KALA-A-ZAR film shoot completed

The film shoot for the artistic feature film KALA-A-ZAR by visual artist Janis Rafa has recently been succesfully completed in Greece. Editing will commence soon. A teaser of KALA-A-ZAR has already been made by Janis Rafa.

Kala-a-zar describes of a place that cannot sustain animal life any longer. In a big city somewhere in the south of Europe, a couple takes care of dead animals and abandoned roadkill as an act to give meaning to their life. Kala-a-zar is a meditation on the paradox of life-circles among beings of different species. A film about existence, on the boundaries between living and dead, human and non-human.

The film was selected for De Verbeelding (“Imagination”) 2016, a collaboration between The Netherlands Film Fund and the Mondriaan Fund. The film is a co-production with Athens-based production company Heretic. The film is also financially supported by the The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Abraham Tuschinskifonds and Greek Film Center.

Grant awarded to LEONIE

Last December the Netherlands Film Fund made a positive decision about our grant application for Leonie, the new film by Annette Apon. Dutch public broadcaster NTR has also expressed interest in the new version of the scenario. That means that the film, further supported by EYE Filmmuseum and the crowdfunding campaign, can finally be made.

Director Annette Apon is busy finalizing the lists of film material from the archives of EYE that will form the basis of this extraordinary story about the Dutch double agent Leonie Brandt. Hugo Naber is involved in the project as junior producer. On behalf of SNG Film Hugo will take part in the Rotterdam Lab 2019 during the CineMart at the IFFR and will also take part in the Visitors Programme of the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2019.

Release HIGHWAY NL expected in the autumn

In September of last year filming ended for the feature documentary HIGHWAY NL. Director Ben van Lieshout and editor Jan Ketelaars have successfully completed the editing. The release is expected to be in autumn this year.

Highway NL is a cinematographic ode to, but also an elegy on the phenomenon of the ever-growing highway infrastructure in the Netherlands; a poetic and biting road movie about the intriguing and fascinating world on and next to the highway.


TANZANIA TRANSIT by Jeroen van Velzen is now available on DVD. The DVD includes English subtitles and can be ordered via SNG Film.

The film has won the award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The jury praises the cinematography by Niels van Koevorden. The world première took place at Tribeca where the film was selected for the Documentary Competition.

TANZANIA TRANSIT is also internationally available on the following streaming platforms (please note that the film is not available in a select number of countries):
Google Play

A last Mohican

The world premiere of the short documentary A last Mohican, a portrait of filmmaker, producer and teacher Rolf Orthel, took place at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.

On November 26 there will be a screening of this film in EYE Film Museum. Prior to this, the short documentary ‘Slochteren aan de lijn’, made by Rolf in 1964, will be shown. After the screening there will be a Q&A by Leo van Hee with Rolf Orthel and Tom d’Angremond.

4 films on IFFR Unleashed

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has recently launched its own online VOD platform: IFFR Unleashed. The films that have previously been shown at the festival can be viewed seperately or with a monthly or yearly subscription. This is also true for 4 films produced by SNG Film.

It concerns the films After the Tone, One life is not enough, Wavumba and Winter Silence.
The films are now live on the platform (see the links below).


KEEPING & SAVING or how to live

The documentary KEEPING & SAVING or how to live by Digna Sinke can still be seen in Dutch film theatres.

The world premiere of the film was held at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 30. KEEPING & SAVING or how to live is produced by De Familie Film & TV, in cooperation with VPRO televisie.

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CHESTNUT TREE can now be seen on Vimeo

The experimental documentary by Marieke van der Sloot from 2010 THE CHESTNUT TREE AND THE RIVER can now be seen in its entirety on Vimeo.

The film shows the developments in a landscape from the perspective of a chestnut tree. In 2010 the film won the Silver Sierra Film Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival.

The DVD of THE CHESTNUT TREE AND THE RIVER can also be ordered via the SNG Film webshop.

EGG (Danniel Danniel, 1988) finally out on DVD

Due to the digitalisation of the short film EGG in honour of the Outstanding Achievement Award at Film Festival Oostende for Johan Leysen, it was possible -better late than never- to release a DVD of the special film that in 1988 was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. The DVD can be ordered in our webshop.

DVD ECHO THE NOW available now

The DVD of the artistic experimental film Echo the Now by visual artist Anet van de Elzen is available now. The film is expected to be released in various museums and galleries in the beginning of next year.
SNG Film has predominantly been involved in the post production of the film.

A woman looks back on her life, in search of the essence. Visual artist Anet van de Elzen portrays this through her performances. All lessons in life are ultimately about eliminating secondary matters.

In development

THE LOST LETTER, the feature film by Peter Delpeut and scriptwriter Stan Lapinski, has received a grant from The Netherlands Film Fund for script development. The film is inspired on the life of conductor Willem Mengelberg.

Willem Mengelberg was once a brilliant conductor, but between 1940 and 1945 he was lost in the extramusical reality of war and Nazism. Sequestered in the Swiss Alps he is surrounded by three women yearning for his love and attention. All three try to support him in his fight against the demons from his past. Music is ultimately the only thing he has.