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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 cinema’s the fall of 2018. As a commercial director, Rolf works for national and international brands such as BMW, Samsung, Philips, ANWB, Liberty Global & Omron.

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 Heaven Above Holland’. A short fiction 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, Omron, ANWB, Douwe Egberts, KNFG, De Postcode Loterij, Startpage, Liberty Global and Furhat Robotics.

Skills

Film director, screenwriter, creative producer, editor, brand builder

Subchannel

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