Producers Mildred van Leeuwaarden & 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. Award winning Silent Ones by first time director Ricky Rijneke will be released in the Netherlands in 2014.
Festivalhit Silent Ones nominated for the prestigious Tiger Competition for upcoming talent premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013.
Rijneke & van Leeuwaarden produced, initiated and conceived City Life, the monumental award winning episode film. A film consisting of twelve episodes, together forming a visual anthology of international short stories. Directors involved are among others Krzysztof Kieslowski, Béla Tarr, Alejandro Agresti, José Luis Guerin and Mrinal Sen. For this project they (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 Filmfest Rotterdam, it was the closing film of the Berlin Festivals´ Young Forum and won several awards.
Award-winning thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam by Oskar Jonasson, a co-production with the Icelandic production company Blueeyes Productions and Bavaria Film International, was Iceland’s Oscar entry for best foreign film. ‘Reykjavik-Rotterdam’s Hollywood remake, 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 In the works is Hotel Europe second arthouse feature film by Ricky Rijneke.