Bero Beyer steps down as CEO from the Netherlands Film Fund
The Board is grateful for his commitment and dedication with which he has served and guided both the Fund and the Dutch film sector through the difficult corona years. To ensure continuity, Sandra den Hamer will extend her work as interim director for a longer period.
Bero Beyer: "The past period in which I was forced to take a break was unpleasant, but also gave me room to think about which role suits me best. In the end, that no longer turned out to be directing the Fund. I have therefor decided to pursue my love for film and art in a different way. I am very content with the way the fund team and I worked relentlessly to support the sector during the corona years and beyond. Several productions that were in development then will be released this Fall and the tremendous resilience of filmmakers that speaks from that is and will continue to be inspiring."
Supervisory Board Chairwoman Laetitia Griffith: "During his years as CEO, I got to know Bero as an incredibly driven, creative professional with a big heart for film. I am impressed how Bero, in addition to all the extra work for the sector during the intense corona years, always managed to innovate, also for film makers that may find it difficult to find their way to the Fund. Under his leadership, for example, the Cypher Cinema scheme for self-taught filmmakers and the New Dawn fund for under-represented filmmakers were developed and opportunities for immersive and experimental productions were boosted. I have great respect for his decision and wish him all the best in the continuation of his career."
In the upcoming period, Sandra den Hamer, working closely with business director George van Breemen, will continue to lead the organization. Her focus will be to safeguard the further development of the Funds policy direction, the co-operation with the Dutch film industry and the design of the new 2025-2028 policy plan. The Supervisory Board will begin the recruitment process for a new director in mid-2024.