A Dutch photographer and autodidactic director/filmmaker. Loves to uncover the absurdity of situations who are recognizable for everybody. Known for his photographic eye, subtle storytelling, dry humor and casting… Learned life’s most important lessons while working as a boy in his fathers pet shop. For example, that humor is very much like kitty litter: its best to keep it dry, very dry… His ability to talk and bond with animals laid the groundwork in his development into a true actors director. And while he never liked dog shows, they did give him a taste for winning prizes. In short Rene always shoots towards the stars like his heroes Dennis Bergkamp, space dog Laika and her wonderfully human counterpart Yuri Gagarin.
Rene has been working as a director and photographer for more then 16 years after having completed his training at the Amsterdam Graphic School, Steel Factory de Hoogovens, the Royal Art Academy in The Hague and a working period in a New York. With feeling and both his feet on the ground he works on national and international commercial assignments and (personal) art projects. Atelier Nuijens is based at a canal in the old centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Adress: P.O. BOX 59738, 1040LE Amsterdam, the Netherlands
I am A FREELANCE director and photographer.
-I work worldwide direct for clients, (advertising) agencies or filmproduction companies.
-I choose, in cooperation with my clients, the right production team for each job.
-In Holland I work with the most experienced filmproduction companies and producers like: Adult (B), Bandit, MVTTV, MikeTV, Czar, Hallal, Robert Roosenstein, Maarten van Hemmen, Joze Rikken, I am Erika, Fono, New Amsterdam, Smarthouse Films.
The photography producers I like working with:
-Rachel van der Ploeg’s: ROOFF
-Julia Llamas: RAREMEDIUMWELLDONE
Always fun to hold a lecture.
– The Road to Gagarin project. (20-45min)
– The diagonal line in a horizontal composition (10-20min)
– The humor in my work (20-30min)
AWARDS (selection) -2017 WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD 2nd MiraLincoln Filmfestival, Buenos Aires (ARG) -2017 WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD, festival de Con Otra Mirade 2017, Gyon (ESP) -2017 BEST SHORT NARRATIVE at the 8th Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest, (MEX) -2017 WINNER BEST LOW BUDGET SHORTFILM, Almaty independent filmfestival (KAZ) -2017 WINNER BEST FEEL GOOD FILM AWARD at the Sydney Indie Filmfestival (AUS) -2017 GROOVY FILM AWARD at PLANET 9, Ypsilanti, North Hollywood, Chicago (USA) -2017 WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD at the Paphos International Filmfestival (Cyprus) -2017 BEST SHORTFILM, BEST ACTOR & BEST SOUNDTRACK Indie Showcase, Widnes (Uk) -2017 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD at the 2017 Cinema Camp Filmfestival, Zamora (ESP). -2017 AWARD WINNER BAD FILM FESTIVAL for Ringo Rocket Star, Brooklin NY (USA) -2016 BEST UNDERGROUND FILM at the HONG KONG ART HOUSE FILMFESTIVAL (CHI) -2016 BEST COMEDY AWARD NSI National Screen Institute, April, Winnipeg (Canada) -2016 WINNER at the CINEVANA ISTANBUL 2016 for 'Yuri on the Phone' (TURKEY) -2015 Winner MIAMI INDEPENDENT SHORT FILMFESTIVAL August & September (USA). -2013 TOP 5 FINALIST @ GOUDEN LOEKIE for TOYOTA "Mum & Dad" (NL). -2013 Winner of the GOUDEN LOEKIE of the month May for TOYOTA: "Mum & Dad" (NL) -2013 WINNER at the LONDON WALTHAMSTOW SHORT FILMFESTIVAL (UK). 