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NFF 2022: Videoland Academy

23 September 2022

Film still: Dormis

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NFF 2022: Videoland Academy

23 September 2022

On Sunday 25 September, three mid-length films will premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival – the second batch of films to come out of the IFFR-backed Videoland Academy. This round’s chosen theme was ‘modern fantasy’ and the results are full of magic, horror, time travel and dark secrets. Dormis, Op Tijd Terug and Black Magic Girl are the three selected films from the next generation of young genre makers.

“Videoland Academy is a unique initiative”

Mylène Verdurmen (Head of Drama, Videoland): “We proudly present the second edition of the Videoland Academy within the ‘modern fantasy’ genre. These new titles, from a new generation of makers who can't wait to share their creative ideas with a wide audience, show just how many talented new filmmakers there are in the Netherlands. Videoland Academy is a unique initiative aimed at making genre films, offering new makers the opportunity to develop and gain experience in the Dutch professional film and series industry."

Read more about the titles below. 

Dormis

An exhausted man checks into a stylish sleep clinic. A dark secret turns his stay into a nightmare. 

Screenplay: Sarah Offringa & Sander van Dijk
Directed by: Iván López Nuñez
Producer: Kepler Film
Cast: Jeroen Spitzenberger, Nyncke Beekhuyzen, Liz Snoijink, Poal Cairo, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Juda Goslinga and Alex Naber.

Read more via Netherlands Film Festival

Op Tijd Terug

Self-proclaimed fuck-up Olivia discovers she can travel in time, giving her the chance to win back the love of her life. Will she succeed? Time will tell.

Screenplay: Inge Sonderen
Directed by: Janne Schmidt
Producer: Millstreet Films
Cast: Julia Akkermans, Steef de Bot, Freek Bartels, Tibor Lukács, Fockeline Ouwerkerk, Marcel Harteveld, Sabri Saad El Hamus, Inge Sonderen and Eddy Terstall

Read more via Netherlands Film Festival 

Black Girl Magic

When an insecure Surinamese girl persuades her friend to introduce her to the world of dark magical powers, it has unanticipated consequences for their friendship. 

Screenplay: Sergei Groenhart
Directed by: Giancarlo Sanchez
Producer: NewBe
Cast: Stephanie van Eer, Shanaya Dap, Yannick Jozefzoon, Ziarah Janssen, Maikel van Hetten, Sanguita Akkrum, Dylan Jongejans and Joshua Boots

Read more via Netherlands Film Festival

Film still: Black Girl Magic

Film still: Op Tijd Terug

Film still: Dormis

Videoland Academy is a talent development programme for young genre filmmakers with commercial potential. With Dutch streaming service Videoland as the destination, IFFR collaborates with International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) and Dr. Script to take projects from idea to reality.

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