Ton is an acclaimed Dutch director, whose films have screened at numerous prestigious A- film festivals. His work has been broadcast all over the world (ARTE/ZDF, Al Jazeera) and he has won dozens of awards.
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Ton van Zantvoort (Heesch, 1979) graduated with credits at the Academy for Visual Arts in Breda in 2003. In 2006, his debut film GRITO de PIEDRA premiered at IDFA and was broadcast by ARTE/ZDF and other stations. His second feature a BLOOMING BUSINESS, a co-production with the Dutch VPRO, was screened at hundred (renowned) international film festivals, broadcasted worldwide and won a dozen awards, such as at DOK Leipzig. In 2016 his controversial documentary, the BENNO TAPES, won a Golden NL Award.
As with his acclaimend movie SHEEP HERO (81 minutes, 2018), he was not only responsible for (co-) production and directing for all these above mentioned films, but Ton van Zantvoort also did the cinematography, editing, grading, artwork and more. SHEEP HERO was selected by more than 70 renowned international film festival (such as IDFA, Thessaloniki, Vision du Réel, DOK.fest, GZDOC, DOCNYC) won dozen s of awards and nominations and got a theatrical release in several European countries. Besides longer films van Zantvoort has made dozens of short (art) films, gives master classes at (art) academies in Europe and Canada and was a jury member for several international film festivals and for organisations such as Panasonic International.
In addition to producing his own documentary films, van Zantvoort has also produced documentaries for other directors: DAY is DONE* by acclaimed director Guido Hendrikx (premiered at IDFA), FALLING (EO) by Jef Monté, a feature length film about the enigmatic artist Dick Verdult. (Omroep Brabant) More recently, Honds (with KRO-NCRV) and The Hole In My Life (with EO).
Golden Calf Selection
HONDS
40th Dutch Film Festival
Utrecht
2020
Opening film
SHEEP HERO
DOCfeed
Eindhoven
2019
Best Documentary nominee (Regional Competition)
SHEEP HERO
One World Prague
Prague
2019
Grand Angle Nominee
SHEEP HERO
Visions du Réel
Nyon
2019
Winner Green Warsaw Award
SHEEP HERO
Millenium Docs Against Gravity
Warsaw
2019
Best Film + Best Director award
SHEEP HERO
NVIFF - Award for Best Film and Best Director
Amsterdam
2019
Best International Documentary Nominee (in Competition)
SHEEP HERO
Docville Leuven
Leuven
2019
Special Jury Award
SHEEP HERO
Cinema Vérité
Tehran
2019
Winner La Trois Award + Best International Documentary Nominee
SHEEP HERO
Millenium Film Festival Brussel
Brussel
2019
Best international documentary nominee (in Competition)
SHEEP HERO
Cinema Planeta
Cuernavaca
2019
Best European Cinematography award
SHEEP HERO
European Cinematography Awards
European cities
Best International Documentary Award
SHEEP HERO
FICMA
Mexico City
Winner Best Cinematography
SHEEP HERO
European Cinematography Award winner
Amsterdam
Best International Documentary Award and Audience award
SHEEP HERO
Nederland International Film Festival
Nederland
Top 10 best of IDFA / Competition
SHEEP HERO
IDFA Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Best Documentary Award
SHEEP HERO
NYCA New York Cinematography Awards
New York
Honourable mention
SHEEP HERO
Festiver Festival Barichara
Barichara
College
AKV St Joost
with Credits
19992003
Hometown
Breda
Height
189 cm
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Dutch
Eye Color
Blue
Zodiac Sign
Cancer
Children
1
Director’s awards
NL Award, best documentary of the year, RPO, The Netherlands, 2020
Best Director, Torino Underground Cinefest, Italy, 2020
Most Original Story mention, Florence Film Awards, Italy, 2020
Special Jury Award, Cinema Vérité, Iran, 2019
Best International Documentary Award, FICMA, Mexico, 2019
Best International Documentary Award and Audience award, NIFF (Nederland), USA, 2019
2nd Best International Feature film, Fiorenzo Serra Film Festival, Italy, 2019
Honourable mention, Cine Eco Seia, Portugal, 2019
Award of Excellence: Film Feature Accolade Global Film Competition, USA, 2019
Best Documentary Film, NYCA New York Cinematography Awards, USA, 2019
Honourable mention, Festiver Festival Barichara, Colombia, 2019
Green Warsaw Award, Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland, 2019
Best European Cinematography award, European Cinematography Awards/ ECA, 2019
Distribution award La Trois, Millennium Documentary Festival, Belgium 2019
Best Film and Best Director, NVIFF, The Netherlands, 2019
Top 10 best of IDFA audience award, IDFA, The Netherlands, 2018
Golden NL-Award, the Netherlands, 2016
NL Award, the Netherlands, 2016
Trevignano FilmFest Award, Italy, 2013
Honourable mention, best short, Planet in Focus, Canada, 2011
Jury award, FIFDH, France, 2011
Audience award, The Art of the Document, Poland, 2010
Special jury mention, The Art of the Document, Poland, 2010
Golden Olive, best documentary, Int Festival Montenegro, 2010
Golden Olive, best cinematography, Int Festival Montenegro, 2010
Audience award, Millennium Film Festival, Belgium, 2010
Press award, best film of the FICA festival, Goiás, Brazil, 2010
Best Treatment, Cinema Planeta, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2010
Healthy Workplaces Award, DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 2009
Special mention Open Eyes, Med Film festival, Rome, Italy, 2009
Audience award Mixed Greens, Planet in Focus, Canada, 2009
Honourable mention, Media city 13, Visual Art Festival, 2007
2nd price NFTVM award, for best new Dutch filmmaker, 2006
4th price 1 minute & sound award 2006/ dogs
Nomination for St. Joost Penning/ 2003
Ton van Zantvoort - SHEEP HERO documentary snow
Ton is an acclaimed Dutch director, whose films have screened at numerous prestigious A- film festivals. His work has been broadcast all over the world (ARTE/ZDF, Al Jazeera) and he has won dozens of awards.
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