Biography

Director

Jan Boon

Director

Jan Boon was born in Belgium to the son of screenplay writer Jacques Boon in August 1980.

As a teenager, he developed into a documentary photographer documenting different communities including hooligans and rock-bands. At the age of 17, Jan got a degree at the Academy of Arts in Anderlecht specializing in quick sketching, lithography, and photography.

In 1998 Jan consequently studied at two major film schools in Brussels: RITS and NARAFI. He also graduated from the Flemish Script Academy, majoring in screenplay writing in 2002.

From 2004 till 2006 Jan started directing music videos for a variety of Belgian artists many of which have earned a variety of prizes including an MTV music award and a TMF award. His passion also took him to the stage, as he wrote different musical plays together with producer Liesbeth Vereertbrugghen.

Between 2005 and 2008 Jan wrote different formats for non-fiction television shows for the Belgian commercial TV corporation JIM / VMMa.

In February 2006 Jan got the opportunity to direct his first commercial for a women’s magazine called ‘Flair’. Jan instantly fell in love with the short-format of storytelling embodied in commercials. It didn’t take him long to earn his place in the commercial industry. His Flair-commercial got instantly picked-up by international film festivals earning him a second place at the Young Director’s Award in Cannes.

Jan is known for his visual storytelling, his aesthetic, style and his actor based ‘highbrow’ comedy. His awards (2014) consist of different international prizes (Bronze Lion at Cannes FF x5, Silver LIA at London international Awards, 2 x Silver at CCB awards, Bronze at Eurobest, and a shortlist at the New York Film Festival, ADCN award Amsterdam x3).

Using his talents as a screenwriter, a photographer and a director, Jan has directed several branded content documentaries for some of the biggest brands in the world including Samsung, Smirnoff and Carlsberg.

In 2015 Jan directed the short film BIG BIRD featured at the International Film Festival Ghent. The short film is currently in competition in several festivals worldwide. It has 18 official festival selections and 4 official Best Short Film wins.

In 2017 Jan started work on his feature length documentary “Boxing 82” expected to be released in winter 2017.

Currently, Jan is working on an Irish / Belgian co-produced feature project together with BAFTA award winning screenplay writer Derek O’ Conner.

Festival wins in 2016: - “Samsung’s The Worst Instagram Ever” Gold at the prestigious Shanghai Film Festival - Best Cyber Film, and Bronze at the ADCN awards. - “Call Brussels” 3x Bronze Lion Cannes Lions; Online -viral - activation; Silver CFP award. - “Renault real views” Bronze Lion Cannes Lions; Online. - Tele 2’s “Internetten also je in Nederland bent” Effie Award NL, ADCN award. - “Big Bird” Best international comedy at Cork indy film festival, Big Shorts FF New Zealand, Santa Monica Film Festival