Women in Media Music

At Buma Music in Motion we are all about making connections between media composers and professionals. In fact, that is one of our most important goals. Lately we are receiving more and more requests for female media composers and that is why we like to spotlight them, not only online but also offline. On 13 June we will host Women in Media Music in EYE Filmmuseum. An afternoon focused on the female media composer. The event will start with an XL roundtable session in which female media composers talk to music supervisors, directors, post-production supervisors a/o. After the roundtable session we’ll organize the Female Sync networking drinks where female composers connect and meet with other females working in the (media) music industry (a/o sync managers, music supervisors, directors, producers, A&R managers etc).

Are you a female composer and want to talk to one of the professionals listed below? Please subscribe via the form below. You can specify 3 preferences and the registration is closed. Deadline was 8 June. After the deadline we will prepare the final layout where we try to connect you to 2 of your preferred choices.

13:00h: walk in
13:15h: welcome
13:30h: XL roundtable sessions
15:30h: Female Sync Networking drinks
17:00h: end


Hanneke Bannink (Head of Legal, Vincent TV Producties)

Hanneke Bannink is Head of Legal at Vincent TV/Ginger Fiction and has worked in the entertainment/media industry for over 30 years. After a period as a lawyer at a boutique IE law office in Amsterdam, corporate lawyer in the music industry (both label and publishing) and in the theatre sector, she settled at Vincent TV where she is responsible for the Legal department of this fastgrowing TV-production company (among others twice awarded with the Golden Televizierring) and where her knowledge of music law in the production process certainly comes in handy. Vincent TV produces both fiction and non-fiction programmes.

Hanneke is also a board member of the GRAP Foundation (Groepenraad Amsterdamse Popmuziek).

Isis Cabolet (Director)

Isis followed the acting course at the Maastricht drama academy and obtained her bachelor's degree in 2011. Since then she has played in many television series and films such as the films 'App', ‘Komt een vrouw bij de dokter', the series 'Van God Los', ' Weemoedt', 'Lekker dan' and 'Keizersvrouwen'. She is also one of the founders of Bouillabaisse, a theater collective that makes special performances for pop stages, music festivals and clubs, but also tailor-made for special events.

With her short film KUTLEVEN, which she wrote and directed herself, she was nominated for the Debut Prize of the Netherlands Film Festival. She is currently working on the short musical film DIEP IN DE NACHT with music by singer Merol and GLEUF, also a short film that is being realized within the film fund shorts scheme. She has also written her first feature film KERSTMENS, together with screenwriter Lotte Tabbers, which will be filmed in mid-2023.

Photo Roeltje van de Sande Bakhuyzen

Neeltje van der Heijden (Post-Production Supervisor)

After having worked on numerous series and features as a DI producer at an image post facility, Neeltje started working as an independent freelance post-production supervisor in 2015 and has worked on over twenty international co-produced feature films & documentaries since (imdb.me/neelvdh). Besides her projects, she is a group leader & trainer at post production workshop at APostLab. In her role as post production supervisor she regularly works closely with music supervisors & composers.

She is has recently finished the Dutch Netflix series DIRTY LINES by Pieter Bart Korthuis. For 2022 / 2023 she working on the documentary project OCCUPIED CITY directed by Steve McQueen and the Chinese feature film ABOVE THE DUST, directed by Xiaoshuai Wang.

Menna Laura Meijer (director, producer, mint film office)

Menna Laura Meijer is self-taught and became a director by accident. While researching for an article on a group of graffiti boys in Rotterdam, producer Bob Visser suggested writing a documentary film plan instead of an essay, and she did. In 1997 Tags, her first film, premiered in Rotterdam at an illegal rave party that was shut down by police during the credit roll. Her work is internationally acclaimed and awarded; Girls (2003) won the Kids & Docs jubilee prize for best youth documentary, the Kinderkast award, the Dutch Academy Award, and the Prix Jeunesse 2004. In 2018 the film was selected for the IDFA selection of 15 best youth documentaries. Sexy (2007) is the trilogy's final part on young people, love, and sex. The series was nominated for a BANFF world television award, received an honorable mention of the Nipkow award, and was nominated for the Cinekid Kinderkast.

Her latest film, Now something is slowly changing (2018, KRO-NCRV), had its world premiere at IDFA and won the Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary and the lustrum edition of Forum for Directors at the Dutch Filmfestival. Meijer is now working on the 6-hour documentary Fortuyn: Un-Dutch about the singular and controversial politician Pim Fortuyn who was murdered shortly before the national elections in 2002. 

Ellemieke Middelhoff (film editor)

Before coming to the Film Academy in 2013 to study editing, Ellemieke completed a Bachelor and Master in Theater Studies at the University of Amsterdam. The transfer to the Film Academy made it possible for her to become even more specialized in what matters to her in both disciplines: telling stories that matter and evoke something in people.

In addition, Ellemieke is also part-time affiliated with the Film Academy, where she teaches and supervises students in their editing process.

Ellemieke has her own editing studio in the Houthavens in Amsterdam-West. Together with fellow editor Tessel de Vries, she shares a studio in which they both have their own editing suite. The space is partly under water, hence the name: Beneden Peil (‘Below Level’).

Suzan de Swaan (Producer New Talent, Millstreet Films)

Suzan de Swaan is a producer of new talent at Millstreet Films; an ambitious film and drama production company with an eye for quality. Together with talented new makers, she is building a long-term collaboration with productions such as ANNE+, Little Amsterdam, Edelfigurant and Kutleven.

During her studies in film and TV science, she started as a board member of student cinema Kriterion and thus rolled into film distribution. After several positions with independent film distributors, she lived in New York for three years, working for Robert "Bob" De Niro and his beloved Tribeca Film Festival.

Back in the Netherlands she made the switch from distribution to production with production company Lemming Film. She has now worked at Millstreet Films for six years and has founded the ft. Foundation, with which she stimulates talent development in the cultural sector.