Stijn Bouma


Stijn Bouma is a Dutch filmmaker who was born on the 17thof February, 1991. He was born and raised in a small city called Hoorn. After becoming interested in cinema during his high school years, he started studying Media & Culture – Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he worked at a small cinema called De Uitkijk, wrote some articles about film for the study’s magazine and made a few short films. At the end of his studies he also did an internship at the renowned Dutch production company Circe Films. He graduated by writing his Bachelor and Master thesis about Paul Schrader’s book ‘Transcendental Style in Film.’ After graduating with his MA, and working shortly as a freelance filmmaker, he got accepted for Béla Tarr’s film.factory programme at the Sarajevo Film Academy. There he made several short films and had workshops with diverse and international filmmakers such as James Benning, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa and Atom Egoyan. He also helped out his fellow students on different shoots, therefore also gaining experience as a Cameraman and First AD. His 2nd year film ‘Lejla’ got selected for the Cinéfondation competition in Cannes and at the moment he is working on his graduation film ‘Regained Memory.’