Finalist films 2022 – Season 4

Note: E-Certificates will be sent by e-mail to the submitters after the event

Seeing in the dark

What if you lose sight, how do you experience the world around you? Seeing in the dark examines the sensory experience of being blind, with a focus on being blind as a strength: how you can perceive more as a blind person and how the other senses become even more important when your sight is lost. The documentary tells the story of four powerful, blind characters: the couple Yany and Tinah and the sisters Sandra and Marjoke. Yany and Tinah have built their own exhibition, ‘Seeing in the dark’, in which sighted people can experience what it is like to use your non-visual senses. Sisters Sandra and Marjoke grew up in a completely blind family. The only exception was Sandra, who could see. These unique stories are bundled in the documentary and show how limitations in life can be turned into positivity. A lesson about decisiveness and optimism, an ode to the other senses and an investigation into the blind world: to learn to see in the dark as a sighted person.

Juliëtte Dominicus Director
Fabiënne Jongenburger Producer
Juliëtte Dominicus Writer


Old Friends and Other Days

The viewer is instantly plunged into an atmospheric, decaying, beautiful world where ambiguity reigns supreme and the stream of consciousness is governed by the world of song. Is it a sanctuary to enrich your senses or could it be purgatory? Our four muses take us through these fleeting moments of reflection, discipline, loneliness and joy where they tempt and entice us to remember what has gone before. What happens once everyone’s cases are packed? Does it all just go back to the beginning again?

Original concept and direction by Cameron Menzies, Old Friends and Other Days takes the music of Irish composer William Vincent Wallace and one of his contemporaries William Balfe and theatricalises each piece into epic storytelling through song: taking the ordinary into extraordinary and back again. Four of Northern Ireland’s shining lights in opera are featured in this film, Mary McCabe, Emma Morwood, Carolyn Dobbin and Sinéad O’Kelly.

Cameron Menzies Director
Chris Patterson Producer
Carolyn Dobbin, Mary McCabe, Sinéad O’Kelly, Emma Morwood, Bryan Evans Key Cast
Cameron Menzies Writer
Aidan Gault DOP



When Jonas visits his father after a long time, he’s shocked to find him in a confused state. Has his father’s mental state badly deteriorated or is something more sinister going on?

Niels Bourgonje Director
Bastiaan Tichler Writer
Daniel Aiss Producer
Jack Wouterse, Sanne den Hartogh Key Cast



All is not what it seems when a father and son have a violent confrontation on Christmas Eve.

John Gray Director
John Gray Writer
Melissa Jo Peltier, P.G.A. Producer
John Gray Producer
Arizona Newsum Producer
Xander Berekely, Michael Graziadei, Jennifer Van Dyck, Wyatt Cirbus Key Cast


Wolf + Lamb

Wolf + Lamb (Lupo + Agnello) is above all a “coming-of-age novel”, based on the immortal and homonymous fable of Aesop. It is the story of the relationship Luca (Ladislao Liverani), Thomas (James Ferrara) and Elisa (Virginia Diop) entertain one another and behaviors such as bullying and the search for identity. Unbeknownst to them, are guided by a mysterious professor (Lino Guanciale) anthropology, and his blonde assistant, in this “Bildungsjourney” between ancient masks, religious festivals and archaic rituals that will inevitably lead our protagonists to confront each other and understand that wearing a mask is not enough to be what you want to be, but above all, every choice has consequences and responsibilities. With an unexpected ending and absolutely open to any further development.

Giuseppe Schettino Director
Alberto Nucci Angeli Writer
Giuseppe Schettino Writer
Marielisa Serone Producer
Anna Paolini Producer
Lino Guanciale Producer
Stefano Francioni Producer
Lino Guanciale, Giacomo Ferrara, Virginia Diop, Ladislao Liverani Key Cast
Rea Matteo DOP
Marco Signoretti Editor


Dancing with Dharma

Death is not necessarily an end, but rather an inevitable part of life.

Dancing with Dharma follows the journey of two oddly paired characters across a night in London. Dharma, is grappling to come to terms with the sudden unexpected death of her husband. Death, having collected her husband’s soul, is trying to make the most of his night in London. When she persistently follows him, a bizarre bond forms between the two— Dharma is able to get some of the answers she needs, and Death is able to alleviate his loneliness even if it’s only for one night.

Sukanya-Devika K Jhala Director
Sukanya-Devika K Jhala Writer
Chen-Ling Liu Producer
Ludovica Sordi Producer
Tania Rodrigues, Moj Taylor Key Cast
Abigail Hurcomb Cinematographers
Giulia Mazzocchi Production Designer
Sukanya-Devika K Jhala Sound Editor
Francesco Ibba Editor


You Must Have Come From Hell

In her short film, Chalabi tells about her own asylum experience and the roles that refugees are forced into in Sweden. She explores the impact of structural apathy towards refugees in migration offices, socio-political discourse, and private spaces. The work becomes a place for memory and history writing where Chalabi tries to understand how to document a process that is prohibited to be documented by the person undergoing it. Animation in this film is a tool that serves an aim beyond its practical aspect of depicting a narrative. It is a resistance against the restrictions of filming, recording, and photographing whatever happens inside the Migration Board’s offices in Sweden.