1st in the category Drama + 2nd overall. -2011 Worldwide WINNER BLURB Photography BOOK NOW Competition, category Fine Art -2011 GOLD at ADCN for Mummiepak Bol.com (NL). -2011 TOP 4 FINALIST @ GOUDEN LOEKIE for BOL.COM "Mummiepak" (NL). -2010 Mummiepak Bol.com, Winner Gouden Loekie March 2010 (NL). -2010 BRONZE at ADCR best directing IKEA Catalogue (RUSSIA) -2009 GOLD at ADCN for Ikea (NL). -2008 WINNER Amateur filmfestival Trailer Super8 Competition (NL). -2008 SILVER at ADCN for Heineken Fathersday (NL). -2008 Photography Nomination at ADCN for Heineken (NL). -2008 Dagblad GOLD nomination, Heineken Fathersday (NL). -2007 SILVER at ADCN for the Interpolis Campaign (NL). -2007 SAN Accent, Interpolis Commercials, FHV/BBDO (NL). -2006 Honourable mention, Gouden Inhaakmedailles RADIO1 World Cup (NL). -2006 Nomination GOUDEN LOEKIE, RADIO 1, World Cup (NL). -2005 Nomination EURO BEST, Check Yo Head, photography (NL). -2005 TMF/MTV AWARD BEST DIRECTING MusicVideo: Zinloos Lange Frans & BaasB (NL). -2003 WINNER CHANNEL 4 / E4, Creative Review Competition (UK). -2003 PANL AWARD, Photo Category 'Members Choice' (NL). -2002 PANL AWARD, Photo Category 'Life' (NL). -2002 TWO Nominations @ PANL (NL). -2000 Nomination PANL Photo Category 'Editorial' (NL). -2000 Max Globe AWARD, NYC, D'Arcy Worldwide, Commercial Red Eye Beer (NL). -1999 Nomination YOUNG DIRECTOR AWARD @ CANNES (FR). -1997 2 ADCN Nominations Kink FM Baby, Karaoke, fhv/bbdo (NL). -1996 SHORTLIST CANNES, Kink FM Karaoke, fhv/bbdo (NL). RINGO ROCKET STAR AND HIS SONG FOR YURI GAGARIN (2017) - Official selection Nottingham International Microfilm Fest, Nottingham (UK) - Official selected for the 2017 Las Hurdes Filmfestival, Las Hurdes (ESP) - Official selected for the 2017 Linea Dombra festival, Salerno (IT) - Programmed and interview in The Short Film Show, broadcast mid January at Showcase TV at: Sky Channel 212, & Freesat Channel 161 (UK) - Official selected for the 2017 Mazarrón Fílmica, Mazzaron Murcia (ESP) - Official selection @ 12th Lecce Filmfest, Festival del cinema invisible, Lecce (IT) - Official selected for the 2017 British Film Institute BFI Youth Day, London (UK) - Official selected for Festival de Cine y Cortometrajes Cortogenial, Cordoba (ESP) - Official selected for 4th International Short Film Festival Mal del Cap, Ibiza (ESP) - FINALIST at the Saint Petersburg International FF (SPIFF), Saint Petersburg (RUS) - Official selected for the 2017 Red Corner Festival, Bornholm, (SWE) - Official selected for the 2017 TRASH NACHT WOLFSBURG, Wolfsburg (GER) - Official selected for the 2017 Thunderdance Film Festival, Dalson London (UK) - Official selected for JUJUY SHORTFILMS INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE, Jujuy (ARG) - Official selected for the 2017, 6th FAKE FLESH FILM FEST, Kamloops (CAN) - Official selection for the 6th DELHI SHORT Int. Filmfestival, DELHI (IND) - Selected for the DIMISSED at WINTERTHUR Int Short Filmfestival, Winterthur (CH) - Official selection Nottingham International Micro Filmfest, Nottingham (UK) - GROOVY FILM-AWARD at PLANET 9, Horror, Artistic, Sci-fi & Indie Filmfestivals in: 1) Chicago IL, 2) North Hollywood CA & 3) Ypsilanti MI (USA) - Official selected for Festival de Cortometrajes Con Otra Mirada, Gyon (ESP) - WINNER at Monthly Edition of Miami Independent Film Festival October, Miami (USA) - Official selected for the Horrorvision Trash Film Festival, Barcelona (ESP) - BEST SHORT low budget FILM at the 2017 ALMATY INDIE FILM FESTIVAL. Almaty (KAZ) - Official selected for the HONG KONG ARTHOUSE Filmfestival, Hong Kong (CHI) - AUDIENCE AWARD at the 2nd MiraLincoln Filmfestival, Lincoln/Buenos Aires (ARG) - Selected for XXIX Maratón de Cine Fantástico y de Terror de Sants, Barcelona (ESP) - Selected for the Mid West Horror Fest, Sci-Fi & Grindhouse, Logansport, IN (USA) - Official selected for the 2017 Conway Film Festival, Conway, AR (USA) - Selected for Curtocircuíto International Film Festival, Santiago de Compostela (ESP) - Selection Festival Views of the World FF, cinema et Musique de Films, Montreal (CAN) - SEMI FINALIST European Film Festival (Mainstream & Underground), Moscow (RUS) - Official selected for the 2017 Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles (USA) - WINNER BEST FEEL GOOD FILM at the 2017 SYDNEY INDIE FILMFESTIVAL, Sydney (AUS) - FINALIST BEST MUSIC SCORE at the 2017 SYDNEY INDIE FILMFESTIVAL, Sydney (AUS) - Official