Stijn Bouma (1991) is a Dutch filmmaker who grew up in Hoorn. After developing an interest in cinema during his high school years, he began studying Media & Culture – Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he worked at a small cinema called De Uitkijk, wrote some articles about film for the student magazine and made a few short films. At the end of his studies he did an internship at the renowned Dutch production company Circe Films. He graduated by writing his Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis about Paul Schrader’s book ‘Transcendental Style in Film.’

After graduating with his MA he got accepted into Béla Tarr’s film.factory programme at the Sarajevo Film Academy. There he made several short films and had workshops with diverse and international filmmakers such as James Benning, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa and Atom Egoyan. He also worked on several of his fellow students’ shoots, thereby gaining experience as a Camera Operator and First Assistant Director. His second year film ‘Lejla’ was selected for the Cinéfondation competition in Cannes. Afterwards his thesis film ‘Regained Memory’ premiered in Karlovy Vary whilst also receiving a theatrical distribution in The Netherlands.

His last short film “Visite” premiered in Clermont-Ferrand and right now he is writing his first feature film with support of the Dutch Film Fund. 

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