Who’s who

Since the Dutch Green Film Making Competition started in 2011, the team of Green Film Making Project has met a lot of inspiring people who work in the field of sustainable film making. In this Who’s Who section they would like you to meet those people as well. Please join the green voyage of discovery by reading the articles and if you have a great example that needs a stage: be our guest, and get in touch!

Chai Locher & Wiendelt Hooijer (The Netherlands)

Chai Locher and Wiendelt Hooijer have been on board with The Green Film Making Project from the very beginning in 2011. Since the start of the project Chai has been connected as Project Manager to manage the team while maintaining contact with project partners and industry professionals. Wiendelt has been serving as Project Leader, focusing on financial management, practical implementation, website maintenance, as well as providing technical support for events.  These two fine gentlemen are the subject of this latest installment of the ‘Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking Online Series’. Here, they reflect on their experiences with green filmmaking over the past three years, in order to explain where the future of the Dutch film industry lies. [photo: Anne-Claire Breij]
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Els Rientjes, Sustainability Manager to the Dutch Film Industry

As of Jan. 1st 2015, Els Rientjes will be in full force as the first official Sustainability Manager for the Dutch film industry. Rientjes is committed to making the Dutch film industry more sustainable, and also has years of experience within the Dutch Television and Film Industry to draw from; as a Creative Producer at IDTV, Manager of TV Productions at Niehe/Stokvis, and most recently, as Creative Producer at Fu Works. Rientjes is looking forward to taking on sustainability within her new role: “I want to use my passion and knowledge of Film and Television, in order to make the sustainable innovation more accessible to film producers.” And the industry, is very lucky to have her. [photo: Michael Vervuurt] read more…

Siebe Dumon (Flanders/Belgium)

Film production within Flanders, in the northern part of Belgium, is taking on sustainability in a major way. And for this, we have Siebe Dumon to thank. Siebe got her start in the industry, as a producer in TV production. She is someone who knows what it means to deliver quality content with tight deadlines. And, she knows how to do all of this on a strict budget. In her current role at the regionally based Flanders Audio-Visual Fund (VAF), Siebe has been able to draw on this production experience, for her most recent and influential pursuit: to green the industry. The fruits of her labor? E-Mission; a regional film fund initiative that rewards greener thinking productions with… financing. If it sounds cutting edge, that’s because it is.

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Doreen Boonekamp, Director of The Netherlands Film Fund

The Green Film Making Project, an initiative of Strawberry Earth, is made possible by way of partnerships with many pre-existing, established entities. One of the most reputable is The Netherlands Film Fund. In this latest edition of the Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking Online Series, Doreen Boonekamp, the director of the Netherlands Film Fund, talks the future of the Dutch film industry, green filmmaking, and the taking on of an industry Sustainability Manager: “the best developed sustainable practices, will also hopefully become the easy and obvious choices for productions too.” [photo: Yvonne Witte] read more…

Thekla Reuten (The Netherlands)

Thekla Reuten is known to most as an internationally acclaimed actress from films such as ‘Dinner’, and ‘The American’. But, in addition to a rich body of on-screen work, she is also proud ambassador of the Green Film Making Project. In this role, Thekla has been actively participating with filmmakers in the search for a green filmmaking industry identity, since the start of our project in 2012. As a judge for this year’s Green Film Making Competition geared towards European students, Thekla’s work in developing opportunities within sustainable production has been emphasized in the promise of future industry professionals: “It’s nice to see that green filmmaking has truly landed within the film industry”. read more…

Daniel Aiss (The Netherlands)

The Dutch Daniel Aiss, of ALP productions, is proudly ‘homegrown’ for us in more ways than one. Daniel got his start in sustainable filmmaking as a competitor during the 2013 professional edition of our Green Filmmaking Competition. And since then, he hasn’t looked back in becoming one of the greenest, sharpest, and most cutting edge filmmakers that the Netherlands has to offer. read more…

Kathleen Courtney (USA)

Producer Kathleen Courtney has always been aware of the environment. But bringing this knowledge to the realm of her work practise from her personal interests -and in a meaningful way- was not always seemingly easy. When first faced with the idea of going green for her business practise, she was regarding the shift as a major intrusion and strain on business. read more…