Filmmaker Tom Fassaert (Naarden, 1979) grew up in both the Netherlands and South Africa, where initially a strong interest for photography and music led him to his passion for film.
In 2006 Fassaert graduated at the Dutch Film Academy with the critically acclaimed short documentary Doel leeft, a film about a small Flemish village threatened with demolition.
Since his graduation Fassaert made several short documentaries, including L’homme et la forêt, and researched and developed a scenario for a feature length documentary titled Sons of the Sun. In the meantime Fassaert stayed closely connected to Doel and it’s last residents, and decided to continue the story that started with his graduation film. In 2011 he completed his debut feature length documentary De engel van Doel (An angel in Doel). The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it received an honorary mention from the jury and has subsequently been screened on more than forty festivals worldwide where it received several (international) awards.
Currently Fassaert is working on his next feature length documentary titled A family affair. A personal film that explores the delicate terrain along the fault line of his own family. Parallel to this film, Fassaert is also developing a new documentary titled Il richiamo della luce (The call of the light), about the small Italian island Lampedusa that instantly became world news when thousands of immigrants crossed the Mediterranean sea. A story about a formerly isolated community that now struggles with it's new role as southern gate of Fort Europe.
Besides making documentaries Tom Fassaert also teaches and coaches at the Nederlandse Filmacademie and at the IDFA Mediafonds workshop.