Hi there! I'm Klaas Arie Westland. I'm a filmmaker and I love to make films with people, not about them. I'm inspired by the people around me, close by and personal. Working in small crews make productions flexible and open to life. The result can be both fiction or non-fiction, or something in between. To me it's about sharing the stories that need to be told.
As an allround educated filmmaker I often end up operating the camera and editing the films myself. But depending on the needs I'm also capable of directing and/or producing larger scale productions. Film is about collaborating and understanding each others strengths. Though I prefer to work in small crews. To me, story, momentum and knowing what you're doing is what counts, not the size of your crew or equipment.
Next to my work as a filmmaker I love connecting people and filmmakers too. I've initiated a platform for fellow filmmakers to meet and show their films in cinema. More information at www.geldersdoek.nl (in dutch).
I was born in Dordrecht in 1978 and I studied film at St. Joost fine arts Academy in Breda, NL(2004). Films I've made have been shown at festivals like IFFR, Go Short and NFF.
Awards & Nominations
Best film of the month and nominated for best film 2016 Shortcutz: EXIST
Nominated best film 2014 ShortCutz: DE LEEUW
Best One Minute AIFF 2007: BOB DYLAN WANNABE
Clients I work for include:
TBWA / DDB / FHV BBDO / SQUARE MELON / EPIDEMIE / HALLELUJAH / HEINEKEN / UNILEVER / KPN / NUON / PIM MULIER / LYONDELL BASELL / MINISTERIE VWS / RIVM and many more.