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Els van Driel

Dutch, English
Child Welfare, Refugee Crisis and Immigration, Women and Girls, Human Rights
Impact Producing, Consulting, Mentorship
Cultural/racial identity:
Dutch, European
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Els van Driel (Alkmaar, 1976) is a freelance documentary filmmaker. She created the award-winning youth documentary series ‘Mensjesrechten’/Just Kids, about children’s rights and was co-founder/director together with Eefje Blankevoort of the multimedia production ‘The Asylummachine’ (nominee Gouden Kalf interactive competition Dutch Filmfestival 2016) and ‘The Deal’, an analysis about the consequences of the EU-Turkey deal in 2017. In 2020 she co-directed Shadow Game, a multi award winning transmedia documentary project about unaccompanied refugee children in Europe. Els specializes in human rights, immigration and religion. Amongst her prize winning youth documentaries are: How Ky became Niels (Banff Rockie Award 2015, Prix Jeunesse 2016) & ‘A year without my parents’ (Chicago Int. Children's Filmfestival Children's & Adult's jury prize 2016).