KeyFilm develops and produces features, documentaries and drama series. Founder and producer Hanneke Niens and her team have an extensive international network of co-producers and financiers like ITVS, the British Film Institute, Eurimages, Chios Investments, Al Jazeera, Netflix and many European Funds, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents.
Hanneke Niens (co-)produced over 20 tv drama series and 40 feature films.
Vital to the approach of KeyFilm is the close collaboration with writers and directors to develop quality drama series as Swanenburg, character-driven box office hits (Soof and Soof 2 - €14 million box office in The Netherlands, Ventoux and So What Is Love) and art-house films as Nena - Berlinale Special Mention Jury Award 2015, Beyond Sleep – Opening film IFFR 2016, The Idol – Oscar submission Palestine by Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad and The Reports on Sarah and Saleem - Tiger Competition, HBF Jury Award IFFR 2018.
Hanneke Niens won numerous (inter)national awards, including an Oscar® nomination for Twin Sisters, an Emmy, and three times the Prix Europa. She scored box office hits with Twin Sisters, Bride Flight, Soof & Soof 2 and So What Is Love. Her films were screened in official competition at a.o. Berlinale (Nena), TIFF (Unfinished Sky, The Idol), San Sebastian (Godforsaken, Silent City) and IFFR (The Beast in the Jungle, Beyond Sleep, Craving, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, Tench).
On the roll a.o.:
Currently on NPOStart: KRO-NCRV series Swanenburg, 20 x 40 minutes, winning the award for most streamed dramaseries 2021 (7 million streams)
In release 2022: Soof 3 by Anne de Clercq (Jack bestelt een broertje).
In worldpremiere at Toronto International Film Festival our co-production Huda’s Salon by Hany Abu-Assad (Oscar nominated Paradise Now and Omar) and in worldpremiere at the Netherlands Film Festival the short film Beş in co-operation with De Ontmoeting by Turkish-Belgian writer and director Ayla Çekin Satijn.
In production: Lost Transport by Saskia Diesing (Nena) in co-production with Germany and Luxembourg, A House in Jerusalem by Rami Alayan & Muayad Alayan (The Reports on Sarah and Saleem) in co-production with the United Kingdom, Palestine, Greece and Germany, Dark Matter by Stefano Odoardi in co-production with Italy and the debut film Queens by Yasmine Benkiran in co-production with France, Wallonia and Morocco.
LOST TRANSPORT 2022
Genre: Post-war drama
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.
SOOF 3 2022
Director: Anne de Clercq
Screenplay: Eddy Terstall, Anne de Clercq, Luuk van Bemmelen
Cast: Lies Visschedijk, Fedja van Huêt, Anneke Blok, Dan Karaty
Sophie finally seems to have her life back on track. She’s happy, her restaurant is booming and her kids are ready to leave the nest. As usual, Sophie tries to keep way too many balls in the air at the same time.
Then she gets some bad news at the same time her daughter Sacha comes home from abroad to introduce her fiancée. Sophie gratefully embraces her daughter’s upcoming wedding as an excuse to bury her head in the sand. Soof must learn to accept help from her loved ones and that she’s worthy of their concern.
SWANENBURG SEASON 1 2021
Genre: Drama series
Director: Thomas Korthals Altes, Aniëlle Webster, Hans Somers
Screenplay: Dorien Goertzen, Martin van Steijn, Richard Kemper, Willem Bosch, Johan Fretz, Eva Aben, Judith Goudsmit, Matthijs Bockting, Pieter van den Berg, Joost Reijmers
Cast: Aus Greidanus Sr., Tine Joustra, Frederik Brom, Sanne Langelaar, Jan-Paul Buijs, Ella-June Henrard
When patriarch Jack Praal is confronted with his biggest fear and his youngest son Dirk is linked to the death of a woman, the family gets trapped into a web of intrigue and betrayal.
During the course of five weeks the series follows the family members who put their own interests aside in order to save everything. But not everyone is playing a fair game, which seems to result in the inevitable downfall of the once so close Praal family.
NPO Start Award most streamed dramaseries 2021
Best rated series 2021 with average rating of 8.1
SO WHAT IS LOVE 2020
Director: Aniëlle Webster
Screenplay: Dorien Goertzen
Cast: Elise Schaap, Maarten Heijmans, Teun Luijkx, Anneke Blok, Michiel Romeyn, Jan-Paul Buijs, Maike Meijer
Big shot lawyer Gijs, who makes big money for his law firm from lucrative toxic divorces, is well on his way to become a partner. His credo: All is fair in love and war. But his idealistic co-worker Cato takes a very different perspective. Love is a verb, and when love fades, it is a lawyer’s job to make sure people separate peacefully from their failed relationships. When it turns out that Cato is also in the race for the coveted position of partner in the company, they are both forced to re-examine their beliefs on love, marriage and growing their careers. A feel-good film about how to manage modern-day life and relationships between men and women and on how to believe in love when divorce is your line of work.
Box office hit - ‘Golden film’ in the Netherlands
Director: Patrice Toye
Screenplay: Peter Seynaeve & Patrice Toye
Cast: Tijmen Govaerts, Julia Brown, Ina Geerts, Greet Verstraete, Line Pillet
After Jonathan is released from prison for lack of evidence, he returns to his mother living in a small cottage near the dunes. There Jonathan intents to become a different, better man. But even though he strictly sticks to the rules, his good intentions are soon put to the test when a young girl moves in next to him. Tench is a coproduction with main producer Prime Time.
International premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020,
World premiere at the Film Fest Gent and winner of the audience award 2019
THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE 2018
Director: Clara van Gool
Screenplay: Clara Van Gool, Glyn Maxwell
Cast: Dane Jeremy Hurst, Sarah Reynolds, Claire Johnston
The Beast in the Jungle is a film adaptation of Henry James’ 19th century novella of the same name. Set in a remote English country mansion and stretching from the Jamesian era to a globalised present-day setting, the film uses dance to recount the epic and unconventional love story of John Marcher (Dane Jeremy Hurst) and May Bartram (Sarah Reynolds). During a chance encounter ten years after first meeting, May reminds John that he once revealed to her a deep and menacing conviction that his life would be defined by a life-changing experience – one that was waiting for him “like a Beast in the Jungle.” Intrigued by his continued belief in this foreboding secret, May decides to stay by John’s side and soon develops feelings of genuine love for him. John is not able to reciprocate her devotion, preferring instead to resume his shallow life as a travelling businessman. Only when it’s too late, does John realize that the beast had already sprung in the jungle of his life.
World premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019