The international Amsterdam-based lab for writers, directors and producers has a new general director. Gamila Ylstra has worked the last 20 years in key positions in the Dutch film world: Editor in Chief for public broadcaster NPS Television, director of tax based investment company FINE B.V. and 6 years as head of the Film Division of the Dutch Ministry of Culture.
Ido Abrams' departure in May 0-10, of and his taking the reins of the eye Film Institute Netherlands.
Ate de Jong – director and producer – will act as interim director in the intervening months.
Gamila Ylstra (51), studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and Camera & Directing at the Film academy in Tokyo. After making documentaries following her studies she moved in 1990 to the Dutch Ministry of Culture (OCW) where she became Head of Film until 1997. In 1998 Ylstra was asked by the Finance Ministry to lead the introduction of new policies to stimulate the Dutch film infrastructure. Then from 1999 to 2004 Ylstra was managing director of FINE BV a tax based finance entity co-investing in commercial films for the Dutch film industry. In 2004 she became Editor in Chief for public broadcaster NPS Television.
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