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Buddy Film Foundation operates as a starting point for refugee filmmakers, film crew, actors and creatives. We organise workshops, network events and coach our new colleagues with the ultimate goal being; landing paid jobs. We guide these professional filmmakers from development to execution and funding of their own film projects. We strive to be the link between the newcomers in this domain and the national and international film and tv-industry. 

who are we?

our beliefs

We believe that by helping our members slip directly into paid jobs in their domain of interest, is the best way to assimilate and have a meaningful journey into full integration. Work offers a person stability, income, social contacts, development and a certain social status. Especially when you find work in the field you actually want to work in; it gives an extra motivation, it creates positive energy and we get to hear and see the stories that only they can tell. It really is a win-win. Talent is everywhere.

buddy film numbers

23

complete film
productions

206

registered film professionals

15

different
nationalities

131

completed
castings

About us
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buddy team

The Buddy Film Foundation was founded in 2017 by actress Dewi Reijs,

director Dennis Overeem and producer In-Soo Radstake. 

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Dewi Reijs

Founder, Actress, Director,

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Dennis Overeem

Founder, Director, Writer,

Editor

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Tisa de Jong

Project Executive &

Casting Director

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Esther Thedinga

Accountant

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Maria Bodrug

Visual Designer & Photographer

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Jenica Van den Berg

Production Assistant

Ecaterina Bodrug

Ecaterina Bodrug

Back-office Assistant &

Producer Assistant

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Amani Al-Omaisi

Junior Marketeer

Mohamad Khattab

Mohamad Khattab

Financial Administration Expert

OPEN POSITIONS

no position available

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Are you a professional of the film industry with a refugee background and would like to join our foundation?

By enrolling in our database, you'll always stay informed and receive email notifications when suitable job opportunities arise. We are looking for directors, producers, makeup artists, etc.
We frequently host screening nights, speed networking events, and other occasions that can assist you in expanding both your social and professional circle. Registration is completely free, and no contractual commitment is required.

Registration

Thanks for registering. A Buddy Team member will contact you soon to finalize the registration.

projects

Rotterdam Writers' Rooms

The Rotterdam Writers' Rooms project, in collaboration with the Buddy Film Foundation, is a long-term program starting in January 2024. It includes in-depth workshops, audience interactions, and AV sector meet-ups, all at no cost. We require a strong commitment but offer generous compensation. Three selection rounds will lead to the formation of writing teams for the rooms, guided by experienced script coaches.

projects
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support us

Did our story inspire you and would you like to support our cause? You can do so with a donation via iDeal or a credit card.
We appreciate every contribution.

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our partners

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contact

CONTACT 

ADDRESS

Amsterdam

Baarsjesweg 206,

1057 HT Amsterdam

 

PHONE

+31 (0)20 244 1080

EMAIL

info@buddyfilmfoundation.com

 

BILLING ADDRESS

Stichting Buddy Film Foundation

Baarsjesweg 206, 1057 HT 
KVK: 67827985
BTW-nummer: NL857189177B01
dewi@buddyfilmfoundation.com

Rotterdam

Van Bijlandtplaats 31

3012 GA Rotterdam

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