VOLYA FILMS – established in 2004 – is a Rotterdam based company producing author fiction films and creative documentaries, mainly as international co-productions.
Recent films are CENTAUR by Aktan Arym Kubat (world premiere Berlinale Panorama 2017), WAITING FOR GIRAFFES by Marco de Stefanis (IDFA 2016, Movies that Matter 2017), THE FREE MARKET by Marleine van der Werf(Nederlands Film Festival 2016), THE GROWN-UPS by Maite Alberdi(IDFA 2016), 80% DISABLED by Mari Sanders(Teledoc Campus NFF 2016) and BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER & OTHER STORIES by Di Phan Dang (world premiere Berlinale Official Competition 2015).
In production is MICHAEL a first film by Francisca Toetenel.
Currently, we are developing projects with a.o, Finbarr Wilbrink, René Hazekamp, Tatjana Bozic, Marco de Stefanis, Sander Burger, Raya Martin, Ellen Vermeulen, Sepideh Farsi and with Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov.
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.
Marijn van der Ploeg is in her third year audiovisual design at the Willem the Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. During her studies she got more and more interested in documentary filmmaking. At Volya Films she will work as a production assistant on several projects, fiction and documentary, in different stages of production.