selected for International filmfestival with ROMA theme, Mali Iđoš (SRB) - FINALIST Best Film Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Edinburgh (SCOT) - Nominated for the 8th UNDERGROUND CINEMA AWARDS 2017, Dublin (IRE) - Official selected BUSKOPOLIS FESTIVAL OF CINEMATIC ODDITIES, Pennsylvania (USA) - Official selected the VI Cine Curtas Lapa, Int. Short FF, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) - Official selected for the 8th Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest, Oaxaca (MEX) - Official selected the 2017 international Filmfestival SEDICICORTO, Forli (IT) - Official selection for Internazionale beachfestival: CORTO SPLASH, Policoro (IT) - Official for comedy film festival: "24 Risas por Segundo", Mexico City (MEX) - Selected for Festival du Film Court BREST, 32e Festival Européen, Brest (FR) - Selected for MAIPU CORTOS 2017, festival de cine de humor, Buenos Aires (ARG) - Official selected for the Corto E Vieno, Festival de Cinema Rurale, Ameno (IT) - FINALIST at B-RETINA, Festival de Cinema Sèrie B de Cornellà, Barcelona (ESP) - Official selected for the AM EGYPT Film Festival 2017, Cairo (EGYPT) - AWARD BEST SHORT FILM at the 2017 Cinema Camp Film Festival 2017, Zamoro (ESP) - FINALIST for the Ebrovision Short Film Music Festival, BURGOS (ESP) - Official selected the Obsessive Underground Festival 2017, Hamburg (D) - Selected for INFEST. Festival de terror, fantástico y freak, Barcelona (ESP) - SEMI FINALIST at the SICILIAN international SHORT LEAGUE finals 2017, Catania (IT) - OFFICIAL SELECTED at the Burien Film Festival 2017, Burien WA (USA) - Official selected NEW YORK FILM WEEK & CONTEMPORARY CINEMA EVENT, NYC (USA) - OPENING FILM at the Threadbare Mitten Film Fest, Charlotte Michigan (USA) - AUDIENCE AWARD at the PIFF Paphos Intern FilmFestival 2017, Paphos (CYPRUS) - FINALIST Festival Internacional Cine en las Montañas de Salento, Quindio (COL) - Official selected for the Mersey ComicCon Indie Film Fest, Liverpool (UK) - BEST DAY-FILM voted by the AUDIENCE at RURAL FILMFEST 2017, Ciudad Rea (ESP). - Official selected for the TRENTON 6th ANNUAL Film Festival, Trenton NJ (USA) - NOMINATED for Salon Internacional de la Luz 2017, Botoga (COL). - WINNER BEST FILM @ INDIE SHOWCASE at the First Rule Of Filmclub, Widnes (UK) - WINNER BEST ACTOR & BEST SOUNDTRACK at the Indie Showcase FF, Widnes (UK). - Official selected for the Cryptshow Festival 2017, Badalona Barcelona (ESP) - Official selected for the Broadway International Filmfestival, New York (USA) - Official Selected with the 2017 SCI-FI Underground FilmFest in Munich (D). - FINALIST Comedy shorts at the TEXAS Ultimate Shorts, secured ONLINE (USA). - Official selection Festival Int.cortometrajes El Gato Serendipia, Madrid (ESP) - SEMI FINALIST at the LA CINEFEST 2017, LOS ANGELES (USA). - Official selected for the PLYMOUTH FILMFESTIVAL 2017, Plymouth (UK). - WINNER comedy shorts at the BAD FILMFESTIVAL 2017, Brooklin NY (USA). - Official selected for the LISBON INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL 2017, Lisbon (POR) - SEMI FINALIST at the 8th AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017, Viena (AUS). - FINALIST at the Otto Festival de Cortos,San Carlos de Bariloche Rio Negro (Arg) - Official selected for the online MILAN VOD FILMFEST, Milan (IT). - Screened at the 2017 YURI'S NIGHT AMSTERDAM. Check Point Charlie Amsterdam (NL) YURI ON THE PHONE (2015) - Official selected for the 2017, 6th FAKE FLESH FILM FEST, Kanloops (CAN) - Official selected for the 2017 GEOFILMFESTIVAL and EXPOCINEMA, Padova (IT) - Official selected for the AM EGYPT Film Festival 2017, Cairo (EGYPT) - FINALIST at the 2017 Burien Filmfestival, Burien WA (USA). - FINALIST at the Miami INDUSTRY BOOST 2017, Miami (USA). - Official selected for the MEDFF 2017, Siracusa, Sicily (IT) - Official selected for the HONG KONG art house filmfestival 2016, HONG KONG (C). - Official selection Festival