This year marks the fifth time we get to present the KLIK World Domination Award. This highly coveted award honors an organization, studio or individual that helped Dutch animation take another crucial step towards total world domination (particularly in 2016-2017).
Ton Roosendaal (Blender) Wins World Domination Award 2017
The inspiring journey of the free and open source animation software Blender started about 20 years ago, with Ton Roosendaal at the cradle. The development of both the software ánd their numerous short films is an international effort, with talent contributing from all over the world. The Blender foundation operates as the headquarters of this global movement from the heart of Amsterdam, combining a sense of practicality, a clever mix of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, with the higher goal of creating animation software that is accessible to anyone. This year Blender released a striking teaser for their feature film in development, Agent 327, based on the work of Dutch comic artist Martin Lodewijk. The teaser created a big buzz at festivals, as well as online, setting high hopes for the final result of this exceptionally ambitious project of bringing originally Dutch content and engineering to the world.
Meet the jury
Claire van Daal (Nederlands Film Festival)
Erik van Drunen (Nederlands Filmfonds)
Lisa Linde Nieveld (EYE International)
Daan Velsink (VNAP)
Dario van Vree (KLIK)
Meet the 2017 top three nominees
Blender (Ton Roosendaal)
The inspiring journey of popular open source software Blender started about 20 years ago, with Ton Roosendaal at the cradle. With a clever mix of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, they’ve not only developed the free software, but also created numerous short films, supported many international productions, and are running a studio with international talents in the center of Amsterdam. This year they’ve released a teaser for their feature film in development, Agent 327. The teaser created a buzz at festivals, and online with almost 3 million views - setting high hopes for the final result.
Directors duo Joost van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk have been dominating Dutch animation for 10 years already. From the moment they started, they’ve set their mind on creating their own series and features - even during a time where homegrown TV series was a novelty. This year they’ve brought over 5 hours of original animation to Dutch television, and are working on three feature films at the same time, all from their studio in Rotterdam. That's an amazing lot of content with which we can showcase our Dutch industry internationally.
Arthur van Merwijk
For years the YouTube series My Magic Pet Morphle and its writer, director and producer Arthur van Merwijk have been flying under the radar of the Dutch animation industry. But with over 2 million subscribers and almost 2 billion views, 'Morphle' has become the most popular Dutch animation series of all time. Surpassing household names like 'Peppa Pig' in monthly online views, Arthur and his small team of professionals prove it's possible to reach a worldwide audience without any outside funding or external distributor. A whole generation of kids all around the world grows up with his characters and stories, created in a small animation studio in Amsterdam.