24|03|2017 – THE GROWN-UPS
The Grown-Ups by Maite Alberdi won the audience award for Best Feature Documentary at the Festival International de Films de Femmes 2017.
03|03|2017 – WAITING FOR GIRAFFES
Waiting for Giraffes is selected for the competition program ‘Weten & Geweten’ of Docville 2017 and will be released in different cinemas in the Netherlands beginning in April.
23|02|2017 – WAITNG FOR GIRAFFES
After having its premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival 2016, Waiting for Giraffes by Marco de Stefanis is selected for Movies that Matter 2017.
22|02|2017 – CENTAUR
Centaur by Aktan Arym Kubat won the CICAE ART CINEMA AWARD at the Berlinale 2017.
13|02|17 – THE WINNING GENERATION
The Winning Generation by Marco de Stefanis is selected for ESODocs 2017 – European Social Documentary 2017.
10|02|2017 – CENTAUR
Centaur by Aktan Arym Kubat, premieres tonight at 20:00 at the 67th edition of the Berlinale.
08|02|2017 – I WILL CROSS TOMORROW
I Will Cross Tomorrow by Sepideh Farsi was selected for production support by the Netherlands Film Fund.
24|11|2016 – THE GROWN-UPS
The Grown Ups by Maite Alberdi hat his world premiere at IDFA 2016 and is now selected for the best of IDFA on tour.
17|08|2017 – TOTEM
Totem by got accepted to the BoostNL program at the Netherlands Film Festival 2016
28|06|2016- THE WINNING GENERATION
The new documentary project by Marco de Stefanis, The Winning Generation, was selected for support by Future Docs.
MICHAEL, a short fiction by Francisca Toetenel, was selected for production support by the Netherlands Film Fund.
TOTEM, a family movie in development, written by Bastiaan Tichler and Sander Burger, has been selected for the Children’s Film Co-development Fund, a collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund and MDM.
08|03|2016- NAZIHA’S SPRING
Volya Films is very proud to announce that Naziha’s Spring has been awarded the Dutch “TV-Beelden” for best documentary. Previously, Naziha’s Spring by Gülsah Dogan won the IDFA Audience Award 2014 and was nominated for a Golden Calf in 2015 at the Dutch Film Festival.
18|02|2016- PROBLEMSKI HOTEL is still screening in the Netherlands in eleven cities (Filmladder).
In Belgium it is screening at the Sphinx Cinema in Gent, Cinema Cartoon’s in Antwerpen and Cinema Lumière in Brugge.
26|01|2016- PROBLEMSKI HOTEL, Manu Riche‘s fiction from the novel by Dimitri Verhulst is selected by International Film Festival Rotterdam IFFR, international première on Thursday 28th January, Pathé 2 at 15:00. The same day, Filmhuis Den Haag kicks off the release of the film at 19:00 with a Q&A. Watch the trailer here: Problemski Hotel.
Other screening at IFFR: Friday 29th January, Lantaren Venster 5 at 09:15.
01|10|2015- NAZIHA’S SPRING nominated for the Dutch Film Critics Award at the Dutch Film Festival 2015.
29|09|2015- MEN WHO SAVED THE WORLD selected to represent the Malaysian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2016.
07|09|2015- MEN WHO SAVE THE WORLD received the most nominations at the 27th Malaysian Film Festival and swept 5 AWARDS: Including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Story, Best Child Actor for Rykarl Iskandar and Best Production Design.
01|09|2015- NAZIHA’S SPRING nominated for a GOLDEN CALF for Best Long Documentary at the Dutch Film Festival 2015.
04|08|2015 – FURTHER FESTIVAL SUCCESS FOR THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD
At the closing night ceremony of the 36th Durban International Film Festival on Saturday night 25 July, it was announced that Francois Verster’s film The Dream of Shahrazad won the Best South African Documentary Award.
The jury praised the film for the way in which “the filmmakers pushed themselves beyond their comfort zone, taking mythology and bringing it into the centre of modernity,” and for being “an ambitious film… [that] addresses life post-revolution and what is left after heartbreak.”
“This kind of recognition from the local industry for a film made entirely outside the country is hugely encouraging.”
