February 16, 2019

BERG Cinecrowd crowd funding campaign

Director Joke Olthaar has started the Cinecrowd crowd funding campaign for her film experiment BERG; a visual wandering through the overwhelming landscape of the high mountains, produced by seriousFilm.

This film already received support from the City of Rotterdam – Arts and Culture department, and from the Netherlands Film Fund.

Please, visit (English version), or (Nederlandse versie) to support Joke Olthaar to complete the budget for her film, in order to allow her to begin filming on location in Slovenia later in 2019.


February 12, 2019

SHEEP HERO at DOCfeed and in cinema’s from February 21 on

SHEEP HERO, the documentary on shepherd Stijn Hilgers by director Ton van Zantvoort, opens the DOCfeed festival on February, 21 2019. DOCfeed takes place in TAC in Eindhoven, for more information click here.

Subsequently SHEEP HERO will be released in Dutch theatres by Windmill Film Distribution, for an overview of its full theatrical release click here (in Dutch).

December 22, 2018

Garden of Life in de Filmkrant poll 2018

Garden of Life by director Marco Niemeijer is ranked 7 in the 2018 poll of best Dutch films by De Filmkrant (link in Dutch).

December 4, 2018

Death of Darkness | crowdfunding

Crowdfunding through the platform has commenced. Director Jasmijn Schrofer is seeking additional means for her documentary production Death of Darkness. The film is already supported by the Netherlands Film Fund in the framework of the Wildcard programme.

You have 34 more days – and counting from this day on – to support Jasmijn Schrofer; Death of Darkness @

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.