Jona obtained in 2008 his Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Utrecht, after which he worked for a year as a reporter for RTV Utrecht (a regional broadcaster) and VPRO (a national broadcaster). Inspired by the cinematic approach to issues at the VPRO he did register for the Netherlands Film Academy where he graduated in 2013 as a documentary director.
His graduation film “I” won the VPRO Documentary Award 2013 and the Pathé Tuschinski Award 2013 for best graduation film at the Dutch Film Festival. His previous film “Be Hard or Go Under” won the Megaherz Film School Award 2013 at the international documentary festival DOK.fest Munich.
As a documentary director Jona brings philosophical themes back to a human character that makes a dramatic development. He strives to be only present by choice of frame, edit and sound design.
- Ik / I / 2013 / 27′
- Wie niet hard is is gezien/Be hard or go under / 2012 / 13′