SHEEP HERO | 86 min | 2018

(in production)

SHEEP HERO2018-06-19T14:33:30+00:00

Project Description

  • SHEEP HERO a film by Ton van Zantvoort


Shepherd Stijn has a romantic world view, but his idealism clashes with the harsh reality of having to be a modern entrepreneur. In this poignant and cinematic documentary we come close to Stijn and his family in their quest to keep the tradition of sheep herding alive. Will his struggle pay off or is he forced to go with the flock?

In production expected September 2018
director: Ton van Zantvoort
producer: NEWTON film | seriousFilm


coming soon


How to live in a world that conflicts with your ideals?
A traditional shepherd is forced to innovate in a neo-liberal world that conflicts with his idealistic views.

Shepherd Stijn has a romantic world view, but his idealism clashes with the harsh reality of having to be a modern entrepreneur. In this poignant and cinematic documentary we come close to Stijn and his family in their quest to keep the tradition of sheep herding alive. Will his struggle pay off or is he forced to go with the flock?

soon more

Ton van Zantvoort



Ton van Zantvoort (Heesch, 1979) is an acclaimed director, cinematographer and editor, whose films have screened at numerous prestigious A- film festivals. His work has been broadcast all over the world (VPRO, ARTE/ZDF, Al Jazeera) and he has won a dozen awards for best director, best cinematographer and best editor.

name: Ton van Zantvoort
nationality: Dutch
websites:  |
other:  IMDB | Facebook | LinkedIn

1999- 2003 Art Academy St. Joost, Audiovisual. diploma obtained with credit
1996- 1999 Grafisch Lyceum Eindhoven, Art-direction. diploma obtained
1991- 1996 HAVO, Maaslandcollege Oss. diploma obtained


Ton van Zantvoort (Heesch, 1979) graduated with credits at the Academy for Visual Arts in Breda in 2003. In 2006, his debut film GRITO de PIEDRA premiered at IDFA and was broadcast by ARTE/ZDF and other stations. His second feature a BLOOMING BUSINESS, a co-production with the Dutch VPRO, was screened at major film festivals, broadcast worldwide and won a dozen awards, such as at DOK Leipzig. In addition to producing his own documentary films, van Zantvoort has also produced documentaries for other directors: DAY is DONE* by acclaimed director Guido Hendrikx (premiered at IDFA), FALLING by Jef Monté and recently a feature length film about the enigmatic artist Dick Verdult. Besides longer films van Zantvoort has made  dozens of short (art) films, gives master classes at (art) academies in Europe and Canada and was a jury member for several international film festivals and for organisations such as Panasonic International.

About the director

Ton van Zantvoort observes with great attention and takes us into the worlds of people on the edge, people who try to survive but are confronted by external forces such as tourism, international commerce and mass consumption. With great humanity, van Zantvoort shows us a different world in which all human life is valuable. His films are characterized by a language of intimate images, a poetic structure and enormous involvement. In his lyrical documentaries with socio-economic overtones he usually resists the temptation of doing interviews. His work is original and testifies to a great effort of will by the maker. The vision of a Western civilized person who holds up a mirror to us. A confronting mirror, but one that invites you to take a long good look.


Filmography as director (selection)
ALL OF US, 85 min, in production
SHEEP HERO, 86 min, in co-production with seriousFilm, 2018
THE BENNO TAPES, 54 min, with Van Osch Films, 2015
Kees en Mien, 30 min, in co-production with Zuidenwind film, 2011
a BLOOMING BUSINESS, 52 min, co-production VPRO, 2009
GRITO de PIEDRA, 55 min, 2006
other films: Past as future, 18 min, 2011; Lovely Planet, 8 min, 2009; Carrousel, 7 min, 2010; Another day in Bombay, 10 min, 2007; Isla Totora, 10 min, 2007; Pack, 5 min, 2005; Moja Mbegu, 5 min, 2004; Items, 25 min, 2003, Khamuvillage, 25 min, 2003

Filmography as producer (selection)
Dick Verdult, 70 min, directed by Luuk Bouwman, 2017
FALLING, 25 min, Teledoc Campus, directed by Jef Monté, 2014
Loving Heart, 71 min, directed by Wouter Verhoeven, 2013
Day is Done*, 30 min, directed by Guido Hendrikx, 2010

Director’s awards

Golden NL-Award, the Netherlands, 2016
NL Award, the Netherlands, 2016
Trevignano FilmFest Award, Italy, 2013
Honourable mention, best short, Planet in Focus, Canada, 2011
Jury award, FIFDH, France, 2011
Audience award, The Art of the Document, Poland, 2010
Special jury mention, The Art of the Document, Poland, 2010
Golden Olive, best documentary, Int Festival Montenegro, 2010
Golden Olive, best cinematography, Int Festival Montenegro, 2010
Audience award, Millennium Film Festival, Belgium, 2010
Press award, best film of the FICA festival, Goiás, Brazil, 2010
Best Treatment, Cinema Planeta, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2010
Healthy Workplaces Award, DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 2009
Special mention Open Eyes, Med Film festival, Rome, Italy, 2009
Audience award Mixed Greens, Planet in Focus, Canada, 2009
Honourable mention, Media city 13, Visual Art Festival, 2007
2nd price NFTVM award, for best new Dutch filmmaker, 2006
4th price 1 minute & sound award 2006/ dogs
Nomination for St. Joost Penning/ 2003

