Laura Hisken

Name: Laura Hisken
Function: Programmer

In June 2015 I joined the Breaking Ground team as a film programmer. Being a film studies graduate from the University of Amsterdam I gained quite some experience analyzing and discussing various aspects of films, so searching for new talented filmmakers and their films sounded great. Idealiy, I hope to encourage and connect young filmmakers who might feel overwhelmed rather than motivated by the countless choices they have to make and the growing competitiveness in the film industry. I really hope to discover hidden gems and give them a wider audience.

After finishing my (very) theoretical film studies in Amsterdam and
Gothenburg, being an intern at a documentary/film production company and working as a freelance production assistant, I developed a strong desire to start making my own documentary films. I made two teeny tiny documentaries and I want to start a practical documentary filmmaking education soon. In the meantime I'll continue to work on my own projects and I’m also doing an internship at a documentary production company that focuses on small and personal stories that embody universal themes, which is fully in line with my own interest in (making) documentaries.

My favourite Breaking Ground student films


The upcoming European film talent we think is worth following. Discover the new Lars von Trier or Pedro Almodóvar.


Films by young filmmakers that caught our eye and we would love for you to see as well.


Breaking Ground unfortunately seized to exist in may 2016. However, here you can still find our past events.


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