Breaking Ground is no more...

For eight years we've been the most ardent promoters of student films and fresh talents in the Netherlands. We've always believed student films can proudly sit side by side with professional shorts in programs destined to the larger audiences and time only proved us right. 

Sadly, the moment has come for this adventure to end...

The media landscape is changing. The expansion of online channels, the easy-ness of students to promote their own works together with the programmers' and curators' open-ness to consider them, have started rendering our mediation unnecessary. Though this is bitter sweet,  it also makes us incredibly proud to see student films be able to speak for themselves and hold their own ground. It feels only fair to end this chapter and, just as it happens in movies, let another one begin

05 01 2014

Holland Doc Interview: Reality 2.0

We kick off the new year with the animated documentary Reality 2.0. Our programmer Camiel interviewed director Victor Orozco Ramirez, who graduated with this film from the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts, but is originally from Mexico.
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09 12 2013

Office to share

Are you looking for an awesome and creative office/place to work in Utrecht? We are renting some of the desks at the Breaking Ground headquarters.

There's room for 1-10 people and the space is available from Tuesdays to Sundays, 24 hours a day!

If you're interested, send an email to!
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12 11 2013

Buzzing News #36

The latest newsletter is out and if you didn't receive it, you can also read it here! And for the next time: subscribe here.

 Exciting news about our upcoming events with the best European student films and important deadline you shouldn't miss!

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01 11 2013

Holland Doc24 Interview: Endless Day

In November we're showing the winner of our latest Breaking Shorts competition at the Go Short International Short Film Festival in Nijmegen: Endless Day by Anna Frances Ewert.

Read a short interview between our programmer Camiel and the talented film student Anna here.

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26 09 2013

Holland Doc24 Interview: Clown Medicine

Another month, another documentary on Holland Doc 24 and another interview with the director of the short film CLOWN MEDICINE: Ida Lindgren.

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22 08 2013

Holland Doc24 Interview: Hasudin

The new Breaking Ground season is coming up and we will be kicking it off with our Holland Doc 24 programme in September. The first documentary this year is HASUDIN by Suli Kurban, a student at the HFF in Munich. Our programmer Merle Bemelmans interviewd her. Read all about it here!

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19 08 2013

Join our team!

We at Breaking Ground are still looking for an enthousiastic publicity and communications teammember. Do you feel like joining our team of young people engaged in the world of cinema? Want to help promote our monthly events? And do you want to be part of a group that brings people in touch with the young film talents of Europe?

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16 07 2013

Call for entry Breaking Shorts 2014

To all you film makers who've created a masterpiece this year: entries for our annual Breaking Shorts competition are open! Each year Breaking Ground programmes the European student competition held at the Go Short International Short Film Festival in beautiful Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Want to compete for a beautiful prize? Read the call below, send in your film via the link and cross your fingers. We're looking forward to receiving your film!

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25 03 2013

Winner Breaking Shorts 2013

The winner of this year's Dioraphte Encouragement Award of € 5000 is:

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13 03 2013

Go Short Student Campus: Day 1 & 2

This probably is the coldest Go Short edition yet, Monday and Tuesday the snow came falling down the sky while the European film students are arriving one by one, holding on tightly to their suitcases but probably their hands just froze. The Orca boat offers the warmth they have been craving on their way to Nijmegen and luckily just shortly after, the hands are warm and so are their minds and hearts. We are here: the 5th Go Short Student Campus.

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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.