Sheep Hero wins NL Award
22 April 2020
Sheep Hero, the award winning documentary directed by Ton van Zantvoort, has won the NL Award for Best Documentary at the NL Media event. The NL Awards are the annual awards for the best productions from the Dutch regional broadcasters.
In Sheep Hero, shepherd Stijn has a romantic world view, but his idealism clashes with the harsh reality of having to be a modern entrepreneur. In this cinematic documentary we come close to Stijn and his family in their quest to keep the tradition of sheep herding alive.
From the jury: "The documentary by Van Zantvoort is a beautiful document with national relevance. (...) From the first image you are irresistibly caught up in the developments. It is great how the makers manage to stay close."
Sheep Hero is produced by NEWTON Film in coproduction with Dutch public broadcasters Omroep Brabant and KRO-NCRV. The film world premiered at IDFA in 2018 and since then traveled to many international film festivals, picking up no less than 16 awards and 35 nominations along the way.
For further reading on Dutch Shepherd Stijn Hilgers: https://newtonfilm.nl/sheep-hero-from-a-free-shepherd-to-a-small-rental-house/
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