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Buma Awards @ BMIM Trade Dinner

BMIM is once again launching its annual search for the best new talent in the country. And, for the first time this year, BMIM will present new Buma Award categories at the BMIM Trade Dinner on May 22nd.

The annual Buma Awards took place in March, celebrating musical and creative excellence in film, advertising, radio, television and branding. "Because we’d like to inspire, recognise and celebrate more Dutch composers, we are presenting these additional awards for the new categories during Buma Music in Motion," managing director from Buma Cultuur, Frank Helmink, said.

Buma Award Best Original Composition Documentary, Short Film, Telefilm
Best Original Composition Documentary, Short Film, Telefilm is awarded to the Dutch composer of a documentary that has had its the premiere or first public screening between January 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018, followed by a week in at least three cinemas or film theatres, a festival screening at the NFF, the IDFA, the IFFR has either been broadcast in the same year for the first time by a national or regional broadcaster in the Netherlands or abroad.

Buma Award Best Sync (in Advertising, Television, Trailers, Film, Online)
Buma Award Best Sync (in Advertising, Television, Trailers, Film, Online) is awarded to the best use of existing Dutch music in (international) television and/or cinema advertising, in online domains, in a selected scene from a feature film or television program; in a game, TV or movie trailer. First broadcast between between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2018.

Buma Award Best Original Composition in Trailer (for Film, TV, Gaming)
Best Original Composition in Trailer (for Film, TV, Gaming) is awarded to the best Dutch composers of the original score created specifically for use as part of a film, TV game trailer or promo. First broadcast between between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2018.

Buma Music in Motion New Talent Award
For the New Talent Award, which was launcheded five years ago, students and young professionals can submit music for any and every kind of media up to April 23rd. The annual talent award recognises, inspires and celebrates emerging composers from all over the country, and offers upcoming talent an all-important platform to showcase their work to professionals from the music and media industries.

A panel of highly experienced judges drawn from some of the sector's leading companies will assess each entry before choosing a winner.


Bob Zimmerman (film composer, NL)

  Bob Zimmerman (1948) has been involved as a composer and an arranger in numerous theatre-, televison-, CD- en movieproductions. Thus amongst others he wrote the arrangement of Piazzolla’s tango Adiós Nonino, played at the wedding of Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander and crown princess Máxima. He is one of the house arrangers of the worldfamous Metropole Orchestra. Zimmerman also composed many movie soundtracks, for instance the Dutch feature films De Avonden, Tirza en Süskind. Also for the successful Dutch nature documentaries De Nieuwe Wildernis (The new wilderness) and Holland, natuur in de Delta. For the stage he wrote over 10 operas, ranging from one minute for a cappella choir to big symphonic full length drama. Beside these compositions “in a context” he also wrote many vocal and instrumental concert pieces; his recent Cinq ou six Bagatelles Brillantes, for the internationally beloved Osiris Trio (piano, violin, cello) will be released on CD this year.

Cathelijne Beijn

  Cathelijne Beijn is a freelance journalist, DJ and press agent for International Film Festival Rotterdam. As a journalist she writes about lifestyle, trends, human interest and music for several magazines, daily newspapers and websites. After working as a producer for radioshows at Radio 6 Soul & Jazz, Cathelijne presented her own soul and jazz show for the Rotterdam based radiostation RTV Rijnmond. Now she is a regular guest at Operator Radio and spins records at several festivals.

Janice Pierre
(director, among other Hartenstrijd, NL)

  Janice graduated in 2001 at the Dutch Film Academy. She directed 3 tv movies, television drama /comedy tv shows and commercials: winning two silver Lions at the Cannes Lions Festival for the IDFA campaign. She made her feature debut in 2016 with the romantic comedy 'Hartenstrijd'.

Jeroen Rietbergen
(composer, NL)

  Keyboardist, composer and producer Jeroen Rietbergen started playing piano as a child and studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he eventually dropped out due to the fact that he hardly showed up, as he already had joined several bands and picked up his first studio gigs. Most recently he's been Musical Director for 'The Voice' in The Netherlands. Prior to that, he has toured as Musical Director or as keyboard player for lots of bands and shows. He played in theatres with Ruth Jacott, and joined Candy Dulfer for several tours through Europe, the US and Japan. He has also accompanied Jan Akkerman before he started touring with Marco Borsato, with whom he has worked ever since. Between his live gigs as a keyboard player or MD he composes and scores soundtracks for feature films, one of which has won him 2 prestigious Buma Awards.

Jon Karthaus
(director, among other Homies and Bella Donna's, NL)

  When he was 18 he had his breakthrough role in the serie ZOOP on Nickelodeon. Besides acting, he wanted to move on with creating; wriging, producing and above all directing.

With his current production company Johnnywood Produtions, Jon co-produced the movie 'Homies' together with Just Productions, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors to the Dutch cinemas. This comedy feature film was also written and directed by Jon. This was followed by a few television series and various commercials, as well as writing and directing the film 'Bella Donna's', which received a 'Golden Movie' for attracting 100.000 visitors in the first week. Right now he is working on the postproduction of the multicutral blockbuster Bon Bini Holland II, which is expected to premiere in the Dutch cinemas in December 2018.

Joost van 't Hoff
(composer, winner BMIM New Talent Award 2017, NL)

  Joost van 't Hoff has a thing for vintage instruments and the skills to tell a story with them. As a media composer and co-founder of audio collective Elephant Ears, he writes music for short films, animations, commercials and documentaries. In 2017, Joost won the Buma Music in Motion New Talent Award for the music he wrote and produced for 'Nature: All Rights Reserved', an experimental documentary that won awards all over the globe. Recently Joost wrote music for Albert Heijn, and short film 'The Other Side of Sadness'.

