curriculum vitae
Ton van Zantvoort

name: Ton
surname: van Zantvoort
residence: Breda
country: The Netherlands
websites: (personal), (production company ltd.), (corporate), (foundation)
email: info[at]
nationality: Dutch

1999 - 2003 AKV | St. Joost, Visual Arts Academy, Breda, The Netherlands/ audiovisual design / graduation with honours
1996 - 1999 Grafisch Lyceum Eindhoven, The Netherlands (college for media, design & technology)/ art direction diploma 1999
1991 - 1996 HAVO Maaslandcollege, Oss, The Netherlands (secondary education) / final exam subjects: Dutch, English, Chemistry, Biology, Math A, Art

Best Documentary Feature Award, DOCfeed, Dick Verdult - It's True But Not Here, 2017
GOLDEN NL-AWARD for best overall production of 2015, Stichting RPO (Regionale Publieke Omroep), The Netherlands, 2016

NL-AWARD for best documentary, Stichting RPO (Regionale Publieke Omroep), The Netherlands, 2016
Trevignano FilmFest Award, Italy, 2013
Honorable Mention for Best International Short Film, Planet in Focus, Toronto, Canada / 2011
Jury Award, FIFDH, Festival International du film des droits de l'homme de Paris, France, 2011
Audience award, The Art of the Document, Warsaw, Poland, 2010
Special jury mention - The Art of the Document , Warsaw, Poland, 2010
Golden Olive award for best documentary, International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro 2010
Best photography Award, International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro,2010
Audience Award, Millennium International Documentary Festival, Belgium 2010
Award for best film -chosen by media professionals-, Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental, Brasil 2010

Jury Award best treatment, Cinema Planeta, Mexico 2010
Audience favorites Mixed Greens, Planet in Focus, Canada 2009
Open Eyes Award special mention, Medfilm Festival, Italy 2009,
Dok Leipzig Healthy Workplaces Film Award, International Leipzig Festival, Germany 2009
Start pendentiumof foundation BKVB (Mondriaanfonds) in 2005 & 2007
Honorable Mention, Media city 13 Visual art Festival 2007
2nd price NFTVM award, for best new Dutch filmmaker, 2006
4th price 1 minute & sound award 2006, dogs
Nomination for St. Joost Penning, 2003
Scenario Nomination NPS Uur van de Wolf

Filmography as director (selection)
ALL OF US / 85 minutes / creative documentary / in production
SHEEP HERO / 86 minutes / in co-production with seriousFilm, 2018
The BENNO TAPES / 54 minutes/ documentary / in coproduction with van Osch Films, Omroep Brabant, Tv West, L1/ 2015
The past as future / 18 minutes / creative documentary / in coproduction with Schatten van Brabant / 2011
Kees en Mien / 30 minutes / personal documentary /in coproduction with Omroep Brabant & Zuidenwind / 2011
Lovely planet / 8 minutes / short experimental film / in coproduction with Submarine & BOS / 2010
Carousel / 7 minutes / short documentary film / in coproduction with Schatten van Brabant / 2010
a BLOOMING BUSINESS / 52 minutes / documentary / in coproduction with VPRO / 2009
Turning the Pages/ 10 minutes/ poetic portrait / 2008
Pedro Segundo / 3 minutes / art installation / 2008
Another day in Bombay/ 10 minutes/ poetic portrait/ 2007
GRITO de PIEDRA/ 59 minutes/ documentary/ 2006
Isla Totora/ 9.50 minutes/ poetic portrait/ 2005
Pack / 3.35 minutes/ short documentary / 2005
Spital Sibiu/ 2.30 minutes/ poetic short/ 2004
Moja Mbegu/ 5.30 minutes/ 8mm/ autonomous portrait/ 2004
Khamuvillage/ 25 minutes/ documentary/ 2003
Items/ 25 minutes/ sequence short films/ documentary/2003

