NOV 26TH – NOV 29TH 2020

Friday 29th November | Zaal 3 | 16:15 - 17:45

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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. Besides content production, Ali is active in running VR lectures and workshops.
In 2016, his VR project won the IDFA DocLab Award for “Best Immersive non-fiction”
In collabiration with Baltan Laboratories

Niels Hoebers: Born in 1981 in Horst, a small town in the south of the Netherlands, where he grew-up and later worked as an electrician until 2003.
He started a study at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he graduated in 2010 Cum laude with the stop motion animation Walter, a dialogue with the imagination.
Directly after graduation he started his stop motion animation studio based in Eindhoven where he produces stop motion animated productions from concept to final edit.
Through the years Hoebers collaborated with a lot of Dutch Designers and made animations for several 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 Talentprogramme (, 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.