KIDDO tells the story of Lu, a clumsy 11-year-old girl, who experiences the adventure of a lifetime when she is suddenly kidnapped in a run-down sports car by her long-lost mother. What starts as a whirlwind of a journey flies increasingly out of control as she continues to lie to everyone and crosses her boundaries to stay with her eccentric mother.

Zara Dwinger is a writing director who makes colourful films about young people who are trying to find their place in the world. After graduating from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2017 with the award-winning film SIRENE, she made several short films that were featured at various international festivals such as the Berlinale and Clermont Ferrant. Recently, the short film A HOLIDAY FROM MOURNING was released and travelled to festivals such as Asiana ISFF and Palm Springs Shortfest. In 2021 she made the mid-length television film THE GIRL WHO WAS CURSED within the framework of "Onze Straat II".

KIDDO is made within the framework of Cinema Junior in co-production with the NTR. The film was shot in the summer of 2022.


  • Length: 90’ min
  • Status: post- production
  • Genre: tragicomic roadmovie


Rosa van Leeuwen
Frieda Barnhard


  • Director: Zara Dwinger
  • Screenwriters: Nena van Driel l Zara Dwinger
  • DOP: Douwe Hennink
  • Production design: Bram Doyer
  • Costumedesign: Vita Mees
  • Casting: Saida van der Reijd l Elske Falkena
  • Production Manager: Mireille Rooijendijk
  • First A.D.: Tony van der Veer
  • Editor: Fatih Tura
  • Sound Design: Michel Schopping & Zita Leemans
  • Composer: Jac van Exter
  • Music Supervisor: Laura Bell
  • Co-producer: NTR – Marina Blok
  • Service Producer: SHIPsBOY - Krystyna Kantor
  • Producers: Layla Meijman l Maarten van der Ven

CineKid ScriptLab 2020