Elbe has worked variously as a director and screenwriter. He belonged to the core writing team for the comic animation series ‘Café de Wereld’ (a regular item on ‘De wereld draait door’ chat show on Dutch Television). ‘Café de Wereld’ was nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux in 2007.
In 2011, Elbe was nominated, along with Pieter Bart Korthuis and Franky Ribbens, for the Lira Screenplay Prize for his contribution to the first season of ‘Penoza’ (KRO). Since 2011, he has focused on producing dramas. Elbe Stevens knowledge of screenwriting and directing informs a strong commitment to content. His company is known for bringing together young talent and experienced professionals.
For these services, he received the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds’ Inspiration Prize Inspiration Prize in the field of film in 2014. In the same year, he produced one of the most successful short films of 2014, DE SMET, directed by Wim Geudens and Thomas Baerten. The film won 17 international awards, including the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand.
In 2015, he produced his first feature film, CODE M (98 min), with Bijker Film/TV and the broadcaster AVRO/TROS; it was directed by Dennis Bots. The film’s international premiere was in Toronto (TIFF KIDS), and it is doing very well internationally. Sola Media has sold it to broadcasters, including in France, Turkey, Spain and Brazil.
The film PRINCESS SEAWAYS (30 min) is currently being finalised. Princess Seaways is a German-Dutch co-production. The film, supported by the Netherlands Film Funds and Film en Medien Stiftung NRW, is a co-production between COIN FILM and the film’s two directors, Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann. They are seen as this genre’s best talents in Germany. They won the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis in 2016.
Three new productions are planned for 2019. The feature film BLAOSMUZIEK (collaboration with PUPKIN FILM/TV), DUTCH DESIGN, a documentary 55 min, and BYE MONSTER. (screenplay by Tijs v,n Marle, director MIRJAM UNGER from Austria. A co-production with Orbrock in Vienna).