17|03|2015 – BIG FATHER SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES
Big Father Small Father and Other Stories will be screening at CinemAsia. The screening dates are 2 April at 9.45pm and 4 april at 5.45pm. After the main festival in Amsterdam, CinemAsia goes on tour with a special selection of films throughout the country. Big Father Small Father and Other Stories will be screening in The Hague during the tour on the 18th of April at 1.45pm in “het Filmhuis”. For more information go to CinemAsia.
19|02|2015 – KURAI KURAI – TALES ON THE WIND
We are very proud to announce that Kurai Kurai – Tales on the Wind by Marjoleine Boonstra won the Guimet Prize at the 21st Vesoul Asian IFF.
The Guimet Prize is given by the Society of Friends of the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts in Paris.
19|02|2015 – WHAT THE PRESS WROTE ABOUT BIG FATHER SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES
“Channeling early Wong Kar-Wai and Tsai Ming-Liang, mixed with a touch of French New Wave and Thai arthouse (…) beautifully shot and radiating youthful cool and insouciance (…) Big Father is shot through with desire and nostalgia, and it does capture something about an age of freedom without responsibility, when anything seems possible”
“burnished, exquisitely composed cinematography which exudes a wet, sticky sensuality”
“Intense, lyrical and hypnotic”
14|01|2015 – BIG FATHER SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES
Big Father Small Father and Other Stories by Di Phan Dang premières at 65th edition of the Berlinale and participates to the Competition programme.
18|12|2014 – MEN WHO SAVE THE WORLD
Men Who Save the World by Seng Tat Liew is selected for the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015.
01|12|2014 – NAZIHA’S SPRING
Naziha’s Spring by Gülșah Doğan has won the BankGiro Loterij IDFA Audience Award during the 29th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
19|11|2014 – THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD
Volya Films is proud to announce that The Dream of Shahrazad by Francois Verster will premiere onNovember 23rd, 2014 during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam as part of the Masters program.
30|09|2014 – 40 DAYS OF SILENCE
40 Days of Silence by Saodat Ismailova has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Festival International du Film de la Femme in Sale.
08|09|2014 – KURAI KURAI – TALES ON THE WIND
Volya Films is proud to announce that Kurai Kurai by Marjoleine Boonstra will premiere on September 27th, 2014 in Utrecht Film Festival (Golden Calf Competition 2014).
Kurai Kurai is produced by Volya Films, in co-production with Oy Art (Kyrgysztan), and the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation.
08|09|2014 – BENEATH THE SURFACE
Beneath the Surface written and directed by Alex Debreczeni will be premiering on September 14th, 2014 in Oostende, Belgium.
Beneath the Surface is a Cassette for Timescape production, co-produced by Volya Films. This documentary is supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Canvas, and the Netherlands Film Fund.
11|06|2014 – 40 DAYS OF SILENCE
40 Days of Silence by Saodat Ismailova has received the Golden Alhambra Award at the Granada Cines del Sur Film Festival 2014. Jury members were impressed with the narrative risks taken in the film, stating: “With great formal audacity, the film creates a sensory experience that goes beyond the traditionally visual”.
40 Days of Silence is a Volya Films production, in co-production with Petit Film (France) and Rohfilm(Germany). The film had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum on February 7th 2014.
23|05|2014 – ALIYUSHKA
Adhilkhan Yerzhanov’s new feature film project ‘Aliyushka’ was selected for L’Atelier, part of theCannes Film Festival 2014. Our producer Denis Vaslin, accompanied Yerzhanov during L’Atelier in order to present and promote the new project. On Sunday May 18th, Cannes had a special screening of Yerzhanov’s previous film, ‘The Owners.’ ‘Aliyushka’ is a co-production between Volya Films (The Netherlands), Mandra Films (France) en Kazakhfilm (Kazakhstan).
10|03|2014 – ALIYUSHKA
Our new project, Aliyushka by Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov, has been selected for the Cannes Cinefondation’s Atelier. Yezhanov won the Spotlight: New Kazakh Cinema strand at last year’sInternational Film Festival Eurasia in Almaty.
07|02|2014 – 40 DAYS OF SILENCE/CHILLA
The film has premiered at the Berlinale Forum in Berlin. The film was well received and opened with a packed theatre!
