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IJswater


Amsterdam based IJswater Films was founded in the mid nineties by producer Marc Bary. With a focus on new, as well as established talent, IJswater (‘Icewater’) develops and (co)produces high quality feature films (a.o. Golden Globe Nominee/Cannes Critic’s Choice THE POLISH BRIDE), shorts (a.o. Berlinale Golden Bear Winner CONTACT), documentaries (a.o. IDFA selected BRIDGING THE GAP) and television drama (a.o. FIPA Winner ANVERS). Several short youth fiction films, youth documentaries (Kids&Docs) and children’s series have been produced with the public broadcasters, like ABI (finalist for the Prix Jeunesse). The company has (co)produced 15 features, such as DEEP by director Simone van Dusseldorp (Winner Best Film & Best Actress Geneva Film Festival), SKIN by Hanro Smitsman (Golden Calf Award Best Actor & International Emmy Award Nomination for lead actor Robert de Hoog) and the Irish/UK picture HEADRUSH by Shimmy Marcus (Miramax Script Award). At IFFR 2010 WIN/WIN premiered, the debut by Jaap van Heusden (Prix Genève Europe Script Award, Winner ‘Best Actor’ Brooklyn Film Festival); the film was selected for 25 International Film Festivals (Special Jury Mention Mannheim-Heidelberg). On May 22, 2011 the Belgian co-production with Epidemic, 22ND OF MAY was released in the Benelux, the 2nd film by Koen Mortier (Toronto Selection, Winner Leeds Film festival). In October 2011 LOTUS, a 1st film by Pascale Simons was released by Benelux Film Distributors after its successful premiere at the Netherlands Film festival (Nomination Best Actor Award/Nomination ‘Best Film’ by the Youth Jury). Other recently released films include the single plays ENTRE NOSOTROS (official FIPA 2012 selection) and MIDSUMMER NIGHT, the shorts FOR OBSERVATION and BYE (Selection Leuven Film festival), and the children’s short PAPA’S TANGO (Competion programme Berlinale Generation Kplus 2012). Currently in development a.o.: SUPERNOVA by Tamar van den Dop in coproduction with Revolver Rotterdam and German Coin Film, PARADISE TRIPS by Belgian talent Raf Reyntjens with Rabbit/Caviar, 3 new pictures by Jaap van Heusden and PLONK!, a youth feature film by Boris Paval Conen, supported by the Netherlands Film Fund. Currently a new short by Remy van Heugten is taken into production, as well as Jaap van Heusdens new feature film DNW. *see for more info of IJswater Films: www.ijswater.nl * IJswater Films is: Marc Bary graduated at the Dutch Film & Television Academy in 1993 and post graduated at the Binger Film Lab. He was co-founder of the NFTVM/VERS, now the largest association for young filmmakers in the Netherlands and a member of the Dutch Producers Guild. He has been advisor for the Amsterdam Arts Fund and the Rotterdam Art & Culture Institution. He is a visiting lecturer at the Dutch Film Academy and is advisor of faaam, the film/tv-actors education programme of the Amsterdam Media College. In 2010 and in 2011 he was juror for the International Emmy Award selection committee for European TV drama. Eline van Hagen is working for 2 years at IJswater Films as assistant producer and project coordinator. Besides trainees, freelance script editor Katja Draaijer is part of IJswater team (Franz Roderkircher Script Workshop, Binger Film lab) and freelance producers Floor Houwink ten Cate en Maarten van de Ven.

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Lotus

Film
Film
Original Title (If different): 
Lotus
Language: 
Dutch
Production country: 
Netherlands
Running time (In minutes): 
102
Theme: 
not specified
Category/Format: 
Digital / DVD
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
Production year: 
September, 2011
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Pascale Simons studied Film- en Television science at the University of Amsterdam and Directing at the Dutch Film Academy.

Since 1999, she directs films, commercials, television- series and –shows and made a little journey in theatre with the successful and comic theatre production ‘The Naked Truth’. This diversity of projects suits her very much.

Filmography
YOU 2 (TV film, 2001)
KINKERSTRAAT (TV film, 2006)
IN LOVE (TV film, 2008)
NIGHT SHADE (TV film, 2008)
LOTUS (feature film, 2011)

Prizes & Awards
YOU 2:
HBO Audience Award for Best Women’s Short at the ONE IN TEN Film
Festival in Washington DC, Audience Choice Award for OUTstanding Narrative Short Film at OUTFEST in LA
Audience Award for Best Short at the Portland LGBT Film Festival
Audience Choice Award for Best Girl’s Short Film at The Film Festival of Seattle.
Silver Rabbit Award for Best Foreign Short Film at The Festival Mix Brazil in Sao Paolo
Expresso Audience Award at De Roze Filmdagen in Amsterdam
Best Women’s Short at the Long Island GL Film Festival
Second Prize at the Berlin Lesbian Film Festival

Film director: 
Pascale Simons
Producer: 
Marc Bary
About the Producer: 
Marc Bary graduated at the Dutch Film & Television Academy in 1993 and post graduated at the Binger Film Lab. He was co-founder of the NFTVM/VERS, now the largest association for young filmmakers in the Netherlands and a member of the Dutch Producers Guild. He has been advisor for the Amsterdam Arts Fund and the Rotterdam Art & Culture Institution. He is a visiting lecturer at the Dutch Film Academy and is advisor of faaam, the film/tv-actors education programme of the Amsterdam Media College. In 2010 and in 2011 he was juror for the International Emmy Award selection committee for European TV drama.
Screenplay: 
Philip Delmaar
Editing: 
Peter Alderliesten
Film photographer: 
Micha Douwes
Sound: 
Eddy de Cloe
Music: 
Pequisite & Renske Taminiau & Jasper Slijderink
Art Director: 
Harry Ammerlaan
Costume: 
Sanne van Deursen
Cast 1: 
Monic Hendrickx
Cast 2: 
Jack Wouterse
Cast 3: 
Georgina Verbaas
Cast 4: 
Chris Zegers
Cast 5: 
Raymond Thiry
Film synopsis: 
The daughter of a mother who wants to die, a disabled soccer player, a family man with a double life, a hip couple in their thirties and a broken family with an autistic son. They all live in one city. And in the next 24 hours , they will be more connected than they think. A painful and loving look at the complexity of loneliness in the Netherlands. LOTUS is a rare cinematic experience that challenges audiences to question their own loneliness and that of others. Diving headfirst into the harsh individualistic reality of a big city, this film investigates fear, loneliness and love from multiple perspectives. No one seems safe in the battle for happiness. And no one is immune to the hidden pain of individualism and anonymity that causes loneliness and changes lives. The lotus is a water plant that grows from the mud towards the light. The lotus effect is the phenomenon that occurs when dirt lands on the leaf of a Lotus: It won't stick. This self-cleaning feature is due to the numerous small bumps on the leaf.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $1 Million
Actual Budget: 
€950000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Digital - other
Format Ratio: 
1:1,85
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
HD CAM
Number of reels: 
N/A
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Netherlands Film Festival 2011

Awards received: 
Best Supporting Actor at the Netherlands Film Festival 2011: Joris Smit
Film distribution
Theatre: 
Already Secured
TV: 
Already Secured
Video: 
Already Secured
International: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
For World Sales: Contact IJswater Films
Address: 
Kromme Mijdrechtstraat 110/4 1079 LD Amsterdam The Netherlands
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
IJswater Films
publicity address: 
Kromme Mijdrechtstraat 110/4 1079 LD Amsterdam The Netherlands
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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