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Kerst met de Kuipers

Marja’s husband died three years ago, and since then she has celebrated Christmas with her sons. When they turn out to have other plans this year, Marja is secretly relieved. Now she can spend the holidays with her new secret boyfriend. Ziarah plays the role of Caro the new girlfriend of one of her sons.

Production Company

Fiction Valley & Videoland

Director

Jelle de Jonge

DOP

Rick David

Role

Character Caro Leeflang

Genre

Series

Year

2018


Amantea

Amantea

Teddy is expecting a great reviving holiday with his sister Gina in the south of Italy, when the news of a passing family member brings along all the demons of their dark past on Curaçao.

The film is created in Amantea during the la guarimba film festival. A festival where filmmakers come together to make film. To go and make this movie was a beautiful initiative from Tarikh Janssen, Ziarah’s brother and Laura Hermanides the director.

Director
Laura Hermanides
DOP

Nina Badoux

Role

Main character Gina

Genre

Short film

Year

2019

Da Bounce Urban Film Festival | Winner Best Short Film
Remarks from Jury shortcutzamsterdam:

“A very compelling story about how our psyche can reinvent history to make deep trauma in our lives. Well acted. Well shot. Well told.”

Christopher Mack | Director Creative Talent Investment & Development for Netflix International Originals

“A disruptive film. On an apparently sunny holiday, in which the attraction between brother and sister becomes more and more exciting, the sister lets her brother confess the gruesome truth about abuse in the family. Beautifully portrayed, beautiful game and subtly constructed!”

Marina Blok | head of drama ntr


Mania

Mania

Vera wakes up in a boat, in an unknown world. As soon as she gets off the boat, the sound of a screaming child echoes non-stop, awakening a gruesome monster inside her. Vera flees for her life, but will eventually have to confront the monster. With each new cry of the child, black spots appear on the woman’s body, as if a monster is trying to escape from her. She runs away from it, but in this short drama she ends up in a nightmarish trip through a dark world. However, she keeps fleeing, she will eventually face the monster within herself.

This film was made in collaboration with BNNVARA.

Production Company

Dutch Film Academy

Director

Edson Da Conceicao

DOP

Bo Bolderink

Role

Main character Vera

Genre

Short drama

Year

2019

Shortcutz Amsterdam
Remarks from Jury shortcutzamsterdam

“Stunning, a 10 on all levels, acting, art direction, VFX, cinematography, music sound, directing. One of the best short films I have seen as a jury member of Shortcutz.”

Roel Reiné | Director (Marvel’s Inhumans, Black Sails, Redbad)

Festivals

  • Upstate New York Horror Film Festival
    Winner Best Student Foreign Film
    Winner Best Visual Effects​
  • Blackbird Film Festival
    Winner Best Sound Design – Lode Woltersom
    Nominated Best Cinematography
    Nominated Best Thriller Short
    Nominated The Darkness Award
  • Eurasia International Film Festival
    Finalist
  • Buenos Aires International Film Festival
    Semi Finals Best Experimental Short Film​

 

  • Nederlands Film Festival
    Selected
  • Madrid Film Awards
    Selected
  • Prisma Rome Independent Film Awards
    Selected
  • Shortcutz Amsterdam
    Selected
  • Pune Short Film Festival
    Selected
  • Lake View International Film Festival
    Selected

Anahit

Anahit

When a young woman, Imaani, goes to the pool, the physical exposure brings up a traumatic memory. However, to process the memory of the sexual assault, she will have to face her trauma.

This idea to make my own dance film started a couple of years ago. And my dream came true with this amazing team.

Instagram: @anahit_film_

Production company

Pristine film

Director
Laura Hermanides
Director of choreography
Emma Evelein
DOP

Thijmen Doornik

Role

Main character Imaani

Genre

Short film

Year

2020

Cast: Lucien Denny, Alida Bergakker, Claire de Caluwe, Jinko Adams, Joshi Martina, Leander Kaempf, Polly Mirovskaya , Roberta Riontino, Romee van der Meent, Rubia Serenaa, Sarah, Tatiana Spiewak, Tarikh Janssen, Ziarah Janssen.

 

Photo credits © Elena Zemlyanskaya



Downward Facing Dogs

Downward Facing Dogs

When Mara hastily enters her yoga class she desperately tries to find her zen, only to find out her zen is at the end of letting out all her frustrations first.

Production Company

Sugar Rush

Director

Karsten de Vreugd

DOP

Michael Brooke

Role

Character Nadja

Genre

Short film

Year

2019


Vlinders

Vlinders

A lonely prostitute finds support in a single, drug dealing, mother. Their loyalty is tested after a traumatic incident.

Official selection NFF

Premiere at the Nederlandse Film Festival 2020

 

Production Company

Thomas Overtoom – Liza Koifman

Director

Liza Koifman

DOP

Tomas Overtoom

Role

Main character Dewy

Genre

Short film

Year

2020

Festivals:

  • Utrecht – Nederlands Film Festival 
  • Amsterdam – Roze Filmdagen (Winner Best Dutch short)
  • Amsterdam – DBUFF
  • Amsterdam – Amsterdam Independent Film Festival (Winner best Dutch Film)
  • Cardiff – Iriz Prize
  • Londen – British Urban Film Festival (BAFTA qualified)
  • Barcelona – Mecal Pro
  • België – Catharsis International Film Festival (Winner: Best Director)
  • Davis –  Feminist Film Festival
  • Belgrado – International Queer Film Festival Merlika
  • Rotterdam – Open Doek

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