During the Netherlands Film Festival, Joris Hoebe (New Noardic Wave) and Guido Franken (CineSud) launched the new network organisation Screen Talent NL. A network that ultimately aims to inspire and support talent and film activities in all regions of the Netherlands.
As part of its 75th anniversary, Eye Film Museum is making 75 restored classics available on this year's Eye Player. A fine collection, even if something is sometimes left to be desired.
Due to the corona pandemic, 2020 was also a crisis year for the cinema industry. Attendance fell by 56% compared to 2019. But the cancellation of US blockbusters allowed the Dutch market share to rise.
Renzo Martens on White Cube: 'From now on, the Stedelijk should devote its entire acquisitions budget to art by plantation workers.'
A sleek, snow-white art temple in the middle of the Congolese interior. What does that mean? Renzo Martens talks about his new documentary White Cube, and the art project that allows plantation workers to buy back their land. Premiering at IDFA and in Lusanga, Congo.
Golden Calf winner Buladó is now our Oscar entry. That will satisfy advocates of more colour in Dutch cinema. And on Sunday, check out Festus Toll's When You Hear the Divine Call, a more modest but equally telling example of new light in Dutch cinema.
The 40th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival pushes the boundaries. Corona makes everything go differently. Now in more than 100 theatres across the country, and also online. For groundbreaking work, there is the sixth instalment of the Directors' Forum.
With over 38 million visitors, 6.5% more than in 2018, 2019 was a good cinema year. Unfortunately, the recovery of Dutch cinema is still minimal.
Open your eyes, watch and reflect, engage in conversation. Opening IDFA 2019 showcases the sublime extremes of documentary.
The 32nd edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has opened with Sunless Shadows. Confessions of young women jailed for complicity in the murder of their father or other man in the family grow into a haunting statement about oppressed women in a male-dominated society. The only Dutch film in the international competition is Rotjochies by Maasja Ooms.
The Cinekid youth film festival opens this week with Binti, a catchy, highly topical youth film brimming with optimism. That sounds good, because optimism is what the Dutch youth film can use right now. Too bad, then, that Binti, about a girl from Congo who does everything in her power to be allowed to stay in Belgium with her father, is a largely Belgian production....
Following Denmark, the Netherlands now has its own Dogma manifesto. A modest but also ambitious statement from two young filmmakers who present a surprisingly clear plan after a season full of noise and concerns about Dutch cinema. Whether it is a pebble or a big pebble in the pond remains to be seen. In any case, they are going to do something,...
"'Well nice' is not good enough, that falls right off." Film critic Jan Pieter Ekker on possibly the last Directors' Forum at the Dutch Film Festival
The Dutch Film Festival is about to erupt. A spacious week with a broad overview of everything moving on Dutch screens, from public film to short student film. Last year was noisy: directors, editors and cameramen expressed gloom about the quality and guts of patriotic film. Visitor numbers don't seem to be overblown either, although...
Why the most artistic film genre struggles to get off the ground. The growing pains of the dance film, part 1.
There is a lot of grumbling about Dutch cinema: it is too good, not creative enough, there is not enough experimentation. However, there is one small island where other laws apply. Where, sometimes with hefty budgets and sometimes for next to nothing, films are made that speak a different language: the dance film. No psychologising, no endless dialogue, but...
Creativity must have a greater place in the process of film production, argues the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers in the New Deal manifesto
Dutch cameramen also join the chorus of concern about Dutch cinema. The New Deal manifesto carries suggestions for improvement.
In 2014, Morgan Knibbe (1989) made the short film Shipwreck, about the aftermath of a horrific shipwreck on the coast of Lampedusa in which 350 refugees drowned. Shortly afterwards, he made his first feature-length documentary, also about refugee issues: 'Those Who Feel the Burning'. This very impressive, original and visually strong film was one of the best Dutch films of the last...
'The wheel of frustration needs to get moving'. Concern over Dutch feature film at Filmmaker Symposium.
A survey shows that Dutch filmmakers are very concerned about the production conditions and quality of Dutch feature films. The Filmmakers Initiative wants to spark discussion and propose solutions. A symposium as a kick-off.
Sacha Polak on the battered but strong woman in Dirty God, opening film 48th IFFR. Emotion is the motto this year
'Feel IFFR' is the motto of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. The emotion behind the image and with the viewer as a guide for our interpretation. The opening film Dirty God is a nice test case. Director Sacha Polak explains why she wanted to make a film about a scarred woman.
The cinema industry presents its 2018 annual figures. Visits stable at 35.7 million, but Dutch film's market share dropped again, now to 11%. Half of the peak year of 2011.
'Don't put a Dutch celebrity in your film if you don't believe in it yourself' Think tank must save Dutch film
Dutch film's market share threatens to be dramatically low for 2018. At the NFF conference, Film Distributors Netherlands presents the plan to create a think tank to turn the tide.
At the film sector's traditional Spring Consultation, the panel at the Ketelhuis shed its light on the video on demand explosion, among other things, and on the advice of the Council for Culture. Will operators support the film sector with levies on sales?
Cinema attendance rises for tenth year: we outperform the US, France or Germany, but no Dutch film makes the top 20
The growth of the Dutch cinema sector continued in 2017, but Dutch cinema remains a problem child. Despicable Me 3 was the most visited. Soof 2 was, as in 2016, the most successful Dutch title. How is the Netherlands doing internationally? And what are we looking forward to in 2018?
Film financing on the rocks, #MeToo is just the beginning, three stars for best film critic and more burning issues. (All about the film industry's Autumn Consultation)
Who is the best Dutch film critic? Has everything about #MeToo been said now? Is more money for fewer films a good thing? These and other issues were discussed at the film industry's annual Autumn Consultation.
Brandend Kalf wants more fire in Dutch cinema. Parallel to the opening of the Dutch Film Festival, this initiative group organised a meeting where objections to the far too safe Dutch film were listed. Where is the subversive cinema?
Having already won several awards for his short work, Daan Bakker now presents his wonderfully original first feature-length film Quality Time.
The Dutch film industry announced its annual figures. 2016 was a top year, measured by the once again increased number of cinema visitors. The best-attended film was Bridget Jones's Baby. But the market share of Dutch films dipped to an all-time low.