Hayfaa Chalabi Director
Hayfaa Chalabi Writer
Historieberättarna Producer
Hayfaa Chalabi Key Cast
Jonas Embring and hayfaa chalabi Editor and animation


Summer, Kyoto

Somewhere in Kyoto, Mr. and Mrs. Nakamura make a living by making scented bags. One night, when the husband takes a walk alone, he finds an old man lying helpless on the street. Being kind in nature, he takes the old man to his house, and offers him food and a night’s lodging. 
Next day the old man, getting back on his feet again, offers his help to show his thanks, so the good-natured husband asks him to deliver their products to their customer. The old man leaves and doesn’t return, just as his wife expected. And now the old man walks along the shore for some reason…

Hiroshi Toda Director
Hiroshi Toda Writer
Mika Toda Producer
Yoichi Hayashi Key Cast


Your Choice

Time goes fast. Progress seems too slow.
Food waste is a massive problem. For many it is just data, for others it means solutions to find. Our choices have an impact on the world we live in. Changing lifestyle, food habits, using technology or dumpster diving to open the dialogue on the topic is not enough. We need information, we need awareness, we need to move all together. Your choice, your world, your future.

Beatrice Bozzato Director
Anastasia Carraro Director
Stefano Chiarello Director
Mattia Ledvina Director
Izabela Lucyna Mazzola Director
Beatrice Bozzato Writer
Anastasia Carraro Writer
Stefano Chiarello Writer
Mattia Ledvina Writer
Izabela Lucyna Mazzola Writer
Collettivo Fenice Producer



When a ordinairy man visits the toilet in a restaurant, he hears two men talking about what seems to be a drug deal. Scared but quiet he listens to them.

Things get out of hand and the dealers seem to cause a dangerous fight where guns are involved and the toilet visitor himself seems to get in trouble as well.

Ruben Willem de Goeij Director
Ruben Willem de Goeij Writer
Ruben Willem de Goeij Producer
Thijs van Spall Producer
Duncan Meijering, Geert Dekkers, Edo Brunner, Ferdinand Ormskerk Key Cast



Kolya gives a sudden and unusual birthday present to his son, which turns out a momentous one for the kid.

Angelos At Christmas

It is Christmas Eve. Angelos, a mysterious 50-year-old man, observes a young boy singing the carols in the streets of Athens. He convinces the child to go with him in his car towards an unknown destination.

ARTemis Productions Producer


The Boy and The Mountain

Hernán is a child who likes to daydreaming, but in his studies he is not doing well at all. His father constantly urges him to improve, advising him that he must reach very high to succeed in life. Hernán dispenses with his dream, gradually forgetting it to devote himself to his studies. Over time, and already become a successful entrepreneur, Hernán achieves the dream that his father instilled in him, reach high, until one day he will realize that he has not really achieved something he always longed for. Then he will make the crucial decision to fulfill his dream, but fate will play tricks on him. Hernán will have to face a new challenge that will change the meaning of his life.

Santiago Aguilera Director
Gabriel Monreal Director
Pablo Aguirre Writer
Santiago Aguilera Writer
Kylie Trupp Writer
Gabriel Monreal Writer
Claudio Villarroel Producer


In Search of the Malwatu Oya

A Journey in Search of an Ancient Civilization.

Starting from the holy mountain of Ritigala, Malwatu River, the second longest river (102 miles) in Sri Lanka, flows across the face of the Raja Rata (Land of the Kings) to enter the Bay of Mannar of the Indian Ocean. The most historic river basin in Sri Lanka, called Malwatu Oya in the native language, the River of Flower Gardens, lies at the very heart of the beginning of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization.

It is believed that the Malwatu Oya provided a direct water route from the ancient port of Mantai, the largest and the most important port in the Indian Ocean, to the historic capital of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. Situated near the mouth of the Malwatu Oya, this great port drew traders from Greece, Rome, Persia, Egypt, China and East Asia as regular visitors to Mantai, which was then the hub of the trade between the East and the West.

Despite its enormous significance and importance, today, very little is known about this historic river. The last person to explore the Malwatu Oya was the Englishman Robert Knox in 1679, who followed its path to escape the power of King of Kandy, Rajasimha II (1629 – 1687 CE).

Starting where Knox’s journey ended, at Arippu where the river flows into the sea, a group of artists, historians, and explorers took on a Journey to row up the Malwatu Oya in canoes while documenting its course, its scenery, beginnings, environment, the legendary irrigation systems, and its surrounding village life.

This is a Journey which has never been attempted in the modern era. The Malwatu Oya has never been explored or studied in its own right. Without Malwatu Oya, the civilization of Sri Lanka may never have come into being.

A Journey in Search of the Malwatu Oya is a Journey to the Heart of an Ancient Civilization.

Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda Director
Hiranya Malwatta Director
Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda Producer
Nandana Sitinamaluwe (Producer) Producer
Shanika Weerasundara Producer
Hiranya Malwatta, Tharindu Amunugama, Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda, Eduard Hempel, Thilini Wickramasinghe Key Cast
Thorana Music Music
Thorana Music Music
Malani Bulathsinghala Music



Dance Short Film about the dream for equality in changes in life, status and freedom between women and men.

Only a few will see the sorrow, but every woman knows the struggle in her own way. She tries to be what is accepted and normal in a world where the majority acts the way they have learned without thinking and self-reflection. She is fed up of being seen as the weakest, the guilty one and the object of seduction. Those one-sided thoughts that are made by narrow visioned man originate frustration and despair.

She wonders what would be the right answer. Running away from bias and unwritten rules or show her story about equality with the power of movement.

Mike Pasarella Director
Adriana Pasarella Writer
Mike Pasarella Writer
Studio Pasarella Producer
Adriana Pasarella Key Cast
Adriana Pasarella Choreography
Joëlle Leenders Clothing Design
Otilia Veru Clothing Design
Freek Henkes Music
Laetitia Duveau Music
Matteo Iannella Music


‘Pipi Thay Too’ (‘The Grandmother Tree’)

Laura Alice Director
Drawn Together Studio Writer
Bluebird Foundation Inc., The Fort, The City of Greater Geelong, Laura Alice Producer


Mother Tongue

A benefits claim appointment spins out of control when Candide, 23, borrows her sister’s baby and strangely pretends like it’s her own child. A suspicious Martijn, the caseworker, attempts to unravel her lies accusing Candide of fraud. But behind her charade lies an unexpected secret.

Floris Ramaekers Director
Floris Ramaekers Writer
Reinier Selen Producer
Luka Kluskens Key Cast
Jochum ten Haaf Key Cast


Quarterlife Cruisers

When the car is fine, but the people break down.

Two 30-something besties, Wendy and Karin, are about to relive their teen years at a rock concert, when they decide to spice it up this time. They meet eighteen-year-old Anton who makes them feel young again. ‘Hop on in!’ and off they go: two dressed up glam rock chicks and one young guy who tries to keep his cool. It’s like the olden days: carefree fun, adolescent sexual tensions, fantasies about doing drugs and the exciting promise of one very wild night.

Or is it?
Because Karin’s husband is calling with mundane questions about their baby and the boy appears to still be living at his parents’ house. The only one who can responsibly do drugs (because she’s not breastfeeding) or kiss someone (because she’s single) is Wendy. But this night should only be about being in the moment and only doing what they want, right? And does Wendy even want to do all these things, while Karin only watches?

This roadtrip makes two women realize they’re holding on to something that isn’t there anymore. Or at least not exactly as it used to be. Maybe they’ll have to redefine what their ‘fun night out’ should look like and discover that being young isn’t some holy grail to fixate upon.

Karlijn Koel Director
Elly Scheele, Tim Zweistra Writer
Ferdi Çelik Producer
Willemijn de Jonge, Karlijn Koel Creative Producers
Karlijn Koel, Willemijn de Jonge, Ronald Kalter Key Cast
Luuk de Kok Director of Photography
Maarten in ‘t Hout Editor
Kiki Henger Colorist
Elise van Dijk, Ferdi Çelik First AD
Tim Zweistra Script Supervisor
Jovan Avramoski First AC
Tim Broers Focus Puller
Tim Broers Focus Puller



A middle-aged driver, Kazakh Yergalym, who is trying to find the meaning of life in material gain, files for divorce from his childless wife. At this time, a 12-year-old boy, Uyghur Farukh, escapes from the orphanage. Fate unexpectedly brings Yergalym and Farukh together, resulting in both life changing.

Mikhail Plisko Director
Mikhail Plisko Writer
Rustam Abdussalamov Writer
Rustam Abdussalamov Producer
Daniyar Taipov, Marat Abay-Dilda, Saniya Erzat, Shynar Askarova, Erbolat Toguzakov, Mirzakhmet Ushurov, Rasul Setvaldiev, Key Cast
Anton Zhabin Camera
Leda Semenova Editor
Anton Semenov Sound Editor
Andrey Vlazyev Sound Editor
Maksim Koshevarov Sound Editor
Beken Narbay Art Director



Ponisih lives a community at the intersection of breaking traditions and keeping a legacy. Born in a village of coconut sugar farmers in Java, she decided to leave her roots and find a new life in a bigger city. Yet, after being there for several years it crystalized she was happier being a coconut sugar farmer and returned home. Ponisih now encourages a decreasing community of farmers to embrace similar choices. Yet, the next generation might have other plans.

As the pandemic permeated bigger cities, Ponisih’s family felt safe at home in the village of Hargorojo. She was reassured of her choice. But then everything changed. The delta variant of COVID-19 spread suddenly and unexpectedly.

Ponisih is one of three farmers featured in an unscripted documentary which follows Fairtrade farmers during the global pandemic in different corners of the world. Often forgotten, and yet crucial to our day-to-day, farmers had to carry on working during Covid-19, adjusting to a new reality while still facing other underlying societal challenges.

