And the winner is…. Alex Simu won a BUMA award for Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel in the category ‘Best Original Composition for Documentary’.
Double nomination Buma Awards 2018 Alex Simu
Alex Simu is double nominated for a Buma Award 2018 in the category “Best Original Composition Documentary”. He received the nominations on his work for Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel and My Father’s Choice. Congratulations Alex!
Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel selected for Dutch Movies Matter competition
We’ve got some more good news! Our documentary Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel will be screened at Movies that Matter filmfestival and is selected for the Dutch Movies Matter competition. We are very proud!
International premiere Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel
We’ve got some good news! Our documentary Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel will have its international premiere at Tempo Documentary Filmfestival in Sweden. Skål!
World premieres at IDFA
Our world premieres at IDFA are just a few days away! We kick-off with Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel (in competition for Best Dutch Documentary ánd for Best Mid-Length Documentary) by Carina Molier on Saturday, followed by The Last Fight (in competition for Best Dutch Documentary) by Victor Vroegindeweij on Sunday. See you there!
Two of our films selected for IDFA!
We knew it for a short while, but today we are allowed to shout it from the rooftops: both Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel by Carina Molier and The Last Fight by Victor Vroegindeweij will premiere at IDFA!
Utrecht, here we come!
This year we’re again fully represented at the Netherlands Film Festival: no less than five films produced by Witfilm will be screened at the festival in September in Utrecht.
5 applications approved!
Yay: in one week time five of our applications have been approved! Congratulations Catherine van Campen, Nelleke Koop, Oeke Hoogendijk, Els van Driel and Olivier Garcia.
A perfect day for scouting locations for De Wolf Danst!
It was the perfect day for scouting locations for the dance film Vlucht (Flight) by director Wiam Al-Zabari and choreographer Krisztina de Châtel that we produce for the new initiative ‘De Wolf Danst’.
The World of Kim & Bob goes international
The World of Kim & Bob goes international! This short youth documentary about a very close and imaginative friendship is selected by Mo&Friese KinderKurzFilmFestival and Docs Against Gravity.
Pitching at Docs in Thessaloniki
Director Sophia Luvarà and Witfilm producer Jantien Ekkes are working hard on fine tuning their pitch for Sons of the Mafia for tomorrows pitching forum at EDN: Docs in Thessaloniki.
Back to Jordan to show Zaatari Djinn to the children
A part of the crew went back to Jordan to show the film Zaatari Djinn to the stars of the documentary; the four children Ferras, Hammoudi, Maryam and Fatma. They -fortunately- loved it and were so proud!
Premiere My Father’s Choice sold out, still tickets available
The tickets for the world premiere of My Father’s Choice are sold out! But no worries, there are still tickets available for the screening upcoming Monday and Saturday the 4th of February.
My Father’s Choice will premiere at IFFR!
We start this year with some great news: My Father’s Choice by Yan Ting Yuen is selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will have its world premiere the 29th of January!
Special X-mas message
For the last couple of weeks we have been rehearsing, stretching and training to be able to send you the special X-mas message that will pop up when you click on the link in this message. Best wishes!
Another award for Transit Havana!
Transit Havana by Daniel Abma is on a roll! Last night the film won the Audience Award at Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. The sixth award so far!
World premiere Zaatari Djinn big success!
We had a wonderful world premiere of Zaatari Djinn at IDFA last night! Check out the pics by Iris Bergman.
Dive into The World of Kim & Bob
Dive into The World of Kim & Bob this Sunday at 19.30h (NPO 3) and let yourself get carried away by the big fantasy of two best friends and find out if their close alliance withstands puberty.
World premiere Zaatari Djinn at IDFA
Thursday Zaatari Djinn will have its world premiere at IDFA! The tickets for the first screening are sold, but tickets are still available for the other screenings. Watch the trailer here!
Bring Home the Jews will premiere at DOK Leipzig!
The 1st of November it is about to happen! OK, the Messiah will -probably- not return to earth that day, but Bring the Jews Home will have its international premiere at DOK Leipzig!
Zaatari Djinn selected for IDFA!
We proudly announce that Zaatari Djinn by Catherine van Campen is selected for IDFA 2016!
The World of Kim & Bob will premiere
The World of Kim & Bob by Sanne Rovers will premiere at Cinekid! Check out this nice film about friendship, fantasy and the influence the approaching puberty has on this at Saturday the 15th of October.
Witfilm op Nederlands Film Festival
We are well represented at the Netherlands Film Festival this year: no less than three films produced by us can be seen this month in Utrecht!
Two of our films will be broadcast next week
You probably have seen or heard a lot about our films Inside the Chinese Closet and Transit Havana. Next week our Dutch viewers finally have the chance to watch them both on television.
