Marten Rabarts named Head EYE Intl
January 8, 2015
Marten Rabarts replaces Claudia Landsberger as Head of EYE International. EYE International is responsible for the international promotion of Dutch films and the Dutch film industry. Rabarts, currently Head Development & Training at the National Film Development Corporation in India, formerly was the Artistic Director of Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam during 12 years.
In his previous positions Marten Rabarts already thought and worked beyond the Dutch borders, always keeping a special eye for cinema from the Netherlands. From March 1 he will put the international spotlight on Dutch cinema, as he has successfully done the past few years for the independent Indian cinema.
Sandra den Hamer, Director of EYE:
"After 20 years of passionate expertise and enormous dedication of former Head EYE International Claudia Landsberger, it was not an easy task to find a successor, but we are very happy with the appointment of Marten Rabarts. Marten has years of experience in the (inter)national film industry, has a large national and international network, is an energetic team player and bursting with ambition to lift the Dutch film to an even higher level internationally."
"Representing and promoting Dutch cinema, film-makers and industry abroad is a task I can't wait to get my teeth into. The ever increasing flow of diverse and high quality work, evidenced already in 2015 with a Foreign Oscar shortlist contender (Accused) as well as a major new work by Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato) in Berlin Film Festival competition indicates the robust good health of our industry. I look forward to engaging with all the stakeholders of our talented film community to work together to put Dutch film in the international spotlight where it belongs."
About EYE International
EYE International is responsible for the international marketing and promotion of Dutch films. EYE supports Dutch filmmakers and producers to put films from the Netherlands on the map. EYE International is involved in every stage in the life of a Dutch film abroad, from the selection for recognized film festivals to presentations at the international (film) market. EYE International also provides the international film circuit with information on current developments within the Dutch film industry.
Biography Marten Rabarts
Marten Rabarts (New Zealand, 1961) was appointed Head Development & Training of the NFDC - National Film Development Corporation in Mumbai, India, in 2012. Previously, he was Artistic Director of Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam for 12 years. In Mumbai in short time Rabarts set up NFDC LABS, the successor to the NFDC Film Bazaar Labs which he had led since 2008.
Rabarts began his working life as an actor and a dancer, after which he worked among others in London at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title. He was involved with films like Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Stephan Elliott, Derek Jarman's Edward II, Safe by Todd Haynes and Kids by Larry Clarke.
At Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam he developed Project 10: Stories from a Free South Africa (Sundance, Berlinale 2004) and many award winning feature films and documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated Bullhead. In India, Marten was involved in the critically acclaimed film The Lunchbox, the Indian Oscar submission The Good Road and Cannes-Un Certain Regard film Titli.
Furthermore, Rabarts is a member of the advisory board of Torino Film Lab, CPH: DOX Lab and Clinik Kathmandu. And he is this year's host at IFFR LIVE, the innovative live simulcast bringing films at the Rotterdam Film Festival to cinemas across Europe.