Nyimas Laula Director
Rizky Rahad Director
Tobias Thiele Writer
Tobias Thiele Producer


When I Explode

Chris’ thirtieth Birthday party is turned upside down when he finds out there is a ticking bomb growing in his stomach. Bomb expert Alim is brought in to defuse both the bomb and the tension.

Angelo Raaijmakers Director
Angelo Raaijmakers Writer
Angelo Raaijmakers Producer
Thomas Höppener, Claire Bender, Sabri Saad el Hamus Key Cast
Joris Bulstra Director of Photography



Brother (2021) is a short film (drama, fiction) about the impact of psychosis on a family. Brothers Ivo (16) and Tom (18) are very close. One day Ivo notices that Tom is showing unusual behavior. His big brother Ivo has always looked up to is about to lose his mental sanity. When Tom’s behavior is becoming increasingly alarming, Ivo faces a difficult decision. Will he ever get his brother back?

Lisanne Sweere Director
Lisanne Sweere Writer
Ramon Etman Producer
Lisanne Sweere Producer
Melle Schram, Jonas Coppus, Anna Semenov, Steef Cuijpers, Willemijn van der Ree, Dennis Overeem, Nora van der Heide Key Cast
Gabor Deak Director of Photography
Daan Goudswaard, Nina Stankova Production Design
Wouter van Gestel Editor
Herman Witkam Music & Sound Design
Ilya van den Berg Costume
Lisanne Sweere Original song: Brotherhood
Herman Witkam Original song: Brotherhood


Where Do You Go?

In this music video for Portland-based band MAITA (from the new record ‘I Just Want To Be Wild For You’, via Kill Rock Stars) a dream doctor gives a struggling couple virtual encounters with giant dream monsters, hoping to bring them to a place of common understanding. Things take an unexpected turn when the dream-induction equipment begins to malfunction…
Music video for Portland-based band MAITA, from the new record ‘I Just Want To Be Wild For You’, via Kill Rock Stars.

Luke Borsten Director
Maria Maita-Keppeler Maita-Keppeler Producer
Matthew Zeltzer Producer
Ashley Mellinger, Shan Macomb, Maria Maita-Keppeler, Key Cast
Markus Lim Director of Photography
Clifton Chandler Production Designer
Micaela Works Production Coordinator
Jeanette Li Lighting
Ira Pratt Puppet Designer
Alex Hungerford, Rachel McMillan-Pratt Art Department Assistant
Nastacia Voisin, John England-Fisher Production Assistant
Rose Gonoud Assistant Puppeteer
Luke Borsten Editor
Matt Harmon Sound Design
Maria Maita-Keppeler, Matthew Zeltzer Song written/performed by



Conflict is about Mohammad Abdullah, a Palestinian prisoner who is being interrogated by Moshe Levi, an Israeli soldier. They both exchange their own point of views in a heated conversation which eventually creates an unpredictable outcome.

Chozy Aiyub Director
Malik J Ali Director
Chozy Aiyub Writer
Chozy Aiyub Producer
Chozy Aiyub, Chozy Aiyub, Key Cast
John Cola Doubles / Stand Ins
Matt Roszak Doubles / Stand Ins
Ingrid Jordan, Shonny Sanders Assistant Directors
David Velick Director of Photography
David Velick, David D Haynes II,Myke Wyse< Cam Ops
Maya Backman Script Supervisor
Cai Curry Sound Mixer / Boom Operator
Jonah Cuozzo Gaffer / Grip
Erin McCann Makeup Artist
Tinesha Lynn Costume Designer
Chozy Aiyub, Ingrid Jordan Casting
Lexie Scott, Tinesha Lynn Production Assistants
Aiden Renardel De Lavlette BTS Videography / Photography
Aiden Renardel De Lavlette, Kevin Miller BTS Videography / Photography
David Arias Editor / VFX / Colorist
Ryan Steinbach Music Editor / Composer / Re-recording Mixer
Director Biography – Chozy Aiyub, M



Cloaked in secrecy for more than a half century, this is a powerful story of profound love in a world of religious persecution.

Brenda Mary Malley Director
Brenda Mary Malley Writer
Brenda Mary Malley Producer
Victoria MacLeod Key Cast



Order of appearance
Staircase classic home.
musician play instrument ( kamancheh ).
dancer appear ( contemporary dance ).
couple dance.
Artists silhouette appears, sing the song.
calligraphy start writing over with video effect

Song Lyrics

“”I know not of the maker’s intent,
in heaven belong, or to ugly hell sent.
Cup, lover, and music next to the field
exalts more than heaven’s promise”

“How sweet is mortal Sovranty!”—think some:
Others—”How blest the Paradise to come!”
Ah, take the Cash in hand and waive the Rest;
Oh, the brave Music of a distant Drum!

