘Along Chapel Road’ by director André Schreuders is screened in Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam. The screening starts at 16:30hrs and includes a Q&A with the filmmaker. Tickets are available here.

March 3, 2018

the Principal Wife @ Off Screen

‘The Principal Wife’ by director Hester Overmars is screened at Off Screen in WORM on Thursday March 15, 2018, the programme begins at 20:15hrs, with the director present. For more information on Off Screen click here.