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 titled Doel leeft, a film about the small Flemish village Doel that was threatened with demolition.
While making several short documentaries, Fassaert always 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.
Recently Fassaert has finished his second feature length documentary titled A family affair. A personal film that explores the delicate terrain along the fault lines of his own family. It was the Opening Film of IDFA 2015, won the Special Jury Award and is currently traveling to international festivals. During IDFA Fassaert also received the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds Documentary Award for his works.
Besides making documentaries Tom Fassaert ocassionally teaches and coaches at film schools and the IDFA Mediafonds workshop.