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Eef de Graaf


Eef de Graaf was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
She grew up in different places in Holland and studied art in Groningen at
Minerva Art School. She graduated in 1993 as a painter. Because of her
interest in theatre, other art disciplines and science, she continued
studying at the University of Groningen. She started to work with video.
Her rising fascination for video convinced her that filmmaking could give
her the challenges she was looking for. In 1996 she moved to Rotterdam
and started to work as a freelance reporter for a radio station. She also
continued working as an artist and set up several exhibitions. In 1999 she
moved for a period to Gothenburg in Sweden. Here she had close contact
with the dancers of the Opera House and started working with dance and
video again.
In 2000 she moved back to Rotterdam and went to study film in Den Haag
with experimental filmmaker Frans Zwartjes. She made several dance and
other experimental videos. In 2002 she moved for six months to
Barcelona and made a video documentary about her stay there, later this
year she shot her first short 16 mm film in The Netherlands.
Her film Circulos Cuadrados premiered in 2003 at the Rotterdam Film
Festival and has been shown at many festivals around the world, like
Sueños Cortos in Argentina, Brazil Noar in Barcelona, Art Film Festival in
Slovakia and Morbengo Art Film in Italy.
The film she made in 2003/2004 Pulse of the City was also selected for
the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2004 and shown on many festivals around
the world. The film received an award for best film, from the Jury of
Festival Cinema da Mare, South Italy.
In 2005 Eef won a prize for the contest 'Rotterdam Shorts' and received a
budget to make her first 35mm film in Rotterdam with
her original screenplay De Grijns (The Grin). She realised this film as a
screenwriter, director and co-producer. The film premiered in 2006.
In 2007 she finished her film about Lorca,’ Garcia Lorca esta Vivo?’ It
premiered in Rotterdam in 2008 and is selected for the Museum of
Modern art in Warsaw, Poland and the shortfilm Corner in Cannes
2008. In 2008 she won a scenario prize for the short documentair:
Zadkine and the Growing city.
She realised this documentairy together with Kianoosh Gerami and it was
shown at the Dutch filmfestival in Utrecht 2008 and the International
fimfestival of Rotterdam in 2009. In this year her work was also shown in
different places, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and CBK Rotterdam. In 2010
she moved together with her partner to Zeeland where they started their
own gallery. EK Gallery they show their work and work with other
International en national artists and filmmakers.