Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen is a partner at Halal and head of the documentary film department, Halal Docs. Halal is an established Amsterdam based film production company & photography agency with a big creative team, connected to people and networks all across the world. Halal has four partners and is devided into four departments: photography, commerical, film and documentary.
Olivia is known to be a passionate and ambitious documentary film producer, always striving to create films that surprise, inspire, engage and inform. Her main focus is to expand Halal Docs’ international portfolio and effectively attract and cultivate top talent to help create the greatest quality documentary films with high artistic value.
With over 10 years of experience in film production and with a mediastudies master degree at the University of Amsterdam and the New York University Tisch School on her back, Olivia has been working on documentaries, short films, TV series, art films and feature films for the past decade.
At Halal Docs, Olivia works closely with directors to transform ideas into reality. Concentrating on a select number of documentary filmmakers with a distinctive personal signature, the focus is on content and artistic value. Olivia is a strong advocate for being involved in every aspect and part of a project and makes this her number one priority in order to achieve the highest potential of any idea.
Ultimately, Olivia drives on her own intuition and gut instinct, trying to make successful and artistic decisions for her films, connecting filmmakers to the industry’s most influential movers and shakers and audiences in the most innovative and meaningful way.
Inspired to create smart and enticing documentary films, in which she can loose herself - both as a producer as well as a human being - that is Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, in a nutshell.