KeyFilm develops and produces feature films and drama series in close collaboration with writers and directors for all platforms in a variety of genres for multiple audiences. Founder Hanneke Niens is an Oscar-nominated producer and she and her team have an extensive international network of co-producers and financiers. KeyFilm teams up with partners like ITVS, Eurimages, the British Film Institute, Al Jazeera, Netflix, RTL, NPO, and many European broadcasters, funds, distributors, and sales agents. Niens (co-)produced over 20 drama series and 40 feature films.
KeyFilm projects are a.o. the two-season drama series Swanenburg for NPO1, winning the NPO Award for most streamed series 2021 with 7 million streams for season 1. Box office successes are the feel-good trilogy Soof, Soof 2, Soof 3 (20 million box office), the tragic comedy Ventoux, the comedy So What Is Love, and the war drama Line of Fire. International festival selections are Nena by Saskia Diesing, winning the Berlinale Special Mention Jury Award 2015, IFFR opening film 2016 Beyond Sleep by Boudewijn Koole, the Toronto selected film and Palestine Oscar submission The Idol by double Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad and The Reports on Sarah and Saleem by Rami and Muayad Alayan, awarded with the Tiger Award Best Scenario and the HBF Jury Award IFFR 2018 and the Venice 2022 selection, Queens by French-Moroccan filmmaker Yasmine Benkiran.
Numerous (inter)national awards and nominations were rewarded, including an Oscar® nomination for Twin Sisters, an Emmy, three times the Prix Europa, and a series of Golden Calf nominations for Best Film, which Twin Sisters won.
On the roll 2023/2024:
Released 2023: Swanenburg season 2, the film Line of Fire by Roel Reiné, and the musical film Just Like in the Movies by Albert Jan van Rees en Dorien Goertzen.
In post-production: Last Call, the sequel to Ventoux, directed by Boris Paval Conen, in co-production with Belgium, and the short film Hobi, by Aramis Garcia Gonzalez.
In production: PAAZ by Anne de Clercq.
JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES 2023
Genre: Drama/Musical (co-production in the Netherlands and Belgium)
Director: Albert Jan van Rees, Dorien Goertzen
Screenplay: Dorien Goertzen
Cast: Noortje Herlaar, Benja Bruijning, Uriah Havertong, Kay Greidanus, Eva Laurenssen, Jasper Heyman, Holly Mae Brood, Jip Smit
Initially, Annabel and Sander seem like polar opposites in their final year of school in the early 1980s, but when they both join the school band they connect over their love for music. However, Sander’s not the only one who recognizes Annabel’s musical talent and when she decides to team up with Olaf, she loses sight of Sander. Until they meet again in the 1990s and they start a dance act, together with Sander’s best friend Malcolm. Before they know it, Three is a Crowd is heading the charts. But the bigger their success, the harder it is to remain true to each other and themselves.
LINE OF FIRE 2023
Director: Roel Reiné
Screenplay: Alex van Galen
Cast: Waldemar Torenstra, Sallie Harmsen, Jeroen Spitzenberger, Angela Schijf, Pierre Bokma, Huub Stapel, Tibor Lukács, Zouhair Mtazi
On his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marco Kroon heroically leads his men through firefights and is awarded the highest decoration in the Netherlands: the Military Order of William. However, in the years that follow, Kroon is discredited. He struggles with traumas he cannot share even with Mirjam, the love of his life and everyone has an opinion about him, in the media and in the street. Kroon finds himself swept up in an emotional rollercoaster. As he tries to exonerate himself, he may face his toughest mission yet.
Box office hit - ‘Golden Film’ in the Netherlands
A HOUSE IN JERUSALEM 2023
Genre: Drama (coproduction the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Palestine and Germany)
Director: Muayad Alayan
Screenplay: Rami Alayan, Muayad Alayan
Cast: Johnny Harris, Miley Locke, Sheherazade Makhoul Farrell, Souad Faress
Young Rebecca is forced to move with her father from the UK to Jerusalem, in the hopes that a new beginning can help her heal from her mother’s sudden death. Soon after settling into an old house in a neighborhood known as the Valley of the Ghosts, a series of mysterious events begin and Rebecca is blamed. Diving deep into the mystery of the house and the mystical city of Jerusalem, Rebecca sets out on an enigmatic journey to discover what hides in the shadows of the house.
International premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023
LOST TRANSPORT 2023
Genre: Post-war drama (co-production in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany)
Director: Saskia Diesing
Screenplay: Saskia Diesing
Cast: Hanna van Vliet, Anna Bachmann, Eugénie Anselin
In the spring of 1945 a train deporting hundreds of Jewish prisoners gets stranded near a small German village occupied by the Red Army. Condemned to each other and in a context of deep mistrust, desperation and revenge, an unexpected friendship emerges between Russian sniper Vera, village girl Winnie, and Jewish-Dutch woman Simone.
Genre: Drama/Adventure (co-production in the Netherlands, France, Morocco, and Belgium)
Director: Yasmine Benkiran
Screenplay: Yasmine Benkiran
Cast: Nisrin Erradi, Nisrine Benchara, Rayhan Guaran
A trio of women with the police on their tail embarks on a long escape that takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Atlas to finally reach the Atlantic coast.
Filmfestival Venice (closing film Settimana Internazionale della Critica)