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David Eilander

After David Eilander (Amsterdam, 1993) graduated from The Netherlands Film Academy, asked himself: "Which stories do you tell, at such young age?" Rather than immediately jumping into film making, he developed his professional skills by focusing on commercials and music videos. One of his early works—a commercial for Triodos Bank—was awarded the prestigious Golden Lamp ADCN Award. Along the way, David worked on commercials for major brands like McDonalds and Vodafone, as well as the Dutch Government.

 

After three years David decided to take a leap of faith and directed his first short movie, Polyp, a 10-minute film for public television (NTR) about a young boy who grew up at a fun fair. Recently, David stepped up his game directing the 50-minute film Smartlap, also for public television (BNNVARA), about an elderly pub owner who has a hard time keeping up with the rapid changes in the world around him. David lives by the day and because of it, experiences stories that way. Currently, he is working on a part of the new season of Dutch hit series Mocro Maffia, and at the same time quietly works on laying the foundation for various new projects.

 

David's drama work is recognisable as it focuses on socially relevant themes on micro level. Featuring characters viewers come to love, sometimes against all odds. He aims to show the human side of what he calls the "forgotten people" in society, aiming to build understanding for their motives to bring people together. Following his commercial experience, he is eager to work more with integrating humor in his future drama work.

 

Both his commercials as well as his fiction work have received national and international prizes.