ANNELOEK SOLLART - Documentary filmmaker

Anneloek Sollart (born in Amsterdam, 1965) graduated from the Utrecht College of Journalism in 1989. She started working as a newspaper reporter for Het Vrije Volk and as a radio reporter for Radio Rijnmond. She specialized in reporting and documentary work.

In 1992 she trained at The New York Film Academy, where she graduated with her short film Baby and the butt. On her return to the Netherlands, she spent two years directing items for the daily TV show, Man Bijt Hond (Man Bites Dog).

She then decided to work freelance and directed a documentary about the annual three-day mega-sale at the Bijenkorf warehouse, as an episode of the VPRO series Zeven Dagen (Seven Days). She also directed Boom Boom Viola, a hilarious and touching portrayal of Tony Viola, an alcoholic drummer with a club foot.

She directed three seasons of the successful VPRO series, Over Vaders en Zonen (About Fathers and Sons), as well as a six-part NCRV documentary series at the Duindigt horse-racing track.

In 2008 Anneloek Sollart won a Cinekid Award for Rauw (Raw), a documentary about a ten-year old boy whose mother only feeds him raw food. The professional (non-fiction) jury praised Sollart for her “…observant, meticulous style and her sympathy and respect for her characters.” Sollart decided to continue following the boy and his mother. In 2012 she will release the sequel, a 55-minute documentary called Rauwer (Rawer) which will premiere at the IDFA in Amsterdam.