IJswater Films

Producer / Managing Director: Marc Bary
Producer: Steven Rubinstein Malamud
Project Supervisor/Office Coordinator: Roddia Rumahloine
Junior Producer: Eva van Dorland
Kromme Mijdrechtstraat 110-4 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
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For over 20 years Amsterdam based IJswater Films (‘Icewater Films’) is one of the stable operating film- and television production companies in the Netherlands, when it comes to developing and producing proven high quality features, such as; THE POLISH BRIDE (Golden Globe Nomination, Cannes Critics Choice), HEADRUSH (Ireland/UK/NL, Miramax Script Award), SKIN (Emmy Award Nomination), WIN/WIN (Prix Genève Europe Script Award, 45 festival selections), 22nd OF MAY (BE/NL, TIFF selection), THE NEW WORLD (Emmy Award 2014 Best Actress), SUPERNOVA (NL/GER/BE, Berlinale Generation 14plus, Winner Grand Prix Film Festival Xining), PARADISE TRIPS (BE/NL, Winner Best Flemish Film/Youth Prize), AS IF I’M CRAZY (Winner Jury Award Best Film, Noida IFF 2017). IJswater Films produced 50 shorts, like CONTACT (Winner Berlinale Golden Bear) and newest short film title AMOR (available for sales). Also TV drama, like ANVERS (Winner FIPA D’or), ENTRE NOSOTROS (Winner FIPA D’argent) and feature length documentaries like; BRIDGING THE GAP (IDFA selection) and NAVY MIDS. For the youth a.o.: PAPA'S TANGO (Berlinale K-plus), ANOUAR & THE MOON (Winner TIFF Kids Jury Award), KI (Winner Best Film Boston Kids Festival 2017) and miniseries SAMMY PARAMARIBO (Chicago Children’s FF, TIFF Kids 2017). Our newest feature film, IN BLUE by Jaap van Heusden (NL/BE/RO, Winner HFM work-in-progress award 2016), will be released this Autumn by Paradiso Films. Various new exiting projects are being developed like, BEYOND THE BLUE BRIDGE (Isabel Lamberti, Torino Lab 2017), THE WONDROUS JOURNEY OF LITTLE SOPHIE (animation/life action by Roel & Berend Boorsma, Cartoon Movie 2017), RAVAGE (Marcel Visbeen) and IN ALASKA (Jaap van Heusden).

CURRENT PROJECTS

IN BLUE

Status: completed, screener available. Release Benelux: Autumn 2017 (distributed by Paradiso Films). Winner HFM Work-in-progress Award Netherlands Film Festival 2016. Feature length; English, Dutch and Romanian spoken, 102 minutes. Genre: drama. Writer and director: Jaap van Heusden (Win/Win, The New World). Cast: Maria Kraakman (Schneider vs. Bax, My Queen Karo, Guernsey), Bogdan Iancu (A Farewell to Fools, Omega Rose), Line Pillet (Little Black Spiders, Paradise Trips). Co-producers: Caviar Belgium, Public Broadcaster NTR. Service/line producer: Strada Film Romania. Supported by NL Film Fund/Production Incentive, VAF Belgium/Tax shelter, Creative Europe MEDIA.

Aim at market: sales, distribution, buyers, festivals (foreign rights outside Benelux available)

When a fortysomething Dutch flight attendant named LIN has to help deliver a baby in mid-air, it leaves her off kilter. In the emotional aftermath she meets NICU (15), who’s living on and under the streets of Bucharest, and gets involved in a confusing mother/lover relationship with him.

Feature film by Jaap van Heusden, who's first feature length film was Win/Win, Winner Prix Europe Best Screenplay and selected by 45 film festivals, like IFFR (Bright Future), Brooklyn Film Festival (Winner Best Actor), Mannheim-Heidelberg (Special Jury Mention). His 2nd feature length telefilm The New World, Winner International Emmy Award 2014 Best Actress, was selected by 50 film festivals on all continents, a.o.: IFFR, Washington DC International Film Festival (Winner SIGNIS Award), Melbourne Film Festival (Runner up Award), International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (Special Mention International Jury), Braunschweig Film Festival (Heinrich Prize Best Film), Ourense International Film Festival (Winner Best Film/Best Director).

THE WONDROUS JOURNEY OF LITTLE SOPHIE

Status: in development/financing. Selected for Cinekid/Berlinale Script Lab and Cartoon Movie 2017. Genre: children/ family drama (period). Feature length 3D Computer/Live action. Writers/directors: Roel & Berend Boorsma (Milo; Opening Cinekid FF, Special Jury Award Giffioni FF). In coproduction with Pellicola Film (NL) and Public Broadcaster AVROTROS, backed by NL Film Fund.

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

Based on the internationally acclaimed children’s book by Els Pelgrom, this is the story of terminally ill seven-year-old Sophie, who has a strong will and a curious spirit. One night her dolls come to life to stage a play called: What Life Has To Offer. Sophie decides to join and she and her cat are swept into the world of her toy theatre. During her adventures she loses her friends to the temptations of life. All alone, her fear of being a misfit becomes a reality and she ends up in a home for failed children. There, Sophie finds the strength to reunite her friends and save her favorite rag doll from the gallows, sacrificing herself in the process. Sophie's parents grieve over their loss, but Sophie's resilient spirit triumphs; reunited with her friends once more, she sets off on an endless journey.