Hendrikus De Vaan
Producer - Director
I’ve been in and around film for about 10 years now, starting in make-up & spfx, then working in lighting, gripping, camera department, post production & acting. Over that time I’ve made over a dozen short films of my own, but my first big debut came in 2014.
I’d spent the previous 2&½ years in a garage singlehandedly making a stop motion animated short film, DISAPPEAR, between other industry work. I’ve experienced a lot of serendipity since then; I got to meet Danny Boyle, when I won the Young Filmmaker Award at Shuffle Festival. Then I met Darren Aronofsky and had a private tour of Pixar during my Mill Valley Film Festival screening. Finally, I won a Silver Young Directors Award at Cannes Lions in 2015. Going from living on a farm in New Zealand, to meeting my some of my heroes in such a short space of time was really humbling. My film played in competition at the BFI too, but lost to an Oscar nominee (no shame in that, I figured).
Recently I've been working as a voice actor.
Film has always been a huge part of my life, and over the last decade has become it. I watch over 200 films a year, alongside developing projects and working on various live-action and animated pieces. I still distinctly remember watching “Goodfellas” when I was 12. The opening speech will always be one of the most memorable lines in film for me. Mine’s not so different: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a director. To me, being a director was better than being President of the United States.