Cinnamon Entertainment is a Ghent based production studio. Fellow curious observers Sarah D'hanens and Barend Weyens are passionate about film and aim to support unique animation, fiction and documentary projects, building long-term relationships with authors and creators who dare to inspire, challenge and innovate.
SARAH D’HANENS is a producer, editor and sound recordist. Among the award-winning documentaries she has been involved with are the 2018 Sundance Special Jury Prize, Cinema Eye Honors, Gotham and IDA award winner HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING by RaMell Ross; Yance Ford's 2018 Academy Award® nominated and Emmy Award® winning STRONG ISLAND; Göran Hugo Olsson’s THAT SUMMER; BURKINA, PRINCESS YENNENGA by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn; DOUBLE TAKE and SHADOW WORLD by Johan Grimonprez and WHAT’S IN A NAME by Eva Küpper. Among the feature films and animated shorts are Nepal's Foreign-Language Oscar Submission WHITE SUN by Deepak Rauniyar; Argentina's Foreign-Language Oscar Submission and multiple award winning ZAMA by Lucrecia Martel; SPERMACETI by Jacky De Groen; FIGHTING PABLO by Robbe Vervaeke and WHY by Luc Degryse. Forthcoming films are RaMell Ross’ short doc EASTER SNAP, ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT by James Longley, AQUARELA by Victor Kossakovsky and the animated shorts by first time filmmakers Emily Lefebvre (MAHONIE, DIORAMA) and Jelle Van Meerendonk (NO MAN’S BUSH, A MORNING WITHOUT COFFEE and WHAT ELSE).
Sarah studied literature and archaeology at Ghent University, graduated from the School of Arts | University College Ghent with an MFA in Visual Art and is a licensed scuba Divemaster with a zealous passion for the conservation of our oceans.
BAREND WEYENS graduated as an actor from De Kleine Academie in Brussels, the Media Academie in Utrecht and the Emerson College in East Sussex. After founding Unscene and Cinnamon Entertainment in 2002, Weyens went on to produce the award-winning animated short films MEMEE by Evelyn Verschoore, ONE FOR THE ROAD by Lander Ceuppens, NATASHA by Roman Klochkov and NORMAN by Robbe Vervaeke with his then producing-partner Leen Derveaux. Barend studied film at the School of Arts | University College Ghent, graduating with the short film THE PIANO, HER SHOES AND HIS LOVER, for which he was awarded the 2006 Flanders Audiovisual Fund | VAF Wild Card. Among the most recent animated shorts are SPERMACETI by Jacky De Groen, FIGHTING PABLO by Robbe Vervaeke, WHY by Luc Degryse and the upcoming short films by first time filmmakers Emily Lefebvre (MAHONIE, DIORAMA) and Jelle Van Meerendonk (NO MAN’S BUSH, A MORNING WITHOUT COFFEE and WHAT ELSE).
Alongside his many creative endeavors, Barend has been teaching Multimedia Production Techniques and Audiovisual Design at the Artevelde University College of Ghent.
sarah [at] cinnamon-entertainment.be
barend [at] cinnamon-entertainment.be
Lucas Munichstraat 10
9000 Ghent, Belgium