“before you vanished from this world,
drink, once drunk sparrows are gone”

Omar Khayyam ”

Amir Hossein Nouri Producer
Amir Hossein Nouri Singer
Amir Hossein Nouri Song writer



Jörgen Scholtens Director
Pepijn van Weeren Writer
Thijs de Neeve Producer
Juliette van Ardenne, Rian Gerritsen, Rienus Krul Key Cast


Dipsas Speaks

Changes are happening in the high Amazon cloud forest, and a snake speaks out.

Craig Daniel Leon Director
Craig Leon Writer
Damián Sánchez Producer
Craig Daniel Leon Producer
Laura Donoso Key Cast
Alexander Leon Music composition
Damián Sánchez Editor
Katherine Benson Piano performance
Jaime Culebras, Jaime Palacios Camera
Daniel El Irlandes Torres, Jaime Palacios Sound


The Neighborhood Storyteller

War tragically pushed Asmaa out of her home country, Syria, where her destiny had been written as a wife and mother with only 16 years of age. Asmaa rebuilt her adult identity as the neighborhood storyteller and began using reading aloud to children for fun as a bridge to tackle critical issues in her new community at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

Six years later, with Asmaa’s first born daughter reaching adolescence, a flashback of her education deprived past emerges and inspires her to embark on a new read aloud project to empower teenage girls to build a future of opportunities she never had. Despite her complex living situation as a refugee and the community’s conservative mindset, Asmaa is determined to raise a conscious generation of successful women.

The Neighborhood Storyteller is a documentary feature film that explores human resilience, the transition from child to adult and one’s capacity to turn hardships into an opportunity for self growth.

Alejandra Alcala Director
Francisco Alcala Producer
Home Storytellers Production Organization
Alex Garcia Original Score
Takek Abu Ghoush Sound Recordist


The Better Angels

A young soldier trying to escape the horrors of war, finds an abandoned house and within its walls the stories of what might have been.

Michael Cusack Director
Michael Cusack Writer
Richard Chataway Producer
Samuel Lau Key Cast


Italian Chefs

Italian Chefs want to promote Italian cuisine and the territory abroad. Telling the typical features of each region thus offering an overview of the state of the culinary art in Italy. The first series of 5 episodes are set in the Lazio Region. The series aims to extend the episodes to all regions of Italy.

Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso Director
Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso Writer
Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso Producer
Daniele Di Pietro Producer


More Than Blood

Every six minute a woman dies during childbirth. Using animation, documentary and the filmmaker’s voice, “More Than Blood” addresses the main cause leading to this tragic reality in low-income countries and what an extraordinary man is doing to reduce maternal mortality throughout the world.

Rani Khanna Director
Rani Khanna Writer
Rani Khanna Producer


UKWATI // The Wedding

Across the globe, child marriages are still taking place. Girls as young as 10 years old are being stripped of their innocence and thrown into the responsibilities of marriage. Our film, “UKWATI”, which translates to “The Wedding”, sheds light on the lengths to which a mother must go when living in extreme poverty. With limited opportunity, scarce resources and lack of education, millions of families are faced with this sobering reality. “UKWATI” captures the relationship between a mother and her daughter as they both struggle to survive.

Watts of Love provides financial literacy training and a solar light which empowers people to raise themselves out of poverty and onto a path of prosperity.

Sean William Economou Director
Jayson Burke Director of Photography



A teenager in search of recognition, a worker ready to do anything to hit the jackpot, a senior executive at the end of his career who wants to prove to himself that he is still alive. Three characters who are losing speed on the competition highway…

Zoel Aeschbacher Director
Elena Tatti Producer
Nelson Ghrenassia Producer



Completing the trilogy of wickedly dark comedy shorts that began with Spider and Bear, Nash Edgerton finds a perfect match in Rose Byrne as Sofie, a woman who loves pranks just as much as Jack, Edgerton’s onscreen alter ego. Alas, the couple’s quest to outdo each other may lead to the most outrageous calamity of all.

Nash Edgerton Director
Nash Edgerton Writer
David Michôd Writer
Michele Bennett Producer
Nash Edgerton, Rose Byrne Key Cast



Every night, The Censor and his team moderate Yoko’s dreams. Tonight nothing happens as planned.

Leo Berne Director
Raphaël Rodriguez Director
Leo Berne Writer
Raphaël Rodriguez Writer
Charles-Marie Anthonioz Producer
Mourad Belkeddar Producer
Jean Duhamel Producer
Nicolas Lhermitte Producer
Damien Bonnard Key Cast
Yoko Higashi Key Cast
Sylvain Katan Key Cast
Alexis Rodney Key Cast



It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

Nash Edgerton Director
Nash Edgerton Writer
David Michôd Writer
Nicole O’Donohue Producer
Nash Edgerton, Jill Mirrah Foulkes Key Cast



Jack has a new girlfriend, but he’s still up to old tricks.

Nash Edgerton Director
Nash Edgerton Writer
David Michôd Writer
Nicole O’Donohue Producer
Nash Edgerton, Jill Mirrah Foulkes Key Cast


Call Anytime, I’m Not Leaving the House

Two days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Lesya Verba, a Brooklyn-based artist and performer, gets through to her older sister in Odessa, Ukraine via FaceTime. Through the frame of this first FaceTime conversation since the day everything changed, Call Anytime, I’m Not Leaving the House is a film about love, memory, national identity, and the (im)permanence of home, as the sisters cling to a call that could be their last.

