Jasper Snoeren

Name: Jasper Snoeren
Function: Advisor

It's hard to figure out exactly how I ended up as the cinefile that I am now. Starting with over the top action films as a kid, I somehow picked up a better taste along the way. By now I consume pretty much everything that moves on a screen, from Weimar Cinema to Sci-Fi and Film Noir. However, calling myself a cinephile, as I do in this bio, is always tricky. Among my colleagues here at Breaking Ground I often feel like a barbarian, since I have a tendency to mainly stick to popcorn culture, ignoring die hard art house cinema most of the time. 

Because of my MA in Film and Television Studies, it is often frowned upon that I don't have a TV subscription and therefore am not able to zap brainlessly through hundreds of channels. To me, however, it has become completely natural to watch my favorite shows and series online and on the time of my own choosing, which is a very good thing, since I follow about eighteen drama series at the same time. 

I started out at Breaking Ground as one of the coordinators of the fourth Go Short Student Campus in 2011. Being at Go Short and working with film students, I discovered the world of shorts and student films. I found out how many wonderful short films are being made by talented new film makers every day. It is very inspiring to work with - and for - young film students from all around Europe. As Head of Productions at Breaking Ground I try to help create many wonderful events where we can stimulate young film makers in their careers and where we can showcase the best of the best if it comes to this undervalued genre of student film.

My favourite Breaking Ground student films

Director: Jurjen Versteeg
Year of production 2011
Genre Animation
Length 2'11''

A History of the Title Sequence

Designed as a possible title sequence for a fictitious documentary, this film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed.
This film refers to elements such as the cut and shifted characters of Saul Bass' Psycho title, the colored circles of Maurice Binder's design for Dr. No and the contemporary designs of Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount.

Website A History of the Title Sequence

Shown at

December 2011 Breaking Ground NL
Director: Nicolas Steiner
Year of production 2009
Genre fiction
Length 11'22"

Ich bin's. Helmut. (It's me. Helmut)

Helmut is celebrating his 60th birthday. Actually, he is 57. His wife, Gertrud, miscalculated. While the facade of his narrow-minded domesticity is crumbling, old friends pass by, facing Helmut with his past - a bizarre declaration of love to transience.

Shown at

March 2011 Breaking Shorts
Oktober 2011 Breaking Ground NL
Oktober 2011 Breaking Ground NL
October 2011 Breaking Ground NL
Director: Menno Otten
Year of production 2008
Genre documentary
Length 9'36"

Nachtwake (Nightwatcher)

A short documentary in which the viewer finds himself in a dark place. A place where the noise of the night becomes music and reality and unconsciousness is indefinable. Suddenly the viewer wakes up and needs to face reality.

Shown at

11-14 November 2010 BG @ student film festivals
March 2009 Breaking Ground NL
September 2009 Holland Doc 24
Januari 2010 Holland Doc 24
Director: Alicia Breton Ferrer
Year of production 2012
Genre Fiction
Length 10'00''

Film Zwart (Film Noir)

A short movie with a childlike look on film noir. In a city where only children live there has been a crime committed. We don't know how or what but we do know that something's missing. A brave detective and his side-kick are on the streets doing research, while the femme fatale of the city attracts the suspicion.
A melancholic portret of growing-up in which the film noir aspects are turned into childish elements; the rain consists of glitterdust and their folded hands create their guns.

*Nominatie Tuschinski Award* Nederlands Film Festival 2012
Deze film is mooi in balans; hij is stijlvast en goed geregisseerd. De jury is onder
de indruk van de dappere keuze om een kinderfilm in deze extreme vorm te gieten,
zonder uit de bocht te vliegen. Het gevaar bij een dergelijke stijlkeuze is dat de kijker
zich moeilijk kan verplaatsen in de personages, maar de humor en het precieze
acteren van de kinderen, houden de kijker gemakkelijk in de greep van het verhaal.
Uiteindelijk vindt de jury het een voorbeeld van de kracht van film: hoe een klein en
bizar verhaal dankzij filmische taal een echt sprookje wordt.

Shown at

December 2012 Breaking Ground NL
September 2014 NPO Cultura
Director: Elina Talvensaari
Year of production 2010
Genre documentary
Length 19'00"

Miten marjoja poimitaan (How to Pick Berries)

Economy is stranger than fiction. Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. As harmless as they are, their foreign presence unwittingly disrupts the pace of local habits. They have come to look for berries, an activity that all of a sudden seems to embody all the values of local culture. Who is to blame and where do the profits end up? How to Pick Berries is an exploration of Finnish mind and the absurdities of global economy.

Shown at

March 2011 Breaking Shorts
March 2013 Nordic Delight Festival


The upcoming European film talent we think is worth following. Discover the new Lars von Trier or Pedro Almodóvar.


Films by young filmmakers that caught our eye and we would love for you to see as well.


Breaking Ground unfortunately seized to exist in may 2016. However, here you can still find our past events.


News about us, our partners, the film world, other film festivals and announcements.