Petra Goedings got off to an early start in the film world. Raised among the stacks of reels and plush chairs of her family's downtown Amsterdam cinema, The Movies, it was there that she developed her interest in art-house films. She went on to study at the Film and Television academy, graduating in 1995.
Before her graduation, she had already formed her own ideas on how her career would unfold. She and her business partner JP Luijsterburg established Phanta Vision, a film production and facilities company, in 1990. Through this company Goedings developed and produced 11 shorts between 1992 and 1996. Among these were two shorts by Tjebbo Penning; The Bitch is Back and The Oath, that were both received with international acclaim.
By 1997 Goedings started to develop her first feature films. The Dutch-Bulgarian co-production Letter to America, developed through the Circle producers programme, was the Bulgarian entry for the Oscars in 2001. Vergeef Me, a shocking semi-documentary, rocked the sensibilities of viewers at its premiere in 2001 while Morlang, a drama by Tjebbo Penning, has chilled the spines of audiences in Asia, Europe, and America, was nominated for a golden calf for best scenario at the Dutch Film Festival and is still in distribution at this time.
Petra continued her education while producing these films, graduating cum laude from the company management and development course at the Maurits Binger Film Institute, and participating in the Nipkow programme, the Film Business School, and the Strategics film marketing course.
Petra has continued to produce shorts, both experimental, such as In Whitest Solitude, a dance film based on a poem by R.M. Rilke, and commercial, such as The Elephant and the Snail, a short children's animation.
Goedings recent foray into TV production, Frø-live, was broadcasted by the NPS in 2002. After that success, she is now developing a series of documentaries and the comic drama-series Agnes, for Dutch television. She also investigating the possibility of turning The Elephant and the Snail into a children's series.