Pop Up Cinema are experts in developing film concepts outside the regular cinema. In their Talent Talks, filmmakers are interviewed to give an insight into their filmmaking process. Find out what inspires them! In an in-depth interview with lots of visuals we dive into the personal world of the filmmakers.

Ali Eslami

Ali Eslami is a virtual reality artist and practitioner from Iran who has been active and experimenting with VR since 2014. Ali’s work carves new pathways into this emerging medium by developing interactive experiences, driving his practice-led research. The experiences manifest as realities that blur fictional and non-fictional narratives, which strive to articulate possible futures. Ali compliments his process with speculative design and world-building and is ever questioning the restraints of physical space, time and bodies. In 2016, his VR project won the IDFA DocLab Award for “Best Immersive non-fiction”
In collaboration with Baltan Laboratories


Niels Hoebers

Born in 1981, he graduated Cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2010 with the stop motion animation Walter - a dialogue with the imagination. Over the years Hoebers has collaborated with Dutch Designers and made animations for companies, museums and TV. Niels Hoebers’ work characterizes itself by the wide variety of different materials he uses in his animations. The love and knowledge for these materials and their unique qualities ensure that the animations feel magical real.
Niels takes part in the Next Talent programme (, and is developing new work: Slow Stories - subtle stop motion animated scenes and objects that explore the boundaries of film and art. Slow Stories are showcased in picture frames.


Thessa Meijer

Thessa Meijer is a Dutch writer and director based in Amsterdam. Her work is characterised by dreamy magical realism with a humorous undertone. She graduated with honors in 2015 from the HKU University of Arts and was awarded the Netherlands Film Festival’s Dioraphte Award and a Wildcard from the Netherlands Film Fund. What followed was a mid-length television film, The Day My House Fell, which screened at several international festivals and got selected for the Debut competition at the Netherlands Film Festival. Her music video Mind Dear premiered on Nowness, was shown at SXSW Film Festival and got nominated for a 3FM Award Best Video. Her short film ‘The Walking Fish’ was made during an Artist in Residency in Saga, Japan. The work earned her the 2019 Young Director Award (YDA)’s Special Jury Price and a Gold. It is the Dutch submission to the 2020 Academy Awards for Live Action Short Film.