Daan Bunnik is a filmmaker based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His films portray the male struggle with his own vulnerability and the role the male body plays in this. Skin feels, his graduation film, depicts his perception on the ageing body of his parents, it won 3 awards and screened at 27 filmfestivals around the world (a.o. IDFA, Uppsala, Encounters) and is now available on DA Films. The hybrid short film Tibor display his depressed feelings during his student years and premieres in 2017 on the New York City Independent Film Festival. He took part in European Short Pitch ’14 with his autobiographical fiction short Headbutt that exposes the transforming physical and mental relationship of two adolescent brothers. The film is completed in May 2017. With his new fiction short Blood Group, that is also developed through ESP, Bunnik steps away from autobiographical stories but as in his previous work he remains to focus on family relations, physicality and male vulnerability.
Bunnik teaches since 2016 at a filmschool in Bergen op Zoom, a small town in the south of Holland. Fiction and documentary are the courses he loves to teach. Next to his teaching he has given guest lectures and workshops at Liverpool Hope University, Art Academy Nanjing (China), Academy Artemis Amsterdam and has worked as a pitch coach at Campus of the Go Short Int. Film Fesitval. Besides this Bunnik volunteers as a language coach for refugees.
Bunnik works with full commitment as a director, camera operator and editor. He directed five 15 minute documentaries in Nanjing, China to portray the exchange between Dutch designers and Chinese craftmen for the project DutChinese. The short documentaries where shown on Chinese television and Dutch Design Week 2015. For the band Wolf in Loveland he directed the music video ‘The Devil Has No Home’. Next to that he works as a camera operator for Company Webcast, Piet Zwart Institute and has done assignments for a.o. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, University of Amsterdam, Hivos, Theatre De Krakeling, Foundation Freehouse, VideoWerkt and Witsand Films.
Daan Bunnik on the set of Headbutt