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.



24 September 2021 / by The Film Kitchen

Tomorrow night, 25 September, you can watch Nico van den Brink's One Night Stand 'Between the rivers' one more time on NPO 2 extra at 20:30! Van den Brink wrote the film together with Victor van der Valk. The film is about the life of farmers boy Jorg and his friends. This feels unspoken differently after the death of their young friend Jochem one year earlier. While crossing around on their quads, the friends playfully bump up a group of Dutch-Moroccan newcomers, who will quickly change their sheltered existence irrevocably.

'Between the rivers' was made for the series One Night Stand XII in 2017, in co-production with NTR/BNNVARA/VPRO with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, NPO Fund and CoBO.


23 September 2021 / by The Film Kitchen

Good news! The feature film INJURY by Karin Junger gets support from the Netherlands Film Fund for production development. Karin Junger wrote the script of the film in cooperation with Mart Dominicus. Partners are co-producer Xavier Rombaut from Polar Bear (Belgium) and distributor September Film.

Artistic development for feature films Get Up Stand Up & Dead Man's Passport

16 September 2021 / by The Film Kitchen

Last summer we received two new grants from the Netherlands Film Fund for the artistic development of the scenarios of the feature film Get Up Stand Up by Mari Sanders and Dead Man's Passport by Berend Boorsma, Roel Boorsma and Karen van Holst Pellekaan!

Get Up Stand Up is the first feature film of Mari Sanders:
Life is good for Xander (17) until an accident leaves him in a wheelchair. His dream of an independent and free life is suddenly over. When he meets Vera (17), who is disabled and rebellious, he fights with her for independence, but first they have to free themselves.

The film is coproduction with A Private View from Belgium. Gusto Entertainment will release the film in cinemas.

Dead Man's Passport:
A carefree Dutch backpacker couple (early twenties) help a young African man escape his Mauritanian boss after having discovered an unspeakable truth. During their flight with him along the west coast of Africa they find out that their naivety comes with a price.

Parties involved are co-producer Savage Film (Belgium) and distributor September Film.



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).