Cortometrajes 'Jose Francisco Rosado', Pacas (Esp) - Official selected for the 2017 ART FOOLS Filmfestival, Larissa (GR) - Selected for the Marcellus Movie Madness Filmfestival 2016, Marcellus NY (USA). - Selected for the prestigious Somerville Filmfestival 2016, Somerville (USA). - Selection 2016 Fantastico & Experimental Filmfestival Catacumba, Godella (ESP). - Official Selected for the BOSTON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016, Boston (USA). - FINALIST for BEST COMEDY AWARD at the PORTOBELLO FILMFESTIVAL 2016, London (UK). - Official selected at the Karelian International Film Petrozavodsk, Karelia (RU). - WINNER at Social Machinery Film Festival 2016, Ostiglia Mantova (Italy). - Official selected for the online GUERRILLA Film Fest 2016 (ESP). - Official Selection: SWEDISH International Film Festival 2016, Stockholm (Sweden) - FINALIST MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, 25-26th of June 2016, Miami FL, (USA) - Selected @Festival Internacional Cine en Las Montanas, Salento/Quindio (Colombia) - Extra screening BAD FILM FESTIVAL at Lucky Jack's, Lower East Side, NYC (USA). - Official selected for filmfestival FUTUROS ASIMÉTRICOS, Toluca (MEXICO). - Official selection Internacional de cine independiente de ELCHE, Alicante (ESP) - Official selection LES SALON PARISIENNES'16, Paris (FR) & St. Petersbourg (RUS) - FINALIST at the MINIKINO FILM WEEK 2016, Bali (INDONESIA). - Official selected for the SKY FILMFESTIVAL 2016, Empuriabrava (ESP). - SEMI FINALIST International Boat of Culture Film Festival 2016, Lotz (POL). - Official seleted at the NFF Near Nazareth Film Festival, Nazareth (ISR). - Selected for FESTIVAL FUTUROS ASIMETRICOS, Facultad des artes, Toluca (MEXICO). - Official selected for the BAD FILM FEST 2016, Brooklyn NY. (USA). - SCREENED at the NORWICH FILMCLUB, Anteros Art Foundation May 2016, Norwich (UK) - Official selected for the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival 2016, Kingston NY. (USA) - Official selected for the PROKUPLJE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Serbia). - BEST COMEDY AWARD at NSI National Screen Institute April 2016, Winnipeg (Canada). - Selected @Festival Intercaciona de Cortometrajes Cine a la Calle 2016 (COLOMBIA) - Selected for the KRALJEVSKI FILMSKI FESTIVAL 2016, Kraljevo (SERBIA) - Selected for the MOFF Milan Online Film Festival March 2016, Milan (IT). - Nominated at the BARCELONA Planet Filmfestival, feb 2016, Barcelona (ESP). - Screened at the OZAERK SHORTS in North Hollywood (USA). - WINNING AWARD at Filmfestival CINEVANA ISTANBUL 2016, Istanbul (TRK). - Official selected for the TEXAS ULTIMATE SHORTS, January 2016 (USA). - Official selected for the HOLLYWOOD SKY FILM FESTIVAL, 2016 (USA). - Official selected for the BROKEN KNUCKLE FILM FEST 2015 (USA). - WINNER MIAMI INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL August & September 2015 (USA). - Official selected for BLOW UP, CHICAGO'S International Arthouse Filmfest (USA). - Official selected for the KINOLIT FILMFESTIVAL, 2015, St. Petersburg (RUS). - Official selected for Linea d'Ombra - festival Cultura Giovani, SALERNO (IT). - Official selected for the 2015 DC SHORT Filmfestival, Washington (USA). - Official selected for the 2015 LOS ANGELES CineFest, LA (USA). - Film permanent projected at: FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA 2015 at MUSEUM REGGIO EMILIA (IT) - Official selected for the 2015 FMK international Film festival, Pordenone (ITALY) - Official selected for the 2015 ROMA CINEMA DOC, Rome (ITALY). - Official selected for the 2015 Regina International Film Festival, Regina (CANADA) THE FIRST YUGOSLAVIAN COSMONAUT (2012) - Official selected for the 2017: 6TH FAKE FLESH FILM FEST, Kamloops (CAN). - Official selected for the TORONTO Arthouse Filmfestival 2017, Toronto (CAN). - Official selected for the BACK UP FILMFESTIVAL 2017, Weimar (GER). - BEST UNDERGROUND FILM at the HONG KONG ART