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David Verbeek

David Verbeek

Netherlands

Scriptwriter, Film Director

TFL

Script&Pitch Participant 2012

biography

David Verbeek graduated as Director at the Dutch Film
Academy in 2005.

After graduation, he left for China, returning three years later with his second feature film Shanghai Trance; the film was selected for the Tiger Award Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, as well as numerous international festivals. It was released in China in over 250 cinemas and, in late 2008, David made the front page of Dutch nationwide newspaper De Volkskrant for being the first Dutch director to achieve such success in China.

He shot his third feature film in Taiwan, a Dutch/French co-production: R U There is a multi-dimensional experience, which uses over 20% of Second Life images. It is an exploration of the virtual world in which the younger generation is so deeply immersed. The film got selected, among others, at Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

After that he won the Return of the Tiger Award in Rotterdam 2011 for his ultra low-budget film Club Zeus about a gang of gigolos in Shanghai.