VOLYA FILMS – established in 2004 – is a Rotterdam based company producing author fiction films and creative documentaries, mainly as international co-productions.
VOLYA FILMS produces author driven movies that look at unexpected subjects or look at known subjects from an unexpected angle, both fiction and documentary. VOLYA FILMS productions are original, in their style or approach. VOLYA FILMS wants to produce films with a poetic view on the harshness of the world driven by personal choices in the big frame of current circumstances and world history.
Recent films are THE OMISSION by Sebastian Schjaer (Berlinale Panaroma 2018), A PERFECT GAME by Robbert So Kiem Hwat (Nederlands Film Festival), MICHAEL by Francisca Toetenel (Nederlands Film Festival 2017, debut competition), I KNOW YOU ARE THERE by Thom vander Beken (world premiere Visions du Réel 2017, Special Mention First Film), CENTAUR by Aktan Arym Kubat (world premiere Berlinale Panorama 2017), WAITING FOR GIRAFFES by Marco de Stefanis (IDFA 2016, Movies that Matter 2017).
Volya Films is a member of the EAVE, Eurodoc, Binger and EDN networks. Denis Vaslin is a member of the European Film Academy and the Documentary Producers Netherlands. In 2011, he created Mandra Films in France. He is also member of the Produire au Sud pedagogical team from the 3 Continents Festival in Nantes/France.
Denis Vaslin graduated from the department of Slavic Culture & Languages of the Institute of Oriental Languages in Paris in 1994. After five years of working as a distributor and then for a production company in France, he moved to The Netherlands. From 1999 until 2004, he worked as a production coördinator/manager and as a line producer.
Denis started Volya Films in 2004 to produce and co-produce author fiction films and creative documentaries. The company develops projects with young directors and more experienced filmmakers mainly in the frame of international co-productions. Denis is a graduate of the Binger Lab in 2004, EAVE 2006 and EURODOC 2007.
Previously, she was Director of the FORUM for international co-financing of documentaries at IDFA in Amsterdam – the largest and most prestigious international documentary market in the world. She started her career working for International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Festival a/d Werf – a festival for experimental theatre. After two years of alternating between these two festivals, she took up a fulltime position at the IDFA where, among other things, she co-organised the yearlong documentary script workshop. From 1998 until 2000, she was co-ordinator of the Jan Vrijman Fund, which gives financial support to documentary filmmakers from developing countries. In 2007 she worked for Doc/Fest in Sheffield where as Industry & Marketplace Director she set up MeetMarket – the new international marketplace in the UK for independent documentary projects in development. She is a graduate of the Eurodoc programme for documentary producers and is a tutor for Doc Station at the Berlinale Talent Campus.