Cecilia Verheyden

Photo by Sandra Gomez

Photo by Sandra Gomez

„As a filmmaker, I am always looking for inspiration, new stories to tell and people to meet and share thoughts and ideas with.“
– Cecilia Verheyden

Cecilia (*1985) is a young Belgian director and screenwriter who loves hard work and – wow – she is good at it!

In 2007, she graduated from Erasmus university college Brussels with her short movie OU QUOI. The film had a great festival run and won several awards, for example at the Oscar qualifying International Short Film Festival in Louvain.

In 2012 she finished her third short film ROBYN O. (14), which is one of the most shocking, heart-breaking, and intense films I have ever seen. No wonder it won many awards!

Cecilia also successfully rocks Belgian television. She directed episodes of ‚MISSING PERSONS UNIT’ (broadcasted in over 90 countries worldwide), sketches for ‚WHAT IF?’ (a very popular humoristic television show that even won an Emmy Award in 2014) and the 10-episodes Costume Drama ‚GIRLFRIENDS’.

Being an alround-talent she also has a knack for successful commercials and music videos. Her work includes the Carlsberg’s „Standing up for a friend“-campaign (here: https://vimeo.com/85929001) and CokeZero’s superfun „Unlock the 007 in you“ (Check it out: https://vimeo.com/52140016). She won a lot of national and international prices with her commercials, including Bronze, Silver and Golden Lions in Cannes.

In 2015, Cecilia shot her first feature film BEHIND THE CLOUDS, a romantic dramedy about an old couple newly in love. The film has been released in 2016 and was a big success in Belgium. In October it will be released in Germany. She allowed us an exclusive peak and the cool, outspoken, quick-witted and Social Media-versed protagonists really win you over with their YOLO approach to life.

Cecilia has just finished a television series with production company Eyeworks - Warner Bros for Eén. In Dutch the series is called ZIE MIJ GRAAG, a free translation would be something like ‘Please love me’. She is also making a very short documentary (exactly 7 minutes) about memories of lost loved ones. Somehow, she also finds the time to work on the screenplay of her second feature film, in collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Mellaerts.

ROBYN O. (14) will participate in this year's ZFF MASTER CLASS screenings. We are very excited and honored that Cecilia is with us this year!

Writer, Director (BE)

2017 ZIE MIJ GRAAG (TV Series)
2015 BEHIND THE CLOUDS (Feature Fiction)
2011 ROBYN O. (14) (Short Fiction)
2009 BLUF (Short Fiction)