Bart van Esch

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands

Studied film at the Free Academy of the Arts in The Hague

He was one of the founders of the production company ‘Video Persgroep Amsterdam’ (VPA), and was its chairman until 1993. The VPA produced mainly documentaries on social and political issues. Bart van Esch works as director and cameraman.

Camerawork for the documentary ‘A Matter of Time’ about the planning of Israeli settlements at the occupied Westbank. This 40-minutes film was sold to IKON and Channel 4.

From 1991 until 1997
Bart van Esch worked as a freelance cameraman for documentaries and TV, for example for more than 40 reports for the current affairs program ‘Kenmerk’.

He was invited to join the ‘Screenwriter’s Workshop Lower Saxony’, lead by the German director Andreas Voigt and the Polish director of photography Jacek Blawut.

“Napoleon for a While”
Writer and director, 90 min., HD/35mm, maxim film

Van Esch wrote and directed the dramatized documentary “You Can’t Go Home Again” about the Amsterdam exile of the German author Klaus Mann. Broadcast by the Dutch NPS television and the Finnish television. The film has been shown on several international film festivals: Int. Filmfestival Gent, Filmfestival Emden, International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, Dokumentar Filmfestival München, New Festival New York, Art Film Festival Trencianske Teplice (Slowakia), Reeling Filmfestival Chicago, Grenzland Filmtage Selb (Germany), Verzaubert Film Festival München, Frankfurt, Köln, Stuttgart, Berlin.
1. Prize, Best documentary feature, Chicago Reeling , 2000
Nomination category best documentary, Verzaubert Film Festival Berlin, 2000