IJswater Films

Marc Bary, Steven Rubinstein Malamud, Roddia Rumahloine
Kromme-Mijdrechtstraat 110-4 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
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Producing films for over 20 years by emerging or established talent, IJswater Films (‘Icewater Films’) is one of the stable operating film- and television production companies in the Netherlands, when it comes to developing and (co-)producing proven high quality cross-over and arthouse titles. Started out with THE POLISH BRIDE (Cannes Critics Choice, IFFR Audience Award, Golden Globe Nomination), THE 14th CHICK (Hany Abu-Assad’s feature film debut), HEADRUSH (Irish/UK coproduction) and later on SKIN (Emmy Award Nomination), WIN/WIN (Prix Genève Europe Script Award), 22nd OF MAY (Belgian coprod, Toronto IFF), THE NEW WORLD (Emmy Award Best Actress), SUPERNOVA (Berlinale Generation 14plus), or more recently PARADISE TRIPS (Winner Best Flemish Film/Youth Prize) and AS IF I’M CRAZY (Best Narrative Feature Award Footcandle IFF USA). September 2017 released through Paradiso Filmed Entertainment: IN BLUE by Jaap van Heusden (Winner Best Narrative Feature Award Austin IFF, Roma Filmfest, Capetown IFF, India Filmfestival Goa, Film by the Sea Festival/Official Opening Film, world sales by WIDE). IJswater produced 50 shorts, like CONTACT (Winner Berlinale Golden Bear), AMOR (Uppsala, Leuven, Madrid fests 2017) and TV drama, like ANVERS (Winner FIPA D’or), ENTRE NOSOTROS (Winner FIPA D’argent). Also for the youth; PAPA'S TANGO (Berlinale K-plus), ANOUAR & THE MOON (Winner TIFF Kids Jury Award), SAMMY PARAMARIBO (Chicago Children’s IFF), EVI & CO (preschool series, 2017) and documentaries like BRIDGING THE GAP (IDFA) and NAVY MIDS. Several new feature fiction projects in development, like BEYOND THE BLUE BRIDGE BY Isabel Lamberti (Torino Lab 2017, selection BOOST! Cinemart 2018), IN ALASKA, the new film by Jaap van Heusden, RAVAGE by Marcel Visbeen and THE WONDROUS JOURNEY OF LITTLE SOPHIE (animation/life action by Roel & Berend Boorsma, Cartoon Movie 2017). February 2018 in premiere: THE HEART OF HADIAH TROMP, a telefilm by Erik de Bruyn and in production: FREE FIGHT (single play, 45’) and French spoken short L’ÉTÉ ET TOUT LE RESTE, both by new director Sven Bresser.


In Alaska
Director/writer: Jaap van Heusden. Co-production: Volterra Group (NL), Caviar (BE), Gearshift Films (CA), backed by Netherlands Film Fund | Within the International Context Programme. Status: in development/financing (1st draft script available in February 2018). Sort: Feature length film, English spoken. Genre: drama.

Aim at market: co-producers, sales agents, distributors (world rights available)

Woody, a seventeen year old boy from a tiny village in Alaska, is so depressed he wants to end his life. Instead he does something epically stupid: he shoots the oil pipeline that crosses the state and overnight becomes a most wanted criminal, hunted by special agent James Tarheel. While he has to run for his life, he’s learning for the first time what it truly means to be alive.

The gripping story of In Alaska has the necessary elements and cross-over potential to reach an international audience; urgent, headstrong, cinematographic and stylish with a twist. The film will be shot entirely on location in Alaska and Canadian territories.

It is Jaap van Heusden’s fourth feature length film after Win/Win (Prix Europe for Best Screenplay, 45 film festival selections), The New World (International Emmy Award Best Actress, 50 festival selections on all continents) and In Blue (2017, Narrative Feature Award Austin Film Fest, festival selections a.o.; Roma Filmfest, Goa).

Beyond the blue bridge
Director/writer: Isabel Lamberti (AMOR opening night film Forum section Netherlands Film Festival) & co-writer Lenina Ungari (also AMOR). Selected for Boost NL 2017 and guest project at Torino film lab pitching event 2016. Co-producer: Tourmalet Films, Spain/Madrid.Status: in development/ financing (‘skeleton’ script available in February 2018). Sort: Feature length film, Spanish spoken. Genre: fiction. Backed by NL Film Fund & Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

Aim at market: co-producers, sales agents, distributors (world rights available).

While the uncertainty rises over the continuity of the illegal Madrilenian district La Cañada Real, the film follows the daily life of members of a Spanish gypsy family, each member struggling in their own way with their life in transition and their sense of belonging.

Beyond the blue bridge (working title) is a film, set in an existing gypsy community that is under threat of being relocated. The family Gabarre Mendoza are ‘real’ members of this existing community. The approach of working with non-actors and a documentary aesthetic, combined with small fictionalized storylines, places the film within the neo-realistic tradition.