Filmography as producer (selection)
Dick Verdult / 70 minutes / in co-production with seriousFilm / directed by Luuk Bouwman / 2017
Falling / 25 minutes / documentary Teledoc Campus / directed by Jef Monté / 2014
Loving Heart / 71 minutes / directed by Wouter Verhoeven / co-producer / 2013
Day is Done* / 30 minutes / documentary / producer, editor/ independent documentary / 2010

Filmography commissioned
(selection until 2014)
The Forgotten heroe / 75 minutes / documentary / editing, advice, color correction / 2014
The Face of the A50 / 6 min & 3 min / portrait of a light sculpture /Municipality Veghel, bkkc / 2013
T he Legacy / 30 minutes, Ghana part / documentary portret / for Skyhigh TV / production, directing, camera / 2012
Allerzielen / 15 minutes/ for Stichting Erfgoed Brabant & Stichting Electron / production, directing, camera, editor / 2012
Hope has a face / 22 minutes for Aniquem (Burn foundation for children in Peru)/co-director, camera, editor/ 2011
Europe works/ 20 minutes/ documentary for Ministery of Internal Affairs / director, camera, sound and editor/ 2009
Buurtcast, the making of/ 6 docu-series of 15 minutes for director, camera, sound and editor assistant/ 2007
Gauri/ 20 minutes/ documentary for the Tropism Museum Junior/ co-director, camera, editing, postproduction/ 2006
A Good Mediator/ 30 minutes/ documentary for the Liliane Foundation/ co-director, camera, sound & editing/ 2005

miscellaneous (selection)
Majoritty Shareholder NEWTON film BV - creative documentary production, 2017 - present
Artistic advisor & volunteer DOCfeed Foundation, 2015- present
Chairman TEEK foundation - TEEK stimulates & produces film activities with social and an innovative character, 2008-present.
Jury member at various (inter)national film festivals, including:
- International Film Festival Montenegro (with Marija Perovic, among others), 2011
- International Film Festival Breda (with Monic Hendrikx & Marc de Cloe), 2010
- Filmfront Festival, Gorinchem (with Hans Eijses), 2010
- Panasonic International LUMIX award, commissioned by Scholz & Volkmer (with Michael Lum & Fred Flade), 2010-2011

Guest teacher:
- DOCedu: editing workshop and general supervision of beginning filmmakers, 2017
- AKV | St Joost Art Academy Breda, several lectures (Poetic Documentary, 2006-2007), teaching 'The Art of Editing' 2010/ 2011
- AKV | St Joost Art Academy 's- Hertogenbosch, Teaching Photography & Audiovisual design, November 2007- Januari 2008
- Guest lectures at Koning Willem 1 College, Mgr. Frencken College and other institutions, 2006-present
- Panel debate with Frederik Gertten, Docreview Poland, 2010
- Master class taught at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2009
- 3-day master class taught together with Cherry Duyns under the supervision of Jan Eilander, DZIGA, Nijmegen, 2008

-President of and director at newton solutions - design, media & production company
-Group exhibitions: Centraal Museum Utrecht/ De Vishal, Haarlem/ De Pont, Tilburg/ Verkade Fabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch.
-Graphic designer at VISION, OUTCOM, Europe Sign Centre (brandmark and outdoor signing) 2003-2010
-Treasurer, TEEK Foundation / 2007-2011
-TEEK film-en animatie festival/ Coordinator Graphic & Festival Design and final editor of TEEKaway/ 2004.
-TEEK film- en animatie festival 2003 ( / programming & selection/ 2003.
-Freelancer designer at Malmberg publisher (design/ dtp of magazines, as Hello You!, Taptoe, OKKI)1998-2001

Publications/ reviews (selection until 2012)
Eye for film/UK, Vancouver International Film Festival/ Canada, DOX Magazine (EDN) 2010 , IDFA 2005,2006/ The Netherlands, National Dutch newspaper as Trouw, NRC next, Volkskrant, Filmkrant, regional papers as Brabants Dagblad, BN de stem, Dutch Filmfestival magazine/ 2005-2007/2009/2010, 200 years anniversary yearbook of the Academy of Fine Arts St. Joot 2012

