I’m a screenwriter and director with an affinity for sci-fi, magical realism and stylized projects. 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 and Albert Heijn among others.

I love creating stylized little worlds, working with actors – especially kids – and always try to add a dash of magic to my films. Currently I’m writing my own TV Belgian/Dutch show for Videoland as well as various other fiction and commercial projects.

Contact: merle@heatxheat.com