Benja Bruijning's lead role in the Dutch romantic comedy FAMILY WAY (2012) opposite Carice van Houten, marked his break through to a wide audience.. Recent projects include the international dramaseries HEIRS OF THE NIGHT directed by Diederik van Rooijen and the popular Dutch TV show NIEUWE BUREN. Currently he can be found on stage, playing the lead in the play The Interpreter of Java based on the book of Alfred Birney.
Bracha played many leading roles in both films and TV-series. She starred in the British-Dutch film THE DOMINO EFFECT, the popular German TV-movie VERLIEBT IN AMSTERDAM and the Dutch romantic comedy hits HARTENSTRAAT and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. This year, Bracha could be seen in the German crime-series DER AMSTERDAM KRIMI and the Dutch TV-series OOGAPPELS.
One of Europe's most celebrated actresses, Carice van Houten is perhaps best known as 'Melisandre' in the iconic TV show GAME OF THRONES, a performance which she has been recognized with an Emmy Award nomination in 2019. Other projects include Paul Verhoeven's award-winning BLACK BOOK and Bryan Singer's VALKYRIE opposite Tom Cruise. Recent projects include INSTINCT and TEMPLE, a TV show for Sky opposite Mark Strong.
Most recently, Gaite Jansen (1991) could be seen on the new HBO/ Cinemax show JETT, opposite Carla Gugino, directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. Prior to this, she played recurring roles on BBC’s PEAKY BLINDERS Season 3 and LINE OF DUTY Season 4. Gaite worked on stage with internationally renowned theatre directors such as Tony-winner Ivo van Hove and Simon Stone.
Gijs Naber recently wrapped THE STORY OF MY WIFE opposite Léa Seydoux, by Oscar nominated director Ildiko Enyedi. He was awarded the Golden Calf for Best Actor twice: for the feature film THE PETER PAN MAN (2014) and the TV crime drama JUDAS (2019). Gijs played lead roles several films and TV-series, such as the critically acclaimed TV-series JUDAS (2019), action-packed historical film REDBAD (2018) and THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING (2011).
Halina Reijn is a director, writer, producer and award-winning actress. Halina's critically acclaimed directorial feature debut INSTINCT (2019) has been selected for several important film festivals, such as Locarno (winner Variety Piazza Grande Awards), Toronto and London. Together with best friend and actress Carice van Houten, she is the founder of MAN UP, a production company with She starred in the Oscar nominated ZUS & ZO, in Paul Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK and Bryan Singer's VALKYRIE. She worked with Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove at the International Theatre Amsterdam.
Jan Kooijman is a multi-talented Dutch actor, TV-host, dancer and singer. He started his career as a professional dancer at the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. In 2010 he received the prestigious Dutch Television Star for 'Best Upcoming Talent', and in 2011 he received a Kids Choice Award for 'Best Dutch and Belgium TV-star'. He is developing a new TV-series for the Dutch Public Network, in which he will also play the lead role, based on an original idea by Jan.
Jeroen Spitzenberger is a beloved and versatile stage and screen actor. His past credits include roles in local box office hits such as LOVE IS ALL, as well as the immensely popular TV series DIVORCE and OOGAPPELS. He is internationally best known for his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film TWIN SISTERS. Recently, he played leading roles in the cricitally acclaimed feature film BUMPERKLEEF and the crime series STANLEY H. for which he was recognized with a Golden Calf nomination for best actor.
Jonas Smulders (1994) has made over 10 films since his debut in the 2011 TV series, HOW DO I SURVIVE. At the age of 22 he was awarded the Golden Calf Award for Best Actor for his lead role in WE WILL NEVER BE ROYALS, a role which gained him international recognition as well. In 2015, he won the Spotlight European Breakthrough Award at Kilkenny’s Subtitle fest. The International Film Festival Berlin selected Jonas as a Shooting Star 2018, one of ten brightest young European actors.
Katja Herbers is a Dutch actress well-known for her role as ‘Emily’ in the hit series, “Westworld,” opposite Ed Harris. Prior to that, she was series regular for two seasons on the critically-acclaimed series “Manhattan” created by Sam Shaw. Additional television credits include the mini-series “Manhunt: Unabomber,” a recurring role on the final season of “The Leftovers” and the “The Americans.” Currently she can be seen in the lead role on "EVIL", a TV-series for CBS in which Katja plays a clinical psychologist opposite Mike Colter.
