Mari Soppela is an award-winning filmmaker and mixed-media designer. After studying videography in Finland and computer graphics in the Netherlands, she gained an MA (Computing in Design) at Middlesex University in 1993 in London.
Since the early 90’s, Mari has worked in the fields of documentary and cross media. Her primary tools are the video camera and the computer. At one point a video artist, at another an interface & interaction designer, she now enjoys making creative documentaries.
Mari’s film career has taken her on an odyssey from suicidal depression in her native Finland (FAMILY FILES) through challenging the fear of intimacy (HOME RECORDINGS) before returning north to trace the censored history of her German grandfather (WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK). She has now returned to Amsterdam where she is working on LASIKATTO – THE INVISIBLE MADE VISIBLE and A YEAR ON THE SACRED MOUNTAIN.
Producing from London, born in the Netherlands, and having lived in Istanbul, but now commuting between different cities producer Julia Ton finds herself in the position of a nomadic film entrepreneur.
After finishing her Bachelor in Economics in Rotterdam Julia started working for the international orientated film production company from BAFTA award winner Kees Kasander. Working her way up from office manager, to producer assistant, via line producing, til an all round producer. After almost ten years working in the film industry she has found her own production label Project 1961 LTD.
Julia Ton started working in the film industry as an assistant producer on FISH TANK by Andrea Arnold, following OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW by Sophie Fiennes and THE ONE ALL ALONE by Frank Scheffer. Subsequently she worked as an executive producer on TO BE KING by Ben Sombogaart and GOLTZIUS & THE PELICAN COMPANY (2013) directed by Peter Greenaway. Last year she produced the next Greenaway film WALKING TO PARIS to be released in 2018. Currently she is producing with Mari Soppela her new documentary film LASIKATTO, which is their second collaboration after WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK (2015).
Leo AnemaetComposer and sound mixer
Leo Anemaet was a solo guitarist in various Dutch bands before he started making music with computers. After buying an Atari in 1987, he not only became a sound engineer but created one of the world’s first House music hits YAAAH/TECHNO TRANCE (D-Shake).
With 120 titles under his belt, Leo has made versatile music and sound composition for installations, animation, film, television and theatre. His first soundtrack was the fiction film PLAN DELTA (1987) by Bob Visser and the latest is the arthouse film ASCENT (2016) by Fiona Tan.
Leo is most known for his collaboration with Dutch director Pieter Kramer on his award-winning television drama series 30 MINUTEN, 25 MINUTEN and HERTENKAMP. He has composed original music and sound for the absurd children’s television series REMBO&REMBO by Maxim Hartman and Theo Wesselo; the documentary film ONLY THE BRAVE by Sonia Herman Dolz and numerous animation series.
Leo’s permanent music and sound collections can be found on installations of THE SEA VOYAGE in the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, WONDER ROOMS in The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and CONTINIUM in The Netherland’s first Design Museum in Kerkrade.
Claire Pijman NSCDirector of photography
Claire Pijman works as Director of Photography on fiction films and documentaries. She also directs and photographs her own documentary projects. Her latest feature length documentary film LIVING THE LIGHT, ROBBY MÜLLER was premièred at Biennale Venice 2018, in competition.
Pijman studied cinematography at The Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. After her graduation in 1990, she started her freelance career as cinematographer. One of her most important inspirators is Müller who asked Pijman to operate one of his cameras on the BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB by Wim Wenders. Pijman is grateful for her long-time apprenticeship and friendship with the late Dutch master.
Her experience includes the cinematography for feature films like JERMAL, entirely shot on a fishing platform perched on log stilts in the middle of the sea near the Indonesian island Sumatra. GOOD MORNING KARACHI by the Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar, produced by BBC and ZDF.
Pijman is passionate about visualising stories, working with actors and creating atmosphere. She is also a board member of the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers (NSC).
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