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On May 6 BERG reveived an Experimental Award for Outstanding Sight at Mediawave in Hungary. The festival took place in the remote village of Kiscsősz where there was a gathering of filmmakers, musicians and students forming a connected temorary community.


On April10 BERG won the special jury prize at the Ulju Mountain Film Festival in the Republic of Korea. The festival had a selection of 148 nature and adventure themed movies. Director Joke Olthaar and cinematographer André Schreuders had the chance to do a long live Q&A via a video-connection.

Upcoming International screenings

Chicago (USA) Siskel Film Center 15/3 19.30h

Ulju Mountain Film Festival South-Korea 3/4 19.30h

Mediawave Hungary 6-7/5

DOKfest München Germany 8/5 20.30h, 12/5 18.30h, 13/5 18h

FIFEQ Montreal Canada 14/5 18h

Beldocs Belgrade Serbia 13/5 21.30h

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Great news that BERG wil be screened in Buenos Aires in Argentina at FIDBA and in Pontevedra in Spain (Galicia) at Novos Cinemas!

The Spanish premiere of BERG will be on Thursday the 16th of december in presence of the director and cinematographer. The film is part of the Official Selection of this small festival with only 8 other films. 

FIDBA is the opposite with 260 films in total. The screenings in Argentina will be online for a limited time in the period December 2021 - March 2022


The Nordic Adventure Film Festival has selected BERG in it's competition program. The film is screened in Copenhagen on the 26th of November. Another screening in Arhus will follow.


The Dutch Mountain Film Festival has selected BERG as part of the competition programme. The screening is on the 5th of November 21.30h in Royal Heerlen.

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On the 30th of September BERG won the Award of the 'Directors Forum competition' at the Netherlands Film Festival. "Powerful, sensory and rich in its simplicity.” (the report of the jury)

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Runner up in the BGL Audience Award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam!

BERG has its world premiere at the International Filmfestival Rotterdam from June 2 - 6, 2021. We are happy to announce that physical screenings will be possible! 



June 4, 19.30h Pathe 4

June 5, 12.45h LantarenVenster 6
June 5, 19.15h KINO 4
June 6, 13.15h Cinerama 1
June 6, 21.15h Cinerama 5

The soundtrack of BERG is released. Available via Bandcamp.


This isn’t a regular ‘original film score’ album. After working on the sound design Hugo Dijkstal and Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) decided to re-arrange the sound into one long 30-minute piece. That's the first track of the album.
The second track of the album is created in a much earlier stage of the BERG film. It was an attempt to create a soundtrack with guest Peter Hollo (Tangents, FourPlay String Quartet, raven) on cello. Peter and Rutger were in contact for years already, but this was their first time working together. Inspired by Joke Olthaar’s ideas about her film and what its music could embody, Peter recorded a few cello improvisations from his hometown in Australia. These recordings were re-edited and combined with Rutger’s electronics, into a half hour piece that served as a proposed base for the movie’s soundtrack. Further in the working process of the film, it was decided that the music needed another direction – a more minimal approach was needed, an approach that was more about adding texture and very subtle colour, and blending seamlessly with Hugo Dijkstal’s mix of nature sounds. The piece with Peter Hollo is preserved here on this album. The two tracks complement each other as a listening experience.