Emma van den Berg (1992) is a visual artist & documentary filmmaker, born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For her bachelor degree she studied at the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in the Audio-Visual Department and did an exchange programme in the cinema department at ‘Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual’ (Lisbon, Portugal). In the summer of 2018 she graduated with a video installation and short documentary film. The short film ‘Doei, stomme trut’ (Bye, silly tart) was screened at Nederlands Film Festival 2018, as part of the student competition and in the spring of 2019 it was broadcasted on Dutch television as part of the tv-programme ‘2doc – Makers van Morgen’, which focusses on upcoming documentary filmmaking talent.
In the summer of 2021 she finalised her master degree in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since then her latest documentary ‘Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe’ had its world premiere at Nederlands Film Festival in September 2022 followed by its international premiere at DOK Leipzig. Furthermore it travelled to various film festivals including Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival in Poland and Dokufest in Prizren, Kosovo.
Currently Emma lives in London and works at Goldsmiths in the Media, Communications & Cultural studies department as a tutor in Film/TV editing, while working on her own projects.
*Master Programme : MA Filmmaking – Screen Documentary, Goldsmiths, University of London. (September 2020 – August 2021)
*Higher education : HBO, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Audio Visueel. (September 2013 – July 2018)
*Exchange Program : Ar.Co, Lisbon, Portugal. (September 2016 – January 2017)
*Education : VWO diploma, Fons Vitae lyceum Amsterdam. (2011)
– Researcher, Floor runner & AD, Lipton short documentary film, Truman Films. (March 2020)
– Production Assistant, exhibition ‘I didn’t want to be a mum’, Sophie Ebrard. (October 2019)
– Internship, short film, NTR Kort ‘En route’ (winner best short film at ‘Nederlands Film Festival’ 2019) by Marit Weerheijm, produced by ‘Room for Film’. (March 2019 – May 2019)
– Guest Teacher, Filmworkshop Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Tungsten Studio. (March 2019)
– Spring Performance Festival 2018, Photo- & Videographer, (April 2018)
– Spring Performance Festival 2017, Photo- & Videographer, (April 2017)
– Internship : Jeanine Hofland Gallerie. (September 2015 – July 2016)
LINK TO FILM ‘DOEI, STOMME TRUT’ + INTERVIEW:
* ‘Doei, stomme trut’ translated to English means ‘Bye, silly tart’
Film review ‘Doei, stomme trut’ in Dutch newspaper Het Parool :
Jan Pieter Ekker in his review on graduation films of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie:
“The most successful film is ‘Doei, stomme trut’ a documentary made by Emma van den Berg about a childhood friend moving to San Francisco about to disconnect from her deliberately single mother. Scenes from their daily life are interspersed with staged plays inside the intimacy of their home and very candid interviews. “Can I ask Mical something,” asks artist-mother Stephanie to the director. Mical replies “Now it becomes some kind of psychology questionnaire shit or something. I don’t want to sit through the Spanish inquisition for hours.”