Vanja Kaludjercic has been appointed as the new head of the Holland Film Meeting, the international industry arm of the Netherlands Film Festival that looks to stimulate high-level co-production activity within the Dutch and international production sectors. Kaludjercic replaces Signe Zeilich-Jensen who stood down at the end of HFM 2015. The next edition of the Holland Film Meeting will run 22-25 September 2016.
Kaludjercic brings many years of experience to her new role. For several years, Vanja was Head of Industry at Les Arcs European Film Festival in France, and with the same team has established the new Paris Co-production Village in 2014. As a programmer she has been working with Sarajevo film festival since 2008, while in 2015 she joined Paris-based Cinéma du Réel as head of ParisDOC and worked for CPH:DOX as head of studies within the production workshop CPH:LAB. From 2008-2010 she was in charge of acquisitions at Coproduction Office before going on to manage the Paris Project of the Paris Cinema International Film Festival. Prior to that she organised several festivals in Croatia, such as the Human Rights FF, the ZagrebDox Pro workshop, and Animafest Zagreb.
“Signe Zeilich-Jensen has done an amazing job establishing the Holland Film Meeting over the past five years as one of the leading markets for European co-production. It is both a challenge and an honour to succeed her. Having gained experience as head of project markets both in Paris and Les Arcs, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue my career in The Netherlands,” comments Kaludjercic. “These are exciting times for the Dutch film industry. Outstanding emerging talent and substantial co-production opportunities make it a fertile ground to continue developing HFM as an important meeting place for both the local and international film industry,”
Netherlands Film Festival director Willemien van Aalst adds: “I am very pleased that Vanja Kaludjercic is joining our festival team as Head of the Holland Film Meeting. Since its inception in 1988 the HFM has stimulated a high level of co-production activity between many of Europe’s leading representatives from the finance, production, sales and distribution industries. I am convinced that with her talent, experience and global network Vanja will build on the efforts of her highly respected predecessors and will bring the HFM to the next level."
About Holland Film Meeting
At the heart of the Holland Film Meeting is the HFM Co-production Platform during which, every year, some twenty film projects in development are selected for presentation to many of international cinema's most important and influential financiers, distributors, sales agents and co-producers. The aim of the HFM Co-Pro Platform is to encourage co-production collaboration between European countries.
Recent Platform successes include Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion (Berlin Special Gala 2016 – HFM Co-pro Platform 2013), Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Berlin Competition 2015 - HFM Co-pro Platform 2013) and Atlantic. by Jan-Willem van Ewijk (Toronto