VoorDeFilm is an independent film platform by Menno Kooistra that produces mashups, video essay’s and filmtalks.
Since 2009 Menno has made mashups, mostly for Dutch film site VPRO Cinema. Most of them can be found on this site. These mashups are little tributes to the medium film and the filmmakers. It’s a tremendous kick to put as many films as possible in these short video’s. And it’s even better if the mashup tells a little story.
The Amsterdam Imagine Festival showed two of VoorDeFilm’s mashups in the central hall of the Eye Film Museum. In 2016 the mashup ‘Building Dreams and Nightmares’ opened the festival.
Occasionally VoorDeFilm produces a video essay, in cooperation with film journalists, like Kees Driessen, Hedwig van Driel, Jan Pieter Ekker en Dana Linssen. These video’s were all made for and screened at the International Filmfestival Rotterdam and the Nederlands Film Festival. Producing the vide-essay’s takes more time and therefore appear less often. At the moment four new essay’s are in the making.
When VoorDeFilm started in august 2014, I mainly produced film introductions, together with film buffs, film journalists and other experts. You know, like the ones that were broadcasted in the golden TV era before a movie. It’s not my main focus anymore, but all 43 introductions can still be viewed on the Youtube channel of VoorDeFilm. In 2014 we made special introductions for an award show of the Dutch Directors Guild.
I studied camera at the Dutch Film Academy and graduated in 2003 as a Filmstudies Master of Arts. Besides my editting and camera work for VoorDeFilm I work as a web and video editor at the Dutch broadcast organisation VPRO.