Shriejan Paudel (Zoetermeer, 1990) started making films relatively late. In 2009 he moved to Amsterdam to study at Faaam (Film Actors Academy Amsterdam) and starred in the feature film Stuk (Steven de Jong, 2014). Soon Shriejan noticed that he was only casted for stereotypical roles. Partly because of this, the ambition to direct grew. Shriejan wants to make films from a new perspective because he feels that there are not enough stories told about Dutch people with a non-Western background. These stories are also Dutch stories. In addition to his studies, he is also doing an internship at HALAL Amsterdam.
Ashanti Vreden (Amsterdam, 1994) started writing poems and plays as a teenager. For her, film is a dynamic medium that is constantly in motion and adapts to the time in which it moves. Besides writing scripts, she is also a creative director for music videos, makes short films with her handycam and is currently doing an internship at HALAL Amsterdam. As a screenwriter, Ashanti is enthusiastic about stories that are socially urgent and diverse, because she thinks there are still many stories that need to be told from an original / innovative perspective.
Idris Bakker (Almere, 1998) discovered her passion and ambition for film during the preparatory course of The Netherlands Filmacademy. In her second year she produced the short film Moffenmeid (Raymon Hilkman, 2019), which was embraced by NPO 3LAB and has won international awards. She did an internship at Lemming Film to further develop in the field of script development and writing international applications. As a producer, Idris is looking for films that go against the grain and does not refrain from challenging experiments.
Thomas Spiekhout (Eindhoven, 1999) is a creative entrepreneur who is always looking for new challenges. With film as a medium, he would like to use his entrepreneurial mentality to tell stories. Aside from his study, Thomas produced a few shortfilms (Delight, 2018; Eredaad, 2019; Kinderen Zeggen Wat Ze Denken, 2021). He was an intern at N279 Entertainment, where he's worked on Quo Vadis, Aida? (Jasmila Žbanić, 2020). His ambitions are endless and that makes him study every aspect of film carefully before committing to one. During his graduation year, he will focus on impactproducing, distribution and financing.
Siemen Versloot (Montfoort, 1996) started working with video programs to make short films as a little boy. The ambition to make increasingly beautiful films and to tell stories got him at the Nederlandse Film Academie. Here he got to know various positions within the industry in no time and has been working as a freelancer since 2016. Due to a fascination for workflow and technology, he specialized in post-production and did an internship at Feverfilm. After this, he already coordinated the post-production of several graduation projects of 2020. He wants to provide makers with a place where they won’t let any ambition stop them from telling a story.
Yavuz (Katwijk, 1998) is a Dutch-Turkish cinematographer born in Ankara, Turkey. The passion for film began at 8 years old when he made lego-videos with the phone from his parents. At 14 years old he knocked on the door of the local broadcasting station to get some professional experience, which he later followed up with an internship at SBS6. After working with television, he made a first step towards working on film and began a study at the Graphic Lyceum Rotterdam. Ever since that moment his life was a rollercoaster, after some short films and music videos he shot his first feature film Silent Storm, produced by Paul Ruven. He also got accepted to the Cinematography class at The Netherlands Filmacademy, Ever since he was a kid, he wanted to end up in Hollywood, and to this day he inches closer to that goal.
Annelot de Boer (Rotterdam, 1998) noticed at a young age that she gravitated towards discovering the fictional worlds of books and movies. When it became clear she herself could be at the forefront of creating those alternative universes, she decided that was what she wanted to do. She started at the Netherlands Filmacademy (Production Design) in 2017 and hasn’t changed her mind ever since. Her enthusiasm grew realizing how telling diverse stories can help people understand and embrace the world we live in.
Kino Haverkom (Amsterdam, 1998) always knew that he would end up working in visual design, but that he would be working in film became clear to him when he followed the orientation curriculum at The Netherlands Filmacademy. He has loved working on many projects since, such as setdressing for graduation film Harmonia (Thom Lunshof, 2020), production designing Morfine (Leon Golterman, 2017) and the third-year-film Wolven (Lisette Vlassak, 2020). Kino has done an internship as assistant setdresser with Sander Leemans and also interned with the art department of the series The Spectacular (Willem Bosch, 2021, production design by Wilbert van Dorp). Kino’s strength lies in his diversity, because he is able to embrace and work with various styles. He hopes to keep improving this skill in the future.
