Press Releases - Halal - Halal Press Releases at en-us Copyright 2022 HALAL SIGNS DIRECTOR YOUSEF Talented young UK director Yousef brings his unique and wonderfully weird vision to HALAL’s growing talent pool 

Award-winning director Yousef, who creates mind-bending music videos and commercials described as “wonderfully weird”, is now part of HALAL’s stellar roster of directors and photographers. His talent for merging comedy and magical realism – with a sprinkle of the absurd - has garnered industry and national attention over the last two years.


His uniquely odd campaign for BBC iPlayer was widely acclaimed and his hallucinatory music video for Piero Pirupa’s Braindead won a Wood Pencil for Music Video: Concept at the 2021 D&AD Awards, as well as being included on shortlists for the 2020 Young Director’s Award and the UKMVA’s. Most recently, Yousef’s spot for Old Spice’s Curls Are Cool was named a 2022 Webby Winner in Video, in the Experimental & Weird category.

2022-06-13 00:00:00
Halal Docs represented with three films at the prestigious IDFA festival ‘A Stranger Came to Town, ‘Independent Boy’ and ‘Love Letters’ selected for the 2017 edition of the renowned festival taking place 15-27th of November.

Amsterdam, October 9th, 2017 – Today Halal Docs announces the involvement of three of their productions at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Being represented is a prestigious recognition from the festival that is renowned internationally.

Halal has established itself as one of Netherland’s leading production powerhouses, the documentary department being spearheaded by founder Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen. In a period of rapid growth, the department within the photography and film production company purely dedicated to documentaries, has recently picked up various accolades including the esteemed price for ‘Best Debut Film’ at Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) for ‘Genderbende’ by director Sophie Dros.

The three films that are selected for this year’s IDFA festival are ‘A Stranger Came to Town’ by Thomas Vroege, ‘Independent Boy’ by Vincent Boy Kars and ‘Love Letters’ by Tara Fallaux. 

Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Founder & Head of Halal Docs, comments: “It’s an honour to have three films selected for IDFA - a true endorsement to our work and talent. The fact that ‘Love Letters’ is the only NL representative in the International category is a testament to our vision of creating work at the highest global level and standard. It has always been our goal to develop films that surprise, inspire, engage and inform. These three films are stellar examples of the way in which we strive to have a positive and uplifting approach to whatever subject is explored in our documentaries. By always challenging our audiences to expand their world view, we tell stories that penetrate popular culture. I am extremely proud of Thomas, Vincent and Tara – three brilliant directors with distinct personal signatures connecting with their audiences in innovative and meaningful ways.” 

IDFA takes place in Amsterdam 15-27th of November:
The three productions were made possible with the support of The Netherlands Filmfund, CoBO, Mediafund, HUMAN, VPRO, NCRV-KRO. 

2017-10-10 00:00:00
Dawn and Halal introduce ‘The Science of Kissing’ for ARTIS-Micropia New campaign from the world’s only museum dedicated to microbes shows the benefits of sharing your kiss with millions of small mechanisms 

Today sees the launch of ‘The Science of Kissing’, a new campaign created by creative agency Dawn and production agency Halal. ARTIS-Micropia, the only museum of its kind worldwide, aims to make people aware of the role microbes play in our lives. On a mission to introduce the world of microbes to a wider audience, the campaign highlights how these mechanisms influence one of the most basic human instincts; finding a partner.
Dawn was tasked to create a campaign that illustrates how microbes actually influence people in finding their ideal partner. A big aspect of this was to unite science and love in its execution. The background for the campaign is research showing that as microbes are exchanged through the kiss, they unconsciously influence whether the involved parties are a good match or not. The same goes for body odor. And, importantly, when kissing microbes are exchanged which increases the variety of flora in the mouth. Ultimately, this exchange equips your body and immune system to better resist damaging bacteria.

To bring these scientific findings to life, Dawn and ARTIS-Micropia brought renowned photographer and director Karen Rosetzsky on board. Through a series of films for cinema and online, kissing couples bring the message to life; there are multiple benefits of sharing your kiss with millions of microbes.

Dawn, comments: “Together with ARTIS-Micropia we wanted to make the invisible world of microbes more welcoming and comprehensible. ‘The Science of Kissing’ marries the world of science to an element we all know; love.”

Karen Rosetzsky, photographer and director, Halal, adds: “Encapsulating that special moment that is the kiss is of course not a new scenario for me, but this project was really the first time it felt like an organic next step to evolve into moving images. To capture in film the same raw emotion and feeling I am used to express through images was a welcome new challenge. I am a firm believer in removing all artificial layers and concentrate purely on the real, genuine emotions in order to get the message across to the audience. Therefore, casting was key. I was looking for that explosive chemistry that makes kissing for two-hours seem like the most natural thing on earth.”

“It was a real pleasure working with the talented Menno Mans- together we accurately managed to capture on film that exact same feeling I capture in photos. Dawn really gave everyone involved the creative freedom and space to make the project shine, and I really enjoyed working with them.” 

Cinema version:
Micropia 'First Kiss': 

2017-09-28 00:00:00