31|10|2013 – SCHULDENAARS RECEIVES FUNDING FROM MEDIAFUND
The documentary SCHULDENAARS by Ingeborg Jansen received funding from Mediafund.
31|10|2013 – DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD RECEIVES FUNDING FROM FILMFUND
The documentary film DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD by Francois Verster, received funding from the Dutch Film Fund.
06|09|2013 – SCREENING PRISONERS OF THE GROUND AT ROSA & RITA
On the 24th of September our documentary PRISONERS OF THE GROUND will be screening at Rosa & Rita in Amsterdam. This screening will take place, during an initiative called ‘TravellingDocs’ that screens Dutch documentaries in the open air.
06|09|2013 – THE HUM OF HOLLAND SCREENING AT OXDOX
On the 29th of October THE HUM OF HOLLAND will be screening at Oxdox Documentary Film Festival in Oxford.
04|09|2012 – PRIVATE FUNDING FOR WAITING FOR GIRAFFES
We’re very pleased to let you know, that over the course of this summer we have received a message, that we will receive funding from a private fund, for our documentary WAITING FOR GIRAFFES by Marco de Stefanis.
04|09|2012 – KURAI, KURAI STARTS POST-PRODUCTION THIS SEPTEMBER
After shooting all of our footage, we can announce that this September the post-production for our filmKURAI, KURAI will start.
02|09|2013 – THE WORLD BELONGS TO US NOMINATED FOR BEST CO-PRODUCTION
THE WORLD BELONGS TO US is nominated for best Co-Production at the Oostende film festival. The Ensors award ceremony will take place on September the 14th.
18|03|2013 – THE HUM OF HOLLAND SCREENS AT FRIESIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Next week the Friesian Film Festival will screen the THE HUM OF HOLLAND on the 23rd and 27th of March. For more info www.sliekerfilm.nl
13|03|2013 – SOLO WINS LEXUS OPERA PRIMA IN MIAMI
SOLO by Guillermo Rocamora won the Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition at the Miami International Film Festival last week.
18|10|2012 – THE WORLD BELONGS TO US PREMIERE!
THE WORLD BELONGS TO US by Stephan Streker will have its Benelux premiere at The International Film Festival Ghent on Wednesday 17 October 20:00 at Kinopolis 1. Attending the first screening will be director Stephan Streker. Before the screening there will be a performance by musician Ozark Henry. Additional screenings at the festival:
Friday 19 October 14:30 Kinopolis 4
Saturday 20 October 12:15 Kinopolis 3
18|10|2012 – ROTTERDAM PREMIERE!
THE HUM OF HOLLAND will have its Rotterdam première on 28 November 2012 20:00 in WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71. The film had a sold out première at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, where the film was selected for the Golden Calf Competition Long Documentary.
15|10|2012 – SHOOTING BEGINS
KURAI KURAI–TALES WITH THE WIND starts shooting 23 October in Kyrgyzstan. D.o.P. is Goert Giltay winner of the Golden Calf for Best Camera at the 2012 Dutch Film Festival.
19|09|2012 – THE HUM OF HOLLAND/HOE LUIDT HET LAND PREMIERE!
Stella van Voorst van Beest’s feature documentary THE HUM OF HOLLAND premieres at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on 29 September at 19:45 in Rembrandt 2.Click here for the program.
12|06|2012 – VIDEO ON DEMAND
Several Volya Films titles are now available for streaming on Ximon. Click here to visit the Volya Films page on Ximon and start watching.
03|05|2012 – BIG THANKS
We would like to give a big thanks to everyone who helped us during our crowdfunding campaign for Marco de Stefanis’ new documentary WAITING FOR GIRAFFES!
01|05|2012 – ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT!
What are you going to do in the next 40 hours? You could help create Marco de Stefanis ans Volya Films’ new documentary WAITING FOR GIRAFFES! Click here to find out more about the campaign and to start supporting us!
18|04|2012 – VISION DU RÉEL
Juan Sebastian Lopez Maas’ film NO ESTOY MUERTO, SOLO ESTOY DORMIDO is having its première this Saturday 21st at 14.30hrs in Nyon, Switzerland where Denis will be present during the screening. This film is made with the Netherlands Film Fund Wildcard programme.
