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. His recent projects include two seasons of FIGHTER'S HEART, the Dutch sumbission for the International Emmy Awards 2016, the TV series BLACK TULIP, the Dutch feature films THE FURY (DE HELLEVEEG) and THE MATCHMAKER. Next up is the international dramaseries HEIRS OF THE NIGHT and Dutch TV series THE NEIGHBORS.
One of Europe's most celebrated actresses, Carice van Houten is perhaps best known for her lead roles in Paul Verhoeven's award-winning BLACK BOOK, Bryan Singer's VALKYRIE opposite Tom Cruise and as 'Melisandre' in HBO's hit series, GAME OF THRONES. She can be seen in BRIMSTONE, this year's Dutch Oscar entry. Recent projects include Brian de Palma's DOMINO, INSTINCT and THE GLASS ROOM.
Gaite Jansen is considered one of the most promising Dutch young acting talents of her generation. Her performance as a deaf teenager in the groundbreaking 2011 drama 170HZ, earned her nominations for Best Actress at the Seattle Film Festival and the Netherlands Film Festival. Gaite worked with internationally renowned theatre directors such as Ivo van Hove and Simon Stone. She is making the leap to the global stage with her roles on BBC’s PEAKY BLINDERS S3, LINE OF DUTY S4 and the upcoming Cinemax show JETT.
Halina Reijn is the winner of multiple awards in film, television and theatre. She starred in the Oscar nominated film ZUS & ZO, in Paul Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK and Bryan Singer's VALKYRIE. She works with internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove at the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, performing their plays all over the world. Most recently she starred in OBSESSION, opposite Jude Law. She can be seen in the new Swedish series CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE, and is making her directorial feature debut with INSTINCT.
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 (Alles is Liefde), as well as the immensely popular TV series DIVORCE. He is internationally best known for his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film TWIN SISTERS. Recently he played lead roles in A REAL VERMEER, a biopic about notorious Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren, the Dutch TV series FLIGHT HS13 and SUSPECTS, and on stage in VENUS IN FUR.
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.
In her home country The Netherlands, Katja Herbers is treasured for the diversity of her talent. She has played major roles on screen as well as in the theatre. She plays one of the leads on Thomas Schlamme’s MANHATTAN and a recurring role on FX’ THE AMERICANS season 3. Recent credits include HBO's THE LEFTOVERS and tv series MANHUNT: UNABOMBER and the feature WEG VAN JOU in which she plays the lead. Currently, she can be seen in the 2nd season of HBO's hitseries WESTWORLD.
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 HOLLANDS HOOP and the box office hit YES I DO. He is playing the lead next to Marwan Kenzari in the feature THE EAST directed by Jim Taihuttu.
Marwan Kenzari is an award-winning Dutch actor. The Hollywood Reporter listed him as one of '15 International Break Out Talents of 2016'. This fall, he can be seen in the lead role in the Netflix spy drama, THE ANGEL. In 2019, he can be seen in Guy Ritchie's ALADDIN, in which he plays the iconic role of 'Jafar'. Recent projects include MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, opposite Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Cruise's THE MUMMY and THE PROMISE with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.
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. He is perhaps best known in Belgium for playing ‘Smos’ on the hit comedy series SAFETY FIRST (2013-15) and CALLBOYS (2016). Most recently, Matteo played the lead role in GANGSTA (2018), by Adil el Arbi and Bilal Fallah, the directors of the critically acclaimed BLACK (2015). Matteo will be seen next in the Belgian TV show THE FLEMISH BANDITS (2018).
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 JA (2019).
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. Recent projects include the feature films IN MY FATHER'S GARDEN and THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD, the TV series DR. ANNE’S MEN and THE TWELVE OF OLDENHEIM.
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. Robert is a member of the internationally acclaimed Amsterdam Theatre Group. Most recently he starred in OBSESSION by director Ivo van Hove, opposite Jude Law, and the Dutch TV series ZUIDAS and MOCRO MAFFIA.
In 2012, Sallie Harmsen graduated from the prestigious Maastricht Theatre Academy, generally considered one of the best drama academies in Europe, being awarded ‘Most promising graduation student’ by a jury of Dutch casting directors. She received two Best Actress nominations at the Netherlands Film Festival. She played one of the lead roles in 2015’s Oscar shortlisted courthouse drama ACCUSED, directed by Paula van der Oest. On stage, she performed in many plays, most recently the title role in JOAN OF ARC. Recent projects include BLADE RUNNER 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, the international series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT, and upcoming international series DEVILS, directed by Nick Hurran (THE PRISONERS). She just wrapped THE POSTCARD KILLINGS, by Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic.
Shahine El-Hamus (2000) is a very talented young actor. This year, Shahine is playing a lead role in Norbert Ter Hall’s DE BELOFTE VAN PISA. He starred in VALS (2019), CHIMERE (2017), SUSPECTS (2017) and MOUNA'S KEUKEN (2015). Shahine was a regular on DE VLOER OP JR. and SR., an improv acting show where actors have to improvise a scene before a live studio-audience.
Susan Radder is one of the most promising young actresses from the Netherlands. She 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.
Thijs Boermans recently 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 this year in KLEINE IJSTIJD, directed by Paula van der Oest.
Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing first came to the scene in 2013 with the lead role in the Dutch film THE PRICE OF SUGAR, the opening film of The Netherlands Film Festival 2013. Immediately she got awarded with a Best Actress nomination for The Netherlands' most important film award, the Golden Calf. She's making a leap to the global stage with her role in the new dramedy LOVE IS_ for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, which aired in 2018. Next up is MACRO's romantic drama REALLY LOVE.
Antoinette Beumer is a Dutch director and writer. Both her debut feature film THE HAPPY HOUSEWIFE, with Carice van Houten in the lead role, and her second film, LOFT, starring Barry Atsma and Marwan Kenzari, were awarded with the prestigious Platinum Film Award. It’s the first time ever for a director to win two Platinum Films in the same year. Her award winning film JACKIE premiered at TIFF, and she scored a huge box office hit with SOOF. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, MY DAD’S AN AIRPLANE, was released in January 2018. The film rights have been optioned to Topkapi Films, with Antoinette set to direct and write the screenplay.
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 recently directed the successful and critically acclaimed TV-series MOCRO MAFFIA and his movie ROFFA (2013) was nominated for the Prix d’Europe.
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 writing 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 is currently working on ARES, the first Dutch Netflix Original series.
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 YOUNGER DAYS (OT: DE KLEINE IJSTIJD) has its international premiere in October 2017 at Chicago International Film Festival. Her latest film THE BAY OF SILENCE, with Claes Bang and Olga Kurylenko in the lead roles, is currently in post production.
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.
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 his first feature film, ABOUT THAT LIFE, which will be released in June 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).