Hi! I’m a screenwriter and director with an affinity for sci-fi, magical realism and highly stylized projects. Originally focused on acting, I later switched to screenwriting and then kind of happened upon directing which turn turned out to be the love of my life. Now onto the part where I try to summarize my career highlights without sounding like a douche…

I was selected as one of the five winners of Netflix New Voices Script Contest 2021 as well as a semi-finalist (50 out of 8000) in The Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship. I also wrote, produced and directed a short film called “Other” starring Anna Drijver and featuring couture by Iris van Herpen. “Other” was selected for the Meliès d’Argent at the Imagine Film Festival.. Commercially I have directed both national and international campaigns, for clients like Philips, KPN and Albert Heijn among many others.

I love working with actors – especially kids – and always try to add a dash of magic to my films. Currently I’m working on my own TV show for Videoland as well as various other fiction and commercial projects.

Contact: merle@heatxheat.com