ABOUT HALAL DOCS
HALAL docs is an Amsterdam based documentary film company. HALAL docs is part of HALAL, an established film production company & photography agency with an international network of creatives, who work with the industry’s most influential movers and shakers. HALAL has four partners and four departments: photography, documentary, commercials and film. The documentary department is headed by Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, who is a partner of Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis and Gijs Determeijer at HALAL.
The focus of HALAL docs is to create documentaries of the highest international quality. Boasting with artistic value, our aim is to produce documentary films that surprise, inspire, engage and inform.
The personal approach and vast experience in the creative, communicative, financial and organizational aspects of film production, allows our documentary film directors to realize their greatest creative potential, whilst keeping their distinctive personal signature. Focusing on a number of documentaries in different stages of development and production, we strive to make the best documentaries and find international audiences in innovative and meaningful ways.
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Olivia is known to be a passionate and ambitious documentary film producer, always striving to create films that surprise, inspire, engage and inform. Her main focus is to expand Halal Docs’ international portfolio and effectively attract and cultivate top talent to help create the greatest quality documentary films with high artistic value.
With over 10 years of experience in film production and with a mediastudies master degree at the University of Amsterdam and the New York University Tisch School of the Art on her back, Olivia has been working on documentaries, short films, TV series, art films and feature films for the past decade.
At Halal docs, Olivia works closely with directors to transform ideas into reality. Concentrating on a select number of documentary filmmakers with a distinctive personal signature, the focus is on content and artistic value. Olivia is a strong advocate for being involved in every aspect and part of a project and makes this her number one priority in order to achieve the highest potential of any idea.
Ultimately, Olivia drives on her own intuition and gut instinct, trying to make successful and artistic decisions for her films, connecting filmmakers to the industry’s most influential movers and shakers and audiences in the most innovative and meaningful way.
Inspired to create smart and enticing documentary films, in which she can lose herself – both as a producer as well as a human being – that is Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, in a nutshell.
ABOUT THE TEAM
The core of HALAL docs consists of a carefully selected team of well-established experts as well as some of the brightest young talents. Driven by our common passion to create films and content of the highest value, our team brings together people who compliment and inspire each other to elevate each assignment and unleash its full potential.
In our experience, each project calls for a different mix of experience and creativity. Thus we effectively also have built an extensive and international network of highly experienced freelance producers, directors, writers and researchers, who are at our exposure to commission, depending on the specific requirements of the individual project.