Anouk Boef (Amersfoort, 1996) has had a fascination for film from a young age. In particular, by the movie sets, the decor and how the characters dress. During her Production Design study, her love and feeling for costume and styling has grown steadily. So big, in fact, that she decided to fully specialize in costume design in her third year. In the summer of 2019 she did an internship with costume designer Bho Roosterman and assisted with projects such as ‘Het Geheime Dagboek van Hendrik Groen', ‘Dit zijn wij’ and 'Van der Valk'. In addition to having done research, she often works on instinct, but also draws inspiration from daily life. Creating a character while trying to break through a stereotype, is something that makes her field interesting and where she likes to challenge herself.
Manel Fornells (Paris, 1998) is a young composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Amsterdam (Nederland). Born in Paris (France) and raised in Andorra la Vella (Andorra), he began his musical journey from quite a young age listening to a lot of different music and being already quite analytical about it. Although he first picked up an instrument in his teenage years, he quickly learned how to play the drums and taught himself guitar, piano, percussion, etc. After having been awarded the degree of Bachelor in Arts with Honours and ending up being 1st of his promotion, he began a Master in Music (MMus) in Amsterdam and specialized in "Composing for Film” collaborating with the Netherlands Filmacademy. Furthermore, he has scored some horror and comedy short-films, documentaries and have some credits in the advertisement industry (cf. promotional video featuring Francis Perez, for the Artist Network Program of the surf clothing brand RVCA). He has also played as a drummer for musicals arranged by Alexandre Fortuny (“Rent” and “The Book of Mormon”) and recorded the drums for an EP released in 2018.
Bas Gijzen (Haarlem, 1994) has been engaged in making different types of music for years now, and a passion for sound has arisen from this. This, combined with a love for film, brought him to the Netherlands Filmacademy. In addition to this year's graduation films, Bas is involved in various projects outside of school, on top of which he’s doing an internship at Studio Vermaas in Amsterdam.
Jordy Pijper (Aalsmeer, 1996) started discovering different art forms at a young age. His interest in film and photography quickly took over. After shooting his own images, he found his passion in editing and ended up at the Netherlands Filmacademy. His perfectionism and urge to continuously improve himself both substantively and technically go hand in hand.Due to his musical experience, as a film editor, he is always looking for a suitable rhythm and desired feeling within the film. He also finds the psychological aspect of editing and its emotional effect on an audience particularly interesting. He considers it most important to create stories that can teach people something about themselves or their environment. In order to shape a narrative as solid as possible, he loves to puzzle with all the elements he’s given. In addition to his studies he has done an internship with several editors of DC25.
Franca Wisselink (Delft, 1999) started making films relatively late. In high school Franca discovered a passion for making videos on several assignments. Meanwhile, Franca began to take an interest in digital art (drawings and artworks made in the computer) and began to experiment with it. In the fifth grade, Franca discovered the profession of VFX artist and attended an open day of the Netherlands Filmacademy. At the NFA Franca has specialized in VFX supervision, VFX coordination and compositing. In the third year, Franca did an internship at Planet X and has worked on productions such as ‘Vliegende Hollanders’ and ‘Klem’. As a VFX supervisor, Franca is looking for challenging VFX productions and stories that address topics that need to be told.
Michael van Dalen (Maassluis, 1998) is a creative person with a great passion for telling stories. From childhood he was already busy drawing and capturing stories in his drawings. The ambition to capture stories eventually took him to the Nederlandse Film Academie, where he now translates the stories of others using VFX, where he also creates his own stories on the computer. Nowadays he is fascinated by making simulations and creating environments. The motivation for his work mainly comes from discovering the unknown and wanting to transfer it to film through VFX.