2021, August 4 - 15, Rotterdam

Willem de Kooning trailers for Roffa Mon Amour

We are very pleased and proud to announce our collaborations with the class of the first-year Bachelor in Audio Visual Design at Willem de Kooning Academy. The talented students Kick Hoogewerf, Olga Malinowska, Anas Qadamani, Lukas Balskus, Anna Jones, Sietske Kupperman, and Hasse van Leeuwen realized the trailer for the 9th edition of the Roffa Mon Amour film festival. The students put into practice what they have learned so far by creating artsy and playful videos that deserve to be shared with you.   

The excellent quality of the final trailers made it difficult to pick up the best video, but Anas’ trailer stood up among others. We’ve interviewed him to get to know him better:

Why did you choose to study at Willem de Kooning? 

Well, I studied music my whole life. And I’ve always been fascinated by taking photos, the directing side of filmmaking, and cinematography. I’ve always wanted to combine images with sound, but I needed a free space where to experiment and to find my own style. So I went to the WdKA open day and I felt that it could be the right school for me since it permits students to experiment with images and sound freely.

What inspires you? 

I get inspired by anything honest, genuine, and preferably simple. I don’t get inspired by specific sources such as media or art.  Anything can be inspiring, like a conversation, a song, a film.   

How did you come up with the idea for the Roffa Mon Amour trailer?  

I wanted to focus on the core idea of the festival, so I wanted to make a teaser that represents not only the 9th edition of the festival but the essence of it. So I decided to develop a narrative where the actress represents the festival as she’s moving from one location to another.  She’s projecting films that attract a young audience who represents the audience of Roffa Mon Amour. 

What adjectives would you use to describe this artwork?  

I would say it’s intriguing even though it has a warm and tender feeling. But it is also dynamic and has aesthetically beautiful imagery.  

What did you learn from this experience?  

It’s my first commercial project so I was interested in finding this balance between my artistic vision and what the client wanted. It was nice to go to the feedback sessions, discussing the project with teachers and friends, and then working on it. So, I wanted to find my position as a creator trying to balance the client’s requests with my artistic perspective

What are your plans for the future?   

I don’t have plans. I used to have a lot of plans and scenarios in the past but a while ago I stopped making plans, and I decided to just experience the space I have here happily. Right now I just want to experiment with other fields and styles as well as with acting, directing, writing, and making music. I will find my way and I’m not looking to have plans. 

Anas Qadamani’s trailer

 

 

Hasse van Leeuwen’s trailer

 

 

Kick Hoogewerf’s trailer

 

 

Lukas Balskus’ trailer

 

 

Olga Malinowska’s trailer

 

 

Anna Jone’s trailer

 

 

Sietske Kupperman’s trailer