Team Master of Film

Education is about creating ‘conditions of possibility’ (…) Our emphasis on a democratic or non-hierarchical relation between teachers and researchers is born from our understanding that education is a space of learning, not just for the researchers but also for the teachers, mentors and all the others that are part of our ‘learning community’.

Nduka Mntambo | head of master programmme

Nduka Mntambo is an image-maker working in the interstices of urban spatial practices, experimental filmmaking, and pedagogy. He has worked extensively as a theatre and film production designer, commissioned works for public broadcasters and holds a PhD in Film. The ‘Asymmetries’ installation that was part of his PhD research was awarded the Humanities and Social Sciences Awards for best Best Visual Art Works 2020. Nduka’s research interests deal with the question how artistic practice and research can re-invigorate the epistemic lenses by which we understand urban life in cities of the ‘global south’ in particular, and the poetics and politics of urbanity in general. -

Diana Toucedo | core teacher master programme

Diana is a Spanish filmmaker and film editor, whose practice stands at the intersection between cinema and research. Her work has been selected in cinema festivals such as the Berlinale, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Nara International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, FIDBA, Pesaro or DocLisboa, among others. Diana has edited more than 25 feature films to date, which have been premiered and awarded at IDFA, Rotterdam, Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Moscow International FF, etc. She has also worked editing series for Netflix, HBO and Movistar. Currently Diana combines her profession with teaching at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (UPF), being the Head of the non-fiction department at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) and undertaking a practice-based Communication PhD, exploring how moving images address identities, memories, historical crystallizations and social tensions -


Katarina Zdjelar | core teacher master programme

Katarina grew up in Belgrade and is currently based in Rotterdam. Working mainly in the medium of video, her work explores the way one body encounters another as a site of resistance and possibility, pointing to the fragile agency of collective action in the present. Voice, music, sound and language have been the core interests throughout her practice. Zdjelar holds an MA in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, she is a graduate of the University of Arts Belgrade and has completed a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Katarina represented Serbia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally at such venues as 11th Berlin Biennale, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; Frieze Foundation, London; Casino Luxembourg; De Appel, Amsterdam, MACBA Barcelona; MCOB Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; Museum Sztuki Lodz. She was awarded several prizes, most recently the MMSU Award of the 24thZagreb Salon (2019), Dolf Henkes Prize (2017), as she was one of the nominees for the Dutch Prix de Rome Award (2017, 2010).  Katarina Zdjelar is also an educator in her post as a core tutor at the Piet Zwart Institute (MA Fine Art), Willem de Koning Academie in Rotterdam and the Master Artistic Research (MAR) at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. -

Eliane Esther Bots | core teacher master programme

Eliane Esther Bots (1986) is a Dutch filmmaker / visual artist who is currently based in The Hague. She mostly works within the realm of documentary film, sometimes expanding this into installation, performance, audio works and publications. Her practice explores the idea of ‘the narrating self’, and the changes in narrative position and story when people experience a disruptive, life changing event or conflict.

Eliane graduated with a Bachelor from the University of the Arts Utrecht, she participated in the post graduate program 'Document & Contemporary art' in France and graduated with the Master of Film at The Netherlands Film Academy. Her films have been showcased at prestigious festivals including IDFA Amsterdam, Locarno Film Festival, and Berlinale, as well as exhibited in renowned institutions like Kunstmuseum Bonn and POLIN Museum Warsaw. Notably, her film 'In Flow of Words' garnered multiple awards, including the Pardi di Domani Best Director - BONALUMI Engineering award at Locarno Film Festival and a Gouden Kalf for Best Short Documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival.Eliane has been a programmer for Go Short Film Festival (NL). She has extensive teaching experience at institutions such as ArtEZ Zwolle and worked as an educator in Moving Image at the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherlands (NL).

Kris Dekkers | general coordinator Master of Film - +31 (0)20 527 7471

Kris Dekkers studied "General Arts" (now called Language and Science Studies)/ Women's Studies at the University of Utrecht and then followed the post-graduate programme Cultural Management at the AHK. After having worked as a producer and managing director at various theatre- and dance companies, she started in 2001 at the Netherlands Film Academy, where in 2008 she was asked to help set up the Master’s programme, of which she still is the general coordinator. At the Lectoraat too, she acts as general coordinator and support for the Lector and the research coordinator. 

Sabien Schütte | programme coordinator Master of Film - +31 (0)20 527 7443

Sabien Schütte (1977) studied painting in Florence and Antwerp before graduating in 2003 at the University of Amsterdam with a Masters in Art History. Her thesis was about film-installations and more specifically what happens when films are shown in the context of a museum. After graduating she worked as a set decorator and prop master. After a couple of years Sabien returned to the art world as a producer for the experimental art space W139. Here she was responsible for the overall coordination of the exhibitions. This consisted of developing artists’ plans, producing site-specific works, organizing the installation and openings of the shows.