‘Little Giants’ season 2 is almost ready
Only a little while longer, and the new season of Little Giants is upon us!
The calves are out..
Great news from the Netherlands Film Festival!
It’s a happy day: in a few hours we will have a drink in our yard together with a bunch of nice people we are working with ánd the Dutch Cultural Media Fund approved our application of the new film by Sophia Luvara!
Inside the Chinese Closet shown in Dutch cinemas
After the extensive international festival tour Inside the Chinese Closet will be shown in the Dutch cinemas from the 2nd of July!
International premiere Transit Havana
Pop that bottle, It’s premiere time again! This Sunday Transit Havana will have its international premiere Karlovy Vary International Film Festival!!
Meanwhile on the set…
It might sound a bit surprising, but these three days you can find us in the studio, shooting several fiction scenes for The Three Lives of My Father by Yan Ting Yuen. And how much fun it is!
New wins PRIX JEUNESSE UNESCO Special Prize
Yesterday eventing it was announced that the beautiful youth documentary New by Eefje Blankevoort has won the prestigious PRIX JEUNESSE UNESCO Special Prize!
We are going to DOK.fest!
Do you happen to be at DOK.fest München these upcoming days? We have the pleasure of presenting two of our films at this very nice festival: Transit Havana and Inside the Chinese Closet.
Application for Light approved!
Yes, our application for the development of Licht (Light) has been approved by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund! Special congratulations go to director Oeke Hoogendijk.
Interview Sophia Luvarà during One World festival
Inside the Chinese Closet director Sophia Luvarà recently was a guest of the Jeden Svět / One World festival in the Czech Republic.
No shortage of press coverage!
The press is clearly noticing our films; both Transit Havana, Inside the Chinese Closet and Bring Home de Jews frequently came up in the media these days.
Jury Award for Best Documentary for Transit Havana
After the very successful premiere Daniel Abma and Alex Bakker had to rush to the Roze Filmdagen Award Ceremony to receive the Jury Award for Best Documentary!
Watch out for director Sophia Luvarà!
Whicker’s World Foundation created their own doc-inspired list of the most exciting female directors to watch out for in 2016 and our own Sophia Luvarà is amongst these 11 female directors!
Dutch premiere Transit Havana
The 19th of March Transit Havana will have its Dutch premiere at Movies that Matter, to be followed by a screening at the Roze Filmdagen! The film will be shown throughout the Netherlands from March 24.
Inside the Chinese Closet is going global!
Inside the Chinese Closet is going global! After the international premiere at the Berlinale, the film will a.o. be shown in the Czech Republic, the UK, Greece, Spain, New Zealand and the USA!
New in the running for PRIX DE JEUNESSE
New is unstoppable! This beautiful youth documentary is a finalist in the competition for the prestigious PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL and the PRIX JEUNESSE UNESCO Special Prize!
Inside the Chinese Closet nominated for TEDDY AWARD
Great news: Inside the Chinese Closet is selected for the TEDDY AWARD, the international award for films with a LGBT-topic at the Berlin International Film Festival!
Boudewijn Koole’s Beyond Sleep opening film at IFFR
We are very proud that our Boudewijn Koole’s film Beyond Sleep will be the opening film at IFFR!
Inside the Chinese Closet selected for Berlinale!
We are so proud to announce that Inside the Chinese Closet by Sophia Luvara’ is selected for the Panorama programme at the Berlinale!
At this moment, director Carina Molier, our producer Nazima Mintjes and DOP Reinout Steenhuizen are travelling accross marvelous India. Their research is part of the new and caleidoscopic documentary of Carina Molier in which she explores the tension field between freedom and anxiety. More to be announced soon!
In the meanwhile in Ukraine
The crew of Bring Home the Jews is filming right now in the Ukraine. The documentary tells about a man who believes he is speeding up the arrival of the Messiah by convincing every Jew he can find in Ukraine to go to Israel. Check out these ‘behind-the-scenes-pictures’!
World premiere Inside The Chinese Closet
Inside The Chinese Closet’s world premiere @IDFA was a big success! It was a lovely evening and as you can tell by the pics, we all had a great time.
Watch trailer Inside The Chinese Closet
We are very proud to present the trailer of Inside The Chinese Closet by Sophia Luvarà! Starting Friday the 20th of November visible for the public after the world premiere at IDFA 2015 in Tuschinski. Credits to Sophia Luvarà and all of the crew! Curious? See the film’s website and screening dates IDFA
It’s almost IDFA time!
It’s almost time: the world premiere of Sophia Luvarà’s Inside The Chinese Closet at IDFA 2015 at Nov 20th. We are very excited that the film is selected for IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary and is in the Docs for Sale video library as well. We are really looking forward to it!
