Ariane Schluter is widely regarded as one of Holland’s finest actresses. She’s the only actress to win the prestigious Theo d’Or, the highest honour in Dutch theatre, two consecutive years. In 2014, she was nominated for Best Actress in a feature film for her leading role as Lucia de B. in Accused. Accused was long listed for the Academy award for Best Foreign Language Film. Ariane ended up winning a golden calf the year after (2015) for her role in the TV movie Een goed leven directed by Aaron Rookus. This role also gave her de TV-Beelden for Best Leading Acting in television.

Ariane graduated from the renowned Theater Academy in Maastricht and has performed with the top theatre companies in the Netherlands. From 2007-2014 she was an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theatre. She played leading roles in Medea, Strange Interlude, Dangerous Liaisons, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters, and Friday, to name a few.

Her screen breakthrough came with the adaptation of the stage play 06, directed by Theo van Gogh. In addition to playing the lead, she also co-wrote the screenplay. Ariane was awarded the Great Jury prize at the 1994 Dutch Film Festival. She went on to work with Alex van Warmerdam on The Dress, Little Tony, Waiter and Borgman and was also seen in The Stowaway, Johan, 06/05, Terug naar de Kust and the award-winning films The Marathon and Matterhorn.

On television Ariane was seen in the series Noord Zuid and Zwarte Sneeuw and in the made-for-television movies such as Polonaise, Cop vs. Killer and De Prijs van de Waarheid.

Besides her activities as an actress, she is an ambassador for the non-profit organization Oxfam Novib.

If you would like to know more please visit: http://www.arianeschluter.nl/

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‘Why Shortcutz?’ She loves stories about people told by people choosing to tell them with so much eagerness and love in all different kinds of possibilities film offers.

Claire van Daal is a film programmer at the Netherlands Film Festival. After her studies at Utrecht University (Netherlands Modern Literature and Film Studies) she began her career at the Netherlands Film Academy. Her main tasks concerned student counseling and curriculum development for almost twenty years. After four years at the Theatre Faculty of the Utrecht School of Arts, she started at the Netherlands Film Festival.

During her career she was also a member of the film department of the Council for Art (which became the Council for Culture) and advisor for Dutch Cultural Media Funds and Netherlands Film Fund.

She also was a jury member at festivals and is now proud to be one at Shortcutz.
Besides film and the world around her, her family, literature and cats make her happy.

If you would like to know more please visit: http://www.filmfestival.nl/

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Eddy Terstall debuted his first film Transit in 1992. He started Political Science and Sociology studies at the University of Amsterdam, but didn’t finish. He follows politics closely and considered joining the political world at one point.

His 2004 film Simon won four Golden Calves and is said to be the first instalment from a series of three films focusing on freedoms: death, sexuality and rule of law. The other two were Sextet (2007) and Vox Populi (2008).

Terstall’s first collaboration with Erik Wünsch resulted in Meet me in Venice, World Cinema Award at Woodstock Film Festival for Best Foreign Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Roberta Petzoldt) and the second in Eddy’s upcoming film: Alberta, set to be released this year.

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“I think the challenge for filmmaking now and for the future can be found in sharing. Sharing experience, sharing knowledge, ideas etc. I think Shortcutz Amsterdam is about sharing.”

Harmen Jalvingh is a (creative) producer of documentaries. He has worked on more then 30 documentaries in the past 18 years, at international, national and regional level. He has accompanied and counselled many filmmakers – both those experienced and those starting out – through the process of making their film. He worked for different production companies in the late nineties and for the Dutch broadcaster VARA.

From 2004 until 2014 he has also worked as a creative producer for Bonanza Films in Amsterdam on many (award winning) documentaries. Recently he worked on the film ‘Parts of a Family’ (2013), by Diego Gutierrez, which was awarded with a Golden Calf for best feature documentary, and ‘FC Rwanda’ (2013), which premiered at IDFA. He has also worked with Coco Schrijber on ‘Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies’ (2008), which was also awarded with a Golden Calf and was narrated by John Malkovich. Other recent films he has worked on include: ‘The Price of Heaven’ (2012, nominated for a Prix Europa), by Jack Janssen, ‘The Potato Eaters’ (2011), by Arno Hagers, ‘Daughters of Malakeh’, (2011) by Jet Homoet and Sharog Heshmat Manesh and ‘Last Words’ by Lieshout, Hagers and Van Brummelen, a film about and with Michel Houellebecq. Iggy Pop composed the music for his film, later to be released as the album ‘Preliminaires’.

