Director David-Jan Bronsgeest (1986) graduated from the Film Actors Academy Amsterdam in 2007, after which he studied Theatrical Performance at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. This is where he discovered his love for directing. In 2011 David-Jan got into the Netherlands Film Academy's Directing Fiction programme with his Arabic-language short film Metis. The year after his documentary Her Cinema Love was screened at Hot Docs (Toronto), where it received a nomination for Best Short Documentary, and Visions du Réel (Nyon), where David-Jan was nominated as Best Newcomer. His third-year short at the Netherlands Film Academy, the romantic thriller Blindrunners (2014), was selected for Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Dutch VERS Awards, and the Canadian Festival International du Court-Métrage en Outaouais 2015. David-Jan interned at Talent United, where he studied the Dutch commercial cinema.