Winners Holland Film Meeting 2016 Awards Announced

maandag, 26 september 2016

On Saturday September 24th the Holland Film Meeting has announced the award winners of both the Co-Production Platform and the Work-in-Progress selection of its 29th edition. This year 23 projects in development, including those selected for the inaugural BoostNL programme organised in cooperation with International Film Festival Rotterdam's CineMart, as well as 4 works-in-progress, contended for the prizes in their respective categories.

The Holland Film Meeting is one of the leading co-production markets for European film. Every year a selection of outstanding projects are presented to a select group of top film professionals and film financiers. The aim of the Platform is to launch these projects towards future success and to encourage networking and collaboration between Dutch and international film professionals.

Winners of the Holland Film Meeting 2016 Project in Development Awards

The Cam-a-lot & Filmmore Cinema Emerging Talent Prize for the Best Project (valued at €10,000 in camera and post-production facilities)

  • THE RELIGION OF NIGHT WALKS, written and directed by Nikola Ležaić, produced by Jelena Mitrović (Film House Baš Čelik, Serbia). Selected for the HFM Co-Pro Platform 2016.

Jury citation: “Extremely topical in today’s world of separated families, and a very interesting, original positioning for a film "from the East of the West" that looks at the Middle East (the director is "interested in off-topic stories that don't fit anywhere"...!)”.

The WarnierPosta Prize (valued at €5,000 in audio post-production facilities in one of the WarnierPosta studios)

  • TEHRAN, CITY OF LOVE, written and directed by Ali Jaberansari, produced by Babak Jalali (Here & There Productions, UK). Co-producers: Viking Films (Netherlands), Mandra Films (France). Selected for BoostNL. Click here for more information about the new BoostNL programme.

Jury citation: “Sex always continues to sell… Even when it isn’t shown and so does seeking love stories told from authentic perspectives, whether indoors or outside… With a tender, ironic, and generously non-judgemental POV on a complex society.”

Winning projects of the fourth edition of the HFM Work-in-Progress Sessions

The Filmmore HFM Work-in-Progress Prize (valued at €5.000,00 in facility services)

  • MORMAÇO, directed by Marina Meliande, written by Felipe Bragança & Marina Meliande and produced by Leonardo Mecchi (Duas Mariola Filmes and Enquadramento Produções, Brazil).

Jury citation: “Though the film is in an early stage of the editing phase, we see that there is a great potential in the material they showed in Utrecht with a strong mix between fiction and documentary styles to address a contemporary subject from an original angle”.

The Haghefilm International Post-Production Prize (valued at €5.000,00 in facility services)

  • IN BLUE, directed by Jaap van Heusden, written by Jaap van Heusden & Jan Willem den Bok and produced by Marc Bary (IJswater Film, The Netherlands). Co-producers: Caviar (Belgium) and NTR (The Netherlands).
Jury citation: “We decided to award the film because of its emotional intensity, strong characters and a promising powerful narrative.”


HFM Project in Development Awards:
Gabrielle Dumon (Le Bureau, France), Siniša Juricic (Nukleus Film, Croatia) and Esther Bannenberg (Lumière Publishing, the Netherlands).

HFM Works-in-Progress Session Prizes:
Dario Vecchiato (Indie Sales, France), Janja Kralj (KinoElektron, France) and Joram Willink (BIND, the Netherlands).

The Holland Film Meeting is part of the Netherlands Film Festival, taking place from 21 - 30 September 2016 in Utrecht.