Another beautiful day!
Today we got the news that Inside the Chinese Closet will have its worldpremiere at IDFA and will compete in the Dutch competition. But we’re not done yet, because the other great news is the nomination of the VPRO television series Titaantjes for the Cinekid Festival Audience Award.
It is a sunny day in Amsterdam!
A little introduction
We would like to introduce you to Zelda Nieuwenhuis, our new Witfilm warrior! She will replace Jantien during her maternity leave which starts today.
Crew The Last Fight in USA
The crew of The Last Fight left for the USA to follow protagonist Marloes Coenen, superstar and pioneer in cage fighting, during her preparations for a very important fight.
Trip to Zaatari (Jordan) for Desert Playground
Last night our line-producer Nazima Mintjes and director Catherine van Campen arrived in Jordan for their visit to the refugee camp Zaatari for the film Desert Playground.
It’s a happy day for us: our application of The Three Lives of My Father by Yan Ting Yuen is approved by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund, the sun is shining big time and we’ll end this day with a drink in our yard.
New selected for BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival
De festivalselecties voor Nieuw van Eefje Blankevoort blijven maar binnenstromen! Zo kunnen we het Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth aan de – nu al lange- lijst toevoegen.
New wins Mo-Award at Children’s Short Film Festival!
The children’s jury of the 17th Hamburg Children’s Short Film Festival, Mo&Friese, has spoken: The Mo-Award (for best film for 9-12 year olds) goes to New by Eefje Blankevoort!
Teledoc Campus for Nicky Maas & Anne van Campenhout
Fortunately they díd make it: the film ‘Unfortunately you didn’t make it’ by Nicky Maas and Anne van Campenhouts will receive development subsidy by Teledoc Campus (the collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund, the national broadcasting organization NPO and CoBo)! And yesterday we learned that Dutch broadcaster BNN will support this short documentary about students […]
Crew of Bring Home The Jews just arrived from Israel
The crew of Bring Home The Jews just arrived from their trip to Israel. Check out the ‘behind-the-scenes-pictures’ here!
We can start with the The Three Lives of My Father!
Yes, our application for The Three Lives of my Father has been approved by the Netherlands Film Fund! Special congratulations to director Yan Ting Yuen!
Every Sunday at 09.25h: Little Giants!
Did you miss our new youth series Little Giants? No worries; next four Sundays you still have the chance to make acquaintance with four young talents.
Another award for Off Ground
It’s been two years since our dance film Off Ground is realized, but this beautiful film by Boudewijn Koole and Jakob Ahlbom keeps on winning awards!
This Sunday we kick off with Little Giants!
This Sunday we will kick off with our new youth documentary series Little Giants at 09.25 on NPO 3 (VPRO/Zapp). .
New will be screened at Hot Docs!
Today the prestigious Canadian festival Hot Docs announced their lineup for this year and we are very proud to be able tell that Eefje Blankevoorts New will be part of it!
Application Bring Home the Jews approved!
We’ll go into the weekend with a great feeling: our application for Bring Home the Jews has been approved by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund!
New wins award at Children’s Film Festival Seattle
Children in the U.S.A. really like New by Eefje Blankevoort too: this weekend the children’s jury of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle awarded the film for being the Best Short Documentary!
Battles wins FIPRESCI Award
Yes, the documentary Battles by the Flemish director Isabelle Tollenaere won the FIPRESCI Award at the International Film Festival Rottedam (IFFR)!
World premiere of Battles at IFFR
We, together with Michigan Films, are pleased to announce the world premiere of Battles by Isabelle Tollenaere at International Film Festival Rotterdam next Tuesday!
Canadian festivals are lining up for New!
This month New will be shown at Reframe REELkids in Peterborough and in april at Reel 2 Reel International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver.
De Boer Op will receive development subsidy
A very nice Christmas gift from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund: today we’ve learned that the documentary ‘De Boer Op’ will receive development subsidy!
Only one day to go!
We’ve come a long way, but we haven’t reached the finish of the crowdfunding campaign for 100UP by Heddy Honigmann yet! Go to www.cinecrowd.nl/100up and support this new documentary.
Two applications approved by Dutch Cultural Media Fund!
It’s a happy day for us! The Dutch Cultural Media Fund will support two of our documentaries: Gay Wedding Fair by Sophia Luvara ánd Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel by Carina Molier.
Support Heddy Honigmann’s next documentary
Today we launched a crowdfunding campaign for Heddy Honigmann’s next film: 100 UP. Want to know more about the film and help Heddy? Go to www.cinecrowd.nl/100up!
New nominated for Best Dutch Youth Documentary!
