Dutch, but with an open mind to the world

The Film Kitchen is a Dutch film production company of price winning international feature films, shorts, television films and series, and documentaries. We closely co-operate with strong and experienced filmmakers as well as with outstanding young talents. Key for all our productions are the relevance for today’s society and the aim to match the highest cinematographic standards.


World premiere ‘Little Man’ at Dok Leipzig

11 October 2019 / by The Film Kitchen

The new documentary film ‘Little Man, Time, and the Troubadour’ by Dutch director Ineke Smits has been selected for the Dok Leipzig festival in Germany and will have its world premiere there on November 1st. The film has also been selected for the Minsk International Film Festival ‘Listapad’ and will have its premiere at CineDOC in Tiblisi, Georgia. The documentary film raises the question what creates a national identity by small human stories about Abkhazia, a tiny country that declared independance from Georgia in 1993, and has only been recognized by Russia. Ineke Smits took Abkhazia as an example for a universal theme.

Producers of the film are Ineke Kanters and Jan van der Zanden. Coproducers are Peter Krüger (Inti Films) and Stout&Smits.

Financial support for The Zandvoort Formula

08 October 2019 / by The Film Kitchen

NPO Fund granted € 200,000 for the realization of the documentary film The Zandvoort Formula about the fever that has struck the Zandvoort community after the local circuit was put on the calendar for the 2020 Grand Prix. Director Wytzia Soetenhorst is examining the impact on local businessmen, politicians, environmentalists and other residents; they all have an opinion about what this race circus will bring the village at the sea. Soetenhorst already started filming with cameraman Ton Peters and sound engineer Benny Jansen. 

Ineke Kanters and Jan van der Zanden are the producer of the documentary film to be released in 2020.

Fight Girl wins Young Audience Award

06 May 2019 / by The Film Kitchen

After winning several awards at European festival a jury consisting of young viewers from all over Europe has chosen Fight Girl as this years' best film. The Young Audience Award of the European Film Academy is the most important price the film by director Johan Timmers and script writer Barbara Jurgens has received so far. Fight Girl gathered far more points than the two other competitors.




Jan van der Zanden

Producer / Managing Director

Jan van der Zanden graduated in cultural psychology and worked as a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam. After the foundation of Waterland Film in 1994, he followed international film financing at the Media Business School. In 2003 he was selected 'Producer on the Move' at the Cannes Film Festival. In January 2016 he founded with Ineke Kanters The Film Kitchen.


Ineke Kanters

Producer / Managing Director

Ineke Kanters studied history in Rotterdam. After her college years she worked as a producer for Studio Sport (Dutch public television) and as an Internet editor at the Netherlands Broadcasting Foundation in Hilversum. After this she worked as a fund manager at the Rotterdam Media Fund and as development executive producer at Kasander Film. Since January 2012 she had her own company and worked part time at Waterland Film where she was involved in the development, financing and production of feature films. In January 2016 she founded The Film Kitchen together with Jan van der Zanden.

In the last two years Ineke Kanters was selected to be a member of the jury at international film festivals in Istanbul and Ostend (Belgium). She's also a jury member at the Dutch CineKid Festival and at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht (Film Producers Netherlands Award).