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Engaging online films and commercials, that’s what we make. Wefilm loves to tell stories in a new way. We believe in pulling instead of pushing. Our films have been shared over 80 million times. Wefilm represents award winning directors Roel Welling, Martijn de Jong, Lennart Verstegen, Alain Friedrichs, Joeri Holsheimer, Hugo Keijzer and Jona Honer. All of them are infected by the film virus and love to make online films and commercials. Wefilm is the proud winner of the Cannes Lions Grand Prix and ADCN Grand Prix 2013.
Hugo Keijzer en Jona Honer join Wefilm
Wefilm proudly announces two great talents. Jona Honer just graduated from the Dutch film school as a documentary director. He won several important talent-awards with his documentary 'I'. Jona has a strong sense for sincere human interaction. Jona's first project for Wefilm 'Mijn Kind Online' was produced within one week and got a lot of attention, check it out here.
Hugo Keijzer is an experienced visual storyteller. His films are intimate, and often melancholic. 'The story of Milk' is a brilliant example of the new way that commercials should go: honest emotional storytelling. Hugo chooses Wefilm because he wants to be surrounded by creative people who challenge him to tell better stories.
Three Grand Prix’s in one year
We’ve got the triple! We won the Grand Prix's at the Cannes Lions, the ADCN and the IMC Awards. The DELA campaign we did for Ogilvy & Mather won at the Cannes Lions and the IMC, where it was the first Dutch Grand Prix ever. At the ADCN Awards, we were already awarded for the live twitter film we made with Woedend!
We are over the moon by the great amount of appreciation our films have received over the past year. They were often challenging and nerve wrecking projects, which makes it very rewarding to see them collect all these prizes. Needless to say it’s the films that should speak for themselves, but it’s great to have collected a list we can show off with. We hope you will join us in this list next year! * Cannes Lions 2013: Grand Prix, 3x silver * ADCN 2013: Grand Prix, 1x gold, 1x silver * IMC 2013: Grand Prix, 2x gold, 1x bronze * SpinAwards 2013: 1x gold, 1x silver * Eurobest 2013: 1x gold, 2x bronze * Esprix 2013: 3x silver, 1x bronze * Effie 2013: gold * Golden Drum 2013: silver * Caples 2013: 2x silver, 1x bronze * Epica 2013: 2x bronze * Kiev International Ad Festival 2013: 1x gold, 2x zilver * Effie Rusland 2013: 4x gold * Golden Hammer 2013: 2x zilver * ADC Germany 2013: 1x bronze * Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation 2013: 1x gold * SAN 2013: Accent corporate, Accent Excellent, Adv. vh jaar
Legends aren’t born, they’re dropped
Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam came up with a social experiment that separates travelers from tourists and asked Wefilm if they dared to join. An offer we couldn’t refuse. In Heineken’s most daring experiment to date we plucked real guys from their everyday lives, dropped them into a world unlike anything they’ve ever seen and watched as they have to use every ounce of charm, hustle, physicality and wit, to get themselves back home.
Watch the legendary voyages unfold on the Heineken Dropped YouTube Channel.
Wefilm’s represents cycling team
Together with Cam-a-lot, Wefilm is proud sponsor of their very own cycling team. A group of 15 semi-trained, semi-shaped, semi-fast but extremely motivated cyclists wear our specially designed outfits.
With the Tour the France approaching the racing team joined their first tour: Limburg’s mooiste. Wefilm congratulates their warriors for crossing the finish line after battling a massive 130 km of ups and downs. Check our official pictures on the Wefilm Facebook page. (taken before the race of course).
ADCN: Gold, silver & grand prix!
What a night! During the annual ADCN-award show, the most prestigious advertising awards in the Netherlands (the so called lamps) are handed out. Our DELA commercials (agency: Ogilvy Amsterdam) were awarded with a silver lamp. The live twitterfilm we made with our friends at Woedend! for the Dutch Film Festival even won a beautiful golden flavoured lightbulb. But the night wasn’t over yet. There was one more award to be handed out to the most creative work over the past year; the Grand Prix. Jumping and cheering like four year olds we climbed on stage ones more to receive this great price for our twitterfilm.
The jury noted this case really stood out and showed a lot of guts. Needless to say we are extremely proud and thank all people who worked so hard with us to realise these big and exciting projects. Also a big up to the ADCN jury's for awarding this kind of work. Have a look at the winning case here.
