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 first feature length documentary titled De engel van Doel (An angel in Doel). The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it received an honorary mention and has subsequently been screened on more than forty festivals worldwide and won 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 lines 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 told from the perspective of 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.