Ton van Zantvoort - SHEEP HERO documentary snow

Festival screenings (selection)

National – IDFA International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (2010, 2006, 2005); Dutch Film Festival, Utrecht (2014, 2009, 2007, 2005);

Europe – DOK Leipzig, Germany; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece; Festival dei Popoli, Italy; Documenta Madrid, Spain; Planet Doc Review, Poland; Docpoint Helsinki, Finland; Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK; Art of the Document Multimedia Festival, Poland; Split International Festival of New film, Croatia; International Millennium Film Festival, Belgium; International Film Festival for Human Rights, various locations in France; International Audiovisual Festival of Biodiversity, Italy; Kinookus FFF, Croatia; Sunchild Film Festival, Armenia; This Human World, Austria; Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic

World – Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada; Planet in Focus, Toronto; Montreal Human Rights Film Festival; Margaret Mead Film Festival & travelling selection, New York, Chicago, Florida, Vermont, Indiana; BAFICI Buenos Aires; DOCSMX Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Mexico; Animal & Nature Film Festival, Beijing, China; Film Festival Arlington, Virginia, USA; Duke City DocFest, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Criterio Ambiental, Costa Rica; Short Film Festival, Moscow; International Documentary Festival, Agadir, Morocco; Green Film Festival, Seoul, Korea; New Zealand International Film Festival;





coming soon

coming soon


Director Ton van Zantvoort

Acclaimed Dutch director and cinematographer whose works have screened at numerous prestigious film festivals. His work has been broadcast all over the world and has won dozens of awards. |

Joost Seelen coach

As director and producer he focuses on documentaries that challenge and surprise and clearly bear the director’s signature. Films that bring the viewer close to the perception of the main characters and in which the special and tense relationship between the individual and the surrounding world plays an important role.


To write is human, to edit is divine. With more than 50 films to his name and even more awards, he is one of the world’s best editors, at least according to the director. Editing makes the movie and Zevenbergen has been editing since 1985. His films have been playing at prominent film festivals around the world ever since.

Jeroen Goeijers sound design SHEEP HERO

For the past 25 years he has composed music and designed sound for over 200 films for the international film industry which have been shown and awarded on many International Film festivals (Toronto, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Utah, New York).

Roy Bemelmans music Composer SHEEP HERO documentary

“Subtlety and impact don’t have to be mutually exclusive.” In this one phrase, composer Roy Bemelmans summarizes the unique musical signature that has established him at the forefront of today’s new generation of orchestral composers. His work draws parallels to peers and heroes such as James Horner, Max Richter and Mychael Danna.

Annerose Langeveld line producer and sound SHEEP HERO

Allround support and assistant before, during and after the long process of a film. She has been working with the director for more than ten years and they complement each other perfectly. With great precision and diligence Annerose creates work that touches people and makes them think of the role humans play in this world.

Olivier Nijs Additional sound SHEEP HERO

To truly find the sound, that’s what I listen for. A matter of craft, trial and error, and being in the right place at the right time. And then when I manage to catch that moment, it just makes my day.

Marc Thelosen co-producer SHEEP HERO

Marc is co-founder and creative producer at the Rotterdam-based production company seriousFilm. He produced many award-winning art films and documentaries by acclaimed directors, such as Peter Greenaway or in collabaration with artists such as Iggy pop.

crew producer seriousFilm

Koert started his career as a script writer for documentaries and feature films. In 2002 he directed his first long documentary The Flood. His second long documentary Sybold van Ravesteyn: architect for eternity was seriousFilm’s first production.

SHEEP HERO Production intern

Iris did a great job as production intern. She assisted on many shooting days, spent a lot of time spotting and making rough cuts and even made a few important images that ended up in the film.


in production
expected September 2018

special thanks to
Stijn & Anna
Artuur & Midas
Loek & Margriet
Martin, Tim & Michael

director & cinematographer
Ton van Zantvoort

Annerose Langeveld
Iris van de Rijt
Olivier Nijs

Ton van Zantvoort

editing assistants
Joost Seelen
Gys Zevenbergen
Barbara Hin

music composer
Roy Bemelmans

sound design
Jeroen Goeijers

visual effects and grading

post and deliveries
Laurent Fluttert

production intern
Iris van de Rijt

English subtitles
Leo Reijnen

line producers
Marc Thelosen
Annerose Langeveld

Omroep Brabant

commissioning editors
Lout Donders
Marc Thelosen
Koert Davidse
Annerose Langeveld

This film is produced by NEWTON film in co-production with seriousFilm and Omroep Brabant with the support of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and Brabantse Beauties.


coming soon

coming soon

coming soon

coming soon

coming soon