Sanjna Selva Director
Sanjna Selva Producer
Lesya Verba, Yulia Verba Key Cast


Capo di Famiglia III

It has been 12 years since Eva, Vincent la Rosa’s wife, passed away. Since then, in addition to caring for his son Daniel, Vincent has taken on the role as godfather to his niece Helena and has been busy maintaining his empire. In fact, Vincent is currently one of the most influential people in the Netherlands and he wants to use his influence, which reaches as far as the Catholic Church, to boost his son’s political career. The moment he seems inviolable and Vincent gets his way in everything, the past catches up with him and his family. Then the opponents come from an unexpected quarter for another person in the la Rosa family.

Dirk Gunther Mohr Director
Fabienne Leenart Director
Dirk Gunther Mohr, Anna van Dijk, Samantha van Tetering, Peter Blankenstein, Anouk Briefjes, Marcel Romeijn, Charlie Curilan Key Cast
Dirk Gunther Mohr Writer
Yvonne Kuijn Gerrits Producer
Yvonne Kuijn Gerrits Producer


Unsettling Dust

Unsettling Dust, a collaborative short film project, explores the lived, bodily experience of radiation by focusing on the relationship between post-nuclear landscapes, radioactive dust and breathing. It draws attention to Fort de Vaujours, a former nuclear weapon testing site on the outskirts of Paris and asks what it means to be living with the threat of contagion, with doubt cast upon your every single breath.

tineke van veen Director
barbara prezelj Director
Tineke van veen Producer
Barbara Prezelj Producer
tineke van veen Key Cast


F*ck Endo. More than just menstrual pain.

An intimate and vulnerable documentary that follows the daily lives of four women in the Netherlands and Belgium who suffer from endometriosis. Endometriosis is a chronic disorder where tissue, similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus. Anthropologist and documentary maker Wilke Geurds tries to understand what it is like to live with an invisible disease that affects one in ten women. Heavy menstrual pain is not normal and can be a sign that there is more going on, as in the case of Devina (28), Daphne (30), Margot (36) and Sanne (43). But the pain is often not visible, which can lead to a lack of understanding among outsiders. Therefore, Wilke also filmed in the women’s homes where an invisible world of pain unfolds before her camera. Sanne will soon undergo a surgery to remove spots of endometriosis on her intestine. Daphne can no longer work because of the pain and receives monthly sick pay. Devina known since last summer that she has adenomyosis, a form of endometriosis, and is searching for a suitable treatment. And single mother Margot combines her own life, which is affected by endometriosis, with the care of her two young children. Playful animations, an interview with a gynecologist, and the images that the women themselves have made, helps Wilke in order to make this disease understandable and also visual.

Wilke Geurds Director


Between Summits

After a climbing accident Hein Noortman ends up in a five-week coma full of visions. Most of Heins bones are severely broken or shattered, and his face needs to be completely reconstructed. Against all odds he awakes from his coma. Blind and barely breathing a long physical rehab process starts.

Hein learned to walk, talk and stand on his own two feet. But some things keep nagging. The dependence on his surroundings weigh heavy on him. Despite everything, he does not give up on his dreams, and a big challenge is planned. A film on getting the most out of life.

A monologe, combined with animation and expository video.

Roeland Wendel Director
Ilse Lavell Director
Roeland Wendel Producer
Roeland Wendel Producer
Hein Noortman, Mariëlle Noortman Key Cast
Jan Bexterman Animation
Dion van Velzen Sound Design



This video depicts an imaginary post-war atmosphere, music is forbidden, army is ruling and repressing any kind of cultural activities. But there is a soldier who cannot suppress his emotions, his dancing, love, despite being one of the ruling kind, as he is probably forced to be a soldier. The band members had their illegal rehearsal and while running away, their singer was captured and symbolically tortured with roses by our soldier. The other band members saved the singer, and soldier unfortunately didn’t got away with it.

Filip Grzincic Director
Filip Grzincic Writer
Zoran Badurina Writer
Sladana Grzincic Writer
Filip Grzincic Producer
Toni Flego Key Cast



In the country of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity, in this new Europe without borders, besieged by fear and intolerance, a polish immigrant will have to face the reality of racism.

“TWO OPTIONS” was written, shot and completely post-produced in 5 days, at an International Filmmakers Laboratory in France.

Gon Caride Director
Gon Caride Writer
Gon Caride Producer
Arturo M. Merelo Producer
Andrés Caride Producer
Diane Malherbe Producer
Jan Soja, Noël Faure, Mohanad Diab Key Cast


On the border

In a setting surrounded by constant news of violence, catastrophes and organized crime, good will and fear oppose each other when a woman watches her neighbours suspecting they are into some kind of trouble.

