HALAL is a production company, photography agency & creative studio that redefines moments of popular culture through radical approaches to storytelling. With an artist centric business made up of an international roster of talent, we have a holistic approach to content creation. Consisting of a photography, fiction, documentary and commercial department, supported by a creative studio that develops concepts and campaigns for brands, our DNA lies in thinking outside conventional narratives.

Founded in 2005, HALAL is run by Tati Vereecken-Suwarganda (MD), Gijs Kerbosch (scripted), Gijs Determeijer (commissioned) and Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen (documentary).

HALAL non-scripted

Boasting with artistic value, HALAL’s non-scripted work aims to deliver documentaries that surprise, inspire and inform. The work is generally recognised by challenging the norm, either in its approach or form.

This quality has not gone unnoticed; the work has premiered and toured globally at A-list festivals and been part of prestigious international competitions. Hallmark productions include Genderbende’ (2017), Independent Boy (2017), KEEPER (2019), King of the Cruise (2019), Drama Girl (2020), Yab Yum (2021) and The Taste of Desire (2021), many of which have caught the attention of globally recognized outfits such as UK’s leading documentary distribution and sales company Dogwoof.

HALAL non-scripted is spearheaded by Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen. With over 15 years of experience in film production and with a media studies master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam and the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Olivia has been working on documentaries, short films, TV series, art films and feature films for more than a decade. She was recently named in Screen Daily as Dutch filmmaker to watch. She is an EAVE and Eurodoc graduate. Her main focus is to expand the documentary departments international portfolio and effectively attract and cultivate top talent to help create the greatest quality documentary films with high artistic value.


Producer, Partner, Head of Docs – Olivia Sophie van leeuwen

Line Producer, Head of Finance Docs – Lotte Gerding

Junior Producer – Research, Impact & Coordination – Tess Vermeer

Production Coordinator – Sandra Bolz

Junior Producer Research and Development – Claudio Montesano

Head of Post Production – Daan Janssen

Designer – Yinchel Tang

PR – Anouk Arends

Contact us directly or send an email to docs@halal.amsterdam