Koen Suidgeest is a documentary filmmaker, writer and photographer. A graduate of the Film Department of the University of the Creative Arts in England, Koen started as a cinematographer working on commercial campaigns, feature films, corporate projects and documentary film. Following a life-long dream, in 2002 he turned exclusively to creating his own documentary projects.
Koen’s interest resides in socially engaged projects with a strong focus on human rights. He likes to observe without judging and is known for his ability to get very close to his characters. With his documentary Casting (2006) he became the first Dutch filmmaker to be nominated for a Spanish Academy Award (Goya). His multiple award-winning Karla’s Arrival (2011) was selected for more than 40 film festivals, broadcast in 14 countries, and won him widespread international recognition. While working on new projects, Koen teaches university, serves on film festival juries, and undertakes film and photography assignments which bring him to all corners of the world.