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 designer
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.
Kees KasanderCreative producer
Kees Kasander entered the film industry in 1978 as Head of Distribution for a Dutch company called Film International, a company which was also deeply involved in the organisation of the Rotterdam Film Festival. From 1982 until 1985 Kasander was the official producer of the Festival. He has been an independent film producer since 1981, working all over the world. Until now he has produced over 100 feature films.
His collaboration with Peter Greenaway has brought him international acclaim. The films THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (1989) and THE PILLOW BOOK (1995) have also been great commercial successes. Kees Kasander has won both national and international prizes for his film productions with Greenaway.
Kasander produces films by talented directors, for example: SECRET WEDDING (1988) by Alejandro Agresti, ABELTJE (1999) and CRUSADE IN JEANS (2006) by Ben Sombogaart, CRUSH PROOF (1998) by Paul Tickell, OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW (2010) by Sophie Fiennes, KEN PARK (2002) by Larry Clark and FISH TANK (2009) by Andrea Arnold. He has also produced Mari Soppela’s films FAMILY FILES (2002) and WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK (2015).