Awards for HKU Graduates at Netherlands Film Festival

  • 26 September 2022
Two freshly graduated HKU alumni have been awarded in the student competition of the Netherlands Film Festival. Three other graduates received wildcards of the FilmFonds, with an attached fund of 50,000 euros to stimulate the development of their new films.
Awards for HKU Graduates at Netherlands Film Festival
Void Between Us, directed by Luka Gribnau, won the EY Talent Award for highest production value in the student competition. Joris Tobé received the KNF (‘Circle of Dutch Video Journalists’) Award for best graduation work with his film Verwoede Pogingen ‘Frantic Efforts’).

About Void Between us and Luka Gribnau, the jury had this to say: ‘The inventiveness of the director in enhancing the poetic atmosphere and for moving the audience was more than successful.’ On Joris Tobé and his Verwoede Pogingen: ‘A director who manages to instruct his actors with a steady hand in a subtle and perfectly timed comedy about a current topic that is easily ridiculed, yet never descends into a farce.’


In addition to the student competition awards, the Film Fonds awarded their wildcards, in support of recently graduated film producers. Each wildcard offers a sum of 50,000 euros to help realise a new documentary, fiction film or animation.

Both wildcards for Animation went to HKU alumni: Quita Felix and Mahmood Shakuri. Jikkie Schelling received a wildcard in the Fiction category.

Interested in these award-winning productions and other graduation films? On 10 and 11 October, at Blikvangers Festival in the Louis Hartlooper Complex, you can admire all the great films and animations by HKU graduates.