Ilse and Femke van Velzen are internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary filmmakers. Weapon of War, about systematic rape in war-torn Congo, was awarded the 2010 Golden Calf, the Dutch equivalent of the Oscar. With Amsterdam-based IFproductions, Ilse and Femke produce and direct documentaries, and develop impact campaigns using true stories for real change.
‘Our films are about big themes, such as human rights and inequality, but also very much about ordinary people fighting for a better life.’
Ilse van Velzen
The IF way
At IFproductions, projects involve all aspects of filmmaking, including research, funding, scripting, producing, filming, editing, and distribution. Ilse and Femke are closely involved every step of the way, working with a capable crew of trusted collaborators.
‘The Mobile Cinema format has proven itself time and again. It is a low threshold, high impact tool, reaching thousands of people at a time in places where public screenings are rare.’ Ilse van Velzen
Ilse and Femke spent many years working in The Democratic Republic of Congo, making a ground-breaking documentary trilogy about victims and perpetrators of rape, and the corrupt justice system in this war-torn country. A Haunting History, about South Sudan, earned them a second nomination for the prestigious Golden Calf award. For Prison for Profit, they returned to South Africa where their career began with the documentary Bush Kids.
IFproduction’s documentaries have been screened at festivals and in cinemas all over the world. Specific audiences have included politicians, lawmakers, policymakers, activists, NGOs, and legal professionals. With the Mobile Cinema impact campaigns, IFproductions brings back the stories to the communities of their origin.