Talents | Directors

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actress | writer | director

Halina Reijn

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. 

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actor | director

Jonas Smulders

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. He is currently on set of the first Dutch Netflix film BLACK NIGHT directed by Shady El-Hamus. 

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Bobby Boermans

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.

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Jelle de Jonge

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.”

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director | scriptwriter

Shady El-Hamus

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).

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