Our Team

Alaric Smeets –  screenwriter/producer – A yu di Korsou raised on the island, Alaric holds a B.A. in Media & Culture from the University of Amsterdam and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the U.C.L.A. School of Theater Film and Television in Los Angeles. He is a two-time Alfred P. Sloan screenwriting competition finalist (2012/2014) and a First Prize winner of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award (2012). His feature length documentary Nostalgia: The Music of Wim Statius Muller, which he both produced and directed, premiered during the 2013 Curaçao National Culture Week. His screenwriting credits include the feature film adaptation of Double Play, based on the novel by Frank Martinus Arion and directed by Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Wire), which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018. Alaric divides his time between Curaçao, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

Dolph van Stapelecinematographer/producer – In the past two decades, Dolph, as co-owner of Fisheye Media Productions on Curaçao, has garnered much success working as both a producer and as a director of photography. Years of experience in news reporting, documentary and feature filmmaking, editing, directing, and filming commercial content for the Curaçao, Dutch and American markets has resulted in numerous award-winning productions. Some of his notable credits include the feature documentary Run, Churandy, Run! (2008), the Harlem International Film Festival prize-winning short Kasita (2014) and his epic feature film Tula: The Revolt (2013), which he both shot and produced, and which went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the London Film Awards. After Tula: The Revolt it became clear to him that telling stories through film is his greatest passion. Consequently, Dolph has dedicated all his efforts to helping develop the Curaçao film industry. He lives on Curaçao and is the proud father of two children.

Dorine Baas – producer/entrepreneur – Dorine is a decisive and pragmatic personality with a strong international network. She is a goal-oriented and a result driven executive who combines an unusual blend of skills in intellectual property and brand building in the media, film and entertainment sectors with a track record working with global mainstream brands (Viacom/MTV networks/ Nickelodeon, Sony Music, Prosieben). Dorine has a very strong connection with to the island of Curacao. Her grandfather, Steef van der Meer, in 1938, founded the HBN Law firm and served as Minister of Health and Social Affairs, and as Minister of Justice, in the Jonckheer Government from 1954-1958.  Dorine’s father is an active entrepreneur on the island, having co-founded one of the island’s movie theaters. Dorine is a strong believer in Curacao’s potential as a film/TV/media hub and she is committed to bringing European film and entertainment business opportunities to the island. She is fluent in Dutch, German and English, and lives in Munich with her family.

Robin van Bokhorst

Robin van Bokhorst lawyer/entrepreneur – Born on the island of Curaçao, Robin holds an LLM from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is an active early stage investor in various enterprises with a particular focus on the disruptive innovation space and media. Robin is a partner with law firm STvB which has offices in Curaçao, New York and Amsterdam, where his legal practice focusses on investment structures and M&A. Robin is an avid skier and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Robin van Bokhorst

Sulin Passial - producer/entrepreneur - Sulin is the owner of Pantalla Chica Productions and holds a B.A. in Art & Economics in Media Management from the Utrecht School of Arts. With experience working at Televisa, being the producer of the short film The Legend of Buchi Fil (Award for Best Short Film at the TTFF in 2009) and the driving engine behind the news program Caribbean Kids News (Winner of the Kids News Award in 2010), producing high quality media products has become her second nature. She is also responsible for the production of Ku Ki Derechi, a series of TV documentaries about child abuse; the TV film Mi Kulpa, produced for HUMAN network in the Netherlands; and a series of international short audiovisual projects. For the feature film Double Play Sulin was the local production coordinator. Born and raised in Curaçao Sulin has a great love for her Island. She is also a member of JCI IOBA Curaçao where she works voluntarily on projects to create positive change in the community. 

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