Ido Abram new director SEE NL
5 September 2019
IDO ABRAM TO BECOME DIRECTOR SEE NL - Eye International
As of 25 September 2019, Ido Abram will become director of SEE NL, formerly Eye International, the umbrella body for the promotion of Dutch films and film culture.
The already close partnership between Eye and the Netherlands Film Fund/Netherlands Film Commission will be greatly intensified under the new SEE NL banner, as we all engage in the core business of promoting superb Dutch talent and output to the world.
Abram will succeed Marten Rabarts. Over the past four and a half years Rabarts, as head of Eye International, and his team have worked tirelessly and creatively on the international promotion of Dutch cinema and film culture. In addition, he was an active board member of European Film Promotion 2018-19. Rabarts leaves The Netherlands after more than 20 years to return to New Zealand where he becomes director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, the most important film festival and largest cultural event in the country.
Team SEE NL will be further strengthened by allocating further specializations to the existing team members: Nathalie Mierop (arthouse & crossover films and VR), Lisa Linde Nieveld (documentaries & short films), Erik Mund (children's and youth films), Andre Naus (public films), Edith van der Heijde (experimental films) and Marleen Labijt (heritage films). In the near future, new staff members will be recruited to handle short and animated films.
"I couldn’t have hoped for a better successor than Ido to take Eye International forward under the banner of SEE NL. I know that he will receive an extraordinarily warm welcome on his return to the international film arena where, in his former roles as head of IFFR's CineMart and the Binger FilmLab, he is recognized as a key player in the global independent film community."
" We will miss Marten’s passion and energy for Dutch cinema. But I am convinced that with Team SEE NL, and in close cooperation with the Netherlands Film Fund, the Film Commission, the festivals, the Dutch filmmakers, European Film Promotion, international sales agents and festival programmers, we can continue to offer the Dutch film industry as strong and effective an international platform as possible".
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