Golden night for the Golden Calf

On Friday evening 5 October, the Golden Calves were presented at the 38th edition of the Dutch Film Festival during the L’OR Golden Calves Gala.

The most important film prizes in the Netherlands were awarded to films and projects during the final gala of the festival in the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.

“Banker of the Resistance” won the most Golden Calves with Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Film and the Golden Calf voted for by the Public.

With over 275 short and long films, documentaries, television dramas, interactive productions and video clips, of which 83 were premieres, a lot of young talent, five Blikverruimers, a renewed Professionals Programme and the versatile education programme, the NFF 2018 proved to be a great success.

Golden Calf Award

The Golden Calf Jury’s determined the winners for the following categories: Short Documentary, Short Film and Television Drama and Interactive.

The jury for Short Documentary was formed by documentary makers Digna Sinke, Thomas Vroege and editor Gys Zevenbergen.

The jury for Short Film and Television drama consisted of writer, director and animator Erik van Schaaik and directors/screenwriters Sacha Polak and Nouchka van Brakel.

For the Golden Calf Interactive award, the jury was Martijn de Waal, Sjef van Gaalen and Klasien van de Zandschulp.

The winners selected by the Golden Calf jury were:

Best Short Documentary

The Atomic Soldiers by Morgan Knibbe

Best Short Film

L’été et tout le reste by Sven Bresser

Best Actor TV drama

Kees Hulst for The secret diary of Hendrik Groen

Best Actress TV drama

Ilse Warringa for The Louse’s Mother

Best TV drama

The secret diary of Hendrik Groen by Tim Oliehoek

Best Interactive

#Dearcatcallers by Noa Jansma

The winners for feature film and long documentary were determined according to the Academy model that was introduced in 2015. A large group of fellow professionals chose the winners by the same method adopted by the internationally respected film prizes such as the Oscars, the Bafta’s and the Césars. The group of voters consisted of former Golden Calf winners, Dutch winners of main prizes from A-film festivals and members of the Dutch Academy for Film (DAFF).

Academy winner were:

Best Sound Design

Jan Schermer for Beyond Words

Best Music

Harry de Wit for Cobain

Best Camera

Lennert Hillege for Beyond Words

Best Assembly

Wouter van Luijn (posthumous) for We

Best Long Documentary

Love is potatoes for Aliona van der Horst

Best Production Design

Harry Ammerlaan for Banker of the Resistance

Best Male Supporter

Wim Opbrouck for Cobain

Best Female supporting role

Fockeline Ouwerkerk for Banker of the Resistance

Best Actor

Jacob Derwig for Banker of the Resistance

Best Actress

Maria Kraakman for In Blue

Best Scenario

Jaap van Heusden, Jan Willem den Bok for In Blue

Best Director

Jaap van Heusden for In Blue

Best Film

Banker of the Resistance by Alain de Levita, Sytze van der Laan, Sabine Brian for NL Film and TV

The winner of the Golden Calf chosen by the voting public, The Abraham Tuschinski Fund Golden Calf of the Public has been won by the film Banker van het Verzet. The producer NL Film and TV also received a cash prize of €30,000, to spend on a new Dutch film production. This award was made available for the fourth year in a row by the Abraham Tuschinski Fund.

The winner of the Golden Calf for Film Culture was won by Monique van de Ven and was presented on behalf of the board of the Dutch Film Festival at the opening night of the festival.

Other film prizes at the NFF were for The NFF premiere film “Light as Feathers” by Rosanne Pel which was awarded the Dutch Film Critics Award on behalf of the Circle of Dutch Film Journalists (KNF) at the L’OR Golden Calves Gala.

The prizes for the NFF Debut and Student Competition were won by: “Cheek to cheek” by Malou Wagenmaker and Bo van der Meer and the Fentener van Vlissingen Fund Award went to Tobias Cornelissen for Sisters, Dante vs. Mohammed Ali and At Midnight Plays A Dance-Tune

The Pathé Tuschinski Award was won by Wognum by Tim Bary

The Film producers of Netherlands Award, was won by Coen Balkestein

The jury of the Forum of the Directors awarded the VEVAM Fund Award from the Directors’ Forum to Light as Feathers of Rosanne Pel and The chair of the last years – Egbert van Anke Teunissen and Jessie van Vreden.

Jeroen Stultiens has been proclaimed Film Teacher of the Year.

The MovieZone Award was won by Telefilm for Fortune seekers by Hanro Smitsman.

The Pitch was won by Wessel van Wanrooij & Sean Louw with their idea for The Beginning and the End.

The 48 Hour Film Project was won by the video The Internet by team Supersolid & Friends.

Another fantastic fortnight of film and entertainment in Utrecht.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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