Mildred van Leeuwaarden and Dirk Rijneke
Rotterdam Films is an independent production company founded by Dirk Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden. It produces and co-produces documentaries and fiction films mainly for cinematic release.
In the works is among others the co-production ‘Hier’ (Yesterday), first feature by award winning Hungarian director Bálint Kenyeres and Ricky Rijneke’s second feature film ‘The Hunter’s Son’, that just got selected for Script&Pitch development of the Torino FilmLab.
Ricky Rijneke’s first feature ‘Silent Ones’ was nominated for the Tiger Competition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won eight awards out of twelve nominations in the international festival circuit. The film released theatrically in the Netherlands in December 2014 received great critical acclaim.
Award-winning thriller ‘Reykjavik-Rotterdam’ by Oskar Jonasson, a co-production with the Icelandic production company Blueeyes Productions and Bavaria Film International, was selected as Iceland’s Oscar entry for best foreign film. The Hollywood remake of ‘Reykjavik-Rotterdam’ entitled ‘Contraband’, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale was released in January 2012 by Universal Pictures. In the first weekend of its release it became USA boxoffice hit nr. 1
Rijneke and Van Leeuwaarden also produced, initiated and conceived ‘City Life’, the monumental award winning episode film. ‘City Life’ is a film consisting of twelve episodes, together forming a visual anthology of international short stories by directors such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Béla Tarr, Alejandro Agresti, José Luis Guerin and Mrinal Sen. For this project they worked together and co-produced with companies, broadcasters and funding bodies from all over the globe. ‘City Life’ had its world premiere on the opening night of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the four hours long film was the closing film in the same year of the Berlin Festivals´ Young Forum.
Dirk Rijneke was chairman of the Jury of the Leopards of Tomorrow (Pardo di Domani) Competition of the Locarno International Film Festival in 2008. He also was a member of the International Jury of the Tampere Film Festival. The board of the Rotterdam Media Fund selected Rijneke as Member of the Advisory Board. He was a board member of the Film Producers Netherlands association (FPN). Rotterdam Films is a member of Film Producers Netherlands (FPN).