Maaike Neuville


Maaike Neuville (°1983) is an actress and a director .

Maaike graduated in 2005 at Studio Herman Teirlinck in Antwerpen. She quickly found her way as an actress in theatre, film and television. More info about Maaike as an actress can be found here.

A few years in her acting career, Maaike started feeling the itch to get behind the camera herself and direct. Maaike worked on a first short film, motivated a whole crew and the Flemish top actors Katelijne Damen and Frank Vercruyssen to join her in the adventure. The result was the very poetic short film Terug Weg (‘Way Back’) about an impossible love.

On account of this film, she was invited to the Talent Campus at the Berlin Festival in 2011.

In 2012, Maaike decided to take a Master as a director at the St-Lucas school of art. With her graduation project, Sonnet 81, she scored a bullseye.  She won the Award for the Best Debut at the International Short Film Festival in Leuven and received a Wildcard of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund to finance her next project, Perfect Darkness.

Meanwhile, Sonnet 81 has been screened on a series of national and international festivals.

Maaike uses her acting experience in her work as a director, but also applies her experience behind the camera in her acting work. The two disciplines reinforce each other.