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2009 Rutger Hauer FilmFactory Masterclass

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From June 18th through 28th 2009 the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory organises for the third time a ten-day international Masterclass in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in which Rutger shares his knowledge, vision and passion for the art of filmmaking with thirty ambitious filmmakers from all over the world. In ten days they make 12 short films under the inspired leadership of Rutger and a team of international experts.

“Two years ago my dream came true. Since a visit to SUNDANCE 20 years ago I cherished a wish to make this happen. That the dream is sustainable and that we can repeat it again is fantastic. We are therefore very grateful to our subsidizers and sponsors.” - Rutger Hauer

During the Masterclass the participants will be formed in teams consisting of a director, cinematographer, producer, editor and actors. Together they form a production team. In ten days each team produces two short films that will be premiered at the end of the Masterclass. While going through the process of making both films, the participants learn to get rid of the more conventional ways of filmmaking and thus learn to find their own personal path in filmmaking. Their flexibility and ability for both creative thought and collaboration will be tested and challenged by numerous obstacles and unexpected turns.

During those ten days the team members will participate in workshops and lectures of all possible facets of filmmaking. Previously these have been given by a range of international renowned film professionals like Anton Corbijn, San Fu Maltha, Paul Ruven, Molly Stensgaard (Denmark) and John Putch (USA). The names of the participating filmmakers of this year’s edition will soon be made public. 

At the end of the production line there will be 12 exciting new short films, shot by an international team of young adventurous professionals. Curious how they manage to overcome creative obstacles, logistic nightmares and other problems in just 10 days? Discover it by yourself!
On Monday, June 29, all their films will have their public premiere at the Kriterion Theater in Rotterdam at 20:00, introduced by Rutger Hauer.

Tickets at Euro 5 only, which will be donated fully to Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
Tickets are available starting from Tuesday June 23, at Engels (Stationsplein 45), Rotterdam.

Participants in the two earlier successful Master classes originated from a range of countries including New Zealand, North and South America, Germany, England, Italy, Estonia, France and the Netherlands.

Filmmakers from all over the world can find information on: 

The Rutger Hauer Filmfactory is supported by the Rotterdam Media Fund, Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, SNS Reaalfonds, Filmfund/HGIS, Dienst Kunst en Cultuur Gemeente Rotterdam, Binger Filmlab, Hogeschool INHOLLAND and works in partnership with I've Seen Films - International Film Festival.

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