BREAK FREE FILMS
is a Dutch production company that specialises in the development, creation and production of feature films, shorts, and TV series that are urgent, diverse and inspiring.
WE ARE ALL ABOUT
Inclusivity, diversity and working with talented filmmakers from all over the world.
We are also all about telling the best possible stories whilst providing as many opportunities as we can for upcoming artists in an enviroment that is safe and nourishing.
stories with a high cinematic quality that matter and are appealing to a wide and international public.
Producer | Writer/Director
Veerle Ackerstaff (also known as V.V. Aku) has always believed in beautiful stories. She found the man of her dreams in complex China and wrote a fairy tale of her own: The Fire of Dawn – a scintillating tale about strength, self-discovery and a girl who is brave enough to follow her heart.
Journey to the Himalayas
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Veerle has always felt that the world was a place worth exploring. After graduating High School, she set out to travel the globe until she finally touched down in South-West China. On the border of Tibet she met Anzi Aku, a wild Black-Yi man, who took her back to his clan high up in the Himalayan Mountains. After years of struggling for acceptance, Veerle finally found her place amongst the tribe and its shamans.
The Life of a Creator
Now, Veerle has moved back to the Netherlands with her husband and three children. She is the author of The Fire of Dawn, The Dharma Prophecy, and countless short stories. She has an MA in Professional Writing, a degree in directing fiction films and is CEO of Break Free Films where she works as a writer, director and a producer.
Producer | Creative Manager
Suzanne is enthusiastic, curious about people’s stories, and the Master of Light Bulb Moments at Break Free Films. This organisational centipede likes to dive into new adventures with full dedication. It is therefore no wonder that she has extensive experience in project- and business start-ups and in making those successful. She is a veteran project manager and financial coordinator.
At Break Free Films she started out as creative manager in charge of supervising and implementing the company’s marketing strategy. However, we have learned that one of her greatest talents lies in production. As a Break Free Film Producer Suzanne is a marvellous addition to the team who can turn any project into a success.
Executive Producer | Production Manager
Rosanna is energetic and openminded. From a young age she was interested in the art of visualisation and at the age of 18 she started exploring this by taking photos.
By taking on a day job, after her studies, that completely missed creativity Rosanna experienced a wake-up call in the form of a burn out. While sitting at home she saw the opportunity to work on a short film. This was an experience that opened her eyes to what she really wanted to do in life: combine the strength to organize and structure while other people are creating amazing visuals and stories.
Now, she is part of the Break Free Film family and works as an Executive Producer and Production Manager.
FABIO VAN ELSWIJK
Script Consultant | Editor | Grader
One of the first impressions people often have of Fabio is that he is a storyteller. Whether he is sharing anecdotes, jokes, tales or fun facts, he is always able to bring his story alive. He applies this gift in creative projects such as music and film and is one of our talented Script Consultants.
Besides helping fine tune scripts and brainstorming riveting ideas, Fabio is a highly talented editor and colour grader and a great addition to the Break Free Family.
Script Consultant | Production Advisor
Daniela graduated from the Academy for Theatre and Dance in 1997, winning the prestigious Pissuise Award. Since then she has starred in many musicals, theatre and film productions. Besides acting, Daniela is also a talented director and has managed several theatre productions as well as a the award-winning comedy pilot for a TV series, called The Bifi’s.
She was affiliated with the International Theatre Amsterdam for over a decade, focussing on the theatre education of children in particular. In addition, she hosts acting workshops and is a public speaking coach.
Since 2020, Daniela is a beloved member of the Break Free Films Family where she plays a big role in story development and project consultation.
Chantal van Beek
Chantal is in the final year of her Bachelor’s studies Media & Entertainment Management in Haarlem and has been a part of the Break Free Films team since September 2020. She has helped Break Free Films devise and implement a social media strategy and is currently writing her thesis about the possibilities for Break Free Films to open up its own film festival and film competition.
Anne-Marie is in the final year of her Bachelor’s studies Media & Entertainment Management in Haarlem and has been a part of the Break Free Films team since September 2020. She has helped Break Free Films devise and implement a social media strategy and is currently writing her thesis about the extensive market research she is doing for Break Free’s upcoming feature film called The Flipside.