In Kropsdam Is Iedereen Gelukkig / Greetings From Kropsdam

A film by

the Netherlands | 24' | 09/2016 | fiction

Lammert wouldn’t hurt a fly. He lives with his fancy pigeons and his best friend Frieda in the small Groningen village of Kropsdam. His tranquil life is disrupted when he is suspected of making a deal with the energy company GreenNow, in order to have a wind turbine built on his land. Lammert is oblivious to this: he doesn’t want anything to do with wind turbines. Yet he notices that the village starts treating him differently. Because everyone is happy in Kropsdam, unless you’re out of luck.

Joren Molter

Biography

Born in 1993 and grew up in Netherlands most northern province Groningen. At the age of sixteen his short film Full of life was selected for the debut competition at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2010. Before he started his study at the Netherlands Film Academy, he co-directed feature film Foreigners, shot in New York, Berlin and Groningen, supported by Netherlands Film Fund. At the age of eighteen Joren was admitted at the Netherlands Film Academy.

During his study Joren independently (outside the regular courses of the Film Academy) directed four short films. Joren’s work distinguishes itself in its stylistic vision. Urges and weakness of mankind are returning themes in his work. His graduation film Greetings from Kropsdam (2016) shows how a seemingly peaceful community is united on excluding a lonely man. Joren’s graduation film was selected for 51 international film festivals, like Clermont-Ferrand, Warsaw, Busan and Palm Springs and won 11 international awards.

Joren also directs commercials. His first commercial is nominated for the SAN accent award. Joren’s short film KIND and his 45 minute television film DÒST, both written by Britt Snell and produced by Family Affair Films, are his first films after graduation and are running now in the international film festival circuit. Joren is also developing his first feature film Summerfur based on the novel of Jaap Robben.

Filmography

  • Greeting from Kropsdam – 2016
  • Rabbit – 2015
  • Elle Est Belle – 2015
  • Blue – 2015
  • De Lullige Levensloop van een Saaie Man – 2014
  • Dead Doves – 32’

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Crew

Scenario: Britt Snel
Director: Joren Molter
Creative producer: Miel van Welzen
Producer: Jesper Olyve
Line producers: Eva van Dorland, Emeline Bakker
Cinematography: Tijn Sikken
Gaffer: Lukas de Kort
Production Design: Geertje Mirjam Smit
Art Direction: Kim Lieftink
Montage: Moo Flamman
Sound design: Daimo da Costa
Mixage: Fabian Ort
Composer: Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
VFX Supervisor: Tom Selbeck
Cast: Ruud Poiesz, Trijnie Naber, Jasper Groeneveld

Festivals

  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 30 September, 2016)
    Student Competition
  • Warsaw Film Festival, Poland (7 – 16 October, 2016)
    Short Films Competition Won: Audience Award for Short Film
  • Izmir International Short Film Festival, Turkey (2 – 6 November, 2016)
    Out of competition
  • Noordelijk Film Festival, the Netherlands (9 – 13 November, 2016)
    Noorderkrooon Won: Audience Award & Best Student Film
  • International Short Film Festival Leuven, Belgium (3 – 10 December, 2016)
    European Competition
  • Eindhoven Film Festival, the Netherlands (9 – 11 December, 2016)
    Official Selection
  • Vers Awards, the Netherlands (17 December, 2016)
    Competition
  • Premiers Plans Film Festival, France (20 – 29 January, 2017)
    European Student Film Competition
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (3 – 11 February, 2017)
    International Competition
  • ON Original Narrative Student Film Festival, Dubai (25 – 28 March, 2017)
    Official Selection Won: Best Short Fiction Film
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (5 – 9 April, 2017)
    Dutch Competition Won: Youth Award & Special Mention Dutch Competition
  • Busan International Short Film Festival, South Korea (25 – 30 April, 2017)
    International Competition
  • International Festival Signs of the Night Bangkok, Thailand (5 – 7 May, 2017)
    International Competition Won: Signs Award
  • SCENECS International Debut Film Festival, the Netherlands (26 May – 2 June, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Palm Springs ShortFest, United States (21 – 27 June, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (30 June – 8 July, 2017)
    FUTURE FRAMES: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
  • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal (8 – 16 July, 2017)
    Go Short: Best Dutch Shorts
  • Lago Film Fest International Festival of Short and Documentaries, Italy (21 – 29 July, 2017)
    International Competition
  • The Great Picnic, Romania (29 – 30 July, 2017)
  • Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany (10 – 14 August, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Corto e Fieno – Rural Film Festival, Italy (15 – 17 September, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • First Step Film Festival, Albania (19 – 23 September, 2017)
    Go Short: Best Dutch Shorts
  • FunCinema International Comedy Film Festival, Argentina (21 – 24 September, 2017)
    Official program
  • Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival, United States (28 September – 1 October, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Festival International Signes de Nuit, France (5 – 15 October, 2017)
    International Competition Won: Main Award
  • Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Italy (6 – 15 October, 2017)
    International competition Special Mention
  • BRNO16 – International Short Film Festival, Czech Republic (11 – 14 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  • shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, Switzerland (18 – 29 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Les Enfants Terribles – European First Film Festival, Belgium (19 – 22 October, 2017)
    Short Film Competition
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan (20 October – 5 November, 2017)
    International Short Film Competition Won: Kaohsiung Main Award
  • Super8000 Film Festival Aarhus, Denmark (27 – 29 October, 2017)
    Official Selection Won: Rethink Award
  • Hyperfest, Romania (27 – 31 October, 2017)
    International Competition Won: Best Screenplay
  • Cinemaforum, Polen (8 – 12 November, 2017)
    Go Short: Best Dutch Shorts
  • Nice Filmfestival – Un Festival C’est Trop Court, France (12 – 20 November, 2017)
    European Competition
  • Paris Courts Devant International Short Film Festival, France (16 – 22 November, 2017)
    International School Films Won: Student Jury Award
  • Filmschoolfest Munich, Germany (19 – 25 November, 2017)
    International Competition Won: Reformation Award
  • Interfilm – International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany (20 – 26 November, 2017)
    Green Film Competition
  • International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland (21 – 26 November, 2017)
    Film School Competition
  • Internacional Festival Signos de la Noite, Portugal (23 November – 3 December, 2017)
    Competition
  • Poitiers Film Festival, France (1 – 8 December, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Verín International Short Film Festival, Spain (1 – 10 December, 2017)
    Offical Competition
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (5 – 9 April, 2017)
    Out of Competition: Go Green
  • Newport Beach Film Festival, United States (26 April – 3 May, 2018)
    Official Selection
  • Kyiv International Film Festival «Molodist», Ukraine (27 May – 3 June, 2018)
    International Student Competition
  • Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival, India (22 July, 2018)
    Official Selection
  • Nachtkijkers Film Festival Den Haag, the Netherlands (30 August – 2 September, 2018)
  • cellu l’art Short Film Festival, Germany (23 – 28 April, 2019)
    Dutch Retrospective
  • Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium (25 April – 5 May, 2019)
    School program