Gold and silver SpinAward
On the 11th of April, the annual SpinAwards took place in the Westergasfabriek, in Amsterdam. During this event the best digital creations are awarded. A professional panel of judges reviews the work on creativity, interactivity and effectivity aspects.
Wefilm and our friends at Woedend! are very proud to have received the Silver SpinAward (in the category: Innovation) as well as the Golden SpinAward (category: interactive TV & Online Video) for our live Twitter film 'Under Control'. Many thanks to the SpinAwards, and we will see you next year!
Nivea Stresstest goes viral
Wefilm and JOTZ! published the Nivea Stress-Test film, directed by Joeri Holsheimer. Within one day the video achieved over a million Youtube views, within the next week it had been viewed over five million times. The film shows how unsuspecting travellers are thrown in quite a stressful situation. The viral grabbed a lot of attention by becoming a hot topic in many online and offline discussions.
The viral was extensively discussed by the panel of the American television program RightThisMinute and a short front-page article on the Nivea viral appeared on the Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool.
The King’s Polonaise
In cooperation with Mobypicture and Studio De Keuken, Wefilm developed a multimedia initiative for the inauguration of our new King. The challenge was to unite all Dutch people during this day of celebrations. Therefore we reinvented the typical Dutch folkloric dance called 'the polonaise', where a long string of people is created by holding each others shoulder.
During the inauguration everyone can upload a simple video of themselves dancing the polonaise. Online we connect all these people, thus creating the longest (online) polonaise ever made! Everyone with a smartphone, tablet or webcam can film their own polonaise and upload this clip on www.polonaisevoordekoning.nl. The realtime technology ‘MobyNow’ places the uploaded content in a string of people. This way we create the world’s largest (online) polonaise. The digital polonaise is broadcasted live on the website, large screens in the Dutch cities and national television. The National Committee granted this initiative with the Orange Bow, making Wefilm an official supplier. The concept reached a lot of media attention. It was placed on the front page of the newspaper Het Parool, and our producer Bas Welling was invited to Holland's biggest daily tv show 'De Wereld Draait Door'.
Samsung Dual Cam
For the release of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone we wanted to create a huge spectacle, that everyone would miss completely. Why? Beceause they don’t have the new Galaxy S4 phone with Dual Cam, a function that enables you to film or photograph two sides at once: in front of you and behind you. As if in a blockbuster movie, dinosaurs destroy the world and create mayhem right behind our victims, who miss everything as they unsuspectingly point their phone-camera at a lame act in front of them.
First live interactive feature film
Commissioned by the Dutch Film Festival, Wefilm produced the first live interactive feature film in the world, directed by Twitter users. During the 90-minutes thriller, live broadcasted on Dutch television and on the filmfestival's website, the audience was asked to send in their cast directions using #nff2012. The concept has been created in close cooperation with Woedend.
The film features 8 of the most popular Dutch actors, and the soundtrack was played live with the film. The result: a tremendous stream of tweets with an average of 1 tweet every second, resulting #nff2012 to be worldwide trending topic. Over 100 tweets have been selected and are used in the film. Above all: the rumour around the film was worth a free publicity value of €1,000,000+, without 1 euro media budget. Have a look at the casefilm, the TV commercial that introduces the concept and the cinema commercial that used the most popular scenes afterwards. Directed by Martijn de Jong.
Jona achieved in 2008 his bachelor of Journalism at the Hogeschool van Utrecht, after which he worked a year as a reporter for RTV Utrecht and the VPRO. Inspired by the cinematic approach of subjects at the VPRO, he registered at the Dutch Film Academy, where he graduated as a documentary director.
Whit his graduation movie ‘I’ he achieved the VPRO Documentary price of 2013 and the Tuschinski Award 2013 for best graduation movie at the Dutch Film festival. With his previous movie ‘Be hard or go under, he received the Megaherz Filmschool Award 2013 at the International Documentary Festival DOK.fest, in München. As a documentary director, Jona brings big philosophic issues back to a human character that goes through a dramatic development. He does this within an observation where he doesn’t intervene in the moment, but makes imperative choices in the framework, the cuts and the sound design. As a maker he aims at being only present with cinematic means within the story telling.
'The best stories are the ones that actually make you feel something.' It’s his ability to twist the emotions of an audience, to conjure empathy for imaginary people what sets Hugo apart as a director. In everything he does, whether it’s fiction or commercial, he attempts to make the viewer care.
