I’m a director and screenwriter and aim to give all my projects a touch of magic. Originally focused on acting, I later switched to screenwriting and then kind of happened upon directing, which turned out to be the love of my life. 

I was one of the five winners of the Netflix New Voices Script Contest 2021 as well as a semi-finalist 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 written and directed both national and international campaigns, for clients like Booking.com, Roompot, KPN and Albert Heijn among many others.

When it comes to fiction I have a preference for sci-fi, high concept and magical realism stories. For commercial projects I love joyous, colorful, and stylized projects. Due to my background in acting I also love working with actors, especially kids. Currently I’m writing my own TV Belgian/Dutch show for Videoland as well as focussing on various other fiction and commercial projects.

Contact: merle@heatxheat.com