Martijn Lakemeier is the youngest Best Actor winner of all time at the Netherlands Film Festival. He received the Dutch film award for his acting debut in Martin Koolhoven's WINTER IN WARTIME (Shortlist Academy Award for best Foreign Film 2010). Ever since, Martijn landed lead roles in many films and TV series, such as in the critically acclaimed series DUTCH HOPE and the box office hit YES I DO. He is playing the lead next to Marwan Kenzari in the feature THE EAST INDIES directed by Jim Taihuttu.
Matteo Simoni (1987) is a multifaceted actor who has quickly become one of Belgium’s most sought-after young talents. Berlinale Film Festival has selected him as Shooting Star 2018, one of ten most promising young European actors. He has showcased his versatility and depth on some of the most successful TV series, films and theatre plays. Most recently, Matteo played the lead role in GANGSTA (2018), by Adil el Arbi and Bilal Fallah (BAD BOYS 3). Upcoming projects are the European TV series COLD COURAGE, the Irish feature THE RACER and the Belgian film ROOKIE.
For his role in the critically acclaimed Dutch film RABAT by Jim Taihuttu (WOLF), Nasrdin Dchar won the Golden Calf for Best Actor at The Netherlands Film Festival. He played the lead role in INTRUDER (2014), which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. Ever since, he played roles in numerous Dutch films and television series. On stage he received critical acclaim for his solo theatre plays OUMI (2012), DAD (2017) and YES (o.t. JA) (2019). Soon he'll take the stage with his new monologue BREATH.
Noortje Herlaar’s role in the critically acclaimed Dutch TV series MOTHER, I WANT TO JOIN THE CABARET earned her the Golden Calf nomination for Best Actress at The Netherlands Film Festival. Shortly after she starred in RAMSES, the winner of the prestigious Prix D'Europe 2014 for Best European Drama Series. For her role in RAMSES she won the Dutch critic’s award TV BEELDEN for Best supporting actor. Currently, she can be seen on stage in LAZARUS, directed by Ivo van Hove.
Next to his Emmy Award Nomination for Best Actor in SKIN, Robert de Hoog is also one of the youngest winners of the Dutch film award, the Golden Calf. He worked with Steven Spielberg on WARHORSE, and played the lead role in LOVE ETERNAL (2013), which marked his first English lead role. On stage, he worked with Ivo van Hove at the International Theatre Amsterdam. Most recently he starred in the Dutch TV series ZUIDAS and MOCRO MAFFIA, and played in Halina Reijn's acclaimed directorial debut, INSTINCT (2019).
Sallie Harmsen (1989) is an award winning Dutch actress. Recent projects include BLADERUNNER 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve, the international series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT directed by Diederik van Rooijen, the Sky Italy show DEVILS directed by Nick Hurran (THE PRISONERS) and THE POSTCARD KILLINGS by Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic. Sallie recently wrapped shooting SEA OF TIME, directed by Theu Boermans, whom she worked with at the National Theatre for many years, and the short film DRAWBACK, opposite Claes Bang (THE SQUARE).
Shahine El-Hamus (2000) is a striking young actor who played a break-out role in Norbert Ter Hall’s DE BELOFTE VAN PISA (2019) for which he received raving reviews. Dutch newspaper Volkskrant named Shahine 'Acting Talent of 2020'. This year, he can be seen in two new TV shows: LIEVE MAMA (Dear Mama) and HET A-WOORD (The A-Word).
Susan Radder (1999) was nominated Best Actress at the Netherlands Film Festival 2016 for her lead role in HORIZON and won the Dutch Critics’ Award TV BEELDEN 2017 for Best Actor. She can also be seen in KAUWBOY which went on to win 13 international awards, amongst which Best Youth Film at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012 and the Young Audience Award at the European Film Awards 2012. She just wrapped the highly anticipated WWII-feature THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE, in which she plays the female lead.
Thijs Boermans came to the scene with his striking performance in the Dutch Film Academy graduation film GAMEBOY (2014). He caught the eye of Dutch film critics, proclaiming him one of the new talents of 2015. Thijs also played the lead role in the controversial TV film THE STUDENT. In 2016, he could be seen in THE HERO, the opening film of the 36th Netherlands Film Festival, directed by Menno Meyjes, and recently in KLEINE IJSTIJD, directed by Paula van der Oest.
Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing could be last seen as a Series Regular on LOVE IS_, a series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network created by Mara Brock Akil. She also costarred in the independent film REALLY LOVE opposite Kofi Siriboe for Charles King's Marco, which has been selected for SXSW 2020.
Aiko Beemsterboer is known for her lead role in the feature film VECHTMEISJE (2018). The film received multiple awards and Dutch press were ravind about Aiko's powerful performance. Last year, Aiko starred in two Dutch films; DE LIEFHEBBERS (2019) and the romantic comedy WAT IS DAN LIEFDE. This year she can be seen in the Dutch TV-series HET A-WOORD and LIEVE MAMA. She is currently filming MY BEST FRIEND ANNE FRANK, in which she plays Anne Frank.