Hugo Keijzer's work can be recognized by it's intimate and somewhat melancholic, visual style, with a strong narrative at it's heart. He doesn't fear addressing life's more difficult issues in his work. As a self-made director, Hugo learned the craft in the field. In 2003 he started as cameraman and editor at MTV and soon he directed music videos for (inter)national artists. This work evolved into more commercial work and since then he has directed several films for global brands like FrieslandCampina, ING, Converse and Footlocker.
Martijn de Jong
Martijn de Jong (1982) is director at Wefilm. He graduated with honours at the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2004, after which he worked as a creative for several advertising agencies. He decided to go to the Dutch Film Academy, after which he was asked to join Wefilm. The live twitterfilm Martijn made won the Grand Prix at the ADCN awards 2013 for most outstanding campaign that year.
At the Film Academy he made several short films with often a subtle and a spherical nature. Martijn wrote and directed the graduation film ‘dicht bij mij vandaan’, with which was awarded best film by the Nedcipro Audience Award. Also he won advertising awards such as Spinawards, ADCN Awards, VCP Kodak Award, Esprix and a Cannes Lion. Martijn specializes in realistic commercials and online films dealing with the small inconveniences in life.
Lennart Verstegen (1985) is director at Wefilm. In 2009, he graduated at the Dutch Film Academy as cinematographer. In his first year as a director, he won the Young Director’s Award at ADCN 2010 and he was shortlisted for the Young Director's Award at the Cannes Lions 2011. His commercial for Megafon was awarded best Russian commercial in 2013.
Moreover, he won the VCP Kodak commercial award for best student commercial. After his study, Lennart was cinematographer for feature films Rabat, Wolf and NTR Kort! ‘Dominique’. Lennart loves to find beauty in small things in life, and to show honesty with images out of the reality. For his commercial ‘Love life. Fight cancer’, Lennart was shortlisted for the Young Director’s Award at the Cannes Lions 2011. In 2012, Lennart directed the 4G commercial for the Russian brand Megafon. On some Russian weblogs, this commercial was called 'one of the best Russian ads ever'.
Joeri Holsheimer (1976) is director at Wefilm. He studied cinematography at the Dutch film academy but started directing commercials and short films right after his graduation. He won the Grand Prix Loerie for his Snickers Don’t Stop commercial in 2007 and directed his first tv-drama in 2011.
Joeri has a lot of international experience, and made films for Snickers, Vodafone and Sony. Last year only, Joeri shot for Dubai, Germany, Bucharest en Paris. Joeri is a visual style director. He likes to make the fantastic be credible and the unbelievable be realistic. He joined Wefilm in 2012, after working for 10 years for Czar Amsterdam. His first two films at Wefilm both went over 5 million YouTube views within 2 weeks.
Alain Friedrichs (1980), rebel of Woensel-west Eindhoven, is a director at Wefilm. When he graduated at the School for Arts in Utrecht in 2007 his short film “Facade” won the best student film award at the Dutch Filmfestival.
Alain continued his studies at the Dutch Film academie where he made many short films and a few commercials. His trailer for the Cinestud Filmfestival 2010 won a Porsche Award in Germany and was selected for the Cannes Young Directors Award. In his graduation year he made several more commercials and was accordingly drafted by Wefilm to join the award winning team. Alain loves high-concept innovative commercial with a strong visual style.
Roel Welling (1979) is director and co-founder at Wefilm. He graduated at the Dutch Film Academy in 2003. He has directed more than one hundred commercials and online films in recent years. His speciality is making stories credible and touching, no matter how strange the setting. Roel won 9 Cannes Lions, 7 ADCN Lamps and 6 SpinAwards. In 2013, Roel's work won the Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, the ADCN and the IMC Awards. Roel is a proud jury member of the 2014 Cannes Lions Film Craft jury.
Roel wrote and directed “Max the Hacker”, the best-viewed Dutch YouTube viral ever with over 27 million hits. In 2009, Roel directed the social media viral “Stanislav” that won 4 Cannes Lions, 2 gold ADCN lamps and gold at Eurobest 2010. The commercials that he directed for Dela won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions Festival. Next to his own projects, Roel creatively accompanies the other Wefilm directors in their projects.
Bas Welling (1983) is executive producer and co-founder of Wefilm. He studied economics at the University of Amsterdam, but next to his study he worked as a freelance producer at several production companies. After 6 years of being freelancer, he started Wefilm with his brother Roel in 2010. Ever since, Bas runs the shop. In 2014, Bas is host at TEDxUtrecht and a proud member of the New York Festival Grand Jury.