Harmen is currently working for KeyDocs.

If you would like to know more please visit: http://keydocs.nl/

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During his International Law Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Doense started his career in film as a critic and a journalist, and founded the Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, which he ran until 2008. Over the years Jan has organized many other film related events, including the notorious Night of Bad Taste and the Halloween Horror Show, earning him the nickname “Mr. Horror”.

In the meantime Jan has produced and directed several short films and three feature length films. In 2009 he founded his production company House of Netherhorror, where he developed four feature length film projects with financial support from the Netherlands Film Fund. The first of these – THE POOL – was shot in 2013 and released in 2014 to critical acclaim.

When Jan left the Imagine festival in 2008 he was made a knight of the Order of Orange Nassau on the grounds of his contributions to the Dutch film sector.

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Jan Harlan joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for a film on Napoleon, which was unfortunately abandoned.

He later was executive producer for all Kubrick films such as The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, Barry Lyndon and worked on other unrealised projects with Stanley Kubrick.

After Kubrick’s death in 1999 he worked with Steven Spielberg on “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and made documentaries on Stanley Kubrick and the actor Malcolm McDowell for Warner Bros.

Born in Amsterdam on 23rd November 1950 and having majored in English Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam, 1976, Jeroen Koolbergen has worked as as a journalist, writer, translator, publisher and bookseller.

He made a documentary portrait, together with Ad ’s Een kettingzaag voor het verleden, NPS, Het Uur van de Wolf, première IDFA 1997) and joined Cadenza Films bv as manager in March 2000. Produced, together with international fil Snapshots, the film is a romantic comedy starring Burt Reynolds, Julie Christie, Carmen Chaplin and Pierre Bokma. (Directed by Rudolf van den Berg, 2001).

He has also developed several documentary and feature film projects with support of the European Media Program and the Dutch Film Fund. He produced, together with San Fu Maltha (Fu Works), the feature film Tirza, after the bestseller by Arnon Grunberg, with Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Sylvia Hoeks, Johanna ter Steege, Nasrdin Char. (Directed by Rudolf van den Berg, 2010). Tirza was the Dutch entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film 2011.

Together with San Fu Maltha and Reinier Selen he produced the feature film Süskind, an epic war drama, based on true events, with Jeroen Spitzenberger, Karl Markovics, Nyncke Beekhuyzen, Katja Herbers, Nasrdin Dchar. (Directed by Rudolf van den Berg, 2012). Süskind was sold to the US, China, Japan, Italy, Germany, Australia, New-Zeeland, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

In collaboration with René Mendel, he produced a 90’ documentary on the life and work of the esteemed but controversial Dutch film maker Louis van Gasteren, Hamartía. It premiered in November 2014 at the Idfa in Amsterdam andwas broadcast on Dutch television (NTR). Together with Fu Works and Rinkel Film, Jeroen produced A real Vermeer, Rudolf van den Berg’s upcoming film starring Jeroen Spitzenberger which is set to be released in 2016.

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“I hope to see some good inspirational works by filmmakers. I think there are a lot of talented people working out there so this is a chance to see a lot of work. Ever since I was a kid I have loved movies (especially 70’s cinema) and have read as much as possible about the subject.

I don’t vividly follow Dutch cinema but there are a couple of really good films out there such as , Soldier of Orange, Spetters, The Assault, Abel, Karakter and De Tweeling. I think the Dutch film industry should also focus on a couple of more unconventional gutsy films. It has been playing it a bit too safe for my taste (But so has the American Film Industry).”

He started out as a graffiti artist in the early 80’s and worked as an illustrator and comic book artist throughout the 90’s when he progressed to street poetry.

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“Great feature films or fresh and important developments in some national film industries have often been preceded by daring, surprising and creative shorts. I hope to be surprised, touched, fascinated by the shorts presented in Shortcutz Amsterdam and I am hoping, in particular, for creative shorts which are remarkable both in form and in content.”

Rene Wolf (1963) studied political science and communication in Nijmegen. He worked in Filmhuis Arnhem as a volunteer (1985-1988) before starting to work at the film museum. Since 1988 he has worked in several positions at the film museum, now EYE, mainly in publicity, programming and distribution.

