Rotterdam Films

Rijneke & van Leeuwaarden


Rotterdam Films
Producers Mildred van Leeuwaarden & Dirk Rijneke

Rotterdam Films is an independent production company founded by Dirk Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden. It produced and co-produced more than 45 documentaries and fiction films mainly for cinematic release.
They worked with directors from all over the world like Béla Tarr, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Carlos Reichenbach and Mrinal Sen.
Their core-business is to support directors; emerging talent as well experienced filmmakers, whose perspective and approach don’t result in a middle-of-the-road film, but will be a proof of original and interesting auteur cinema intended for an international audience.

In the works/ in post-production is the international coproduction Hier (Yesterday) by award winning director Balint Kenyeres, starring well-known Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). The film will be released in 2018.

Award winning director Ricky Rijneke’s second feature The Hunter’s Son is in development.
The Hunter’s Son was selected for Script&Pitch of the Torino Lab, The Toronto Talent Lab and for The Sam Spiegel Film Lab Jerusalem 2017.

Rijneke’s first feature Silent Ones received great critical acclaim. The film premiered in Tiger Competition at the 42th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Silent Ones was selected for competitions of many major and independent film festivals, such as T-Mobile New Horizons, Festival International de Films de Femmes de Creteil, Mostra de Sao Paulo, Sarajevo FF, Moscow, Toronto, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles. It won 11 awards out of 15 nominations.

In development is Memory House, first feature by Brazilian director João Paulo Miranda Maria. His short was selected for the Official Program of Cannes 2016, where it won the international jury’s Special Jury Prize.
Feature Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008, winner 7 Edda’s) a co-production with the Icelandic production company Blueeyes Productions and Bavaria Film was selected as Iceland’s Oscar entry for best foreign film. The remake by Universal entitled Contraband became USA box-office hit nr1 in 2012.


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