Kaja Wolffers
(creative director, NL Film, NL)

  He started his career with directing television series, such as GTST, Onderweg naar Morgen and Costa! In 2005 he made the switch to MTV Networks as Head of Creative Nickelodeon, where he developed the youth series Het Huis Anubis together with Studio 100. In 2008 he joined the Dutch management of MTV Networks as VP MTV Networks Productions. His last year at the company he worked in the management team of Nickelodeon Northern Europe. In 2010 he becomes creative producer at NL Film, after which he joins the board in 2015. As creative director, Wolffers is responsible for the development and production of NL Films' series and films, with amongst others Menten, Weg van jou, Mannenharten 1 & 2, Zwarte Tulp 1 & 2, Kasper en de Kerstengelen, Bluf and Op weg naar pakjesavond.

Lotte Sterk
(MassiveMusic, NL)

  Lotte works as Music Researcher and A&R manager at the music production agency MassiveMusic. Here she is engaged every day in finding the right music for supporting various types of media, especially advertising. She is involved in connecting the music of emerging artists to brands and advertisements.

Martijn Schimmer
(composer, among other The Voice of Holland, CEO SMP Amsterdam, NL)

  Martijn has written numerous songs for, among others, Marco Borsato, Linda Wagemakers, Frans Bouwer, Chantal Janzen and Gerard Joling. In 1995 he also started to compose music for television programs, after which he founded his own company Schimmer Music Productions B.V. (SMP) in 1999. Here he leads a team of eight employees with whom they work daily on the (live) recording, production and mixing of music compositions for, among others, De Wereld Draait Door, Nieuwsuur, Popstars, Hart van Nederland, Lingo and Spangas. In 2010 Martijn composed the recognition melody of the RTL 4 program The Voice of Holland, for which he received the prestigious ASCAP Award in Los Angeles in 2012.

Merlijn Snitker
(componist, among other Publieke Werken, Alles is Liefde, Het Verlangen, NL)

  Merlijn Snitker, who graduated at the conservatory as a performing artist (saxophone), is a self-taught composer - whence his original style and fresh approach of the trade. Under the umbrella of a composers collective, Snitker won in 2010 the Flemish ‘Outstanding Achievement Film Award’ for the soundtrack of Dossier K. As of 2013 Snitker became his own man, not only composing for the Dutch cinema, but also branching out to Belgium (De Premier) and Sweden (Siv Sover Vilse). In 2016 his soundtrack for Publieke Werken (Public Works) was nominated for both a Gouden Kalf (the Dutch academy awards) ánd the Grand Scores Award 2017, a prize of the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ESCA).

Neeltje Mooring
(sync agent, NL)

  Since 2007, Neeltje Mooring runs her own company SOLID as a rock and operates internationally as an independent publisher, sync agent and music supervisor. The core business is bringing music and images together in TV-series, adds, films and games. Clients include: BMGTalpa music, V2 records, CTM Publishing, NPO (National Dutch Public Broadcasting Company), DEAR, Dox Records, The Film Kitchen, Lemming Film, Kaap Holland Film, NTR and Key Film. Neeltje Mooring is also a parttime lecturer at Inholland University. She developed the mutual study program: International Music Publishing & Licensing together with Berklee College of Music, Boston (U.S.) Recently she has been teaching the course: Publishing, Licensing and Distribution, part of the master program at the Faculty Global Music Business at the Berklee campus in Valencia, Spain.

Paul Stevelmans
(chief editor Score Magazine, NL)

  Paul Stevelmans (1959) has been editor-in-chief of the online film music magazine Score since 2004. He writes CD and book reviews and conducts interviews with Dutch and foreign film composers. The first printed issue of Score appeared in 1971. From 2008 till today it has been published bimonthly as an online periodical, which makes Score the oldest still existing magazine in the world committed to the art of film music. Score is a publication of Cinemusica, the Dutch Film Music Foundation. Stevelmans is chairman of the foundation. Also, since 2008 he has been a member of The International Film Music Critics Association. Stevelmans has studied at the University of Groningen and currently is a teacher in secondary education in the same city.

Ralph de Haan
(producer, NL)

  Ralph de Haan (Executive producer) is an allround producer with extensive experience in the world of advertising, working with many leading production companies, agencies and brands. He was formerly an executive producer at CZAR films and Hazazah films, a senior producer at 72andSunny, Anomaly and Wieden+Kennedy, the head of his own service-production company Wolfgang, a freelance line producer, production manager, and unpaid intern. He also directed a documentary on Slam Poetry - SPITTING INK - which premiered at the IDFA and screened at various film festivals around the world. In his spare time he writes graffiti, plays tennis and piano, but never at the same time.

Sander van Maarschalkerweerd
(CEO, Sizzer Amsterdam, NL)

  Sander van Maarschalkerweerd (1974) founded Sizzer Amsterdam in 2005. His primary goal was to bring some of the music world’s finest talent to the ad world’s fingertips.
With a network of established composers and offbeat artists Sizzer Amsterdam creates music for moving images. Sander’s passion for music combined with a knack for spotting exciting new talent has resulted in a steady flow of inspiring campaigns. Under Sander’s leadership Sizzer Amsterdam has become a well established award-winning music agency and a trusted partner for brands like Audi, BMW and Google as well as for creative agencies such as BBH, DDB, Fred & Farid, Heimat Berlin, Leo Burnett Chicago and Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam.