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Company Profile

Founded in 1996 by producer Reinier Selen, Rinkel Film has produced a variety of multiple award- winning features, TV series and TV movies for the domestic and international market.

Our films have premiered, screened in competition and have been awarded at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, Sao Paolo, Bejing, Tokyo and San Sebastian, next to being Oscar-shortlisted and nominated for the European Film Awards. We produce content that matters, often inspired by true stories and always in coproduction with international partners. We embrace emerging and established creatives by providing a creative atmosphere where quality is our only focus, and choose to tell relevant and challenging stories that others might leave untold.

In the past two decades, Rinkel Film has produced more than 25 films and TV series and grossed over 50 awards and 275 festival selections. We look forward to the future!



Company Highlights



(In co-production with Belgium)

Format:           Feature film

Genre:             Drama
Director:         Jelle Nesna
Screenplay:     Karen van Holst Pellekaan
Cast:                Abbey Hoes, Georgina Verbaan, Eelco Smits, Pleun Nijhuis, Roosmarijn van der Hoek

The successful singer Sonne takes in her niece after the unexpected death of her sister. Then the biological father claims custody. In order to protect her niece, Sonne is forced to break the silence and reveal all the details of her personal family drama in court; a drama in which this man played a highly questionable role.

Premiere at the Dutch Film Festival in September 2020



(In co-production with Belgium)

Format:           TV series

Genre:             Drama / Thriller
Director:         Ben Sombogaart & Dries Vos
Screenplay:     Marnie Blok, Philip Delmaar, Karin van der Meer, Bram Renders, Maarten Almekinders & Ian Ginn
Cast:                Karina Smulders, Hilde van Mieghem, Susan Radder, Matteo van der Grijn, Dragan
                          Bakema & Aboubakr Bensaihi

Xandra Keizer was hiding out in Amsterdam until her dark side lured her back to the 5 star-escort service. She becomes the very Queen of the business due to her ability to ‘read’ people at first sight: it allows her to collect beautiful women for her stable and create the perfect client match, but her success attracts the attention of major political powers who intend to use her and her escort ladies for their own purposes. Xandra decides to fight back and come out on top. At any price.

Premiere at the Nederlands Film Festival in October 2019

NASIR  2019

(In co-production with India)

Format:           Feature film

Genre:             Drama
Director:         Arun Karthick
Screenplay:     Arun Karthick
Cast:                Koumarane Valavene

Nasir’ comprehends the peaceful anonymity of the lives of small people but also, more sorrowfully, the vengeful and arrogant anonymity of the mob.

Premiered IFFR Tiger Competition 2020, nominated IFFR Tiger Award 2020, (NEPTAC Award 2020)
Premiered New Directors New Films 2020, New York
Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival – We Are One: A Global Film Festival 2020
Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival 2020, Russia (Grand Prix Award)


(In co-production with Belgium and Croatia)

Format:            Feature film

Genre:             Drama / Love Story
Director:         Ben Sombogaart
Screenplay:     Tijs van Marle, Massimo Gaudioso
Cast:                Melody Klaver, Nabil Mallat

Inspired by a true story. The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nizar, married to the pregnant Dutch hairdresser Winny to escape to Europe, but he ends up in Lampedusa, imprisoned as an illegal refugee. Rafael is a romantic drama about two lovers giving everything they have, just to be reunited for the birth of their son Rafaël. It is a suspenseful story about borders, dreams, perseverance and love – transcending bureaucracy, borders and even prison walls.


Cairo IFF 2018




(In co-production with Zambia, France, Lebanon, Norway, Germany, and Kenya)

Format:            Feature film

Genre:              Drama

Director:          Wanuri Kahiu

Screenplay:     Wanuri Kahiu

Cast:                 Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji


“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, but Kena and Ziki aim for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, they resist and remain close friends supporting each other to pursue their dreams in an oppressive society. When love arouses between them, the pressure becomes unbearable forcing the two girls to ultimately choose between happiness and safety.


Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard)

Karlovy Vary IFF
Warsaw IFF
Black Reel Awards - Outstanding World Cinema Picture (Nominee)
LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT FF

Lucas - IFF for Children and Young People

NewFest: New York’s LGBT FF

Oslo Films from the South Festival

Valladolid IFF





(In co-production with Belgium, Luxembourg, and Sweden)

Format:           Feature film

Genre:             Drama / Psychological Thriller
Director:         Paula van der Oest
Screenplay:     Moniek Kramer in collaboration with Tijs van Marle
Cast:                Ariane Schluter, Sallie Harmsen, Barry Atsma, Fedja van Huêt, Annet Malherbe


Ambitious DA assistant Judith has put serial killer nurse Lucia de B. behind bars. When doubt is cast on the evidence, Judith can’t seem to turn back the wheels of justice... This drama thriller is based on the true story of Lucia de Berk, who was wrongly imprisoned for six years.

Oscar shortlisted 2015; 

Palm Springs Film Festival;

Milan IFF (Awards for Best Director Paula van der Oest, Best Acting Performance for Ariane Schluter and Best Editing for Marcel Wijninga, Audience award);

Netherlands Film Festival (nominated Golden Calf Best Actress for Ariane Schluter)

Minneapolis St. Paul IFF

Washington IFF

Seattle IFF

Seoul International Women’s Film Festival 

Shanghai IFF 

Hong Kong IFF

Durban IFF

Sydney IFF

Bratislava IFF

Carthage FF

Chicago IFF
New Zealand IFF

AFI Fest

Merlinka Festival

São Paulo IFF

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