SYNOPSIS

Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.

‘The magic of the photo that develops before your eyes’ – Trouw, ★★★★

“Baptist made such a film as a hallucinatory trip: A beautiful tribute to that enchanting medium.” – de Volkskrant, ★★★★

“Baptist links the chemical reaction that makes the polaroids come alive very nicely to the chemical satisfaction that these photos bring to our brains.” – Het Parool, ★★★★

“a philosophical treat.” – De Groene Amsterdammer

“Enchanting & magical.” – Slug Magazine     “a Picture perfect film.” – Cine

“a Visually dazzling nostalgia trip for lovers of analogue” – TheFilmExperience

In this overwhelming cinematic journey, Baptist introduces us to a number of quirky individuals who are connected to Polaroid in a special way: the German artist Stefanie Schneider, who does a photo shoot in the California desert with her last existing original Polaroid stock; New York Magazine editor Christopher Bonanos, who wrote a book about Polaroid’s history and tries to capture the relationship with his son with his instant camera; and a Japanese girl who first discovered the magic of Polaroid in Tokyo. Everyone tries to keep the instant dream alive in his or her way.

Slowly we also begin to feel the magic of Polaroids. Like the instant photos, we are chemical creatures full of unpredictable reactions. Eventually, the Polaroids in Instant Dreams are a metaphor for our desire to capture our dreams.

Produced by Pieter van Huystee film & TV 
Running time: 91 minutes 

SCREENINGS

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

IDFA
Slamdance Film Festival
Visions Du Reel 2018
DOC NYC
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
Sofia International Film Festival
Millennium Docs Against Gravity
Tirana International Film Festival
22nd Ji-hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Dublin Sci-Fi Festival – Winner Best Documentary
Nederlands Film festival - Nom. Golden Calf Best Music
San Francisco DocFest
New Jersey IndieStreet Festival

* Nominated for Doc Alliance Award 2018 *

THEATRICAL - THE NETHERLANDS & BELGUIM:

AMSTERDAM • Rialto
AMSTERDAM • Filmhallen
AMSTERDAM • De Balie
AMSTERDAM • Kriterion
AMSTERDAM • Ketelhuis (WorldPressPhoto event)
AMSTERDAM • Pakhuis de Zwijger
APELDOORN • Podium Gigant
AMERSFOORT • De Lieve Vrouw
DELFT • Lumen
DEN BOSCH • Verkadefabriek
DEN HAAG • Filmhuis Den Haag
DEVENTER • Filmhuis de Keizer
ENSCHEDE • Concordia
GRONINGEN • Groninger Forum
HEERLEN • Filmhuis De Spiegel
HOORN • Cinema Noordereiland
HILVERSUM • Filmtheater Hilversum
LEEUWARDEN • Slieker
MAASTRICHT • Lumière
MIDDELBURG • Cinema Middelburg
NIJMEGEN • LUX
ROTTERDAM • LantarenVenster
SCHIEDAM • Wenneker Cinema
UTRECHT • t Hoogt
VLIELAND • Podium Vlieland
ZWOLLE • Het Fraterhuis
ZUTPHEN • Luxor

ANTWERPEN • Cinema Zuid
ANTWERPEN • UGC
LEUVEN • Cinema Zed
GENT • Cinema Sphinx

CREDITS

Co-producing broadcaster
NTR

Running time
91 min

Genre
Feature Documentary

Country of Production
The Netherlands

Director & screenplay
Willem Baptist

Camera
Gregor Meerman NSC

Location Sound
David Spaans

Editor
Albert Markus Jr.

Music
Marc Lizier

Sound design
Ranko Paukovic / Albert Markus Jr.

Re-recording mixer
Ranko Paukovic

Visual effects
Barend Onneweer

Producer
Pieter van Huijstee

Line producers
Lotte Gerding, Zoë de Wilde Production

Editors NTR
Oscar van der Kroon, Marloes Blokker

Dutch Distributor
Cinema Delicatessen

Funding
Dutch Cultural Media Fund,
the Netherlands Film Fund,
the Netherlands Film Production
Incentive CoBO Fund

CONTACT

Production
Pieter van Huystee Film
Pieter van Huijstee
Donker Curtiusstraat 125
Amsterdam
t. 0031 (0)20 421 06 06
pieterdoc@gmail.com
pvhfilm.nl

Sales and Distribution
pieterdoc@gmail.com

Publicity
(images, stills and screeners)
Public Film 
Rudolf Kats 
t. 0031 (0)20 421 06 06
rudolf@publicfilm.nl

 

 

 

 

© Pieter van Huystee Film 2017

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In 1995 Pieter van Huystee started his own production company. Since then he has produced many film projects and international coproductions, most of them documentaries with renowned Dutch filmmakers such as Johan van der Keuken, Heddy Honigmann, Renzo Martens, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Boris Gerrets, Renzo Martens and young talented directors. Many of the documentaries and features are screened at festivals all over the world and have been awarded many times.