Developing and producing films with a distinct point of view, international appeal and high production values, Wild Heart Productions brings new energy to the non fiction market place.

about

Anna van der Wee
Anna Van der Wee - Director, Producer

is a distinguished producer and director, with hundreds of hours of award-winning television to her name. For over a decade, her company Wild Heart Productions — based in Canada and Belgium —has produced relevant, hard-hitting and compelling programming commissioned and bought by broadcasters from around the world. Notably, Anna ran a monthly television magazine about Europe’s role in the world, called CONTACT Europe. Anna was the Series Editor, and Wild Heart Productions produced in association with UK-based World Wide Pictures for the European Commission. The magazine was distributed to broadcasters in 170 countries to an estimated audience of 300 million and on airlines as part of the in-flight entertainment. Her roster of long format documentaries is wide and varied: from poetic arts documentaries, to intimate social issues to powerful human rights films. Her most recent film, for example is a light, lyrical, animated documentary about the contemporary Belgium artist Panamarenko (2006). Another documentary, ‘The Gift of Dyslexia’, examines the world through the eyes of dyslexics (2001). Yet another documentary, ‘The Dead are Alive: Eyewitness in Rwanda’ (1996) was the first international film to examine the atrocities of the genocide. The film was shown on television across Europe, Japan, Australia and North America and won many international prizes, including the prestigious ECHO Humanitarian award, the One World Festival in Prague and awards in New York and San Francisco. Her early career in journalism was in print. She reported on social and cultural issues for various magazines around the world such as Humo, Intermediair and New Art in Europe. Her books include ‘Growing in Life-time’ and a self-help manual on ageing. Prior to her work in media, Anna served as an attaché to the Minister of Social Affairs and Culture of the Brussels Region, after completing degrees in Criminology and Political Sciences at Louvain University. Van der Wee recently finished Lone Twin/Pas de Deux, a documentary on twins based the book she wrote about her personal experience as a twin and having lost her twin brother at age 20. Currently she is developing a feature script on Beguines, a woman movement set in late Medieval Flanders. Anna is fluent in Flemish, French, English, German, Italian, and is based in Brussels Belgium.

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was founded in Montreal, Canada in 1993 by Anna Van der Wee and Catherine Bainbridge, both journalist in heart and soul, soon joined by Katerina Cizek. It quickly became a cutting edge production company combining issue and music. Wild Heart Productions has during the years built up an excellent reputation in making journalistic documentaries. In 1995, Anna Van der Wee expanded the company to Europe and established an office in Brussels, the capital of Europe. The aim was to broaden the company’s experience from documentaries into work for a European market. To this end, a partnership was set up with World Wide Pictures from London and in 1997, a contract was won to produce a monthly television magazine for the European Commission. ‘Contact Europe’ was a half hour TV magazine and one of the EU’s most successful communication vehicles. The program was broadcast in over 170 countries and reaches an audience of over 300 million viewers. It was also shown on transatlantic flights as part of their in flight entertainment. The contract ended in February 2002. Wild Heart’s broadcast credits include Power of the North, a documentary co-directed by Van der Wee about the mega dam Quebecois wanted to build to power Europe and the USA and how the Cree needed to stop it, sold to MTV/VH1 and the Discovery Channel amongst others. The dead are alive, Rwanda, an eyewitness, based on the diary of award winning journalist Els De Temmerman, this documentary directed by Van der Wee about the ’94 genocide, sold worldwide and won several international awards. In search of the African Queen, an investigative documentary, directed by Katerina Cizek and Catherine Bainbridge, about the clandestine journey of 190 Sri Lankan Tamils seeking asylum in the industrialized world, sold worldwide. Paul Otlet. The man who wanted to classify the world, a historical investigative documentary about the man who was the founder of internet, directed by Francoise Levie won several awards as Scientific Documentary and Panamareko. The Magic of Art, a poetic tale on one of Belgium’s most important contemporary artists, directed by Francoise Levie and Anna Van der Wee. Recently Wild Heart released Panda Farnana, a controversial Congolese, a historical documentary on the first Congolese intellectual in Belgium, directed by Francoise Levie and Lone Twin/Pas de Deux a film on twins and the death of a twin directed by Van der Wee and co-produced by Storyline Entertainment in Canada. The Gatekeepers, for the first time ever, 7 former leaders of Shin Bet, Israel’s FBI speak openly, a co-production with Les Films du Poisson, France and Cinephil, Israel will be released in the start of 2012. Wild Heart Productions has won numerous awards for its outstanding documentaries. Some of these include the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Festival 1996, the Silver Spire at The New York Festivals 1997, Gemini nomination for Scriptwriting category 1997, the Czech Golden Lion Award in 1998 and the ECHO Humanitarian Award in 1998, best edit at Festival Art Film, Rome in 2006.