DVD publications (selection until 2012)
Center for Global Development Education - NaZemi- Society for Fair Tradesd, film collection (CZ), 2012
Film in Brabant - upcoming talents, Lovely Planet & trailer of a BLOOMING BUSINESS, 2010
a BLOOMING BUSINESS, distributed in 22 languages by 7th Art Releasing (USA) & Journeyman Pictures (UK), 2010
Kort en Krachtig, short film for kids, Pack, 2008
GRITO de PIEDRA, (52 minutes/ 60 minutes) distributed by NPO Sales in Dutch and English, 2007
Ster in de Stad, Tropenmuseum Junior exhibition 2006 -2009
Eenoog koning: Treasures of the filmbank 2005,
TEEK DVD 2004, TEEK DVD 2003.

Broadcasted films / interviews (selection)
ARTE /ZDF Terres d'Ailleurs / France, Germany, Switserland, Belgium
Al Jazeera / Witness Special and interview / World
VPRO/ EO / AVRO / Omroep Max / national Dutch channel
TV3 / Catalunya (Spain)
SKY Movies/ national UK,
ArmNews, TV Channel Germany
ET1/ national Greece channel
Omroep Brabant/ TV10/ L1/ TV west / regional Dutch channel

* All films are also distributed by NEWTON film (

Film festivals / exhibition as Director
One minutes, Liminal Express, July- August 2018, WYSIWYG: Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Betty Jane, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Dortmunder U Germany; East China Normal University, Shanghai, China; Mu, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Museum Hilversum,the Netherlands; Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; De School, Amsterdam the Netherlands;
Docfeed, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, February 2017, The Benno Tapes
(in) Justice For All Film Festival, Chicago, April 2016
Docfeed, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, February 2015, FALLING
Docfeed, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, February 2014, a BLOOMING BUSINESS, GRITO de PIEDRA, Kees en Mien,
Freifeld Festival, Germany, August 2013
Trevignano FilmFest, Italy, Jun 2013
On the Roof Film Festival, Amsterdam, Sept 5 2012, Mumbai Dreams
videoooooh' exhibition Londen, The Slade Research Centre, London, UK, July 24 - Aug 3 2012, Wysiwyg
Mujeres del Mundo, Madrid, Spain, March 2012,
Eine Welt Zentrum Herne, Germany, 2012, The past as Future
Clovek v tísni, People in Need, Praha, Czech Republic, 2012
Cégep André-Laurendeau LaSalle Montréal, Canada, 2012
International Film Festival for Human Rights, different towns in Basque country, France, February 2012
International Audiovisual Festival of Biodiversity, Rome, Italy 2011, The past as Future
Animal & Nature Film Festival, Beijing, China, August 2011, The past as Future
Kinookus FFF, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2011
NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE), Preston, Australia, September 2011
Planet in Focus, Toronto, Canada, September 2011, The past as Future
Slow Food International, Bra, Italy, 2011
Tutti nello stesso piatto, trento, Italy 2011
Arlington, VA, USA, September 2011, The past as Future
Sunchild Film Festival, Armenia, October 2011,
Documenta Madrid, May 2011, Lovely Planet
International Film Festival Breda, The Netherlands, 2011, Kees en Mien, Past as Future
This Human World, Austria, December 2010
OUFF Ourense International Film Festival, Ourense, Spain, 2010
IDFA, International Documentary Film Festival, Competition Dutch Documentary, November 2010, Day is Done*
Art of the Document, Multumedia Festival, Poland, November 2010
Festival dei Popoli, 51st International Documentary Film Festival, November 2010, Lovely Planet
XV International TV Festival Bar Montenegro, 2010
Noordelijk Film Festival Leeuwarden, November 2010, Lovely Planet
Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic, October 2010
Duke City DocFest, Albuquerque New Mexico, October 2010
International TV Festival Bar, 15th festival, Montenegro, October 2010
Etnia FIlm Festival, Finland, October 2010
