Zeppers Film is an independent film production company based in Amsterdam. It has produced over 100 films in the last 20 years and is specialized in creative documentaries. Our documentaries are generally co-produced with Dutch and international public broadcasters. Many of these films travelled the world to international festivals and arthouse cinema’s and some films have been awarded at festivals including: IDFA’s prizes for best Long Documentary and best Mid-length Documentary, Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and Golden Calfs at the Netherlands Film Festival.
In 1997 Frank van den Engel started independent documentary production company Zeppers Film & TV as executive producer. He produced almost two hundred films, for theatre and television. Some of these have been awarded at prestigious festivals around the world: Andre Hazes – she believes in me (John Appel, Opening Film IDFA 1999), Dans, Grozny Dans (Jos de Putter, 2002), Voices of Bam (Aliona van der Horst, Grand Jury Award Tribeca 2006), Stranger in Paradise (Guido Hendrikx, Opening Film IDFA 2016) and Love is Potatoes (Aliona van der Horst, Golden Calf 2018). Nowadays he combines production work with the development and realization of his own film projects, and with the coaching of first-time directors. His debut Normaal – I always come back was theatrically released in 2002. Between Heaven and Earth was released in the cinema in 2007. His 2009 documentary about Dutch photographer Gerard Fieret: Photo & Copyright by G.P. Fieret was nominated for Best Dutch Documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival.
Julia van Schieveen studied Film & Visual Culture at the University of Amsterdam. During her Bachelor degree she received an Erasmus scholarship to study Communicación Audiovisual at the University of Valencia in Spain. After she graduated Julia started to work as a junior-producer for Zeppers Film. In the last eight years she has produced several (inter)national award winning documentaries, under which Love is Potatoes (Aliona van der Horst, 2017), Stranger in Paradise (Guido Hendrikx, 2016), Ben Ali Libi (Dirk-Jan Roeleven, 2015), Putin’s Olympic Dream (Hans Pool, 2014) and Poem of Death (Astrid Bussink, 2012).
Elize studied graphic design in Apeldoorn, Journalism in Zwolle and eventually Media & Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She started out as a junior producer at Zeppers Film in 2015, right after her internship. She worked on several films, such as Stranger in Paradise (Guido Hendrikx, 2016), How to meet a Mermaid (Coco Schrijber, 2016) and The Mission (Robert Oey, 2016). Simultaneously she focused on research and publicity for the films Zeppers produced. After a break, where Elize explored the world of co-productions in fiction films, she is back at Zeppers Film, working as a (post) producer for documentaries such as The Good Terrorist by Robert Oey, De Zaak Tuitjenhorn by Sarah Vos and The Backdoor of Broekhoven by Joost van der Valk.
Judith Vreriks studied Film & Television studies in Utrecht and Glasgow. Previously she worked as associate producer and scriptwriter for various documentaries by Cobos Films. Since October 2011 she works as executive producer for Zeppers Film and was responsible for films such as 900 Days (Jessica Gorter, 2012), The Mission (Robert Oey, 2016), How to Meet a Mermaid (Coco Schrijber, 2017) and The Red Soul (Jessica Gorter, 2017). At this moment Judith works on a freelance basis for Zeppers Film.
In 2010 Laura obtained a bachelor’s degree in Media- Film and TV production with an extra minor at the University of Chengdu, in China. In this minor she made a short documentary as part of her graduation project. After her studies she worked for a number of years as a producer for various film and television companies. During this time, she followed a course at the Amsterdam Film School. Shortly after she started working at Zeppers Film as a junior-producer for projects like De zaak Tuitjenhorn by Sarah Vos and Onder Ogen by Jaap van Hoewijk.
Dobber Bolhuis is in his third year of the film production course at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Earlier he finished the bachelor Film- and Literary studies at the Leiden University. During his studies at the Film Academy Dobber specializes in the production of creative documentaries. At Zeppers Film he gets the chance to further develop his skills.