Filmmaker Tom Fassaert (Naarden, 1979) grew up in the Netherlands and partly in South Africa. These extreme differences already opened his eyes at a young age. But it was his dad's obsession with making home movies that undoubtedly planted the first seeds that ultimately grew into Fassaert's passion for film.
In 2006 Fassaert graduated at the Dutch Film Academy with the critically acclaimed short documentary titled Doel leeft, a film about the small Flemish village Doel that was threatened with demolition. Fassaert remained closely connected to Doel and it’s last residents, and continued to film there for 5 more years. This resulted in his debut feature length documentary titled De engel van Doel (An angel in Doel). The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, has subsequently been screened on more than forty festivals worldwide and won several international awards.
In November 2015 Fassaert finished his second feature length documentary titled A family affair. A personal film in which Fassaert explores the delicate terrain along the fault lines of his own family. It was the Opening Film of IDFA 2015 where it won the Special Jury Award, currently travels to many international festivals and received several awards. On the opening night of IDFA Fassaert also received the prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds Documentary Award for his works.
Parallel to his passion for filmmaking Tom Fassaert also teaches and coaches at (international) film schools and the IDFA Mediafonds workshop.