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

06 11 2012

Deadline this week: Go Short Student Campus 2013

It’s time for already our 5th Go Short Student Campus! Past editions were a great success and have brought new skills and experiences to the lives of former campus participants. Want to be part of this select group and also experience what these young film students have experienced? Then sign up now!

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15 10 2012

BG NL 4.1 in EYE

The first edition of this years Breaking Ground NL programme is approaching fast.

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05 10 2012

Submit now!

The deadline for Go Short's and BG's student competition is only less than one month away. Want to get the chance to win the grand prize? Submit your film for Breaking Shorts now.

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17 09 2012

Buzzing News #25

Read our latest news letter here:

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14 09 2012

Call for documentaries

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18 05 2012

Report: The Swedish System

In what way can regions in an European country help to promote young filmmakers, students and local talents? Our correspondent Freja Anderson anaylses the situation in Sweden and reports.
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18 04 2012

Interview - HAFF 2012

Our correspondent Max Urai visited the 2012 edition of Holland Animation Film Festival and met up with Daniel Ojari, René Hoekstra and Erik Butter - three animators each with a film in the competition - for an exclusive interview on art, reclusiveness, and the limits of control.

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06 04 2012

The April of Anne Dilven

Anne Dilven won the Breaking Ground Pitch-contest. After a presentation about her new documentary about a Dutch-based Iraqi student, we now follow Anne once a month in a behind-the-scenes diary on the production of her film.

Curious to see what happens when you try to shoot a movie in Iraq? Find out all about it. This time: The big leap to Iraq

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26 03 2012

Interview - Csaba Bollók (Part 2)

Continuing its tradition, this year featured the 15th edition of the International Student Film FestivalCineMAiubit. This year’s edition had as a honor guest in the Jury of the main competition the Hungarian filmdirector Csaba Bollók („Iska’s Journey”, Winner Hungarian Film Festival 2007). 

Our correspondent Ioana Mischie had the chance to interview him. 
This week, part #2: On the Hungarian filmindustry (or lack thereof) and important tips for young filmmakers 

„There has been no filmmaking in Hungary in last two years, because… „Houston, we got a problem here”. This will pass, too, governments come and go and we still be making movies.”

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16 03 2012

Review: In Waking We Are Saved

This week, our correspondent Ian Heames reviews In Waking We Are Saved by promising director Lucia Yandoli.

"In 1315, two young men encounter a traveling philosopher who proposes a very strange idea: there might not be a God or indeed any life other than this one. Magic, terror and comedy ensue."

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