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Margje de Koning to Become New Artistic Director of Movies That Matter


Margje de Koning will be the new artistic director of Movies that Matter. De Koning, who has previously worked as Head of Documentaries at EO, will be the successor of Dirk van der Straaten and starts on 1 September 2019. Together with managing director Ali Remmelts, De Koning will be responsible for the annual Movies that Matter Festival and for the Movies that Matter programmes.

Margje de Koning, designated Artistic Director
of Movies that Matter

Patrick Lodiers, board member of the Movies that Matter Foundation: "Movies matter! But what also matters are the people who make sure that these movies find the screen, the spotlight, the stage and the audience they deserve. With Margje de Koning, the Movies that Matter team will be joined by an inspiring artistic director, who combines an enormous passion for film with a warm, beating heart for human rights. We welcome her with open arms and say: onwards toward more opened eyes!".

Margje de Koning: "After having worked with great pleasure for IKON and later the EO for more than 15 years as Head of Documentaries, it is a great honour to start working as Movies that Matter’s artistic director. At the present juncture, in which human rights, freedom of expression and the environment are at the top of the political and social agenda, I hope to make a significant contribution to the dialogue about these topics. The search for strong cinematographic films which feature these themes, both nationally and internationally, is very close to my heart. It is of great relevance to me to be able to utilize my knowledge and my international network on behalf of this festival, during which both the main characters from the films and the filmmakers are honoured and inspired. Helping this festival grow toward an even more important, recognizable and high-quality public event is a very exciting challenge for me."

After finishing Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), with minors in film and philosophy, Margje de Koning spent\s twelve years directing documentaries for the BBC and several Dutch broadcasting companies. At the University of Bristol she took the postgraduate course Film, TV & Radio.

In 2004 she became editor-in-chief at IKON’s documentary department, while she was also a part-time lecturer at the Culture & Media department at UvA. From January 2005 she was IKON’s Head of Television and later Head of Radio and New Media. In 2016, after IKON has become part of EO, Margje de Koning became Head of Documentaries.

Many of the national and international documentaries for which she was responsible as editor-in-chief won prizes. Among them are Oscar nominations for Five Broken Cameras and Life Animated, Emmy Awards for No Burqas Behind Bars and Miners Shot Down, and an Emmy Award nomination for De wereld van Puck.

De Koning has further been a decision maker and expert at EDN's Pitching Forum Lisbon Docs in previous years.



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