Ad Hoc Inconvenient Films, LHCR, Lihuania, October 2010
Criterio Ambiental, Costa Rica, September 2010
Split New film festival Poland, September 2010
Centraal Museum - Recht voor zijn Raap / In your face, June - September 2010
Bolivia el septimojo es tuyo, Bolivia, June 2010
Documentarist Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2010
Millenium Film Festival - Belgium June 2010
FICA - Festival International de cinema e video ambiental - Brasil, June 2010
Planete Doc Review - Against Gravity, Poland, May 2010
Cinema Politica, Toronto, May 2010
KPFK Los Angelos Film Festival, Santa Barbara, April 2010
Montreal Human Rights Film Festival, Canada, March 2010
Cinema Planeta Mexico, Mexico, March 2010
Human Rights Human Wrongs, Norway, february 2010
DOCPoint Helsinki Documentary Festival, Finland, January 2010
10th Extra Short Film festival, Moscow, Januari 2010 / Pack
International Documentary Festival Agadir, Morocco, December 2009
Med Film Festival, Italy, November 2009
ânûû-rû âboro, Peoples’ film festival, New Caledonia, November 2009
AFF, Astra Film Festival, Romania, November 2009
DOK Leipzig, Germany, October 2009
MEDI MED Docs come true, Spain, October 2009 /
Planet in Focus, Environmental Film Festival, Canada, September 2009
BFFE, Buddhist Film Festival Europe, September 2009 / Lovely Planet
NFF, Dutch Film Festival, The Netherlands, September 2009
VIFF, Vancouver International Film Festival / October 2009
NIFF, Newport International Film Festival/ USA/ June 2009
EIFF, Edinburgh International Film Festival/ UK/ June 2009
Cinema City 09/ Serbia/ June 2009
Filmfoyer, TAC, Groene Engel, Verkade fabriek / The Netherlands/ June 2009
Rodos International Films+ Visual Arts Festival/ Greece/ June 2009
New Zealand International Film Festival/ New Zealand/ July 2009
GFFIS, Green Film Festival in Seoul Korea May 2009/ a BLOOMING BUSINESS
BKKC, Film in Brabant /Eindhoven, Grave, Denbosch, Breda, Tilburg, Oss/ The Netherlands/ 2009/ a BLOOMING BUSINESS
IFFB, International Film Festival Breda/ The Netherlands/ 2009/ a BLOOMING BUSINESS
TDF, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival/ Greece/ 2009/ a BLOOMING BUSINESS
Film in Brabant/ Tilburg, Eindhoven, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Oudebosch/ 2008/ GAURI
Salon XI/ Breda/ 2008/ Turning the Pages / Pedro Segundo
Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival/ New York, Chicago, Florida, Vermont, Indiana/ 2008/ GRITO de PIEDRA
Astra film Sibiu/ Romania/ 2007/ GRITO de PIEDRA
Netherlands Film Festival/ the Netherlands/ 2007/ GRITO de PIEDRA
Festival de Cine y video de los derechos humanos/ Bolivia/ 2007/ GRITO de PIEDRA
DOCSDF- Festival International de Cine Documental/ Mexico/ 2007/ GRITO de PIEDRA
Rodos ecofilms International Films & Visual arts Festival/ Greece/ 2007/ GRITO de PIEDRA
Media city 13 International Festival of Experimental Film & Video Art/ Toronto/ 2007/ Pack
Film in Brabant/ Tilburg, Eindhoven, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Oudebosch/ 2007/ GRITO de PIEDRA
Rompecabeza/ Vishal Haarlem/ 2007/ Another day in Bombay
IDFA/ Amsterdam / 2006 / GRITO de PIEDRA
Tropenmuseum Junior /Ster in de Stad (Star in the City)- 90 minutes exhibition / September 2006 - 2008 March 2009/ Gauri
The One Minutes/ Amsterdam/ 2006/ Trying to study and Mumbai Dreams
Iowa city International documentary festival/ IOWA / 2006 / Pack
Netherlands Film Festival/ Utrecht 2006/ PACK
Amsterdam/ 2005/ Pack
Seed/ Croyde North Devon (UK)/ 2004/ Moja Mbegu
Film by the Sea Internationaal Film festival/ Vlissingen/ 2004/ Moja Mbegu
LowLands LTV/ Biddinghuizen/ 2004/ Pack, Square
Nacht van de Buitengewoon film/ Zonnemaire/ Moja Mbegu
Artots/ Den Bosch 2003/ WYSIWYG, Square (installatie)
Nederlands filmfestival/ Utrecht 2003/ Khamu Village
TEEK film-en animatie festival/ 2003/ Khamu Village, Square, Pack
Hardkijken festival/ Arhnem 2001/ Experiment #16