Bobby Boermans (1981) is a Dutch director and producer of films, television series, music videos and commercials. He studied at the Dutch Film and Television Academy and earned his masters degree at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. He directed the successful and critically acclaimed Dutch TV-series MOCRO MAFFIA and the new TV show HIGHFLYERS.
Before making the leap to the big screen, Jelle de Jonge directed many comedy shows on Dutch TV. His first feature film, BON BINI HOLLAND (2015), became a huge box office hit and won the Audience Award at the Netherlands Film Festival. His second feature, LOVE OVER DISTANCE (2017), starring Katja Herbers (WESTWORLD S2), received critical acclaim. Leading Dutch newspaper Volkskrant: “This is the romcom The Netherlands has been waiting for.”
Joost van Ginkel is an award winning director and scriptwriter. His first two short films SAND and KISS together won sixteen international awards in total. His feature film debut 170HZ got selected for the Busan International Film Festival and won the Golden Calf Audience Award at the Netherlands Film Festival. His latest film THE PARADISE SUITE (2015) was the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards 2016 and won Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Movie at the Netherlands Film Festival 2016. Currently Joost is in preproduction on his third feature film.
Mea Dols de Jong (1988) graduated at the Netherlands Film Academy in 2014. She received worldwide critical acclaim for her graduation film IF MAMA AIN’T HAPPY NOBODY’S HAPPY which has won over 27 (international) awards. In 2016 Mea was named one of the “Top 10 Europeans to Watch” by Variety and listed by leading Dutch newspaper NRC as one of 100 most influential people in the Dutch Cultural sector. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected Mea for the class of 2019.
Michiel ten Horn is an award winning director and screenwriter. The prestigious American film magazine Variety listed Ten Horn as one of ’Ten European Directors to Watch’. His debut feature THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END was nominated for the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and for five Golden Calf Awards at the Netherlands Film Festival. His second feature HOW TO AVOID EVERYTHING (OT: AANMODDERFAKKER) was nominated in 6 different categories at The Netherlands Film Festival and won 3 Golden Calf Awards. Michiel directed ARES, the first Dutch Netflix Original series, which launched in January 2020.
Paula van der Oest is an Academy Award nominated director and screenwriter. Her film ZUS & ZO (2001) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2015 her film ACCUSED made it to the Academy Award’s shortlist and her film TONIO (2016) was again chosen as the Dutch entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. Her latest film THE BAY OF SILENCE, with Claes Bang and Olga Kurylenko in the lead roles, is currently in post production. She also directed BBC's THE SPLIT season 2, which launched in March 2020.
Remy van Heugten is an award winning film director who is known for his socially engaged films. His feature SON OF MINE premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Hivos Tiger Competition to rave reviews. The film went on to win many awards, both in The Netherlands and abroad. At the Netherlands Film Festival 2015 SON OF MINE won 4 Golden Calves (alongside 6 nominations) including Best Director and Best Film. Currently he is working on his third feature film MASCOT, which has been selected for Berlinale Co-Production Talent Market 2018.
Sacha Polak is an award winning director and scriptwriter. HEAVEN (2011), her first feature length film, got selected for the Berlinale, FORUM 2012, and won the International Federation of Film Critics Award. Her second feature film ZURICH (2014) premiered at Berlinale 2015 and won the jury award for Best Film of in the FORUM competition. Sacha's first English language feature DIRTY GOD, which she directed and co-wrote, has been selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won Best Director and Best Film at the 2019 Netherlands Film Festival.
Shady El-Hamus (1988) is an award winning Dutch director and screenwriter. Dutch newspaper Volkskrant named him one of three directing talents of 2018. Shady graduated from both The Netherlands Film Academy and the prestigious MA National Film and Television School in London. At the Netherlands Film Festival 2012, Shady was awarded the Dioraphte Award for Most Outstanding Graduation Student of the Year. His short film NIGHTSHADE is the Dutch submission for the Academy Awards 2018. Shady directed and co-wrote his first feature film, ABOUT THAT LIFE (2019).
Tomas Kaan is an award winning documentary maker and film director. In both his documentaries and films he expresses a distinctive visual and experimental style. His first feature film GREENLAND (2015) screened at several international festivals. He co-directed the critically acclaimed Dutch TV series FIGHTER’S HEART (2016) and the family series ZENITH (2017). He's currently working on the Netflix docu series HUMAN PLAYGROUND.