“Sandra den Hamer studied Film and TV Sciences at Utrecht University and began her career in 1986 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where she worked as CineMart’s coordinator and the Hubert Bals Fund, which financially supports film makers in developing countries, and as a festival producer. In 2000, together with Simon Field, she was appointed director of the Rotterdam Film Festival, where she became Director General in 2004.
The Hamer participated in international panels, seminars and coproduction workshops in Carthage (Tunisia), Havana (Cuba), Busan (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan) and IFFM (New York) for the last 20 years, and was a jury member of Un Certain Regard (Cannes Film Festival), FESPACO (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and the Dutch Film Festival. The Hamer was a member of the Dutch Film Fund’s advisory board for long feature films and was a director of FINE (Film Investors Netherlands) and AVEA (Audiovisual Entrepreneurs of Africa).
As of September 1, 2007, she is the director of the Amsterdam Film Museum, which merged with Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education and the Film Bank to EYE on 1 January 2010. In 2010, she was appointed Director of EYE, which opened its doors in April 2012 in a new building at ‘t IJ with four cinemas and a large exhibition space.
In addition, Den Hamer is in the Supervisory Board of Eurosonic Noorderslag and the Museumnacht, the advisory board of the Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the board of Dansmakers, and the Advisory Board of the Dutch Film Festival. She is also chairman of CCDD (Cultural Coalition Digital Sustainability).
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