Wow! New is one of the four nominees for the Award for Best Dutch Youth Documenary!
The pitch-itch is kicking in! This IDFA we will take part in the Round Table Pitch with the new film of Heddy Honigmann, 100UP.
Crew Transit Havana met Mariela Castro
The crew of Transit Havana is going strong: recently they met Mariela Castro in Havana; President Raul’s daughter, Fidel’s niece and champion of gay rights.
Golden Calf for Boudewijn Koole
Last night, during the Gala of the Dutch Film, the Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) for Best Editing was awarded to our own Boudewijn Koole for his contribution to Happily Ever After by Tatjana Bozic!
Another nomination for Golden Calf
Last night it was announced that we received not one, but two nominations for a Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf): Boudewijn Koole is nominated for Best Editing for Happily Ever After!
Film Fund supports Transit Havana
Cuba, here we come! Today we learned that the Netherlands Film Fund will also support Transit Havana!
Happily Ever After in the running for Golden Calf
: It has just been announced that Happily Ever After by Tatjana Bozic is one of the three nominees for a Golden Calf (Gouden Kalf) for best long documentary!
Off Ground wins Prix Italia!
Our dance film Off Ground (By Boudewijn Koole and Jakop Ahlbom) has won the prestigious Prix Italia in Turin!
The start of The Last Fight
Thanks to the Dutch Cultural Media Fund we can begin filming The Last Fight about one of the most notorious cage fighters in the world, who is determined to end her career knocking out her arch-enemy.
More financial support for Transit Havana
In addition to ARTE and RBB, The German Federal Film Board will also contribute to Transit Havana!
Awards for Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After received a special jury mention at the Sarajevo Film Festival and received the award for best direction and editing at the Croatian Film Festival Liburnia!
Netherlands Film Festival-trio
It is going to be a Netherlands Film Festival-trio for us this september: Happily Ever After, New en Tonight We’ll Become Women are selected for different competitions!
Another application accepted!
Thanks to the Netherlands Film Fund, we can get started with the production of Gay Wedding Fair!
Journey into Noblivion in post-production
More good news this week: thanks to the Filmfonds we can start working on the post-production of Journey into Noblivion by the Flemish director Isabelle Tollenaere.
Little Giants in production!
Yes, today it was announced that our youth documentary series TITAANTJES, in collaboration with VPRO/Zapp, will go in production!
From JvdW film to Witfilm!
Hooray, we’ve got a new name! From today we are no longer called ‘JvdW film’ but ‘Witfilm’, a much easier name to pronounce.
After the huge success of Off Ground, we submitted a wonderful film plan by choreographer Ann Van den Broek & director Sacha Polak for the dance film project Point Taken.
Back from Cuba
The Transit Havana crew just got back from two weeks research and filming in Cuba. They were able to film at the Gay Pride in Havana and include a speech by Mariela Castro.
Our latest film Happily Ever After premiered on Sunday evening, January 26th at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Happily Ever After was selected for the Tiger Awards competition
Nomination Kids&Docs 2013
We have great news. Our new youth documentary film ‘Tonight we’ll become women’ directed by Josefien Hendriks is nominated for the Kids&Docs 2013!
Film Fund supports Transit Havana
We’ve got development money from Netherlands Film Fund for Transit Havana.
Director Sophia Luvara is now in Shanghai for the research of Gay Wedding Fair.
Off Ground is traveling festivals around the world, from Germany to Argentina and the US…
Cineart distributes Happily Ever After
Cineart will distribute Happily Ever After in the Benelux.
Competition Tiger Awards
Happily Ever After will premiere at the International Rotterdam Film Festival and is selected for the Tiger Award competition!
Tonight we’ll become Women will premiere 19th of October 2013 at Cinekid.
The Spoiler was well-received at its premiere at the Dutch Film Festival 2013.
Developing money for Gay Wedding Fair
Good news! Witfilm will receive developing money from The Netherlands Film Fund for our documentary Gay Wedding Fair.
Bring the Jews Back Home
For the second time Eefje Blankevoort and Arnold van Bruggen (Prospektor) and Witfilm stepped into a new documentaryplan, with the title: Bring the Jews Back Home.
A new name!
We’ve moved to a new office, created a new webpage and changed our name! We are proud to present: JvdWfilm!
New in production
For our new documentary ‘NEW’, Eefje Blankevoort visits Rwanda and Uganda to do research at refugee camps.
A bit more patience
This fall two of our new documentaries will be released on the children’s film festival Cinekid and the Dutch Film Festival. Want to know more?
New items SE Phase 2
We just returned from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ghana to film follow-up items for Surprising Europe Phase 2. During this trip we visited four returned migrants.