Volya Films

Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts

Graaf Florisstraat 110 A | 3021 CM Rotterdam

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Volya Films produces author films, fiction and documentary, mainly in the form of international co-productions. Recent films include Centaur (Aktan Arym Kubat; Berlinale 2017 - CICAE Award), Waiting for Giraffes (Marco de Stefanis; IDFA 2016), The Grown-Ups (Maite Alberdi; IDFA2016), Problemski Hotel (Manu Riche; IFFR 2016) Big Father, Small Father & Other Stories (Di Phan Dang; world premiere Berlinale Official Competition 2015), Kurai Kurai - Tales on the Wind (Marjoleine Boonstra; Competition Dutch Film Festival 2014).


Waiting for Giraffes

Released: 2016. Feature-length, 85 min. Genre: human interest. Director: Marco de Stefanis. Co-producer: Cassette for timescapes (Belgium), EO (Netherlands). Financiers: Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO, Flemish Audiovisual Fund. World sales: CAT & Docs.

Dr. Sami is the veterinarian of Qalqilya Zoo (Palestine), the only zoo in the world in occupied territory. He loves his animals and to improve their situation and replace the giraffes they lost in the last intifada he needs to collaborate with the Israeli’s and he needs international recognition. Will he manage?


Status: development. Genre: cross-over family movie. Director: Sander Burger. Screenwriter: Bastiaan Tichler. Financers: Netherlands Film Fund, Creative Europe.

Ten-year-old Ama, the daughter of two illegal immigrants, sees her four-year-old brother taken away from school by the police. In a panic, she tries to warn her parents, only to find out that they have already been arrested and will be deported. On the run from the police, alone at night on the streets of Rotterdam, Ama has to take care of herself and find her way back to her family – when suddenly her totem animal appears.