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About

Rolf van Eijk (The Nether­lands, 1983) stud­ied screen­writ­ing and direct­ing fic­tion at the Utrecht School Of Arts. He is a mul­ti award-win­ning cre­ator based in Ams­ter­dam. His sec­ond fea­ture My Fool­ish Heart’, about the last days of jazz leg­end Chet Bak­er, was released in the fall of 2018. As a com­mer­cial direc­tor, Rolf works for nation­al and inter­na­tion­al brands such as BMW, Sam­sung, Philips, Lib­er­ty Glob­al & Start­page. Rolf is rep­re­sent­ed by Hen­ne­man Agency.

Background

Filmmaking

Born and raised in a small town in the Nether­lands, Rolf (1983) began writ­ing sto­ries at the age of 9. In that same peri­od he dis­cov­ered an attic full of VHS movie tapes at his uncle’s home. Cap­tured by the mag­i­cal realm of cin­e­ma he secret­ly start­ed to use his mother’s Hi8 cam­corder to shoot his sto­ries. From that time on, Rolf want­ed to be a film­mak­er.

In 2007 he grad­u­at­ed with the Heav­en Above Hol­land’. A short about the true sto­ry of Mohammed B., mur­der­er of Dutch film­mak­er Theo van Gogh. Rolf’s sub­tle self-penned por­tray­al of Mohammed’s two-year trans­for­ma­tion from wel­fare work­er to ter­ror­ist caused con­tro­ver­sy due to its hon­est, human por­tray­al of van Gogh’s mur­der­er. The film got sev­er­al nation­al and inter­na­tion­al fes­ti­val selec­tions and awards.

Rolf’s fas­ci­na­tion for peo­ple who cross the social accept­ed line result­ed in the thriller Vast’ (Inside) that tells the sto­ry about an alien­at­ed teenage girl in a youth deten­tion cen­ter for girls. The film won the Gold­en Calf for Best Tele­vi­sion Dra­ma, the Prix Genève for best screen­play by a new­com­er and was select­ed for Karlovy Vary. 

In 2014 Rolf made his first fea­ture T.I.M. – The Incred­i­ble Machine’, a mag­i­cal adven­ture film about a boy who trav­els to the end of the world to save his dying robot friend. Near­ly 40 fes­ti­vals world­wide select­ed the film (TIFF, Film­fest Munich, BIFAN Bucheon, SIFF Shang­hai) and won sev­er­al awards for achieve­ment in directing. 

Rolf also direct­ed an episode of the pop­u­lar Dutch crime series Van God Los’ (The God­less) that was vot­ed best tele­vi­sion series in the world by Twitch Film. 

Commercial Work

As a com­mer­cial direc­tor Rolf has worked for nation­al and inter­na­tion­al brands such as BMW, Sam­sung, Philips, Douwe Egberts, KNFG, De Post­code Loter­ij, Start­page, Lib­er­ty Glob­al and Furhat Robotics.

Skills

Film direc­tion, writ­ing for fic­tion, pro­duc­ing, edit­ing, creative.

Subchannel

Rolf is the founder and CEO of Sub­chan­nel — a mar­ket­ing and media pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny with clients and artist worldwide.