April 23, 2019

That Which is to Come is just a Promise @ Cannes 2019

‘That Which is to Come is just a Promise’ formerly known as ‘the Tuvalu project’ by Flatform (It) premieres during the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2019.

Funafuti, in the Tuvalu archipelago, is the scene of a phenomenon no longer unique in the Pacific: as the climate warms and the sea level rises, the salt water of the high tide rises through the ground, flowing through the pores of the land flooding it, and putting the future of life on these low coral islands at risk. In a long traverse of Funafuti, the low tide and high tide alternate fluidly, and without interruption capture the places and the actions of their inhabitants: waiting and suspended in time.

Congratulations to all who have contributed to this critical experiment on the demise of our environment.

Many thanks to our co-producers Dugong Films (It) Giulia Achilli & Marco Alessi, and Blueskin Films (NZ) Catherine Fitzgerald.

April 3, 2019

Sand Wanderer Vimeo staff pick

Eric Giessmann’s animated short ‘Sand Wanderer’ is staff pick at Vimeo, see the film here:

March 13, 2019

BERG Cinecrowd

director Joke Olthaar has succesfully concluded her crowd funding campaign for her film BERG, many thanks to all contributors!

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