Short Biography

Janica Draisma was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and grew up in Lusaka, Zambia, before she moved to the Netherlands. She graduated at the audiovisual department of the Rietveld Academy of Arts in Amsterdam and then went to Paris to study mime at l’Ecole de mime corporel (Decroux) and to see films daily.

Meanwhile she featured as first time actress in the award winning film Kyodai makes the big time by the South African filmmaker Aryan Kaganof, for which she received a Golden Calf for Best Actress at the Dutch Film Festival. After which followed the Springdance Cinema Prize for her film Bala II, which was broadcast by Canal + and shown at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris.

Invited by Ritsaert ten Cate, Janica further developed her directing skills at DasArts, the only post-graduate institute for multimedia, theatre and dance studies in the Netherlands. She also created her production company Draft Foundation and directed Venus & Adonis, a multimedia chamber opera with live music, dance and video.
In co-production with the NPS Television she made the documentaries Ea Sola – Sécheresse et Pluie, about the French-Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola and The Wondrous, an intimate and abstract portrait of mentally handicapped, in collaboration with visual artist Berend Strik.

Focussing more on scriptwriting, Janica then enrolled as writer-director in the internationally acclaimed Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam, led by Jeanne Wikler. After this she received a stipend and returned to Paris for an artist residency at the famous Cité Internationale des Arts, where she developed a feature film script, a series of interviews and Parisian street photographs.

Winning the EPTAS Competition of the Dutch Film Fund, Janica made Crossing my lips (Over mijn lippen) a musical documentary about stuttering and communication. The film received a Nomination for Best Short Documentary at the Dutch Film Festival in 2005, was selected for the International Film festival in Rotterdam and continues to be been shown all over the world.

In 2009 she collaborated with double bass player Quirijn van Regteren Altena, developing Romance with double bass, a film with live music inspired by a short story by Chekhov, which premiered at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam and was then shown at the Dutch Film Festival in 2009.

Janica is currently working on an international book and dvd publication of all her short films and concluding a documentary about Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret amongst several new projects.

Languages: English, French, Dutch, Italian, German, understanding of Portuguese

Voice: Soprano

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