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Frank van Reemst


Producer/director Frank van Reemst studied Film Sociology and FilmSemiotics at the University of Groningen. After graduation Frank worked for the Amsterdam City Journal where he researched, produced and co-wrote the scenario for 'The Kick' (directed by Gerrit van Elst) which in 1983 won the Goulden Calf award for best documentary. Establishing his own production company, the ZigZag foundation, he produced amongst others, 'Hair, Spectacles, Shoes and Ash' (1989) which he directed and wrote the

screenplay for, ‘Tales of a River' by Peter and Petra Lataster (Golden Calf for Best Long Documentary, 1994), 'Me and my Parents - My Parents and I' by Gerrit van Elst (Best International Feature Documentary DOCNZ 2006, Golden Calf nomination 2005, Golden Picture Best Documentary TV 2005), 'On the border' by Peter Delpeut (2005) and the experimental documentary videoblog


Frank took part in the Vertical Strategies Training Program (marketing and promotion European films) and is President of the Shadow Foundation (Shadow Festival Amsterdam & Shadowdoc master classes). Together with Pieter Fleury, he is the owner/founder of Acht en de Vlieg Film Productions.


Joost Verheij

Producer/director Joost Verhey studied cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. In 1984, he set up the foundation MM film productions, producing and directing sever

 al documentaries. A few examples are 'Lomax the Songhunter' by Rogier Kappers (e.g. Golden Calf Best Long Documentary 2005, CINE applied Eagle Award 2006, nomination Emmy Award 2007), 'The Silence' (2005) by Kim Landstra, 'In my Father's House' by Fatima Jebli Ouazzani (e.g. Hot Docs Award Best International Documentary 1998, Golden Calf Best Long Documentary 1998), 'Rouch's Gang' (1993) about the French anthropologist Jean Rouch and 'Miss Interpreted' (1997) about the South-African artist Marlene Dumas.

In 1989 Joost attended the directors workshop led that year by Johan van der Keuken during the international Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). In 1990 he studied under the guidance of Frans Swartjes at the ‘Vrije Academie' in The Hague and in 2000 he completed a one-year post-graduate Company Management Training program for Producers at the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. He was also participant at the Film Business School in Lübeck, Germany (2002) and the Film Marketing workshop of Strategies in Luxembourg (2004). In addition to this he has appeared as guest lecturer at the Mira Media Academy, the art academy in Arnhem and at the University of Amsterdam.


Elleke Claessen

Elleke Claessen studied Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. During her study she followed the course ‘Poldox’ by which her interest for documentary making started. Her first project was the short documentary ‘Uit de hand gelopen’, about sport addiction. After her bachelor’s degree she started an internship at IDTV Docs where she did research for the series ‘The New York Connection’. Then she went for another internship to Doc.Eye Film and started doing the PR for Cineblend and the Beeld voor Beeld Filmfestival. After two years of working experience she started her masters in Anthropology en graduated Cum Laude in October 2012. After getting her degree she began as freelance producer and works for several filmproduction companies. Next to her interest in film she is a very fanatic cyclist.


Avital de Rooze - production assistent  

Avital de Rooze

Avital de Rooze studied ‘Cultural and Social Development’ at the ‘Hogeschool Utrecht, University of Applied Science’. During her internship at the cultural activity centre ‘The Kargadoor’ in Utrecht, she developed a monthly movie night for upcoming filmmakers and film-connoisseurs. While minoring in the: ‘Minor Media, Culture and Visual Literacy’ she made a short documentary. Her graduation assignment was the development of an annual film festival which provides a stepping stone to journalism students of the ‘Hogeschool Utrecht’.  Avital graduated her Bachelor in February 2013.  After finishing her studies she did an internship at the ‘Latin American Film Festival’. She worked as a print traffic coordinator and as an all-round production assistant.  


"Film and documentary are one of the most beautiful ways to tell stories to each other; they can inspire, inform and excite people."