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Matthijs Wouter KNOL

Studied Contemporary History at Leiden University and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, Italy. He worked as a freelance journalist until 2001 before joining in Pieter van Huystee Film, a renowned and internationally award-winning production company in Amsterdam. Becoming Head of Development in 2004, he focused on creative production, financing and international co-production of numerous documentary film projects. He also co-produced the DVD edition of Johan van der Keuken's digitally re-mastered collected works with ARTE Vidéo, which was awarded the Prix Cahiers du Cinéma in 2006.

In 2007, Matthijs Wouter Knol started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between the co-production and sales markets and the IDFAcademy training programme.
As producer for Foundation Arts&Ex (2001-2007), he organized several photography exhibitions, lecturers, video-installations, and retrospectives - all closely related to cinema and in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Museum, Stedelijk Museum and FOAM FotografieMuseum (Amsterdam), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Colette (Paris) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York).

In September 2008 Matthijs Wouter Knol was appointed programme manager of the Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival.

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The Tokyo Culture Creation Project is a project that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture have been executing in collaboration with various arts-related organizations. The Project's objectives are to create and promote arts and culture that are unique to Tokyo, to develop children's rich sensibilities through arts and culture, and to create various local cultural focal points in Tokyo. The Project's activities include organization of various art events; facilitation of collaborative art programs between residents of Tokyo and artists; and operation of programs to provide children with the opportunity to experience arts and culture.