Sjoerd Oostrik is a Dutch documentary filmmaker based between Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Sjoerd received his MA in history at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen before moving on to study Documentary Directing at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam.Â WithÂ his graduation filmÂ â€˜Destinyâ€™ he won the Wildcard Award of the Dutch Film Fund for the most promising graduating documentary director. He directed several short- and medium length documentaries that screened at internationally renowned festivals like Locarno Film Festival, IDFA, FESPACO, Sao Paulo ISFF and Dokfest MÃ¼nchen. In 2014 he won the Media Fund Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) for his latest projectÂ â€˜A Quiet Placeâ€™.
In addition to his work as a director, Sjoerd is an adjunct assistant professor in documentary filmmaking at UCLA, a grant advisor for the Dutch Media Fund, and a guest lecturer at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam.