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.
Both the members of the children's jury and the audience of the JEF Youth Film Festival in Belgium choose Fight Girl as the winner of this holiday festival that was hosted by six Belgian cities.
From March 6 on the Fight Girl DVD will be available in shops in Belgium and the Netherlands. Video on Demand platforms in the Netherlands are also offering Fight Girl. At the moment only the Dutch version is available. In May Fight Girl will be subtitled in 15 languages for the EFA Award events.
Bo (12) is a kickboxing talent and wants to be the new Dutch champion. The divorce of her parents disturbs her plans. As Bo moves with her mother and brother to a suburb she discovers new things in herself and in life.
Festival Selection: Netherlands Film Festival (Utrecht, premiere) 2018, Cinekid Festival (Amsterdam) 2018, BUFF International Children’s and Young People’s Film Festival Malmö (Sweden) 2019, J.E.F. Festival (Belgium) 2019, Stockholm Film Festival Junior 2019, Eurocine: Festival de Cine Europe en Colombia 2019, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (USA) 2019, Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway) 2019, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic) 2019, German Children's Media Festival Golden Sparrow (Germany) 2019, Cinemagic Film Festival (Ireland) 2019.
Awards: Eurimages Co-production Development Award, Cinekid: Lion for Best Family Film (Audience Award) and Lion for Best Family Film (Jury Award), BUFF International Children's and Young People's Film Festival Malmö: The City of Malmö Children's Film Award and European Children's Film Association Award, J.E.F. Festival: Best Feature Film (Children Jury Award) and Best Feature Film (Audience Award), EFA Young Audience Award, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival: European Children's Film Association Award.
At the funeral of their forty-year old son, two divorced sixty-year olds meet again after many years. In the following months their old love resurfaces and they decide to life together again. The consequences of this impossible love are often radical and absurd for the entire family.
Festival Selection: Premiered November 2, 2017 Parool Film Festival, Amsterdam, FFO Film Festival Ostend, Belgium, Netherlands Film Festival 2018, Utrecht
Awards: Netherlands Film Festival 'Best Supporting Actor' for Aus Greidanus Sr.
Abkhazian artist Sipa Labakhua travels around his small, unknown native land, provoking audiences with his autobiographical one-man marionette show. Thus he collects the personal stories of Abkazian nationalists, Russian hippies, Syrian repatriates and Orthodox believers. A road movie that sheds new light on a highly topical question in a world that is on fire: What is a country?
A 12-year-old girl meets a teenage Senegalese migrant while feeling lonely on vacation with her family in Spain and tries to help him escape his desolate situation.
This Film Stinks is an ode to the senses. Based on the frustration that no smell can be conveyed with film, director Denise Janzee, together with Stan, a 13-year-old boy with an anosmia, goes in search of smell through the other senses. A filmmaker with a passion for scent and a boy who doesn't have the sense, go together in search of seeing and hearing scent. Newly cut grass, a summer rain after a sweltering hot day, the smell of chocolate, the familiar smell of 'old'. How do you experience that when you can't smell it? And: can a film start to smell?
In a remote hotel Mr. K finds himself in a bizarre nightmare when he cannot find the exit and realizes the place is shrinking. Increasingly on edge with the eccentric inhabitants, Mr K must find his purpose and uncover the secret within the walls before the building collapses.
Jacob (46) travels across the United States with his daughter Sophie (15). They have fun, but the trip is disturbed by the repeaterd sudden disappearances of Sophie. In the desert of Nevada Sophie says goodbye to her father. This is a turning point for Jacob. As he returns to his wife the entire trip seems to be Jacob’s way to deal with a trauma.
Zandvoort transformed from a fishermen's village into a seaside resort and home of the Dutch grand prix. In the late 20th century it became a village in decay. But now a radical transition is looming: the Formula 1 mega circus will return to the village. Zandvoort will become world famous! How are the citizens of the village preparing for this event that vanishes everything. Is there still room for a critical view or is euphoria the only touchstone?
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 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.