Kees Kasander entered the film industry in 1978 as Head of Distribution for a Dutch company called Film International. This company was also deeply involved in the organisation of the Rotterdam Film Festival and from 1982 until 1985;
Kasander was the official producer of the Festival program. He has been an independent film producer since 1981 and
as such has worked all over the world. Until now he has produced over 50 feature
films. His collaboration with Peter Greenaway has brought him international acclaim. The film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover
(1989) has also been a great commercial success. Kees Kasander has won both national and international prizes for his film productions. He won the nationally esteemed prize for best feature film at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht three times: Secret Wedding
in 1988, director Alejandro Agresti and Prospero's Books
in 1992, director Peter Greenaway and Abeltje
in 1999, director Ben Sombogaart. He received a prize (100.00DM) in Berlin for the film Crush Proof
, director Paul Tickell.
His most recently produced films are: Tempesta (director Paul Tickell), an adaptation of the best-selling Spanish novel by Juan Manuel de Prada, and The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Peter Greenaway's most ambitious project to date. As a co-producer he participated in films by Alexander Sokourov (Elegy Of A Voyage) and Philippe Garrel (Sauvage Innocence). Amongst the films in postproduction is Crusade In Jeans, based on the well-known Dutch children's book by Thea Beckman and to be directed by Ben Sombogaart. The premiere of this film will take place in November 2006. Amongst the films in production is Nightwatching by Peter Greenaway. A film about the creation of the famous painting'The Nightwatch' by Dutch painter Rembrandt.
The master-class is organized by the European Commission Delegation to Russia.