Stephan Brenninkmeijer

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Stephan Brenninkmeijer
Stephan Brenninkmeijer
Born (1964-06-27) 27 June 1964 (age 56)
Doorwerth, Netherlands
Alma mater Dutch Film Academy, Amsterdam
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present

Stephan Brenninkmeijer (born 27 June 1964 in Doorwerth) is an award-winning Dutch film director, producer, film editor and screenwriter.

Life and career

Brenninkmeijer was born and raised at Doorwerth castle, Netherlands, where his father G.H. Brenninkmeijer was owner of the Michelin starred Restaurant Beaulieu.[1]

At the age of 8 his family moved to Apeldoorn. From 1988 to 1992 he studied at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Although aiming to direct feature films, he first focused on storytelling through editing.

In 1992, he started his professional career editing television series and films. As an editor he worked with Dutch directors like Academy Award winner Mike van Diem.

He directed his first feature film in 2000, The Silence of the Soul, which won a "Golden Crown" Award at the ICVM festival in Atlanta, United States.

The same year he co-directed the TV series Westenwind which won the Dutch equivalent of the Golden Globe.

In 2002 he wrote, produced and directed the motion picture Swingers, a controversial low-budget production that had theatrical releases in the Benelux countries and was sold internationally.

In 2011 he wrote, produced and directed the feature film Caged. Caged was picked up by Anderson Digital for US release in February 2013.

In 2012 Brenninkmeijer participated in the crowd-sourced project Entertainment Experience with Paul Verhoeven to make his version on the user-generated script. Both Verhoeven's film (called Tricked) and Brenninkmeijers Lotgenoten (Counterparts) were to be released in the Netherlands in March 2013. The Entertainment Experience won an International Emmy Award 2013.[2]


Feature films

Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2012 Entertainment Experience - Counterparts Yes Yes Yes Won International Emmy Award 2013
2011 Caged Yes Yes Yes
2002 Swingers Yes Yes Yes
2001 The silence of the soul Yes Yes Won Golden Crown award 2001 at ICVM Festival, Atlanta (U.S.A.)

TV series

Year Film Director Editor Notes
2004 De Band Yes
2003 Bon bini beach Yes
2000 Westenwind Yes Yes Won Dutch Golden Televisierring
1999 Toscane Yes
1999 Echt waar Yes Yes
1999 Blauw blauw Yes
1998 't Zal je gebeuren... Yes Yes
1994-1998 Crash! Yes Yes
1993 Called at the bar Yes Won Dutch Golden Calf and Nipkov Disc award for Best Television Drama series


  • Named his son Timo, a tribute to Joep Sertons' character in Swingers.
  • Related to the famous Brenninkmeijer clan, the richest family in the Netherlands known from the C&A international chain of clothes stores.


  1. (Dutch) Official website Stephan Brenninkmeijer
  2. Entertainment Experience wins Emmy Award

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