Film festivals as Producer Dick Verdult – It Is True But Not Here
World Premiere BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2017; National premiere DOCfeed, Eindhoven, 2017; Cine Tonalá Tijuana, Mexico 2018; Cine Tonalá CDMX, Mexico 2018; Mexico Premiere Cineteca Nacional CDMX, 2018; Cine Tonalá, Bogotá Colombia, 2018; Effect Festival, Den Bosch, The Netherlands 2018; Cine Cairo, Rosario, Argentina, 2018; Cordoba, Argentina, 2018; In-Edit Festival, Ketelhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018; World Film Festival, Estonia, 2018; Groene Engel, Oss, The Netherlands, 2018; Willem II, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 2018; Society Sexyland, Subbacultcha, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018; SeriousFilm Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2018; Transcinema Festival Lima, Peru, 2017; Phonocinema Festival, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2017; In-Edit Festival, Bogota, Colombia, 2017; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017; Feria Odeón (Espacio Odeón), Bogota, Colombia, 2017; Mistyfields Festival, Asten-Heusden, 2017; USA Premiere, Margaret Mead Festival, New York, USA, 2017; Nwe Vorst, Tilburg, 2017; Verkadefabriek, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 2017; De Aleph Centrum voor de Kunsten Drunen, 2017; Cinema Kiek in de Pot, Bergen op Zoom, 2017; Festival Latino Americano, Rotterdam, 2017; De Cacao Fabriek, Helmond, 2017; FC Hyena i.s.m. Red Light Radio, Amsterdam, 2017; Filmhuis Alkmaar, 2017; Natlab door Plaza Futura, Eindhoven, 2017; LAB 111, Amsterdam, 2017




Ton van Zantvoort (Heesch, 1979) is an acclaimed director, cinematographer and editor, whose films have screened at numerous prestigious A- film festivals. His work has been broadcast all over the world (VPRO, ARTE/ZDF, Al Jazeera) and he has won a dozen awards for best director, best cinematographer and best editor.

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Ton van Zantvoort (Heesch, 1979) graduated with credits at the Academy for Visual Arts in Breda in 2003. In 2006, his debut film GRITO de PIEDRA premiered at IDFA and was broadcast by ARTE/ZDF and other stations. His second feature a BLOOMING BUSINESS, a co-production with the Dutch VPRO, was screened at major film festivals, broadcast worldwide and won a dozen awards, such as at DOK Leipzig. In addition to producing his own documentary films, van Zantvoort has also produced documentaries for other directors: DAY is DONE* by acclaimed director Guido Hendrikx (premiered at IDFA), FALLING by Jef Monté and recently a feature length film about the enigmatic artist Dick Verdult. Besides longer films van Zantvoort has made  dozens of short (art) films, gives master classes at (art) academies in Europe and Canada and was a jury member for several international film festivals and for organisations such as Panasonic International.

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Ton van Zantvoort was born in a small village in the southern Netherlands in 1979. After he succesfully finished in only three years his graphic design education, he graduated with credits in 2003 at the Academie St. Joost in Breda. With his graduate film “Khamu Village” he got in the “top 10 of best student films” on the Dutch Film Festival. Also his short series of “Items” about the abalienation of and the contrasts in the reality were screened on several big international film and art festivals.

In 2005 he was five months in South America to make a triptych of films. The longest of the three independent films is 'GRITO de PIEDRA' and was world premiered on IDFA 2006. The film screened on many international festivals and was broadcasted by b
ig channels, as ARTE (France, Germany, Switserland & Belgium). In that same year he was also nominated for the NFTVM award: the award for best new Dutch filmmaker.

