Studio Nieuwe Gronden -presently SNG Film- was founded on October 22 1979 out of the legendary film collective Amsterdams Stadsjournaal (ASJ). While the ASJ made social-political films, Studio Nieuwe Gronden focused on auteur films. From 1979 to 2001 René Scholten was the driving force behind Studio Nieuwe Gronden. After his death in 2001 Digna Sinke took over his work. SNG Film still wants to produce idiosyncratic films. That can be both documentary or feature film (or everything in between). Important is the involvement the filmmaker. It is not only about the certain urgency in which someone wants to tell something, but also the chosen form in which it is told. International co-production can be a way to initiate, in good cooperation, exceptional artistic films.
Digna Sinke (producer SNG Film)
Born in the village Zonnemaire, in the province of Zeeland. In 1972 she graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam with the short film “Greetings from Zonnemaire”. Besides being producer at SNG Film, she is also director of documentaries and feature films. Her film “De Stille Oceaan” was shown in the competition programme in Berlin (1984). Her feature film “Belle van Zuylen” won the Grand Prize at the festival of Mannheim in 1994. For fifteen years she followed the developments on the small island of Tiengemeten that was transformed van agricultural area to nature reserve. Her documentary “Wistfull Wilderness”, the last part of this long-term project, won the prize for best documentary at the FIFE festival in Paris (2010) and in Freistadt. Her feature film “After the tone” was selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014. Her documentaries “Below the surface” and “Keeping and saving or how to live” (both produced by De Familie) were nominated for best feature documentary (Netherlands Film Festival 2016, 2018).
Hugo Naber (Executive/delegated producer SNG Film)
Hugo Naber (Woerden, The Netherlands 1978) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, NL) as a graphic designer. Fascinated by film during his creative career, Hugo made two short fiction films. At SNG Film, Hugo works as an executive producer / delegated producer on the development of two new fiction films: “Mengelberg” (Annette Apon) and “De Witte Flits” (Laura Hermanides). He is also involved in two documentaries: “Long Live the King” by director Kees-Jan Husselman, and “Wasted Beauty” by Lex Reitsma.
Maria Koevoets (accounting)
Maria came to work at SNG Film on June 2002 as accountant. She has had a passion for numbers since she was young.