Arturo M. Merelo Director
Juan Sebastián Mariscal Herrera Writer
Arturo M. Merelo Producer
Roxana Molinari, Victoria Vera, Juan Sebastián Mariscal, Aiyana Tao Villa Key Cast


Akesi and the fight for Independence

Part III of “Akesi and the Congo River”, “Akesi and the Fight for Independence” is the final installation of this series. Rounding off his life lessons with one of hope and strength, Akesi learns about Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how his resilience led to the independence of his homeland in 1960.

Curt Fortin Director
Saïd Abitar Director
Curt Fortin Writer
Stefanie Plattner Producer
Eva Vonk Producer
Tainá Moreno Producer
Sasheer Zamata Key Cast


What I will not forget

In this documentary we follow Joeri, former copywriter. But unfortunately at the age of 61 he was diagnosed with Lewy Body, a form of dementia that also involves hallucinations and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Despite his dementia, he is still known for his creativity, ability to relate and his extraordinary view of the world. He also looks at his dementia from the positive side as much as possible. In his own words, it has given him more freedom in his creative development. Writing and painting are now different than before, as if he has “discovered a new language and style”. He wants to show the world what is still possible when you have dementia, how much fun life can still be. But it is not always so cheerful. Sadness and powerlessness play a big role in his environment. His two sons, Abel (23) and Jim (19), are slowly losing their father and Annet her lover. What impact does dementia have on the family dynamic, and what awaits them in the near future?

Inez Kort Director
Eva Dullaart Director
Eva Dullaart Writer
Inez Kort Writer
Inez Kort Producer
Eva Dullaart Producer
Joeri Bakker, Annet Gelink, Abel Bakker, Jim Bakker Key Cast


Rice Connections

This documentary is about an artistic journey of Aida Redza, a muslim female contemporary dancer from Malaysia, and how she created a dance performance site by growing the paddy plot from scratch during the COVID-19 pandemic in late October of 2020. She is famous for creating collaborative multidisciplinary works involving rice. Aida and her co-collaborators participated in the different phases of the paddy’s life-cycle and finally created a dance performance out of this process.

Ee T. Lim Director
Ee T. Lim Writer
Ee T. Lim Producer
Aida Redza Key Cast


Reviving Rivers

Can we revive our rivers and landscapes? Can we bring water back to regions that have been desertified? Yes we can, and this example shows us how.

Drought and water scarcity are now issues all around the world. Cities are running out of water, landscapes are engulfed in flames, and every year drought, flood and fire become more common and severe. Despite the huge amount of energy and money that has been put into developing elaborate water systems, the distribution and availability of water seems to continue getting worse. The engineered solutions that nations around the world have pursued, while solving our immediate needs, have made the long term outlook even more bleak. The best solutions we’ve found have come from people living close to their landscape, dependent on the health of their land for their own survival.

In the driest region of India, Doctor Rajendra Singh was up against these enormous challenges. The farmland in his region had turned to desert, water sources had gone dry, and all of the young people from the villages had migrated to the cities for work. While he was treating the remaining elderly villagers for night blindness (due to malnutrition), one village elder showed Rajendra a more powerful way to help the community. He told Rajendra that what the community needed to be healthy was not medicine, but water – Rajendra had to shift his focus to treating the Earth.

Christopher J Carter Director
Raleigh E Latham Director
Raleigh E Latham Writer
Zachary E Weiss Producer
Rajendra Singh Key Cast
Christopher J Carter Director of Photography


Le Pain

‘Le Pain’ is a historical short film that follows a house search during the 2nd World War. A German soldier investigates wether a jewish family is hiding in a dilapidated farmhouse that only seems to be inhabited by a French speaking Belgian girl.

Pepijn Tebrunsvelt Director
Pepijn Tebrunvelt Writer
Louise Buysschaert, Niels Peetjens, Key Cast
Roy van Kleef, Stacy Nieskens Supporting Cast
Ruurd M. Fenenga Cinematographer
Leontine Poulussen Head of Production
Thijs Schnater Productionleader
Mick Gooren Camera
Timo Smits Gaffer
Rick Kerkhoff Runner
Joep van Uden Production Assistant
Mick Gooren Grading
Nora van Laer MUA
Pepijn Tebrunsvelt Editor
Mark van Mameren Sounddesigner
Pepijn Tebrunvelt Producer
Klaas Bies Co-Producer
Louise Buysschaert Co-Producer
Catalina Biemans Language Coach


Worn Out

Moe (Worn Out in English) is a film about surviving in a chaotic household with an alcoholic mother and an emotionally distant father. Or rather, parents that don’t behave like parents. From an early age, Robin has to grow up and effectively take responsibilities a child should not have to take. His emotions are visualized by a red dooming light, which stands for the stress, anger, fear, and exhaustion that lives in his house and himself. A space that should be safe never was. In contrast, he has friends that are free and have the ability to explore their identity and sexuality, while Robin is held back by his house situation. We see him grow up in three stages till adulthood, where he tries to find stability. He comes out of his shell the first time at a gay bar, but that doesn’t mean that the chaos at home has changed…

The film is spoken in Dutch.

