Ridder Marie

Knight Marie
A Short film by Minka van Arnhem
Crowdfunding teaser: 
funded project
donated of €4.750
days to go

Project Information

About the project
LOCKLINETen-year-old Marie has Down Syndrome and tries to guard herself against the mean boy next door.


Insecure Marie (10) has Down Syndrome and likes to pretend she is a knight with her dog Daisy. Marie wants to be friends with Jesse (12), the tough kid from next door. When Marie finally plucks up the courage to go talk to him and accidentally knocks his new phone out of his hand, and the phone breaks, he gets mad at her. Jesse takes Daisy from Marie and he won’t give back Daisy unless Marie figures out a way to fix his phone. But with even her mother is too busy to help her, Marie has no one to fall back on but herself. Luckily, she finds an unexpected ally.


Standing up for yourself is the central theme of Knight Marie. This film is about being resilient, about facing your fears instead of hiding from them. Knight Marie will show elements of friendship, looking closely to your loved ones and being open to special encounters.


Director Minka: “When I was in primary school there were no lessons in becoming resilient. I think it is important to let children know that nobody deserves to be bullied and that you can learn to stand up for yourself. I chose to let the main character have Down Syndrome because I often see children being bullied because of their appearance. In addition, I think it is important that we work on an inclusive film industry. That is why, in realizing this film, we involve both an actress and a crew member with a disability."


With this film we take on the challenge of working with a special cast and crew. We strive to give them the opportunity to shine in the film industry. Besides these special members of our cast and crew, we also work with a dog. This makes our film extra special!

Where do we stand now?

The script is locked and we almost have the whole cast and crew together. We have two fantastic child actors: Marie and Menno who play the roles of Marie and Jesse. The dog will be portrayed by Djinnie also known from the films of Mees Kees. These three are shown in the teaser above. We have an amazing location in the forest near Bunnik (The Netherlands). All we need now are the financial resources.The film will be shot in February 2019 followed by the premiere at the start of June 2019.

What can you do for this film?

Your donation will help us to make the best film possible. By sharing this crowdfunding page on Social Media and also by telling people, we will reach the largest amount of people. Please feel free to share this crowdfunding page! We thank you in advance! Of course we are open to any other kind of sponsoring. Please contact: Renée van der Ster (r.vanderster@gmail.com).

What happens to the donated money?

Most of the money from the donations will be used to rent equipment, buy clothes and props and to pay for catering. All the members of the cast and crew are volunteers. We are all extremely motivated to tell this special story.

About the Director

Minka van Arnhem works as a teacher in special education. In addition, she will soon graduate as a fiction film director from the Amsterdam Film School. Knight Marie will be her graduation film and directing debut.


Follow Knight Marie on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RidderMarie/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riddermariefilm/

Quote that inspired the maker

Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.
Martin Scorsese