Bas produced commercials for clients like Albert Heijn, Holland Casino, and UPC, and organised shoots in Argentinia, Colombia and Finland. In 2010, Bas won the Student Enterpreneurship Award. In 2011, Bas was shortlisted for the Adward. Next to his work at Wefilm, Bas works as a guest lecturer at the UvA and VU, and he is a frequent speaker on the topic of viral video, reprensented by The Next Speaker. He is a proud member of the MasterPeace campaigning team.
Tobias Wilbrink (1983) is managing producer at Wefilm and member of Wefilm's management team. Tobias wanted to learn how to bridge the gap between art and commerce. He applied for the Film Academy to study production. Tobias works as a producer for Wefilm, and since September 2011, he is member of the Wefilm management team.
During his study at the Film Academy Tobias specialized himself in producing documentaries. After his graduation Tobias became a producer at Wefilm and creative entrepreneur at nufilm where he produces documentaries. Besides that Tobias is active as first assistant director and has been a guest teacher at the Film Academy for three years. Since the start of 2012, Tobias is partner in Wefilm.
Anouk Knapen (1982) is production manager at Wefilm. Directly after her study Media and Information management in Amsterdam, she met Roel and Bas Welling long before they established Wefilm. Inspiring years went by of event production and media projects such as commercials, feature films, television programs and drama.
But when they met again in 2012, they all felt it was the right time to work together again. Anouk has a broad perspective of the world around us and therefore she produces very open-minded. She produces studiously with a personal goal to make advertising in general more human and sustainable. This way Anouk enables Wefilm to make next level products without any compromises.
Dania Lopies (1979) is freelance producer and production manager at Wefilm. She believes in the power of combining media. After her study at the film academy she started to orientate as diverse as possible. After 1,5 year of working fulltime for Wefilm, she is now the first we call in busy times.
This expresses itself in producing television programmes as well as short films, but also events and festivals. Because of this, Dania is very versatile. Searching for combinations that amplify one another, instead of limiting, is something that is very useful at Wefilm.
Nederlands Filmfestival – Pak de regie
The live interactive feature film was awarded with the Grand Prix during ADCN 2013, the price for the most outstanding campaign of the year in The Netherlands. Next to that, the project won a silver and golden SpinAward, as well as a golden ADCN lamp and a Silver Cannes Lion in the category Cyber.
Dela – For Each Other
Commissioned by Ogilvy, Roel Welling directed 3 commercials for Dela. In these films, people are asked not to wait with saying nice words, if you can do it today. We decided to produce these films in the most realistic way we could imagine: for real. DELA was awarded as Advertiser of the Year at SAN 2013, and the campaign won the Cannes Lions Grand Prix 2013 in the category Media.
The commercial for Megafon 4G was awarded as the best Russian commercial 2012 on Russia's most important ad blog. Moreover, it won prices at Effie, Golden Hummer and Kiev International Advertising Festival. Wefilm director Lennart Verstegen received Gold at the Effie for his director's work.
The Nivea Stress Test was awarded with gold at the Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation in the category 'Virale Kommunikation''. Next to that it won bronze at Die Klappe Festival in the category "Special Interest Formate"
The project MediaMasters 2011, a game for young people to learn them about media, was awarded with bronze at the Esprix 2012.
Red Bull – Jason rennt
The Human-Powered Freerunning Machine for Red Bull won bronze at the German ADC 2013 in the category 'Internetfilm'.
DPC – Stanislav
Stanislav is the most succesful social media viral in The Netherlands, viewed over 2000 times a second on the top day. Stanislav reached 5 million views and 7 million forwards in a time span of one week.
DPC – Agression Billboard
The interactive billboard was an internationally awarded concept.
Earth Water – Fisherman Sil
Earth Water was Lennart's graduation commercial at the Film Academy, and was awarded multiple times. Lennart won the Young Director's Award during ADCN 2010, and the film was awarded as the best graduation commercial winning the VCP Kodak Commercial Award.
Tedes was Martijn's graduation commercial at the Dutch Film Academy. It was awarded as Dutch best graduation commercial in 2010 with the VCP Kodak commercial Award.
Info Support – Max the Hacker
The series of virals is viewed over 27 million times, and thereby the Dutch viral with the most YouTube views ever. In 2008, it won the price for the best Dutch recruitment campaign.
KWF – Love Life. Fight Cancer
Our film for Fight Cancer was viewed over 100,000 times within four days after going live. Moreover, it was shortlisted at the Cannes Lions Young Director's Award 2011.