Matt Mazereeuw Director
D. Y. de Jonge Writer
Ita de Hes Producer
Tom Skidmore Producer
Matt Mazereeuw Producer
Devin Hillenius, Yolanda van Gemert, Diederik Schampers, Jost Timmerman, Noa Claassen, Riley Burleson, Key Cast
Robert Hofman Director of Photography
Dickenson Eekman Chief of Sound



Desperate to escape Cuba and find freedom, a young ballerina struggles to believe that she has the talent to dance her way off the impoverished island.

Esteban “Steven” Petersen Director
Esteban “Steven” Petersen Writer
Esteban “Steven” Petersen Producer
Arami Malaisé Producer
Chloe Malaisé Producer
Thomas Scott Stanton Producer
Chad Engle Producer
Alex Loynaz Producer
Victor Otero Producer
Henssy Pichardo Producer
Arami Malaisé, Alex Loynaz, Gley Viera Key Cast


This is what I’m wearing when I’m dead.

At some point everyone, for better or worse, will have to deal with their own demise. The more years of life you have left behind, the closer death is about to come. In the film “This is what I’m wearing when I’m dead.” the three main characters, over 80, reflect on their thoughts on the inevitable.

Marvin Menné Director
Marvin Menné Director of Picture
Marvin Menné Editor



Ghostwriter Louisse van der Laan still regrets some wrong decisions from her past and is haunted by memories in her present-day life..

Patrick Maijer Director
Kiki Henger Director
Guido Gerard Writer
Leonie Minnee Producer
Arnold Bertens Producer
Louis Ronday Producer
Lindy Pommerel Producer
Iris van der Does Key Cast
Iris van der Does, Nadine Kamer, Duncan Meijering Key Cast


The House in the Middle of the Sea

After the Germans flooded large parts of The Netherlands towards the end of WWII in a last attempt to stop the Allied advance, the Brouwer family find themselves trapped in their attic surrounded by water.

With their rations dwindling, the question of whether to stay in the house, or risk going to the Nazi-occupied dry land begins to divide the family.

Marcel Ruizendaal Director
Marcel Ruizendaal Writer
Isabel Campos Neves Producer
Anne Marie Marte, Carlo Voogt, Eva Machek, Madelief Schram Key Cast
Fran Christie Sound Designer
Jonathan Gamble Director of Photography
Vivian Feng Editor
Micaela Carballo Composer
Max Hayes Sound Recordist
Katerina Schmidova 1st Assistant Director
Kai-Yan Lai 1st Assistant Director
Kai-Yan Lai 1st Assistant Camera
Honório Miguel Jesus Gaffer
Natalie Tlustosova Assistant Art Director
Phoebe Kilvington Hair and Make-Up Consultant
Fran Christie Production Designer
John Cox VFX Supervisor
Max Leech VFX Artist
Carolina López Del-Nero Cellist
Pieter Bakkum, Jeroen Weesie, Rien Beerens Set Builders
Dionne Ruizendaal Lifeguard
Leo Ruizendaal Fire Marshall
Katalin Jassó Catering
Henk Bakker, Helen Burke, Maria Ogg, Marina Moucho, Dionne Ruizendaal, Alex van der Laan, Tim Burke, Atze Hartog Executive Producer


Non-standard errors

A prominent scientist gets a phone call from a someone calling himself a journalist who wants to interview him about his work. Both hilarity and insight ensue. Starring Sammy Obeid (host of “100 Humans” on Netflix) and Prof. Albert Menkveld (ranked as the #1 economist in The Netherlands) as himself.

David Stolin Director
Albert Menkveld Writer
Sammy Obeid Writer
David Stolin Writer
David Stolin Producer
Sammy Obeid, Albert Menkveld Key Cast


“Finance for skeptics”

This is a three-part web series of short humorous educational comedies (“edcoms”) on finance topics. Their goal is both to entertain and to inspire learning. The three edcoms star the comedian Sammy Obeid (host of “100 Humans” on Netflix) and UCLA Distinguished Professor of Finance Ivo Welch.
Episode 1, “Pro Forma and the Profit Prophet” is uploaded, and is also available from
Episode 2, “Incomparables”, is available from
Episode 3, “CAPM Crunched”, is available from

Paul Elia Director
Richard Anderson Writer
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan Writer
Sammy Obeid Writer
Joseph Paul Penner Writer
Ivo Welch Writer
David Stolin Producer
Sammy Obeid, Ivo Welch, Rachel Ramos, Daniel Dasent Key Cast


Making an edcom

A short documentary about the making of an educational comedy (“edcom”) discussing a Nobel-prize-winning economic theory. Filmed at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with professor Ivo Welch and comedian Sammy Obeid.

Steven Suarez Director
David Stolin Producer
Daniel Dasent, Paul Elia, Sammy Obeid, David Stolin, Ivo Welch Key Cast


The box

An introverted girl is looking for a way to escape her insecurities. Her incapability of coping with the external world increases her sense of discomfort. To find some serenity she withdraws into herself more and more and she cuts ties with the outer reality.

Daniel Maculan Director
Daniel Maculan Writer
Daniel Maculan Producer
Letizia Maculan Key Cast


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