Rotterdam Films

Dirk Rijneke, Mildred van Leeuwaarden
Provenierssingel 33 | 3033 EG Rotterdam
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Rotterdam Films is an independent production company founded by Dirk Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden. It produced and co-produced more than 45 documentaries and fiction films mainly for cinematic release.They worked with directors from all over the world like Béla Tarr, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Carlos Reichenbach and Mrinal Sen.Their core-business is to support directors; emerging talent as well experienced filmmakers, whose perspective and approach don’t result in a middle-of-the-road film, but will be a proof of original and interesting auteur cinema intended for an international audience.


The Hunter’s Son
Director & Screenwriter: Ricky Rijneke. Cast: tba. Cinematograpy: Michal Englert (PL). Sound and composer: Andrey Dergachev (RU). Co-producers: Balapolis (PL), Vintage Pictures (IS), Wild at Art (NL). Status: pre-production. Shooting: 2019/2020. Sort: feature-length film. Duration: 100 min. Genre: thriller/drama. Financers: Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Polish Film Institute, Icelandic Film Center, Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Tax Shelter BE. Distribution: Filmfreak (NL), Bedazzle (BE), Gutek Film (PL), Sena (IS).

The Hunter’s Son is the second feature film by multi-award winning director Ricky Rijneke. Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, The Hunter’s Son has been selected for Script&Pitch of the Torino Film Lab, The Toronto Talent Lab from the Toronto International Film Festival and The Sam Spiegel International Filmlab Jerusalem.

A father and a son face a range of conflicting emotions when the son commits a random act of violence.

Ricky Rijneke’s first short Wing, the fish that talked back premiered at the Locarno Film Festival nominated for the Golden Leopard for Best Film. This multi-award winning film gained international acclaim at more then 50 film festivals.

Silent Ones her first feature won eleven awards out of fifteen nominations and was screened at many international and independent film festivals such as Rotterdam Film Festival (nomination Tiger Award), Sarajevo Film Festival, Mostra São Paulo (New Directors Competition), Moscow Film Festival, T-Mobile New Horizons (Competition), New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto and many others.

Hier (Tegnap) 2018
Director: Bálint Kenyeres. Screenwriters: Balint Kenyeres, Matthieu Taponier. Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Johanna ter Steege. Co-producers: Rotterdam Films, Mirage/Tegnap (HU), Les Films de l’Après-Midi (FR), One-Two Films (GR), Chimney Pot (SE), LaProd (MA). Release: 2018. Status: post-production. Sort: feature-length film. Duration: 110 min. Genre: drama. Financers: Netherlands Film Fund, Hungarian Film Fund, CNC, Arte, Film-i-Väst. Distributor: Filmfreak (Benelux).

50-year-old Victor Ganz (Vlad Ivanov) owns a thriving civil engineering company that operates worldwide. Due to problems on a building site in North Africa he has to go there. In this country he is confronted with memories of his youth. Ganz slowly plunges into a labyrinthine world where present and past intertwine.

Bálint Kenyeres first short film Zárás (Closing Time) premiered at the Venice Film Festival, got selected for more than 30 other film festivals and won a dozen awards. His short Before Dawn premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, won a Jury Prize at Sundance and it won the European Film Academy Prix UIP for Best European Short. His short History of Aviation premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Director's Fortnight). Hier (Yesterday) is his first feature film. This French spoken film is renamed by the director as Tegnap.

World Premiere: Locarno International Film Festival 2018 - Competition Cineasti del Presente.
Dutch premiere: NFF 2018.