Aliona van der Horst
Aliona van der Horst was born in Moscow and raised in the Netherlands. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and a Dutch father. Aliona studied Russian Literature at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and Film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. She graduated in 1997 with the much-acclaimed The Lady with the White Hat and since then has received multiple awards for most of her films, among them the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca film festival 2006 for Voices of Bam (co-directed with Maasja Ooms), the Grand Prix of the FIFA Montreal 2004 for The Hermitage Dwellers. For the documentary Boris Ryzhy, which is now considered to be a 'classic' she received International Mid-length Documentary Award at the IDFA 2008 and the Best Documentary Award of Edinburgh Filmfestival.
Water Children premiered at DokLeipzig 2011 where she received a Special Mention, and at the Doxa Vancouver Festival she won the Award for Best Feature Documentary. In 2008 she received the Jan Kassies outstanding achievement award for 'the poetic sense in her films'. Along with five fellow filmmakers, she set up the collective Docmakers. Together they made the collaborative documentary Don't Shoot the messenger about the Occupy movement in Amsterdam. She works as a coach to fellow-documentary filmmakers, helping them to realize their documentary. She gives master classes all around the world, Kyoto, Rejkavik, Stockholm, Edingburgh, Barcelona and she was jury member for international competitions of IDFA, DokLeipzig and other festivals. A retrospective of her films was held in Barcelona 2013, in Kiev 2014, and Begrade, Serbia 2017.
FILMOGRAPHY ALIONA VAN DER HORST
2017 LOVE IS POTATOES (90’)
2013 15 ATTEMPTS (50’)
2011 WATER CHILDREN (75’)
2008 BORIS RYZHY (59’)
2006 VOICES OF BAM (89’)
2004 THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS (73’) 2001 AFTER THE SPRING OF ’68 (58’)
1997 THE LADY WITH THE WHITE HAT (47’)