immagine gff 2022




Category: Edition 2022

Best friends Dylan and Youssef dream of becoming professional football players. One day, an unexpected event changes everything for Dylan, and he has to come to terms with his new life. He does not want to let go of his dream and is still determined to win the Touzani Cup together with Youssef. Thanks to the help of skater girl Maya - whom he has a crush on - he learns to play football in a completely new way. True friendship will allow him not to give up and to fight to win his fears.

Original Title Strijder
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 91'
Production Year 2022
Nationality Netherlands
Directed by Camiel Schouwenaar
Screenplay Job Tichelman, Camiel Schouwenaar
Director of photography Marc de Meijer
Editor Patrick Schonewille
Production Design Donja de Graaf
Costume Design Els Schut, Heleen Heintjes
Sound Sebastian Schmidt
Make up Claudia Goetz, Kristian Barthold
Music Anna Kuehlein, Lennart Busch, Floris de Haan
Main cast Maik Cillekens, Anouar Kasmi, Soufiane Touzani, Kailani Busker, Martijn Fischer, Maartje van de Wetering, Walid Benmbarek, Mohamed Tijani
Produced by Reinier Selen, Rinskje Raap
Production Rinkel Film (The Netherlands)

CAMIEL SCHOUWENAAR directorCamiel Schouwenaar

Camiel Schouwenaar (1970) works as a writer and director for youth drama productions and animation films. After he graduated at the Netherlands Film Academy, he first started directing puppet show series that won international awards. He loves storytelling for young audiences where drama is brought in a light-hearted and imaginary way. His animation short Polska Warrior won the Prix Jeunesse UNESCO Award, two Cinekid Awards and the Golden Calf.

Director’s statement

‘‘With Bigman, I want to make an energetic and touching film in which the boisterous Dylan will eventually learn to accept his handicap. A universal story – for young and old – about friendship and resilience.’’


Rinkel Film (The Netherlands)

International distribution 
Festival contact
M-Appeal (Germany)