Krooi and Stevens have focused on producing high-quality productions, often with an international reach. The company’s location in Maastricht, the heart of Europe, is no coincidence. In this day and age, the audience for each media production is becoming ever more specific. It is therefore essential to start by carefully defining for whom the production is made and what type of distribution campaign should be implemented.
Elbe Stevens Films distinguishes itself by having a core team that thinks along with you for every project, from the development phase to distribution. For each production, the company closely monitors the balance between content and business, thus ensuring plans in development will almost always see the light of day.
Floor Krooi (1983) trained as a cultural scientist and worked as a researcher at Maastricht University. She has been connected to various cultural institutions, leading both projects and programs. Since 2014 she has been working as an executive producer on various film productions, such as Masterplan Filmtalent Limburg (2014–2016), Souvenir (2018) and Dutch Design, the documentary (2019).
Floor has been a board member of various cultural foundations and was a committee member of the Mondriaan Fund in 2012 and 2013.
Elbe Stevens (Roermond, 1968) studied Audio-visual Design at the Sint Joost Academie in Breda. During his studies, he won the Filmnet Screenplay Prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival for his student film VERMIST.
Elbe has worked variously as a director and screenwriter. He worked on many films and television programs for both public and commercial broadcasters.
From 2004 until 2007 he belonged to the core writing team for the comic animation series ‘Café de Wereld’. In 2007 the program was nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux. In 2007 he also wrote for MOORDWIJVEN, a film by Dick Maas. The film attracted almost half a million at the box office.
In 2011, Elbe was nominated, along with Pieter Bart Korthuis and Franky Ribbens, for the Lira Screenplay Prize for his contribution to the first season of ‘Penoza’ (KRO).
In 2012 Elbe decided to stop writing and focus on producing films. In the three years following he produces fifteen short films, some of which gain international recognition.
DE SMET, directed by Wim Geudens and Thomas Baerten, wins 17 international awards, including the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand. This 15-minute comedy was selected for more than 100 festivals.
Elbe’s knowledge of screenwriting and directing informs a strong commitment to content. His company is known for bringing together young talent and experienced professionals.
For these services, in 2014 he received the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’ Inspiration Prize in the field of film.
In 2015 he produced his first feature film, Code M (98 min.), with Bijker Film & TV and Dutch broadcaster AVRO/TROS, starring Derek de Lint and Peter Paul Muller.
His second feature film, Nevrland (2018), was an Austrian co-production. The film won two prizes at the Saarbrücken Film Festival in January 2019.
In the same month, Souvenir, a co-production with Coin Film in Cologne, also premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Souvenir has been selected for dozens of festivals and is nominated for the ‘German Short Film Prize 2019’ and ‘Best Short Film’ at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Elbe is also developing the feature film Zomervlucht (screenplay by Benny Lindelauf, directed by Tim Oliehoek) and Blaosmuziek (screenplay by Sophie van de Pol/Paul Jan Nelissen, directed by André van Duren) in collaboration with Pupkin Films. Both films are supported by the Dutch Film Fund.
The premiere of Dutch Design, the documentary (55 min.), a film about design in the Netherlands with internationally renowned designers, is planned for the autumn of 2019.