Geen Koningen in Ons Bloed / We Will Never Be Royals

A film by: Mees Peijnenburg

What Tomas, a withdrawn seventeen-year-old and his fiery sister Naomi would really like to get out of life, is hard to find in the tough world of Child Protection, in which they just about manage to hold their own. After a dramatic incident, they gradually realise what their most important source of support is. They will never be Royals, but as a brother and sister they have each other.

Country: the Netherlands
Genre: drama
Length: 39’23”
Completion: 09/2015
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English


  • Silhouette Film Festival, France (26 August – 3 September, 2016)
    Official Selection Won: Audience Award
  • 2ANNAS Film Festival, Latvia (27 September – 2 October, 2016)
    International Mid-length Competition
  • Konstanzer, Germany (22 – 23 October, 2016)
    Official Competition Won: Audience Award
  • Cinema in Sneakers – Film Festival for Children & Youth, Poland (31 May – 11 June, 2017)
    Youth Short Film Competition
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (21 – 30 July, 2017)
  • Regards sur Courts, France (7 – 10 September, 2017)

Director: Mees Peijnenburg
Screenplay: Bastiaan Kroeger, Mees Peijnenburg
Producer: Pupkin: Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers
Cinematographer: Jasper Wolf
Sound: Taco Drijfhout
Editor: Imre Reutelingsperger
Production design: Elza Kroonenberg
Styling: Minke Lunter
Make-up & hair: Trudy Buren
Casting: Kemna Casting – Job Castelijn, Shanti Besseling
Executive producer: Sabine Smits
Junior producer: Layla Meijman
Cast: Jonas Smulders, Olivia Lonsdale, Malou Gorter, Rifka Lodeizen, Ali Ben Horsting, Willemien Slot, Teun Kuilboer