A Dutch National Cinema?

27Nov2018 19:00 - 20:30


Are you curious about contemporary Dutch films? Would you like to learn more about filmmaking in the Netherlands and the Dutch Film Fund? In this guest lecture, Dutch filmmaker Coen Haver shares his views on the current state of the film industry in the Netherlands, and why fictional shorts and features continue to struggle with domestic and international audience engagement.

Juxtaposing popular films with Dutch arthouse projects, he addresses the ways in which the Film Fund has for years been trying to increase the impact of ​Dutch film, but with little result, given decreasing box office revenues and overall poor reception by critics. Alongside outlining potential solutions for this ‘spiral’ dilemma, the lecture will include a substantial Q&A session with Haver about his work in making films in the Netherlands. Students enrolled in Film Lab (and in filmmaking) are especially encouraged to attend.


Coen Haver (1986) studied Film and Theater Sciences at the University of Utrecht. In 2010 he founded Kupenda Films, a film production company that brings together storytellers, filmmakers and spectators with a desire for entertaining, thought-provoking and moving content. His most widely-known film is My Piece of Happiness, which was invited to screen at several international film festivals, including Montevideo and Shanghai. Haver also regularly hosts film courses, lectures and podcasts, all with the goal of actively participating in the development of Dutch cinema.

Location: Room 2.05
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Christina Buckley

Published by  Amsterdam University College