About Studio Ruba

Ruba, derifed from the musical term tempo rubato.
Italian for ‘stolen time’.
The expressive freedom to play with the tempo of a piece.

Studio Ruba is an Amsterdam based boutique production company founded in 2019 by producers Maarten van der Ven and Layla Meijman. With a deep faith in the power of collaboration, they focus on developing and producing cinematographic films, creative documentaries and high-end series with a select group of filmmakers. Their goal is to move, excite and broaden audiences' perspectives with innovative stories.

This year, their coming-of-age road film KIDDO by Zara Dwinger had its world premiere at the 73rd edition of the Berlinale, was nominated six times at the Dutch Academy Awards including for Best Film, and picked up two awards (Best Sound Design, Best Montage). Dwight Fagbamila's feature film FEMI premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2022 and was nominated for a Dutch Academy Award for best actor. Internationally, the film had its world premiere at Warsaw IFF.


At this moment, the mosaic film THE IDYLL by Aaron Rookus is being shot, a co-production between Flanders (Polar Bear) and Estonia (Allfilm) and came about with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Production Incentive, BNNVARA, CoBO Fund, Creative Europe Media, Estonian Film Institute, Flemish Audiovisual Fund and Belgium tax shelter. In addition, filming will start on the first minority co-production XENOS a.k.a MEN IN THE SUN by Mahdi Fleifel, which was supported under HBF+NFF. As part of KOOLHOVEN PRESENTEERT, Ruba is producing Mila van der Linden's mid-length film MEMORY DEALERS, which will be broadcast from February 2024.


In 2020, Ruba released the successful short films A HOLIDAY FROM MOURNING by Zara Dwinger and RE-ENTRY by Ben Brand. In 2021, as part of series ONZE STRAAT II, two mid-length television films were released: THE GIRL WHO WAS CURSED (Slamdance) by Zara Dwinger and SAVE IT by Amira Duynhouwer. The short hybrid documentary HENK by Sarah Blok & Lisa Konno recently aired on national television. Prior to the founding of Ruba, Layla and Maarten gained years of experience producing - and sometimes line producing - award winning feature films, shorts and documentaries such as TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE (2019) (Rotterdam IFF), BOY MEETS GUN (Busan) (2019) WATERBOYS (2016), and A GOAT FOR A VOTE (2014).


Layla Meijman

Layla graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2013 with the praised graduation film Even Cowboys Get to Cry, for which she was awarded the FPN producers award. Straight out of filmschool she produced the pilot for the series TreurTeeVee independently.


Since 2014 she worked as creative producer for established production company Pupkin, where she produced the following seasons TreurTeeVee and initiated and produced several eye catching projects such as the short film Import (Ena Sendijarevic) and the feature films Take Me Somewhere Nice (Ena Sendijarevic) and Boy Meets Gun (Joost van Hezik). Her productions have been selected and awarded at numerous international film festivals, including Cannes, TIFF, SXSW, Busan, IFFR, Sarajevo and Berlin.

Maarten van der Ven

Maarten has a bachelor degree in Film- TV and Theatre Studies and finished the Netherlands Film Academy in 2009 producing the award winning film Bingo. He started working at Isabella Films on a.o. Winter in Wartime and after that as a line producer for renowned Dutch companies on films like The Peter Pan Man and Quality Time.


At the same time he started his own production company VENFILM which has produced a dozen of prize winning short and midlength films a.o. P, A Goat For A Vote and The Day My House Fell. His first feature Waterboys got great reviews, drew 60.000 people to the cinema and was sold to over 30 countries. In 2020 Maarten will take part in EAVE’s Producers Workshop.

Previous productions