Marten Rabarts was appointed Festival Director – Kaiwhakatere of New Zealand Internation Film Festival in 2019 following almost 5 years heading EYE International at the EYE – the national film museum of the Netherlands. Prior to that, Rabarts. held the position of Head Development & Training of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in Mumbai, India. Rabarts set up NFDC LABS in India, the successor to the NFDC Film Bazaar Labs, which he had led since 2008. Marten was involved in Ritesh Batra’s critically acclaimed film The Lunchbox, and Cannes-Un Certain Regard selections Titli by Kanu Behl and Gurvinder Singh’s The Fourth Direction.
Previously, Rabarts was Artistic Director of Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam for 12 years which saw such successes as Bullhead by Michael Roskam, cult hit The Babadook by Jennifer Kent, Cannes winning Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza and also Dustin Feneley’s NZ festival hit Stray.
Rabarts began his working life as an actor and a dancer, after which he worked among others in London at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title. He was involved with films including Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Stephan Elliott, Derek Jarman’s Edward II, Safe by Todd Haynes and Kids by Larry Clarke.
Furthermore, Rabarts was a founding member of the advisory board of Torino Film Lab, is a voting member of the European Film Academy, has served on the board of European Film Promotion and regularly serves on Film Festival Juries including the Berlinale (Short Film Jury, Generation 14plus, Teddy Awards) and Skip City Tokyo among others.