HOUSE FILMFESTIVAL (winter 2016). - Official selection Festival de Cortometrajes 'Jose Francisco Rosado', PACAS (ESP) - Official selected at the SKY FILM FESTIVAL 2016, Empuriabrava (ESP). - Official selected for the online GUERRILLA Film Fest 2016. - Nominated at the Barcelona Planet Filmfestival, febr 2016, Barcelona (ESP). - Official selected for the FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL 4 MIN EN CORTO 2016, Alcorac (ESP) - Official selected for the KINOLIT FILMFESTIVAL Oct. 2015, St. Petersburg (RUS). - Fotografia Europea 2015, film permanent projected at MUSEUM REGGIO EMILIA (ITALY). - Official selected for the 1st CineBodega Film Festival in Woodland Hills CA, (USA) - Official selected for the 2015 Copa Dos Curtas, Short Cup, Florianópolis (BRAZIL) - Nominated at the 2015 'CPM FILMFEST', section Zen/Trash in Minsk (BELARUS). - Official selected for Kraljevski Filmski Festival 2015 (SERBIA) - Official selected for the 2015 SciFi Film Festival in SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) - Official selection 'Shorty Week' 2015, Filmfestival 'El Puerto de Santa María' (ESP) - Official selected at 2014 SILICON VALLEY SCIENCE FICTION Filmfestival, Sunnyvale (USA) - 1st prize category Drama + 2nd overall at the LONDON WALTHAMSTOW SHORT FF (UK). - Official selected for 2014 LA MEKO, the International Kurzfilmtage in Landau (D). - Official selected for the Festival des CINEMAS 'SEE a PARIS' 2014, Paris (FRANCE). - Official selected for the 2013 SFF-RATED Filmfestival in Athens (GREECE). - Official selected for the MASH ROME 2013 Filmfestival in Rome (ITALY). - Official selecting Festival SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA LUZ 2013 Botoga (COLOMBIA). - Official selected for the ISFF DETMOLD 2013 Filmfestival, Detmold (GERMANY). - Official selected for the 5th PICKNIC FILM FESTIVAL 2013, Santander (SPAIN). - Screened at the WHAT THE art anD MUSIC FESTIVAL July 2013, Portland Oregon (USA). - Official selected for the 2013 LONDON PORTOBELLO Filmfestival (UK). - Official selected for the International Short Filmfestival of CYPRUS 2013, (CYPRUS) - Official selected for the 2013 BUENOS AIRES, Maipu Cortos HUMOR FILMFESTIVAL (ARG). THE YURI GAGARIN GOOSE CHASE (2011) - Official selected for the 2017 AFRICAN SMARTPHONE INT.FILM.FEST (ASIFF), Egbeda, (LAGOS) - Official selected for the 2017 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, Worcester MA (USA) - SEMI FINALIST at the MOBgraphia Mobile Film Festival 2016, Sao Paulo (Brasil). - Official selected for the 12th MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL 2017, Paris (France). - Official selected for the 2016 VELCOM SMARTFILM MOBILE film festival (BELA RUS). - Official selected for the 6th Annual IFF iPHONE Filmfestival Beverly Hills, CA (USA). - Official selected Festival CINEPHONE internacional de Cortometrajes con Teléfono Movil (ESP) EXHIBITIONS (selection) -2015 FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, Gagarin films projected & book exhibited @ Museum Reggio Emilia (IT) -2014 FADED! with Mr.Boonstra @ ANOMALY's: Unfortunately Small Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) -2012 CLOSE TO HOME. Dutch group art Exhibition by Mr & Miss Cameron, Berlin (D). -2012 Aperture Gallery, New York, Group exhibition, Blurb Winners, NY (USA). -2011 Arles Photofestival, Participating Mr.Boonstra & Erik Kessels (FR). -Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, music Video Exhibition (NL). -18th Film festival Trieste, Conscious Rap with Music Promo: Zinloos (IT). -Bad Food Gone Worse, with Ewoudt Boonstra, SPRMRKT Amsterdam (NL). -In Memoriam, AZ Alkmaar Stadium, Alkmaarderhout, S-Color Amsterdam (NL). -Yuri, the Cosmos and I, Gagarin Town, Russia (RUS). -'In search for Yuri Gagarin', European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk (NL). -'Long live the summer' (and the winter), Gallery the Chiellerie, Amsterdam (NL). INTERVIEWS (on-line)