Michael Middelkoop is a young director who has uniquely navigated both hemispheres of the creative game.
On the one hand, he’s a filmmaker. One who has risen from chopping up kinetic video edits while majoring in film studies, to becoming one of the more promising young directors in the game, working with the nation’s biggest artists and touring filmfestivals with his surreal approach to fictional storytelling. His latest short, Netflix & Chill, garnered him a spot in the Debut Competition of the Netherland’s Film Festival and a prime slot at the prestigious Fantasia Filmfestival in Montreal. On the other hand, he’s a creative polymath, providing concepts for international agencies such as Anomaly, 180, Saatchi & Saatchi, Happiness Brussels, Achtung! and Dawn. Moreover, working for brands such as Vodafone, T-Mobile, SIRE, de Bijenkorf and Triodos Bank. His freeform creative approach has been published on Vice, Fastcompany, Adweek, Itsnicethat and more. Awards include: CCB, Spin Awards, Lovies, Merit, Young Dutch Talent, a Bronze Lion in Cannes in 2015 and a Webby in 2018.
In his work Michael likes to play around with bringing the normal and the absurd together in singular visual worlds. With his background in advertising he’s not afraid to help mould the conventional 30 second spot to a mixed and mashed playhouse that can cater to the ever shorter attention spans of young audiences around the world.