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 film THE FURY (DE HELLEVEEG) and one episode of GODFORSAKEN!, in which he plays the impressive role of Dennis. Benja is currently on set of a new film.
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. Most recently she wrapped Brian de Palma's DOMINO.
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. She is making the leap to the global stage with her role on the third season of BBC’s PEAKY BLINDERS and LINE OF DUTY. Gaite worked with internationally renowned theatre directors such as Ivo van Hove and Simon Stone.
Georgina Verbaan is much appreciated for the diversity of her talent. She is an actress, singer and published her first book 'Loze Ruimte' in 2016. She received critical acclaim for her role in the film THE SURPRISE, directed by Oscar winnner Mike van Diem. This performance won her the Golden Calf for Best Actress at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2015. Georgina is set to play Kitty in the second season of tv series KLEM, for which she recently received the 'Golden Notekraker' for Best Television Actor.
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 Amsterdam Theatre Group, performing their plays all over the world. Most recently she starred in OBSESSION by director Ivo van Hove, opposite Jude Law. She will be seen next in the Swedish series CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE.
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 (Amsterdam, 1994) has made over 10 films since his debut in the 2011 TV series, HOW DO I SURVIVE. At the age of 22 he wasawarded 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’sSubtitle 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 found on the set of the 2nd season of HBO's hitseries WESTWORLD.
Korneel Evers is a Dutch comedian and actor, known for his improvisational skills. He plays one of the leads in International Emmy Award winning children's movie Rabarber. Korneel can also be seen in numerous films and television series such as THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING and ICARUS. His most recent productions include the International Emmy Award winning children's movie RABARBER, and Dutch comedy series FATHERS & MOTHERS.
On the back of his critically acclaimed portrayal of iconic Dutch singer songwriter Ramses Shaffy in the TV series RAMSES, Maarten Heijmans quickly rose to fame in his home country The Netherlands.
For this role, Maarten was awarded the Dutch Golden Calf 2014 and an International Emmy Award 2015 for Best Actor. The series itself won the international Prix Europe 2014 for Best European Drama. He plays the male lead role in the feature WEG VAN JOU that premieres in October 2017.
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 both seasons of the critically acclaimed series HOLLANDS HOOP and the box office hit YES I DO and ADIOS AMIGOS.
Marwan Kenzari is an award-winning Dutch actor. The Hollywood Reporter listed him as one of '15 International Break Out Talents of 2016'. He recently wrapped the Netflix spy drama, THE ANGEL, and is set to play the iconic role of 'Jafar' in Guy Ritchie's ALADDIN. Kenzari recently wrapped MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, opposite Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. He stars in COLLIDE opposite Nic Hoult and Felicity Jones and THE PROMISE with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. Prior to that, he wrapped THE MUMMY opposite of Tom Cruise.
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). Matteo will be seen next in the TV-series THE GANG OF JAN DE LICHTE (2018) and GANGSTA, the new film by Adil el Arbi and Bilal Fallah, the directors of the critically acclaimed BLACK (2015).
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) and DAD (2017).
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.
Before the age of 22, Sallie Harmsen received two Best Actress nominations at the Netherlands Film Festival. In 2012 she graduated from the prestigious Maastricht Theatre Academy, being awarded ‘Most promising graduation student’ by a jury of Dutch casting directors. She played one of the lead roles in 2015’s Oscar shortlisted courthouse drama ACCUSED, by director Paula van der Oest. Recently she could be seen on stage in the title role in JOAN OF ARC. Next up she can be seen in BLADE RUNNER 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve and the Dutch TV series VOETBALMAFFIA.
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 is currently developing his first feature film.
Stefan de Walle is the two-time winner of the Arlecchino, the most prestigious Dutch theatre award, for Best Male Supporting Role. Stefan can be seen in numerous Dutch films and television series. For his lead role in THE MARATHON he received a Best Actor nomination at the Netherlands Film Festival as well as a Rembrandt Award nomination, the Dutch audience award.
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 is currently shooting in Atlanta.
Antoinette Beumer (1962) is a Dutch director and writer. Both her debut feature film THE HAPPY HOUSEWIFE (2010), with Carice van Houten (GAME OF THRONES) in the lead role, and her second film, LOFT (2010), starring Barry Atsma (BBC’s THE SPLIT) and Marwan Kenzari (ALADDIN), 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 (2012) premiered at TIFF, and she scored a huge box office hit with SOOF (2013). Her debut novel will be released early 2018. Film rights are already optioned, with Antoinette set to direct.
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.
Kees van Nieuwkerk studied directing and script writing at the Met School in London. Both his first feature film, PAK VAN MIJN HART (2014), and his second film YES, I DO! (2015) were box office hits. His latest work includes TV series ALL-IN KITCHEN (2016) which aired on RTL.
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.
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.
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.
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. Currently Sacha is working on her new film JADE, an English language feature set in London.
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).