17|04|2012 – CROWDFUNDING
Help us raise money for Marco de Stefanis’ new documentary WAITING FOR GIRAFFES! Click here to find out more about the campaign and to start supporting us!
03|04|2012 – CROWDFUNDING
This week our crowdfunding campaign starts for Marco de Stefanis’ film WAITING FOR GIRAFFES. Click here to become a member of the Facebook page and find out about the campaign.
03|04|2012 – OBERHAUSEN SELECTION
NO ESTOY MUERTO, SOLO ESTOY DORMIDO by Juan Sebastian Lopez Maas has been selected for the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen where it will have its German première. The film is produced with the help of the Netherlands Film Fund WILDCARD programme.
21|02|2012 – VISIONS DU RÉEL
We are proud to announce that ‘No estoy muerto, solo estoy dormido’ by Juan Sebastian Lopez Maas is selected to participate in the International Competition for Short and Mid-Length Documentaries of the 2012 edition of Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. This film has been made with the support of the Netherlands Film Fund Wildcard Programme.
02|02|2012 – VOLYA 2.0
From now on Volya has its very own Facebook-page, search it, click it and LIKE it!
02|02|2012 – POST PRODUCTIONS
Saodat Ismailova’s debut feature 40 DAYS OF SILENCE and Stella van Voorst van Beest’s feature documentary on the Dutch sound landscape HOE LUIDT HET LAND are currently in post-production.
02|02|2012 – A BERLINALE SELECTION
The movie SNACKBAR by Meral Uslu has been selected for the 62nd edition of the Berlin Film Festival and will have its world premiere here. Volya produced SNACKBAR with Lemming Film.
05|09|2011 – FESTIVAL SELECTIONS THE NEW SAINT
The New Saint screens at DMZ Docs in Korea (22-28th September), at Tranzyt Documentary Film Festival in Poland (9-15th October), at Astra Film Festival in Romania (25-30th October) and theArtDocFest in Moscow (2-10th December).
05|09|2011 – VOLYA FILMS AT NFF AND NPP IN UTRECHT
At the Nederlands Film Festival two of our documentaries will be screened. The New Saint by Allard Detiger and Ik ben niet dood, ik slaap by Juan Sebastian Lopez Maas has its premiere at Wildcards. For screening times see NFF website.
Volya Films presents Eeuwige vlam / Eternal Flame at the Netherlands Production Platform during the Holland Film Meeting. A film by Andre van der Hout supported for development by the Netherlands Film Fund.
25|05|2011 – TV PRODUCTION SUPPORT ‘I AM PROUD TO BE A LADY MECHANIC!’
‘I am proud to be a Lady Mechanic!’ received TV production support from the Dutch Media Fund. ‘I am proud to be a Lady Mechanic!’ by Karin Junger about Nigerian women who came to Europe to work in prostitution and now, back in Nigeria, build a new life. The documentary received a development grant from the Netherlands Film Fund and Dutch Media Fund and is co-produced by IKON.
16|05|2011 – SHOOTING HOE LUIDT HET LAND
Documentary Hoe luidt het land by Stella van Voorst van Beest started shooting this month. In a journey through the Dutch sound landscape Stella discovers how sound and behavior are related. Hoe luidt het land is co-produced by BOS (Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation) and supported by CoBo Fund, Dutch Media Fund, Netherlands Film Fund.
11|05|2011 – HONOURABLE MENTION GRANDE HOTEL
Grande Hotel, a documentary by Lotte Stoops, recieves a honourable mention at Hot Docs. According to Hot Docs International Programmer Gisèle Gordon the documentary is a ‘gorgeously photographed elegy and a deeply humanistic reminder of the fragility of power’.
Grande Hotel premiered earlier this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011. The Dutch theatrical premiere will be on the 12th of May at ‘Het Ketelhuis’, Amsterdam.
21|03|2011 – THE NEW SAINT U.S.A. PREMIERE
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival held in Durham – North Carolina will be screening The New Saint. The documentary is selected in the NEW DOCS section.
The festival begins on the 14th of April. For more information about the festival and screening times please visit http://www.fullframefest.org.