If you would like to know more please visit: www.eyefilm.nl

Roel Reine was born in The Netherlands, and with his first theatrical feature ‘The Delivery’ he won The Golden Calf (the Dutch equivalent to an Academy Award) for Best Director. In 2005 Roel Reine moved to Los Angeles and has now directed an impressive slate of 16 feature films for studios such as Universal, 20thCentury Fox, Sony and Lionsgate, as well with independent international producers. Roel is also the Director of Photography on all of his movies.Roel Reine is known by fans, critics and Hollywood studios as one of the best modern action directors around today. Some of his latest movies include, The Man with the Iron Fists 2, (with RZA), SealTeam Eight (shot in Africa for 20th Century Fox), Dead in Tombstone (with Mickey Rourke for Universal a VOD hit), and two very popular Death Race prequels, with Sean Bean and Ving Rhames.

His latest movie Admiral, a.k.a. Michiel de Ruyter, an epic historical Dutch language movie, had a very successful theatrical release and is still breaking records. One out of every 20 Dutch citizens went to the cinema to see the movie. The movie tells the story of a 17th Century Admiral, Michiel de Ruyter, who protects the Dutch population from a civil war between two political factions while defeating English armada in massive sea-battles.

If you would like to know more please visit: http://www.roelreine.com/

“I think short films are a very accessible media. They were never considered important enough. First of all because you can tell a lot from the first steps of a filmmaker. They are very difficult to make, it’s like building a very tiny house – it’s a great exercise. And then, honestly, a lot of feature length films should have been shorts, because they take forever telling a thin story and they send me to sleep.”

Rutger Hauer (1944, Breukelen) was a bit rebellious during his teenage years, running away to work on a freighter at the age of 15. Rutgers career choices ranged from sailor to poet, and he even dropped out of acting school to join the Army, but he soon quit and went back to learn more about his craft.

Rutgers acting career was launched in 1969, when he took the starring role in Paul Verhoeven’s popular TV Show, Floris, but he didn’t catch the attention of American audiences until the 1980s, when he appeared in Nighthawks (1981) with Sylvester Stallone, and became notorious by playing fan favorite Roy Batty, a murderous replicant in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), where he delivered one of the most impressive improvisation moments in the history of cinema.

He also managed to capture a few hearts in the medieval fantasy
Ladyhawke (1985) playing Captain Navarre, a mysterious man who travels the countryside with his true love, Lady Isabeau.

Taking on a very different acting role that same year, Rutger terrorized C. Thomas Howell — and audiences — as a psychotic drifter in The Hitcher where he also did his own dangerous stunts, which led to more action-adventure films like Wanted: Dead or Alive and Blind Fury. Hauer also garnered critical acclaim in 1988 for his role in The Legend of the Holy Drinker (Golden Lion winner, Venice Film Festival), which won him the Best Actor award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Rutger continued to act in both TV and film over the next several decades, scoring a memorable role in Sin City (2005) as the evil and corrupt Cardinal Roark, and again poked fun at himself – and the grindhouse action genre – as the “Hobo” in Hobo with a Shotgun, a 2011 film based on a fake trailer made by Director Robert Rodriguez. He also plays Abraham Van Helsing in the Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s version of Dracula (2012).

In addition to his impressive acting resume, Hauer founded the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, an AIDS awareness organization.

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Tygo Gernandt is known for his impressive and diverse roles in films such as Van God Los (his legendary role was crowned with a Gouden Kalf for Best Actor), Het Schnitzelparadijs (for which he won a shared Gouden Kalf for Best Supporting Actor), First Mission, Black Death, Hartenstraat, Boy 7 and Bloedlink (Rembrandt Award Best Actor).

This year a new season of Dokter Tinus will be broadcasted, in which Tygo plays the role of agent Ken, and two international films will be released, Math Sucks and Rise Of The Footsoldier Ii.

If you would like to know more please visit: www.tygogernandt.nl/

Vincent van Ommen made his motion picture debut as the immortal witch hunter Elijah in REIKI. That same year he starred as a serial killer with dissociative identity disorder in the thriller Life is an Art.

In 2011 the Cannes Film Festival named him ‘Young Talent’ for his performances in both Paper Parachutes and Amsterdam Heavy. He has the lead role in the independent film A Morass in which he plays a secret agent who failed his last mission but gets one last chance with a cryptic objective: Find Sterns.

Van Ommen is a Dutch actor who studied acting and stage & film combat. He was raised in The Hague, The Netherlands, and travels between Amsterdam, New York and London.

If you would like to know more please visit: www.vincentvanommen.com