Located in the vibrant heart of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Holland Harbour has steadily emerged as a testament to independent film and TV production. Founded in 2000 by producers Rob Vermeulen and Nadadja Kemper, the company has grown over the years into a supportive environment for writers and directors.
From our inception, our primary focus was on producing children’s series and documentaries tailored to specific broadcasters and distributors. Over time, we embarked on a journey to produce films and series for a broader, international audience. Our productions have been showcased by television networks across the globe and have screened and earned recognition at international film festivals such as Hot Docs, IDFA, Moscow Film Festival, IFFR, and Karlovy Vary, to name a few.
At Holland Harbour, it’s not just about producing content; it’s about creating narratives that matter. We pride ourselves on our deep-seated commitment to addressing societal subjects, and crafting compelling stories with a vast audience in mind. Every project we undertake resonates with our dedication to reflecting the world’s complexities.
Nadadja Kemper embarked on her professional journey as a dedicated producer. After committing herself fully to producing, Nadadja ventured into the field of writing. Her debut family feature “The Legend of Longwood,” was sold to more than 70 countries and was showcased and awarded at various international film festivals. Alongside her role as a writer, Nadadja consistently upholds her commitment as a creative producer, playing a pivotal role in most of Holland Harbour projects.
Rob Vermeulen started his career as a documentary director, soon finding his true calling in the intricate world of production. Specializing in the multifaceted business aspects of the industry, he has been instrumental in fostering an international sales, financing, and distribution framework for Holland Harbour. Presently, his efforts are channeled towards procuring funding for a range of productions.
Holland Harbour is more than a mere production house; we actively initiate projects we deem vital, such as our latest documentary about the Dutch incapacity to cope with its colonial past. With commitment to quality, originality, and societal relevance, we aim to consistently produce content that not only engages but also makes a lasting impact.
As we currently finalize post-production on In-Soo Radstake’s documentary feature ‘Selling a Colonial War’, our dedication to authenticity and revelation is palpable. This groundbreaking film peels back the layers of a narrative spun by the Dutch government during the Indonesian War of Independence, a frame artfully crafted with the help of media, and historians. Labeling their military interventions as mere peacekeeping efforts concealed deeper ambitions: maintaining a prized colony to bolster post-war resurgence and global political stature. In a world reckoning with colonialism, this documentary is shedding light on the hidden chapters and challenging the long-standing narratives that have shielded the Netherlands’ actions in Indonesia for generations.
It’s with immense excitement that we share the news: ‘Selling a Colonial War’ is set to premiere at the esteemed International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (link to IDFA). Not only has it been selected for the illustrious International Competition, but it’s also nominated for IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary and for the IDFA Reframe Award. Dutch acclaimed distributor Periscoop Film is bringing the documentary to Benelux theaters come early 2024.
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At Holland Harbour, we find ourselves on the cusp of another cinematic adventure, hand in hand with the Oscar-nominated powerhouse, Savage Film, and the visionary executive producer, Brandon Cronenberg. We’re thrilled to announce ‘Möbius,’ the latest sci-fi odyssey directed by the acclaimed Richard Raaphorst. Fresh off the heels of his award-winning short film ‘Gnomes’—which clinched the coveted Méliès d’argent Award at the Sitges film festival—Richard, as a creative producer, is joining forces with director Ruwan Heggelman to create a feature film for ‘Gnomes’ in a co-production with ‘Stranger Things’ producer 21 Laps Entertainment and Sony Pictures International.
But ‘Möbius’ stands as its own marvel. Crafted by the talented screenwriter Eron Sheean, it’s a gripping tale of a scientist plunged into despair after losing her partner to a daring physics experiment. Her desperate quest to reclaim her lost love challenges the very boundaries of reality. ‘Möbius’ is an exploration of love, loss, and the devastating transformation that stems from such profound grief. The shoot for Möbius is scheduled in the summer of 2024.
If you’re interested in exploring a collaboration or diving deeper into what we offer, we’d love to hear from you. Reach out to us at: email@example.com – You’ll find our offices at Zomerhofstraat 60, 3032CM Rotterdam, The Netherlands.