Born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa, Bauke Brouwer finds that his passion in filmmaking lies in supporting brands and individuals to tell their unique stories through carefully crafted narratives. To do this, he invests in bringing both his 20 years of industry experience along with an innate talent for meaningful connections to the set.

“I’ve been fortunate to live in the global north and south, which has given me a wide range of perspectives for storytelling. Despite their diversity, the key is to actually go out and find great stories, recognise them, and truly understand the worlds of those behind each.’’

Bauke's worldview was profoundly shaped at the dawn of South Africa’s democratic era in the early 1990s when, at the age of 13, five boys living on the streets came to live with the Brouwer family in their Cape Town home. This experience exposed him to the struggles of marginalised individuals in society, a focus he aims to bring to light through his films.

“In developing my first feature film, The Street Surfer, I was inspired by one of my housemates, Alfonzo, who lived with our family in 1994. Alfonzo’s story not only opened my eyes to the incredible privileges many of us take for granted, but he showed me exceptional resilience and the need for profound social justice in our world. This is one reason why I believe great storytelling always amplifies sincere human connection.”

In Cape Town, Bauke ran his own production company, Narrative Truth. Since his return to the Netherlands in 2019, Bauke worked at 180 Amsterdam as a Director & Content Creative where he was instrumental in establishing their in-house division, 180 Made, leading campaigns for global brands like BMW, Start People and Rabobank.

His short films have won numerous awards, one of his first shorts The Fallen (2011) earned him a SHOTS New Director Showcase and his latest experimental short Memory (2023) won the JAFEST 2023 Poetry Film Competition.