Bio - Nina & Mirka

Mirka & Nina are a directing duo based in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In 2004 Mirka started her career at public broadcasting station VPRO, experimenting with interactive storytelling on television, the web and radio. Being a pioneer in that field she won quite a few prices amongst which a Spin Award. Nina has a background in concept, design and video in 3-dimensional space (Design Academy, HKU). She started her carreer in theatre, creating videoscapes for well known companies like Het Vervolg, Orkater and Oostpool.
However: their dream was to write and direct filmprojects. The kickstart to their career as a directing duo came in 2009 with their short fiction film Manitoba, which premiered at the IFFR and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Since then they have been working on a wide range of fiction and documentary projects, commercials and music videos, combining their strengths in the field of concept development, storytelling and precise cinematography.
Nina & Mirka’s focus is on on hybrid productions in which they effortlessly mix documentary and fiction. Their curiosity about the world that surrounds them results in a unique choice of arenas, from deserted beach towns to brothels in Pattaya. They take those places and make them their own.

Making weird, unknown or harsh worlds accessible, finding beauty in the smallest details in story, image and art.

Recent projects have been a docu-fiction about a secluded community in Zeeland (Land of Change, 2013), a docu-fiction music video about the life of a young Thai prostitute (Blaudzun, ‘Any Cold Wind’, 2014), a video-lecture-performance on the ‘Wildermen’ (To the Woods, 2014) and an interactive documentary on piracy in Somalia (The Last Hijack Interactive, 2014 nominated ‘Best Documentary’ at Sheffield Doc/Fest). At this moment they are working on a ‘50 mins fiction film about a small community in Belgium

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