A Dutch director and photographer. Known for his casting, subtle storytelling and dry humor. Learned lifes most important lessons while working as a boy in his fathers pet shop. For example, that humour is very much like kitty litter: its best to keep it dry, very dry… His ability to talk and bond with animals laid the groundwork in his devolpment into a true actors director. Rene loves to uncover the absurditity of contemporary situations who are recognisable for everybody. And while he never liked dog shows, they did give him a taste for winning prizes. In short Rene always shoots towards the stars like his heroes Dennis Bergkamp, space dog Laika and her wonderfully human counterpart Yuri Gagarin.

Has been working as a director and photographer for more then 16 years after having completed his training at the Amsterdam Graphic School, the Royal Art Academy in The Hague and a working period in New York. With both his feet on the ground he works on national and international commercial assignments and (personal) art projects. Atelier Nuijens is based at a canal in the old centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

AWARDS (selection)

-2015 Winner MIAMI INDEPENDENT SHORT FILMFESTIVAL August & September.

-2013 TOP 5 FINALIST @ GOUDEN LOEKIE for TOYOTA "Mum & Dad".

-2011 Worldwide WINNER BLURB Photography Book Now Competition, category Fine Art

-2010 BRONZE at ADCR best directing IKEA Catalogue.

-2009 GOLD at ADCN for Ikea.

-2008 WINNER Amateur filmfestival Trailer Super8 Competition.

-2008 Photography Nomination at ADCN for Heineken.

-2007 SILVER at ADCN for the Interpolis Campaign.

-2005 TMF/MTV AWARD BEST DIRECTING MusicVideo: Zinloos Lange Frans & BaasB

-2003 WINNER CHANNEL 4 / E4, Creative Review Competition.

-2002 PANL AWARD, Photo Category 'Life'.

-1999 Nomination YOUNG DIRECTOR AWARD @ CANNES.

-1997 2 ADCN Nominations Kink FM Baby, Karaoke, fhv/bbdo.

-1996 SHORTLIST CANNES, Kink FM Karaoke, fhv/bbdo.