17|03|2011 – 40 DAYS OF SILENCE PRE-PRODUCTION
Pre-production for 40 Days of Silence directed by Saodat Ismailova will start this month in Central Asia.40 Days of Silence is supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, Rotterdam Media Fund, Fonds Sud, Fondation GAN, World Cinema Fund, Goteborg International Film Festival Fund, Global Film Initiative and Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab and co-produced by Rohfilm and Petit Film.
Sun 13 March 2011 – Olympion Theater – 14h00
Mon 14 March 2011 – Cassavetes – 18h30
The New Saint is going to be screened at One World Romania Film Festival later this month and will also be represented at this year’s MIP DOC by NPO Sales.
13|01|2011 – VOLYA FILMS AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM 2011
Our Belgian/Dutch coproduction Grande Hotel will have its World Premiere in the IFFR 2011 Bright Futuresection. Bright Future is the platform for filmmakers of the future. “Here, the festival presents the most important, idiosyncratic and adventurous new work by novice makers from all over the world.”
Screening times Grande hotel
Thursday 27/01- 19h30 Cinerama 2 (industry screening)
Saturday 29/01 – 16h30 – Pathé 4
Sunday 30/01 – 15h45 – Pathé 5
Friday 4/02 – 17h00 – Cinerama 1
Screening The New Saint during Made in Rotterdam.
Screening time The New Saint
Wednesday 02/02 – 14h45 – Lantarenvenster 3
07|01|2011 – FESTIVAL SELECTIONS THE NEW SAINT
The New Saint by Allard Detiger selected for Planete Doc (Poland) and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece). Last November the film had its world premiere on the 22nd of November at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2010 (Dutch Competition).
Volya Films is granted Slate Funding by MEDIA Programme for three projects in development.
Bamako does not believe in Tears by Vuk Janić selected for MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010.
Documentaries Hoe luidt het land? by Stella Van Voorst van Beest and I’m Proud to be a Lady Mechanic by Karin Junger supported by Media Fonds.
Starting 19 September we will be shooting in Rotterdam for the Belgian/French/Dutch coproduction Montana.
The Light Thief (Svet-Ake) by Aktan Arym Kubat screened during The 63rd Festival del film Locarno at the Piazza Grande.
Solo by Guillermo Rocamora supported by Hubert Bals Fund Plus summer 2010.
The Light Thief (Svet-Ake) by Aktan Arym Kubat premieres at Director’s Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 2010.
Prisoners of the Ground is selected for the international documentary competition at MARFICI 2010, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Mar del Plata.
Prisoners of the Ground is selected for the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival 2010.
Double Take premieres on the 5th of january at the Filmmuseum located in Amsterdam. National theaterical release will follow on the 21st of january.
Double Take selected for screening at the Sundance film festival 2010.
Double Take receives the Best New Director Award at the 2009 Middle Eastern Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.
Radio interview VPRO De Avonden on two Volya Films productions with directors Stella van Voorst van Beest on Prisoners of the Ground and Sander Blom On Looking For Faces In The Clouds, listen here.
40 Days of Silence supported by World Cinema Fund.
Prisoners of the Ground in competition at TIRANA film festival 2009.
Prisoners of the Ground director Stella van Voorst van Beest talks about her most recent documentary with Matthijs van Nieuwkerk in De Nederlandse Film Festival talkshow on OCT 1st 2009. Watch the broadcast here.
Prisoners of the Ground (Gevangenen van de Grond) CLOSING NIGHT FILM Netherlands Film Festival 2009 within the Competition for Best Long Documentary.
Transit Dubai in Competition Best Long Documentary Netherlands Film Festival 2009.
On Looking for Faces in the Clouds in Competition Best Short Documentary Netherlands Film Festival 2009.
Jack, the Balkans and I selected for Netherlands Film Festival 2009.
Transit Dubai will be premiering on TV with NPS, 2 July on Nederland 2 (Dutch public TV).
Jack, the Balkans & I will be having its TV premiere in IKON’s Holland Doc section, 9 July on Nederland 2 (Dutch public TV channel).
Transit Dubai has screened at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2009 in Vancouver.
Los viajes del viento (Wind Journeys) has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Un Certain Regard).
Independencia has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Un Certain Regard).