IJswater Films

Producer / Managing Director: Marc Bary
Producer: Steven Rubinstein Malamud
Project Supervisor/Office Coordinator: Roddia Rumahloine
Junior Producer: Eva van Dorland
Kromme Mijdrechtstraat 110-4 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
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For over 20 years Amsterdam based IJswater Films (‘Icewater Films’) is one of the stable operating film- and television production companies in the Netherlands, when it comes to developing and producing proven high quality features, such as; THE POLISH BRIDE (Golden Globe Nomination, Cannes Critics Choice), HEADRUSH (Ireland/UK/NL, Miramax Script Award), SKIN (Emmy Award Nomination), WIN/WIN (Prix Genève Europe Script Award, 45 festival selections), 22nd OF MAY (BE/NL, TIFF selection), THE NEW WORLD (Emmy Award 2014 Best Actress), SUPERNOVA (NL/GER/BE, Berlinale Generation 14plus, Winner Grand Prix Film Festival Xining), PARADISE TRIPS (BE/NL, Winner Best Flemish Film/Youth Prize), AS IF I’M CRAZY (Winner Jury Award Best Film, Noida IFF 2017). IJswater Films produced 50 shorts, like CONTACT (Winner Berlinale Golden Bear) and newest short film title AMOR (available for sales). Also TV drama, like ANVERS (Winner FIPA D’or), ENTRE NOSOTROS (Winner FIPA D’argent) and feature length documentaries like; BRIDGING THE GAP (IDFA selection) and NAVY MIDS. For the youth a.o.: PAPA'S TANGO (Berlinale K-plus), ANOUAR & THE MOON (Winner TIFF Kids Jury Award), KI (Winner Best Film Boston Kids Festival 2017) and miniseries SAMMY PARAMARIBO (Chicago Children’s FF, TIFF Kids 2017). Our newest feature film, IN BLUE by Jaap van Heusden (NL/BE/RO, Winner HFM work-in-progress award 2016), will be released this Autumn by Paradiso Films. Various new exiting projects are being developed like, BEYOND THE BLUE BRIDGE (Isabel Lamberti, Torino Lab 2017), THE WONDROUS JOURNEY OF LITTLE SOPHIE (animation/life action by Roel & Berend Boorsma, Cartoon Movie 2017), RAVAGE (Marcel Visbeen) and IN ALASKA (Jaap van Heusden).


In Blue
Status:completed, screener available. Release Benelux: 14 september 2017(distributed by Paradiso Films). Opening night film at Film by the sea 2017, Film Festival Oostende 2017, Forum section Netherlands Film Festival 2017, Winner HFM Work-in-progress Award Netherlands Film Festival 2016. Feature length; English, Dutch and Romanian spoken, 102 minutes. Genre: drama.
Writer and director: Jaap van Heusden (Win/Win, The New World). Cast: Maria Kraakman (Schneider vs. Bax, My Queen Karo, Guernsey), Bogdan Iancu (A Farewell to Fools, Omega Rose), Line Pillet (Little Black Spiders, Paradise Trips). Co-producers: Caviar Belgium, Public Broadcaster NTR. Service/line producer: Strada Film Romania. Supported by NL Film Fund/Production Incentive, VAF Belgium/Tax shelter, Creative Europe MEDIA.

Aim at market: sales, distribution, buyers, festivals (foreign rights outside Benelux available)

When a fortysomething Dutch flight attendant named LIN has to help deliver a baby in mid-air, it leaves her off kilter. In the emotional aftermath she meets NICU (15), who’s living on and under the streets of Bucharest, and gets involved in a confusing mother/lover relationship with him.

Feature film by Jaap van Heusden, who's first feature length film was Win/Win, Winner Prix Europe Best Screenplay and selected by 45 film festivals, like IFFR (Bright Future), Brooklyn Film Festival (Winner Best Actor), Mannheim-Heidelberg (Special Jury Mention). His 2nd feature length telefilm The New World, Winner International Emmy Award 2014 Best Actress, was selected by 50 film festivals on all continents, a.o.: IFFR, Washington DC International Film Festival (Winner SIGNIS Award), Melbourne Film Festival (Runner up Award), International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (Special Mention International Jury), Braunschweig Film Festival (Heinrich Prize Best Film), Ourense International Film Festival (Winner Best Film/Best Director).

Beyond the blue bridge
Status: in development/financing. Selected for Boost NL 2017 and guest project at Torino film lab pitching event 2016. Feature length film. Genre: docudrama/hybrid. Writer/director: Isabel Lamberti (AMOR opening night film Forum section Netherlands Film Festival) & co-writer Lenina Ungari (also AMOR). Backed by NL Film Fund & Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

Aim at market: co-producers, sales agents, distributors (world rights available).

Logline: While the uncertainty rises over the continuity of the illegal Madrilenian district La Cañada Real as more and more slum houses are being destroyed, the film follows the daily life of members of the gipsy family Gabarre Mendoza, each member struggling in their own way with their life being in transition.

Beyond the blue bridge is a hybrid film, set in an existing gypsy community that is under threat of being relocated. The family Gabarre Mendoza are ‘real’ members of this existing community under threat. The hybrid approach of working with non-actors and a documentary aesthetic combined with small fictionalized storylines places the film within the neo-realistic tradition.