Team Master of Film - Researchers Group 2021

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 - +31 (0)20 527 7472

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. 

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

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 - +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. 

Tessa Boerman | mentor

Tessa Boerman graduated at the Netherlands Film Academy and is now working as an independent documentary filmmaker, programmer and cultural advisor. Her work focuses on issues of representation, diversity and inclusion. With the Dutch Directors Guild, she advocated for cultural diversity and inclusion in the Dutch film and TV industry. She has made two powerful documentaries that highlight different aspects of beauty, ideals and belonging. A knock out looks at the life of Michele Aboro, a black lesbian boxer who was very successful in the ring but was told that she wasn’t sexy enough outside of it; the promoters wanted to see a sexy vamp and terminated her contract early. Her second documentary, Zwart belicht explores the historic representation of black women in paintings of Rubens.

Julian Ross | mentor

Julian Ross is a researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam. As well as being a mentor at The Netherlands Film Academy, he is a member of the selection committee at Locarno Film Festival, Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Assistant Professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). He was Research Fellow at the University of Westminster on a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2015-18) and holds a PhD at the University of Leeds. His recent projects include: co-curator for the exhibition More Than Cinema: Motoharu Jonouchi and Keiichi Tanaami at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2019); curator for the exhibition Blackout (2019), presented at Kunsthal Rotterdam (as part of IFFR), Ambika P3 (London) and Greylight Projects (Brussels); and co-editor of the book Japanese Expanded Cinema and Intermedia: Critical Texts of the 1960s (Archive Books, 2020).

Manon Bovenkerk | mentor

Manon holds an MA Film & Photographic Studies from the University of Leiden (cum laude) and a BA from the Academy for Arts & Design in Den Bosch. She is a visual artist, has worked as a curator and she is an advisor for VAF, Stroom Den Haag and Cultuurraad Eindhoven. She is a programmer for Go Short Film Festival and makes thematic film programs for other film festivals and venues. Manon is the founder of near/by film. As a producer within near/by film she is actively involved with the conceptual and formal development of the films.