Age of Action

hosted by Creative Europe Desk NL/Norway

Distinctive Northern European Content

We will start with an overview of the Dutch and Scandinavian landscape. Why do Scandinavia (in particular Norway) and the Netherlands stand out in developing distinctive, award-winning content? What are the similarities and differences in approaches towards content? Following this, we present three amazing productions! In the first session we will have a look at how we can present history in engaging ways with the producers of The Crossing (NO) and Anne Frank Diary Videos (NL). In the second session, we present to you a new sci-fi climate drama series Dome16 (co-production NL/NO).

10:00 – 10:50  |  The Crossing & Anne Frank Diary Videos
Cornelia Boysen, Tim Vloothuis & Hanna van Niekerk

11:00 – 11:30  |  Dome16
Fleur Winters & Eric Vogel

Petri Kemppinen & Signe Zeilich-Jensen will start at 10 am with an overview of the landscape.

Cornelia Boysen
Producer Cornelia Boysen started working at Maipo Film in 2010 with a background in production and considerable experience gained at the Nordic Film & TV Fund. As a producer she has a special focus on content for a young audience, and has produced, among other titles, the Doctor Proktor series, based on the books of Jo Nesbø, and the Louis & Luca series of films, the first of which was  the highest grossing films in Norway over the past decade. She produces both live action and animation and is currently in production on a crime film for young audiences, CLUE, that will premiere Autumn 2021.

Tim Vloothuis
As a creative producer, Tim is always looking for the perfect balance between content, production and distribution. In 2010 he produced his first diary series for National Geographic Channel and TMG in Afghanistan. Since 2018 he has been co-founder at Every Media, developing and producing formats and series for all conceivable channels together with creative partner Frank de Horde. In their constant search for relevant stories, they came up with the idea of ​​bringing the life story of Anne Frank to the attention of young people in a new and appealing way. Imagine that Anne Frank does not receive a diary for her birthday on June 12, 1942, but a videocamera... 
In 2020, authenticity is more important than ever, Tim and his partner try to take young people along and touch them in a way that suits them. Every Media currently has several new series in development and production.

Hanna van Niekerk
Hanna van Niekerk (born in La-Paz, Bolivia, 1991) is a Dutch filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Her graduation film En Ze Leefden Nog Lang (And They Lived) won the Wildcard Fiction Prize from the Netherlands Film Fund in 2014. Hanna wrote and directed her first feature film If the Sun Explodes  in 2015, produced by Hazazah Pictures, which  premiered at the 2016 Netherlands Film Festival where it won the MovieZone Youth Jury Award. Hanna is currently working on her second feature film The Anthill, which was developed at the Biennale College Cinema Workshop of the Venice Film Festival and is currently being produced by Hazazah Pictures.

Fleur Winters
Fleur has a broad experience in both the film and tv industry. After her Masters in Cinema and Art, Management and Policies she worked as an international film sales agent for The Co-production Office and Katapult Film Sales; a senior (format) buyer for the entire Endemol Group, including scripted content, and was Head of Cinekid for Professionals. In 2015 she started working as a producer for Lemming Film and after producing feature films she focused on expanding the international drama series output of Lemming Film, becoming co-CEO. In 2020 she founded Big Blue, a production company fully focussed on (high-end) drama series. Fleur Winters’ producer credits include, amongst others, the feature films When My Father Became a Bush
(Nicole van Kilsdonk, TIFF) and
My Giraffe (Barbara Bredero, Berlinale Generation selection), the acclaimed Dutch-Belgian crime series Fenix (Shariff Korver, IFFR & Series Mania 2018) and two seasons of the international co-production Heirs of the Night (written and directed by Diederik van Rooijen) that was produced for three European broadcasters: NPO (NL), NDR (GE) and NRK (NO) and international distributor ZDF (producer and executive producer). The series premiered in 2019 and season two will be released at the end of 2020. 

Eric Vogel
Producer Eric Vogel co-founded the independent production company Tordenfilm in 2003, following his graduation from The Norwegian National Film School. He has served as CEO of the company since 2007. His series credits as producer include the hit thriller drama Valkyrien (2017,  remade two years later in the UK as Temple), the International Emmy-nominated series Norwegian Cozy (2011, co-producer) and the Rose d'Or and double Prix Jeunesse-winning ZombieLars (2017-2019, exec producer). Vogel has also worked on feature films such as Norwegian Ninja (2010, producer) and the Two Buddies and a Badger animation features (2015 and 2020, producer). 

Signe Zeilich-Jensen
Signe is children’s and family film commissioner at the Netherlands Film Fund, the national agency responsible for supporting film production and film-related activities in the Netherlands. In the past Signe worked as a buyer and commissioning editor for youth programming at the Dutch public broadcaster KRO and at Nickelodeon Benelux. For many years she programmed different sections of the international children’s film and media festival Cinekid in Amsterdam. More recently she was the director of the Holland Film Meeting, a yearly co-production platform for European art house film during the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.

Petri Kemppinen
Petri finished his master’s degree in communication studies at the University of Helsinki, and started his film and television career at YLE in the mid-1990s, serving later at the Finnish Film Foundation. He became CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond (2013-2019) and then established his own business. He is a board member at the Swedish Film Institute and EWA Network. Petri now is an independent film and TV consultant, working internationally with financing and development, policies and training, through his own company P1 Kemppinen. Over a career of 25 years, reading thousands of scripts and watching as many rough cuts, he is well skilled in film and TV financing and project development.