Mea Dols de Jong (1988) graduated at the Netherlands Film Academy in 2014. She received worldwide critical acclaim for her graduation film If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy which has won over 15 international awards. In 2016 Mea was named one of the “Top 10 Europeans to Watch” by Variety and listed by leading Dutch newspaper NRC as one of 100 most influental people in the Dutch Cultural sector.
Originally studying to become a fiction director, Mea changed course and switched to documentary directing. The influence of fiction remains a thread throughout her documentary work Mea works for Mindshakes, an online platform for innovative journalism by leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
She directed commercials for the Dutch Heart Foundation and retail chain Albert Heijn, for which she was nominated for a Dutch Directors Guild Award 2015 for Most Outstanding Director in the category Commercials.