Talents en Route is the initiative of NFF to support promising filmmakers and producers from the Netherlands in their international careers. For this programme the NFF selects Dutch directors and producers who have been active in the sector for a few years and offers them a custom-made programme in which they will meet the (international) professionals attending the NFF.
The talents will receive pitch coaching, are introduced to the (inter)national industry and will participate in all activities of the NFF Professionals Programme.
The Selection of 2019:
In 2016 Stefanie Kolk graduated from the Dutch Film Academy with her film Clan, after which she participated in the competition Kort! where she developed Harbour. Both films attracted international attention and had a world premiere at Locarno Film Festival. Her new short film Eyes on the Road also had it’s premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2019 and the film competes in the Gouden Kalveren competition of the Nederlands Film Festival. Stefanie is currently working on the development of her first feature film, which she was allowed to develop in part in Berlinale Talents 2019.
As an autodidact filmmaker, Sharif Abdel Mawla followed a different path. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Media & Culture, he introduced himsself tot he Dutch film industry. He produced and directed the ultra-short film 7 Marokkanen en Jos, which is a satirical ode to Amsterdam-West, the place where Sharif grew up. The Film was shown at the Nederlands Film Festival. His new film Jetski will also be shown during the festival of 2019.
Producer Rogier Kramer started his career at Dutch Mountain Film, where he has b een a co-owner since 2019. His first realized and fully self-initiated short film One of the Boys (2018) was selected for Palm Springs International Shortfest, nominated for Best Film during Cinekid and shot in the Gouden Kalf competition. In 2018 he participated in various meetings at film festivals including Rotterdam Lab during the IFFR and the Berlinale Visitors Programme in 2018.
While studying Media & Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Maaike Neve did an internship at BIND Film. After her graduation, Maaike remained involved with BIND Film as Assistant Production Manager in various films and series, after which she became a Junior Producer in 2016. In 2018 Maaike was selected for LIM (Less if More) as a Script Editor Trainee. During her career at BIND, she produced Jungle, which won a Gouden Kalf award and the highly acclaimed feature film Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess.
The selected talents of the past editions
2018: Rosanne Pel (director), Max de Wolf (producer), Sven Bresser (director), Julia Rombout (producer)
2017: producers Loes Komen and Randy Vermeulen, and directors Shady El-Hamus and Thessa Meijer.
2016: producers Erik Glijnis and Juul Op den Kamp, and directors Mees Peijnenburg and Ena Sendijarevic.