Emmanuel Adjei is a film maker and visual artist from Amsterdam working internationally in moving image. In 2011 he graduated in Fine Art (BA) at the Utrecht School of Arts, and with a talent scholarship from the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund he commenced a BA Audiovisual Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2012 where he preferred to make short films and video installations in collaboration with artist and writer Marleen Özgür.
Both in 2013 and 2014 Emmanuel got honoured with a ‘Young Talent’ grant from the Mondriaan’ fund to develop his artistic practice. In 2016 he received critical acclaim for his short film ‘The Formula’ and music video ‘Human’ for Iranian-Dutch artist Sevdaliza from blogs like Billboard, Vogue, The Fader, Nowness, Promo News and V Magazine.
His clients have ranged from a variety of artists and brands such as Hugo Boss, Patta, High Snobiety and Asics. His most recent work is the mind-bending music video for ‘Give It Your Choir’ by artists Mark Pritchard and Bibio with Warp Records.
With a main interest in storytelling, his focus deals with human narratives, captured by his unique own visual language. Creating atmospheric worlds in both a painterly and a cinematic style, Emmanuel always seeks to challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality.
Johan Kramer is an advertising icon turned experimental filmmaker. After a short career as a professional soccer player at Ajax Amsterdam, Johan started working as a copywriter at agencies in Amsterdam and London.
In 1996, Johan and Erik Kessels launched KesselsKramer, an internationally renowned communications agency. In 2006, Johan left his partnership at KesselsKramer to dedicate himself to directing.
Johan's first feature-length film was The Other Final, a documentary about the world’s two lowest ranked national soccer teams, Bhutan and Montserrat, and a match that took place on the same day as the World Cup Final. It won awards at international film festivals including Toronto, Barcelona, Bermuda, Berlin and Avignon.
Johan's film, 11:59, inspired by the media's negative perception of Arabic youth, was
featured at RESFEST 2005. His next film project, Sing for Darfur, won "Best European Dramatic Feature" at the European Independent Film Festival in 2009.
In 2012, Johan launched The Very Small Office of Johan Kramer with the simple mission of "making ideas and films for brands and friends."
Mees is a native from Amsterdam. In 2013 he graduated from the Dutch Film Academy. His graduation film ‘Even Cowboys Get to Cry’ was critically acclaimed and awarded several prices, it premiered at the Berlinale 2014. His short film ‘Un Creux Dans Mon Coeur’ is the Dutch representative at the Oscars 2016, category Best Live Action Short, and premiered at the Berlinale 2015. The most recent film he made, ‘We Will Never Be Royals’, won 2 Golden Calfs at the Netherlands Film Festival 2015.
His creative style experiments with different narrative forms, in which his distinct visual style is constant
Although obviously single headed, Belgium based Benny Vandendriessche likes to wear two hats to go to work, acting as both writer and director on many of his commercials and music videos.
With this cumulation, Benny aims at magic, combining a taste for original concepts and an absurd sense of humor with a highly developed visual constraint and a talent for coaching actors.
Photo credit: Emilie Vercruysse