Hollywood Banker

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Rozemyn Afman
Producer: CTM Docs
Co-producer: The Filmers
Languages: Dutch and English
Duration: 90 minutes

In the 80s, Dutchman Frans Afman became the most important banker in Hollywood and one of the most powerful men in the business. Through Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis he was introduced to the world of filmmaking and together they created a system of financing that revolutionized the independent film industry in Hollywood, called pre sales.

For over a decade Frans was instrumental in both financing films such as ‘Platoon’, ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Dances with Wolves’; as well as in the rise of the leading independent production companies such as Cannon, Hemdale and Carolco.

As the success grew, ambition turned into greed and people of dubious character began to involve themselves in the independent film industry. Such as Giancarlo Parretti, a former Italian waiter turned investor. Immediately, Frans did not trust Parretti, but his boss at Credit Lyonnais ruled against him. Parretti became a major player in the independent film business and took over MGM with money he had lent from Credit Lyonnais. Frans left the bank in protest. It wasn’t long before Paretti and MGM started losing billions leading both the studio and bank into bankruptcy.

And so the Dutch banker left the stage as swiftly as he had entered, but not without leaving behind a great legacy of independent films and forever changing the way films are financed.

Director Rozemyn Afman tells the story of her father’s life and times, and how he not only influenced the world of filmmaking in Hollywood, but also her own life. 

Director – Rozemyn

Rozemyn Afman (1983) studied at the International Center of Photography in New York and attended classes in film directing at The New York Film Academy.

She is the daughter of Frans Afman, the Hollywood Banker and subject of her documentary. He passed on his love for film to her and introduced her to the people and machinations of the film industry.

Upon hearing the news of Frans’ terminal illness in October 2010, she moved back to Amsterdam to aid him. During this emotional time she was inspired to tell his life story. This is Rozemyn’s first documentary as a director. 

Addicted To Every Possibility

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Moon Blaisse
Producer: Jules Debrocks (Pain Perdu Audiovisual Productions)
Co-producer: CTM Pictures
Language: Dutch
Duration: 70 minutes

In 2005, famous designer and architect Maarten van Severen dies. He left us with one of the most extraordinary collections of furniture and several exquisite architectural project but also 4 young sons who carry part of their father’s talent and personality. While we follow the boys’ steps towards a promising future, we reconstruct the tumultuous and tragical life of their father. When his sons get confronted with some of the same challenges and problems as their father, history seams to repeat itself. 

For more information please visit maartenvanseverenthefilm.com

Director/Writer – Moon Blaisse

Moon Blaisse studied film directing at the RITS, in Belgium. Her graduation film, ‘Misschien later’ (Maybe later), was a success. With this film she won a VAF wildcard, which she is using for the development of a short film. By a commissioned film for the Severen Foundation to the subject of the Chair .03, she came with the idea for the film; Addicted to every possibility, which was immediately received excited by architects and others.