Gijs Kerbosch
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 59 | 1072 BD Amsterdam
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Halal is a production company and photography agency that redefines moments of popular culture through radical approaches to storytelling. With an artistic centric business made up of an international roster of talent, we have a holistic approach to content creation. Consisting of a fiction, documentary, photography and commercial department our DNA lies in thinking outside conventional narratives.

Founded in 2005, Halal is owned and run by four partners: Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis, Gijs Determeijer and Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen. The fiction department is headed by Gijs Kerbosch, the original founder of Halal.

Committed to growing and enhancing its international presence by attracting and cultivating top talent who create the highest quality feature films, the department is driven by work that pushes boundaries and interrupts the status quo.

Halal productions have been endorsed in the award circuit by the likes of Berlinale, Tribeca, Sundance and San Sebastian. Halal fiction started with the box office hits New Kids and New Kids Nitro, which had over 2.000.000 admissions in The Netherlands and Germany. In 2015, Halal produced Prince which received a special mention at Berlinale. In later years, the department has co-produced two feature films; Necktie Youth (2016) and Cargo (2017) along with many successful shorts, to mention some: Un Creux dans mon Coeur, Spoetnik and Jonas & the sea.

Director & Screenwriter: Sam de Jong. Cast: tba. Country: NL. Co-producer: tba. Status: in development. Duration: 90 – 120 min. Genre: Drama. Distribution/Sales: tba.

Plantasia is a fairy tale about a young boy, David (13), who wants to save his parents’ marriage by buying them a bigger house. He lives in a village on the biggest road in East Africa that connects the port of Mombasa to the rest of the continent. The fast cash that is to be made from poaching in the neighbouring elephant sanctuary seems to be the only way to achieve his goal. When an American philanthropic security expert arrives, David discovers a way out of his predicament.

Stranger’s Arms
Director: Emma Westenberg. Screenwriter: Emma Westenberg, Valerie Kamen. Cast: Eloisa Santos, Ion Bertea, Tessa Gourin. Country: NL/US. Status: post-production. Duration: 90 – 120 min. Genre: Drama, coming age. Distribution/Sales: tba.

Three friends on the brink of young adulthood reunite in their hometown one summer and decide to spend their days investigating a mysterious cold case murder that rocked their town in the 80s. Their amateur investigation falls fruitless but instead brings them closer to finding out the truth about themselves, as well as uncovering some disturbing realities about the culture and characters of the town they grew up in.