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What we do

The Film Kitchen specializes in producing and coproducing feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV series for the international market. We cooperate closely with strong and experienced filmmakers as well as with young remarkable talents, both nationally and internationally. 

Our goal is to bring interesting, and for today’s society relevant, content that touches a wide audience, always matching the high cinematographic standards we keep. We develop and produce provocative arthouse films as well as feature films for a broader audience.

The Film Kitchen started on January 1, 2016 with Ineke Kanters and Jan van der Zanden as producers. Van der Zanden has been the CEO of Waterland Film, which was established in 1994. The Film Kitchen now is the owner of all finished film projects and projects in development by Waterland Film. Kanters has worked at NOS public television in the Netherlands and as an executive producer at Kasander Film. Before starting The Film Kitchen she worked together with Van der Zanden at Waterland Film as a producer.


Curriculum Vitae

The Film Kitchen produced films such as Kauwboy (2012) by Boudewijn Koole, which won the Best First Feature Award and the Best Youth Film Award at the Berlinale. It was the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and won the EFA European Discovery Award and the EFA Young Audience Award. The feature Love Revisited (2017) by director Nicole van Kilsdonk has been released in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2017, after the premiere at the Parool Film Festival in Amsterdam. The feature Disappearance (2017) by Boudewijn Koole was selected for Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and released in the Netherlands in 2017.

The Film Kitchen has been the co-producer of several features, such as Milagros Mumenthaler’s Back to stay (2011), which won a Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival 2011; Bullhead (2011) by Michaël R. Roskam, which was the Belgium entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film 2012; Two Shots Fired (2014) by director and scriptwriter Martín Rejtman, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2014 and was nominated for the Golden LeopardThe third side of the river (2014) by Célina Murga, and with Martin Scorsese as executive producer, was selected for the 2014 competition of the Berlinale; White Sun (2016) by Nepalese director Deepak Rauniyar, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, was selected for TIFF 2016 and was the Nepalese entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards 2017; and Handle with care (2017) by Arild Andresenwhich had its world premiere at the Göteborg Film Festival, and was released in Norway. The most recent co-production is Cobain (2018) by director Nanouk Leopold, which premiered at the Berlinale 2018 and was released in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

One of the most recent productions is the youth film Fight Girl (2018), directed by Johan Timmers, which premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival and won the Audience Award and the Jury Award for Best Family Film at the Amsterdam youth film festival Cinekid. The film also won the EFA Young Audience Award. The film had its international premiere at BUFF International Film Festival in Malmö and was selected for many film festivals worldwide a.o. for Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival in Norway and Stockholm Film Festival Junior. The Test of Time (2019), a feature length TV animation, premiered in the Netherlands on February 6th 2019 and was broadcasted by AVROTROS Television. The film is directed by Joost van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk from Ka-ching Cartoons. The feature length documentary Little Man, Time and the Troubadour (2019) by Ineke Smits was a coproduction with Peter Krüger of Inti Films (Belgium), Stout& Smits (NL) and Dutch broadcaster EOdocs. The film was shot in Abkhazia and had its international premier at DOK Leipzig in October 2019. The national premiere was at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020. MOOOV distribution will release the film in summer 2020 in Dutch and Belgium cinemas. During the Netherlands Filmfestival in Utrecht in 2020 the documentary The First Race by Wytzia Soetenhorst had its premiere. The film was broadcasted at October 12th 2020 by BNNVARA.