Netherlands Film Festival opens with a Golden start

Last updated 2 years ago by Jon Wilkins

The Dutch Film Festival (NFF) has started with the world premiere of “Nobody in the City” of director, producer, writer and Golden Calf winner Michiel van Erp. During the official opening, actress Monique van de Ven was honoured with the Golden Calf for the Film Culture 2018.

Monique van de Ven received the prize because of her long and extensive contribution to and her importance in Dutch film culture both nationally and internationally.

The Board of the Netherlands Film Festival has awarded the Golden Calf for Film Culture 2018 to Monique van de Ven. The board of the Dutch Film Festival Foundation said on the presentation of the Golden Calf to Monique van de Ven.

“For a good film you need a good script, crew, cast, the zeitgeist and a bit of luck. -time movie classic you need all of the above, plus a miracle … Turkish Fruit is a film classic The miracle of Turkish Fruit was called Monique van de Ven… Barely 20 years old, she fell into the middle of the Dutch film landscape and never disappeared, acting, directing, initiating, inspiring and above all else – she connects her enthusiasm, her warmth, her sobriety, her dignity, her knowledge.

The film profession in all its facets makes it possible to connect young makers and old, directors, producers and actors, television and filmmakers, the dreamers and the cynics… working together and being open to the input of others is as important as film art. Monique van de Ven is, like no other, the personification of this openness and cooperation…  She became great without having an ego.”

The award has been presented since 1981. The Golden Calf is intended for people or institutions who are at the forefront of Dutch film culture. Earlier, the Golden Calf went to Gerard Soeteman, Alex and Marc van Warmerdam, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Jos Stelling and Anton Koolhaas.

With the start of the Dutch Film Festival, the next nine days will be dominated by special films, television dramas, documentaries and interactive productions from home, with the festive closing with the L’OR Golden Calves Gala on Friday 5 October.

Festival programme

In addition to the opening film “Nobody in the City,” there will be many more premieres, including “Sprekend Nederland” by John Appel, “Superjuffie” by Martijn Smits, “Vechtmeisje” by Johan Timmers, “ANNE+” by Valerie Bisscheroux, Rafaël and Ben Sombogaart, we can also see the new series “SHORT!” and “LOIS” from Lourens Blok.

The highlights of the past year will be shown in the various categories of the NFF; the Golden Calf Categories, the Forum of the Directors and the NFF Debut and Student Categories. In addition, the NFF will also look at this years Dutch interactive productions, including the NFF Interactive Expo and the in-depth programme Our Brave New World.

 The NFF Conference

From Friday 28 September to Monday 1 October, NFF Professionals will be the place for the entire sector to meet, inspire and exchange new knowledge. To increase the quality, visibility and accessibility of Dutch productions, the Dutch Film Festival will present the NFF Conference on Friday. National and international speakers will discuss the state of affairs in the Dutch AV landscape during the first day of the NFF Professionals Programme.

Festival guests

The NFF also has several special guests and masterclasses this year in the Stadsschouwburg, with producer Jan Harlan who will speak on 29 September about the role of music in writing a screenplay and William Simpson on 1 October talks about his storyboards for Game of Thrones. Martin Koolhoven presents the master class De Kijk van Koolhoven on 3 October.

In addition, the NFF presents the themed Blikverruimers programme in which five guest programmers have put together their own festival evening in which they show visual fragments that were eye-openers to them. This years Blikverruimers are director Michiel van Erp, game maker Adriaan de Jongh, actress Olga Zuiderhoek and podcast makers Yous & Yay (Yousef Gnaoui and Pepijn Lanen). The NFF Talkshow, which closes the festival day every day, will be presented by Art Rooijakkers and Eva Cleven.

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Jon Wilkins

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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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