Ebony Obsidian (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Jefferson White (How To Get Away With Murder)
Director / Storywriter - NIELS BOURGONJE
SWIPE will be Niels' (lucky) thirteenth short film. His previous shorts were screened all over the world, winning numerous awards. BUDDY was selected by sixty-five festivals, including Palm Springs International ShortFest and the Seattle International Film Festival, BRIDGE' has won ten awards, TURN IT AROUND has fifty selections and counting and his latest SKOGAFOSS has been selected for forty film festivals and has won eight awards. Not bad for a DIY filmmaker who never went to filmschool. He often shoots outside of his home country The Netherlands. 'Skogafoss' was shot in Iceland and Deserted in Los Angeles. He is very fortunate to have worked with the very best actors in the Netherlands, like Golden Calf winners Anneke Blok, Martijn Lakemeier, Catherine ten Bruggencate and Issaka Sawadogo.
Producer - STEFFIE VAN RHEE
Steffie is a Dutch documentary filmmaker and producer located in New York, where she earned a graduate degree in Documentary Media Studies at The New School. Dedicated to amplifying female narratives she is often found working on projects focusing on women’s issues or driven by a strong female creative team. She’s one of the producers of Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen’s NETIZENS (Tribeca 2018), a documentary about online harassment & women. Before that, Steffie worked for various Dutch production companies including De Familie Film & TV and ROSE stories. Currently, she is a member of New York Women in Film & Television and one of the co-founders of #girlcrew collective, an internationally based all female artist collective. Her newest production AT ALL COSTS, directed by Juul Op Den Kamp, will be broadcast by the Dutch broadcaster VPRO on the 26th of March.
Intro 'At All Costs'
Screenwriter - PAUL BONTENBAL
Paul Bontenbal graduated the Dutch Film Academy and has since written numerous short films. His graduation film CAVITIES won the Pathé Tuschinski Award and was shown all around the world.
He has worked with Niels on several projects like ORDER, PEACE & QUIET and DESERTED, which was filmed in California. Their latest short film TURN IT AROUND is a positive coming out story that has been selected by 50 festivals and won 3 prizes.
His most known achievements are BALLS, the Shortcutz best film winner of 2016, and the film SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX, which was shown at more than 90 festivals and has accumulated around 35 prizes. Once again this is a story surrounding the LGBTI+ theme.
Trailer: 'Something About Alex'