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Lilian Sijbesma (1983) is an Amsterdam based filmmaker. She graduated in Directing and Screenwriting at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Since then she has worked on several film projects and series. She wrote the children’s series ‘Kabam!’, that recently won an International Emmy Award and Cinekid Lion. She also wrote and directed episodes of the children’s series ‘Dropje’ and wrote the screenplay for 'Okedoeibedankt', a feature film directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk. 'Onder de Blote Hemel' her debut feature film as a writer and director was released in september 2023. The script won the Visser-Neerlandia Award for Best unproduced Screenplay of the Netherlands and Flanders.


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Saïd & Anna  (in post production )  I  children's series  I  Phanta Basta!, Indi Film, EO, SRW & VRT  I  2023

Screenwriter: Jeanine Cronie & Fiona van Heemstra   I   Director: Hilt Lochten  (12 eps) & Lilian Sijbesma  (4 eps)

Onder de Blote Hemel   I  feature film  I  Revolver Amsterdam & Serendipity Films

Screenwriter & Director: Lilian Sijbesma

With support of the Netherlands Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund & Eurimages

Winner of the Visser-Neerlandia award for Best Screenplay 2018

Nominated for Best Actrice (Rifka Lodeizen) at the Netherlands Film Festival 2023

Winner of the International Student Jury Award at Film by The Sea 2023

Festival Selections: Tallinn Black Nights (Just Film section) 2023, Film Fest Gent 2023 

Okedoeibedankt   I  feature film  I  Dutch Mountain Film & BNNVARA  I  2023

Screenwriter: Lilian Sijbesma & Nicole van Kilsdonk   I  Director Nicole van Kilsdonk

Nominated for Best Dutch Children's Film & the Youth Jury Award at Cinekid 2023

Festival selections: New York International Children's Film Festival 2023 * BUFF Malmö 2023

Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2023 * Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival 2023

Kabam!   I  children's series  I  IJswater Films & KRO-NCRV  I  2021

Screenwriter: Floor Paul & Lilian Sijbesma  I  Director: Elisabeth Hesemans

Winner of an International Emmy Award: Kids Live-Action 2022

Winner of the Cinekid Lion for Best Dutch Fiction Series 2021

Nominated for Prix Jeunesse 2022 

Dropje   I  children's series  I  Submarine, Walking the Dog & NTR  I  2020

Screenwriter & Director: Meikeminne Clinckspoor, Maarten van Voornveld, Lilian Sijbesma

Nominated for the International Kids Emmy Awards & Prix Jeunesse in 2020

Broadcasted in the Netherlands & Belgium

Kikeriki    I  teaser for tv show  I  Kikeriki Productions GmbH  I  2015

Director: Lilian Sijbesma  I  Screenwriter: Andreas Völlinger & Robin Getrost

Canvas Blanco    live music video City of Catharines  I  Room Service Music  I  2014

Director: Lilian Sijbesma

Melkweg 51   I  short film  I  Doogle Producties  I  2013

Director: Lilian Sijbesma  I  screenwriter: Yim Brakel

Made for 48 hour Cinekid

Bear Valour  I  live music video Sturdy Wine  I  Room Service Music  I  2013

Director: Lilian Sijbesma

Everybody is sleeping   I  poetic short film  I  Art & Media Kitchen  I  2013

Director: Lilian Sijbesma

Shown during live concert The Pale Blue Dot

Joey's First Fight   I  short film  I  Shooting Star Film Company & KRO  I  2012

Screenwriter: Lilian Sijbesma  I  Director: Dave Schram

Broadcasted in 2012 by KRO, BBC & ARD

Strangers   I  short film  I  2012

Director: Lilian Sijbesma, Yim Brakel, Léonie de Boer, Sia Hermanides & Alieke van Saarloos  Screenwriter: Bart Juttmann

Marijn   I  graduation film  I  Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht  I  2010

Screenwriter & Director: Lilian Sijbesma

Awards: 1st Prize KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin 2011 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Music, Best Actrice & Audience Award at Eindhovens Film Festival 2010 - Broadcasted by Z@ppelin24 in 2011 & 2012 Festival selections:  Cinekid 2010 * Lucas International Children's Film Festival Frankfurt 2011 * KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth, Berlin 2011 *  Lady Film Makers Filmfestival Beverly Hills 2011 * Lesofantenfest Vienna 2011  Sehsuechte Student Film Festival Potsdam 2012 * Cellul'art Short Film Festival Jena 2012 * Go Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2011 * Leids Film Festival 2011 * Eindhovens Film Festival 2010 * Flicks International Student Film Festival Groningen 2011

Krijgers van de Nieuwe Wereld    I  short film  I  HKU & Holland Doc 24  I  2010

Screenwriter & Director: Lilian Sijbesma, Jan van Gorkum & Jasper Kelderman

Broadcasted by Holland Doc 24 in 2010, 2011 & 2012

Winner Vers Audience Award 2010     

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