Born in 1957 in Bukavu (the former Belgian Congo), JEAN VAN DE VELDE grew up in the tropics, went to secondary school in the Netherlands and graduated from the school in 1974 in Utrecht, after which he studied at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam.
In 1985, Jean van de Velde founded his own company and wrote and directed a large number of successful features including the award-winning LEAK and ALL STARS, the feature film and TV series (winner of the International Emmy Award 2000) both being remade in many countries, among which the U.K., Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium.
Jean van de Velde has been on the board of several film organizations, including the Dutch Film Fund and the Dutch Film Festival. From July 2000 to January 2003 Jean van de Velde worked as Intendant for the Dutch Film Fund and in this capacity, he was responsible for developing and guiding over 20 commercial features. Currently, he is chairman of the Dutch Screenwriters Guild.
In 2004 he was honoured at the Dutch Film Festival as ‘Guest of the Year’ with a retrospective.
Jean van de Velde's latest movie BRAM FISCHER will hit Dutch cinemas on April 13th.
BRAM FISCHER Synopsis: Apartheid is rampant in South Africa, 1963. When ten men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive S. African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fischer steps up to the challenge as lead counsel. He soon finds that political leader Nelson Mandela is also on trial. Mandela urges his fellow defendants to plead not guilty and shine a light on the systemic corruption against the African people. As the outcome of the trial looks bleak, Mandela gives his famous "I'm Prepared to Die" speech, discussing how the ANC's resistance is justified. But will Mandela's impassioned speech save these men's lives?
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In our Official Selection:
Marc Eikelenboom | 07:28 | Fiction // Direct entry in competition through our partnership with 48HFP. Winner Rotterdam
The ambitions of an unbeatable action hero are thwarted by an unlikely duo.
Wilbert van Veldhuizen | 05:30 | Documentary / Animation
It's the mid-second world war. Hebe is a member of the Dutch resistance. When she gets captured by the Nazis she pretends to be someone else and they seem to fall for it. But how long will it take them to figure out that she is not who she says she is... and what will happen to her if they do?
48 Hour Film Project
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