Julian (19) grew up in Roden but spent most of his time in Groningen. Now he’s renting a studio in the Rivierenbuurt and studying Time Based Design at Minerva Art Academy. A young filmmaker inspired by the city. "I've always been a Groninger, but I really fell for the city since the moment I moved. I don’t want to leave anymore.”
"I was 17 when I had to start studying and leaving for the Randstad then was a major step for me. The Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam wasn’t an option and the other academies didn’t resonate with me that well. Now I’m so glad that I chose Minerva. The academy hums with awesome projects and it is perfectly situated.” Julian adds that he learns a lot from all the different cultures in his class. “There’s a very nice mix of people from all over the world. It’s interesting to see how people from other backgrounds deal with art differently.” After his classes, Julian also mingles with other students. “There is plenty to do, even for more alternative students like me. I especially enjoy all the cultural events and festivals like Noorderzon, Jonge Harten, Eurosonic Noorderslag and the IFFR.”
"The film world in the Netherlands is very centered. Everything happens in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Many filmmakers here in the north are heading south. Fortunately, I hear that young talented filmmakers are gradually planning to stay and that there’s gradually more room for fun projects. It’s a slow process though. At the moment Groningen is like a playground for me, precisely because there are fewer filmmakers. It is so nice to do projects here."
Julian finds a lot of inspiration in the centre. "I walk a lot in the city. I have a whole list of beautiful and interesting locations. It is so surprising how diverse these locations are. The Grand Theater, for example, is very cool because that’s one of the only places in Groningen with beautifully preserved Art Deco. I can list hundreds of hidden gems! The Groninger Forum Cinema is also a great place. I often hang out there because they program very good alternative films. I sometimes even go on my own."
Julian gives this last tip: "Definitely take a regional train together with friends and stop somewhere in a random small village in the province. That’s how we found out that Winschoten is actually surprisingly fun!"