In 2009 he finished his second feature documentary
'a BLOOMING BUSINESS' that became a coproduction with the VPRO. The film
screened on more than 70 international film festivals and won also many awards such as the Dok Leipzig Healthy Workplaces Film Award (Germany) , Cinema Planeta jury award (Mexico), FICA press award (Brasil), Millenium Festival Audience Award (Belgium).

In the last 8 years he made dozens of short (art) films, teached on several Art academies and was jurymember for international film festivals, and for organisations as Panasonic International.

Ton van Zantvoort

About the director

About the director (128 words)
Ton van Zantvoort observes with great attention and takes us into the worlds of people on the edge, people who try to survive but are confronted by external forces such as tourism, international commerce and mass consumption. With great humanity, van Zantvoort shows us a different world in which all human life is valuable. His films are characterized by a language of intimate images, a poetic structure and enormous involvement. In his lyrical documentaries with socio-economic overtones he usually resists the temptation of doing interviews. His work is original and testifies to a great effort of will by the maker. The vision of a Western civilized person who holds up a mirror to us. A confronting mirror, but one that invites you to take a long good look.

About the director (52 words)
Ton van Zantvoort observes with great attention and takes us into a world of people on the edge, people who try to survive but are confronted by external powers as tourism, international commerce and mass communication. With great humanity, van Zantvoort shows us a different world in which all human life is valuable.

Jury reports

Jury report (by John Appel, Oscar van der Kroon et al.), Golden NL-Award, 2016

The makers have cleverly edited the material to achieve a powerful result. Impact and relevance are big. Watching this film is an emotional experience, going from sympathy to pity to annoyance to despair. As a viewer you are affected by all these emotions and you watch the documentary to the end with growing amazement. The film succeeds very well in letting the viewers judge for themselves.

Jukka Takala, Director of European Union -OSHA, Spain
Only 10 films from international filmmakers were nominated for the Film Award and selected from 2,578 documentaries submitted to DOK Leipzig this year. I would like to offer my congratulations to Ton Van Zantvoort, whose film was a worthy winner. He approaches the topic in a highly creative way and highlights the strength of international documentary film-making in 2009.

Jury report, NFTVM-award
Ton van Zantvoort shows his ability to use a purposeful approach and cinematic means to achieve a wonderful end result. In difficult circumstances he succeeds in creating well-rounded and mature images with fantastic lighting. His work shows historic awareness and respect for his characters. He cleverly succeeds in capturing an atmosphere and through neat observations he manages to get very close to his characters. Work of this high quality commands admiration and respect.

René Bosma, deputy director St. Joost Academy
His modus operandi seems to follow that of the direct cinema; direct observations with as few outside interventions as possible and control over virtually the entire creation process of the film. However, in Ton’s films you see a preference for stylisation and an emphasis on image and sound design. This makes the work original and its content is indicative of the film maker’s great willpower. In his films Ton determinedly takes a stance, presenting his own vision of reality, the vision of a Westerner who holds a mirror up to society and himself. This mirror shows things that are not easy to watch but still you enjoy looking into it at great length.

Panasonic International (107 words)
Independent filmmaker is only half the description of what Ton van Zantvoort actually does. His films are typified by the language of intimate images, a poetic structure and enormous involvement. Van Zantvoort observes with great attention and takes us into a world of people who try to survive but are confronted by external powers as tourism, international commerce and mass communication. In his seven years of making films and art, the Dutch born director and cameraman has screened his works at hundreds film festivals around the world, has been awarded and nominated 14 times and has taught and written on photography and documentary making in various institutions.

Quotes from international reviews of a BLOOMING BUSINESS
a poetic, cinematic and poignant documentary - IMDB Movie database - USA
the film intrigues and outrages in equal measure - Eye For Film, review 4 out 5 stars - UK
Part poetry, part explosive exposé - Newport International Film Festival - USA
A quietly formidable film - Vancouver International Film Festival -CA
It’s time to wake up and smell the imported roses - Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival - UK
for the outstanding artistic achievement of a strong film - Golden Olive Award