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Date of Birth 31 May 1916Holten, Overijssel, Netherlands
Date of Death 23 October 1997Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Birth NameAlbert Haanstra

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Bert Haanstra was born on May 31, 1916 in Holten, Overijssel, Netherlands as Albert Haanstra. He was a director and writer, known for National Geographic Specials (1965), Mirror of Holland (1950) and Glas (1958). He was married to Angenieta Barendiena Wijtmans. He died on October 23, 1997 in Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

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Angenieta Barendiena Wijtmans (1944 - 23 October 1997) (his death) (2 children)

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Honorary president of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 409-414. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Graduated from the Academy of Arts, Amsterdam.
In the late 30s he mostly worked as an painter and photographer.
In 1952 he began to work for The Royal Dutch Shell Film Unit.
In 1956 he became producer and manager by Shell Film Unit, in Venuzuela.
In 1960 founded Bert Haanstra Filmproductie.
Folkert Haanstra and Jansje Schuiveling were his parents. His father was a head schoolteacher.
In 1996 Bert Haanstra was name-giver and first winner of the 'Bert Haanstra Ouvre Prijs', he got the price from: Het Nederlands Fonds voor Film(The Dutch Funds for Movies).
Received several medals, he was crowned Officier/Knight and Member in de orde van Oranje Nassau, he received the resistance-remembrance-cross, The Great Cross, Great-resistance Commandeur. Some of these where given/crowned by Queen Wilhelmina and Queen Juliana.

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