BoostNL renewed at NFF Professionals, Talents en Route unveiled

This year’s BoostNL programme, a collaboration between the Nederlands Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), will see eight more Dutch and international projects receive intensive expert support and guidance from leading script, production, sales, distribution and marketing professionals, as well as exposure to new finance and production partners. This programme kicks off in Utrecht in September 2018 and concludes in January 2019 in Rotterdam during the IFFR PRO Days. The Nederlands Film Festival 2018 also announces this year’s Talents en Route, a programme that introduces highly promising and talented Dutch directors and producers to the programme’s experts. BoostNL, as part of the STIMULATE pillar of NFF Professionals 2018, consists of Dutch projects in development and international projects that have been granted support by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. Among international participants will be LA HIJA DE TODAS LAS RABIAS by Laura Baumeister (Nicaragua), whose short ISABEL IM WINTER was selected for Cannes Semaine de la Critique 2016, and EL ROSTRO DE LA MEDUSA by Melisa Liebenthal (Argentina) who won the Bright Future Award at IFFR 2016 with LAS LINDAS. Dutch participants include METHUSALEM by Floor van der Meulen whose 9 DAYS IN ALEPPO won Best Short Film at the BFI Film Festival London and Best European Short Award at the 29th European Film Awards and WHEN WE LOST TO THE GERMANS by Dutch graphic novelist and filmmaker Guido van Driel whose THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD was the opening film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013.The full 2018 BoostNL selection BoostNL Selected international projects:
  • LA HIJA DE TODAS LAS RABIAS, writer & director: Laura Baumeister – production company: Tanacatana Films/Pomme Hurlante Pictures (Nicaragua/France)
  • THE NEO-NEW ADVENTURES writer & director: Qiu Jiongjiong – production company: Little Reunions Culture and Media Co., Ltd. (China)
  • EL ROSTRO DE LA MEDUSA writer & director: Melisa Liebenthal – production company: Gentil (Argentina)
  • TIGER STRIPES writer & director: Amanda Nell Eu – production company: Ghost Grrrl Pictures (Malaysia)
BoostNL Selected Dutch projects:
  • THE LAST RIDE OF THE WOLVES, writers: Alberto De Michele & Simone de Rita - director: Alberto De Michele - production company: HALAL Pictures (the Netherlands)
  • METHUSALEM writer: Bastiaan Kroeger - director: Floor van der Meulen - production company: Keplerfilm (the Netherlands)
  • MR. K, writer & director: Tallulah Schwab - production company: The Film Kitchen (the Netherlands)
  • WHEN WE LOST TO THE GERMANS writers: Bas Blokker & Guido van Driel - director: Guido van Driel - production company: Family Affair Films (The Netherlands).
Talents en Route The Nederlands Film Festival 2018 Talents en Route programme again introduces two highly promising Dutch directors and two very talented, emerging producers to the international sales, finance and co-production community attending in Utrecht. The talents will take on professional meetings across all sectors and will have the opportunity to present and promote both themselves and their current projects, as well as fully immerse themselves in all NFF Professionals activities.Director Sven Bresser’s first short film after graduation, L’ÉTÉ ET TOUT LE RESTE, will premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival 2018 and was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and is selected for NFF 2018. His mid-length film FREE FIGHT premieres at the Nederlands Film Festival 2018.Director Rosanne Pel received her Master’s degree at the Netherlands Film Academy in 2015. Prior to this she studied at the Utrecht School of Arts where she received her Bachelor for directing and scenario in 2011. During her studies she made various short films including OUT OF SIGHT (2010), which was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam, winning the NPS New Arrivals Audience Award. LIGHT AS FEATHERS, which was part of the Works-in-Progress at NFF 2017 and is selected for TIFF Discovery 2018 and NFF 2018, is her debut feature as scriptwriter and director.Producer Julia Rombout graduated in 2015 as a film producer from the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Shortly after that, she won the Dutch Film Producers Award at Nederlands Film Festival. In 2016, her film production company July Film was founded, and since then she has also worked with Rinkel Film as a junior producer.Producer Max de Wolf took part in GEEN KONINGEN IN ONS BLOED by Mees Peijnenburg, winner of a Golden Calf won, and videoclips by amongst others Ronnie Flex. Since his graduation in 2016 at the Film Academy he has been working closely at HALAL with founding partner Gijs Kerbosch, and has been involved with films selected for leading festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, San Sebastian and BFI, and he is currently producing an online webseries premiering late 2018.NFF Professionals Programme This year the new programme of NFF Professionals is built around the four themes of Stimulate, Inspire, Meet and Discuss. The co-production market Holland Film Meeting (HFM) makes way for more tailor made project development programmes that STIMULATE project development, collaboration and knowledge exchange between the Dutch and the international film industry, such as BoostNL. In the INSPIRE pillar, national and international filmmakers are given the floor during masterclasses and seminars to talk about their films, their discipline and other relevant subjects. MEET enables networking through meetings, speed-dating, matchmaking and organised lunches, dinners and drinks, while the DISCUSS pillar stimulates discussion around contemporary and urgent themes and subjects affecting the Dutch and international AV industry and will kick off with the NFF Conference on September 28 with national and international speakers.
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