After graduating from the Brussels Film Academy RITCS, I made two short films and traveled the world. The sci-fi fantasy A Message From Outer Space was a festival favourite. The epic war short Tunnelrat was the first film to explore underground warfare during World War I. In 2014 it was part of MoMA’s exhibition “The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy”. Both shorts starred the young Matthias Schoenaerts.
My debut feature Paradise Trips, a Belgian-Dutch co-production, was released in the summer of 2015. The comedy drama follows the journey of a grumpy holiday coach driver who’s assigned to bring a motley crew of party-goers to a counterculture festival in Croatia. A big part of the film was shot at Lost Theory Festival, an actual psychedelic gathering in the Croatian outback.
Today I’m developping my second feature film Life After Zoro, a coming-of-age drama produced by Bulletproof Cupid.
2020 marks the release of TV Series The Kidnapping of Phil Frisco, a 10 x 50′ crime comedy that I co-directed with Koen Van Sande. Starring Lucas Van den Eynde, Koen De Bouw, Barbara Sarafian and many others. Produced by Cartouche.tv for Flemish channel VTM.
Besides film I shoot commercials and music videos. I started in team with Roel Mondelaers after we collaborated on A Message from Outer Space and hit it off directing as Raf&Roel. Awards include two times Golden Welp for best Belgian commercial (2010, 2011) and two times best director at the Creative Belgium awards (2011, 2015). As a music video director I especially enjoyed collaborating with pop star Stromae. Peace or Violence won @ LA Music Video Festival and was nominated at Camerimage. Papaoutai, about a boy trying to engage with his absent father, became an instant classic racking up over 500 million youtube views.