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’.
Mieke Bernink | head of research (lector) and head Master of Film
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Mieke Bernink (1959) studied philosophy and psychology before bidding farewell to the academic world to pursue a career in journalism. From 1991 to 1999, she served as chief editor of the Dutch film & visual culture magazine Skrien. From 2001 till September 2008, she played a significant role in the development of the Dutch government’s film policy, as Secretary of Film and Media Education at the Netherlands Council for Culture. Around the middle of 2008, she was approached to become head of research (lector) at the Netherlands Film Academy and set up a Master’s Degree Programme in Film. This programme started in March 2009.
Eyal Sivan | head of research (lector) and lecturer Master of Film
Eyal Sivan was born in 1964 in Haifa, Israel and grew up in Jerusalem. After working as a professional photographer in Tel-Aviv, he left Israel in 1985 and settled in Paris. Since then he’s been sharing his time between Europe and Israel. Known for his controversial films, Sivan directed more than 10 worldwide awarded political documentaries and produced many others. His cinematographic body of work was shown and awarded various prizes in prestigious festivals. Beside worldwide theatrical releases and TV broadcasts, Sivan’s films are regularly exhibited in major art shows around the world. He publishes and lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes and representation, political use of memory, genocide and representation, etc.
Sander Blom | mentor Master of Film
Sander Blom (1963), graduated at the Netherlands Film Academy (documentary) in 1993. Initially collaborating with visual artist Mels van Zutphen, a number of experimental documentary and fictional shorts was produced. A shared fascination for science continues to be an important ingredient in their - often humorous - individual works since this partnership became dormant. These films are shown at film festivals as well as museums and art galleries internationally.
Aneta Lesnikovska | mentor Master of Film
After finishing her third year at the University of Kiril and Metodij (History of Art and Archaeology) in Macedonia, Aneta Lesnikovska traveled to the Netherlands and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Audiovisual Design and New Media). Short after her graduation she got actively involved in the European film and media art scene, having numerous expositions of her video and new media installations. Among others, her work was exposed at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Wineke van Muiswinkel | mentor Master of Film
Wineke graduated in 1993 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (audiovisual department). She worked with film, sound and slide projection in installations and has developed a practice as radio maker since 2014. Her radio documentaries Een tijd van daarvoor en een tijd van daarna (2017), Het Journaal van Venetië (2015), and Een Woestijnleven (2016) were broadcasted bij RadioDoc NTR and VPRO.
She is also active in the domain of public art as advisor and project manager for Stroom since 2014, and was artistic coordinator of the web radio project De Stem van West for the city of Utrecht from 2012-2015.
Kris Dekkers | coordinator Master of Film
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Kris studied General Arts / Women's Studies at the University of Utrecht and then followed the post-graduate training Cultural Management at the AHK. After having worked as a producer and managing director at various theater and dance companies, She started in 2001 at the Netherlands Film Academy and soon she developed that position to management assistent. In 2008 she was asked to help set up the Master of Film. There she has been working until now as the coordinator since the beginning of the programme.
Sabien Schütte | programme coordinator Master of Film
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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.
Bram Loogman | research fellow
Bram Loogman (NL) has over ten year of experience as filmmaker and software developer, often combining the two disciplines. He has made installations, performances, exhibitions, experimental films, music videos, and web projects. He is author of the Quentin trilogy, an existential foray into the fleeting borders between memory and technology today. He is also the creator of REVOLVE, a mobile 360 experience inspired by the Gurdjieff dances, which was produced by ARTE France, NFB and IDFA Doclab. Bram graduated at the Master of Film in 2015. Together with another alumni, Pablo Núñez Palma, he created Jan Bot a filmmaking bot that generates experimental films based on Eye’s found footage collection and trending topics.