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Zuiderlicht Film is a Dutch film production company, founded in 2011 by Jan van Gorkum. Jan graduated as a filmmaker from the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) in 2010, where he studied Audiovisual Media. The mission of Zuiderlicht Film is simple: making unique and eccentric movies.  The focus is on making fiction films in a variety of genres and formats.




In 2011, Tussenstop (Rest Stop), a short thriller, was the first production produced by Jan with Zuiderlicht Film. The film premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival 2011 and was also shown at the Leids Film Festival 2011 and the Eindhovens Film Festival 2011. In 2012 Tussenstop won the Courts du Polar Award 2012 at the Courts du Polar Festival in Lyon, France.

De Kleinzoon

In 2013 the dark comedy De Kleinzoon (The Grandson) followed. The film was selected for Shortcutz Amsterdam 2014 and the Eindhovens Film Festival 2014, where the film was nominated for Best Screenplay. In 2015 and 2016, De Kleinzoon was selected for more than 20 international festivals and won several awards. The full film can be viewed here.


The dark comedy Spelletjesavond (Game Night) is the latest production of Zuiderlicht Film, which has been selected for a large number of international film festivals, including the Cleveland International Film Festival 2018 and the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 in the USA. The film has won the audience award at several festivals: the Eindhovens Film Festival 2016 in the Netherlands, the Independent Days International Filmfest 2017 in Germany and the Paphos International Film Festival 2017 in Cyprus. Selected as Staff Pick on Vimeo.

The Cleaner

Currently, Jan is working on his first feature film, called The Cleaner. The film has won the film pitch contest at the Imagine Film Festival 2017 in Amsterdam. The prize was a trip to Canada, where the project was presented at Frontières, an international co-production market. The film is being developed with Dutch production company Make Way Film and associate producer Jan Doense. More info about The Cleaner can be found on the official Facebookpage of the film.