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WRITER & DIRECTOR
Jack

Jack is a Dutch born, UK based writer/director and graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2018 Jack won the Glasgow Short Film Festival Production Attic pitch with his film, Bouba & Kiki (2019), which premiered in the BAFTA qualifying competition at the festival the following year. That same year Jack was selected for the prestigious BFI Network Weekender.

His short film Everyman (2021) was commissioned through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme. It won Best short film at SQIFF 2021, Best Film at Euregion Film Festival 2022 as well as being shortlisted for a Grierson Award and screening at a dozen BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals - including Galway Fleadh, Interfilm Berlin, DOC NYC, Frameline and Bogoshorts. Jack was selected by Cinesud to participate with Everyman in their annual Talent to Cannes programme in 2022. 

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Jack has just finished a short film titled 'Who I Am Now', funded by Creative Scotland and LEAP. The script has been written by BAFTA winning writer Michael Lee Richardson and produced by Reece Cargan at Bombito productions. The film stars Adam Kashmiry from the BAFTA wining 'Adam' and Talisa Garcia who is Disney's first openly trans actress (starring in the show Willow). The film is premiering at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it is nominated for the McLaren Award. 

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Jack is developing their first feature, Boifriend, as writer-director and has received early development funding for this through Short Circuit (the Scottish arm of BFI Network) and additional development support through Cinesud's career lab.

He was selected for the BFI Flare x BAFTA Crew 2021 mentorship programme and mentored by Oscar winning producer Iain Canning.

Who I Am Now (2022)

Who I Am Now is a 10 minute drama animation hybrid,

supported by Creative Scotland's Create: Inclusion Fund and LEAP Sports Scotland.

When Tariq’s older brother arrives from Egypt - the first time he’s seen him since he came to the UK and since his transition - he’s forced to confront his complicated feelings about family.

Denise, his friend, a fellow trans refugee and teammate, shares her own story about friends and family.

A film about the family we're born into and the families we make from our friends.

Based on an idea by
Zan Scott & Adam Kashmiry

Starring
Adam Kashmiry (Ghostlight, Adam) & Talisa Garcia (Willow, Baptiste, The Girlfriend Experience).

Animation by Holly Summerson.

Written by Michael Lee Richardson

Produced by Reece Cargan at Bombito Productions

Premiering in August 2022, Who I Am Now has now been selected/screened at the following festivals:​

WORLD PREMIERE – Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022 | *Nominated for The McLaren Award*

News and Reviews:

Aesthetica Alumni: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022
https://www.asff.co.uk/aesthetica-filmmakers-edinburgh-international-film-festival-2022/
 

Scottish Talent and settings in this year's programme as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/latest/scottish-talent-2022


Who I Am Now Secures funding

https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/07/create-inclusion?fbclid=IwAR0xVdQ4QXN8ML_SYh4BtysQTtRABUJpFh_6JeXZ2hzeVp6wE7CELiaI_o4

Everyman (2021)

Everyman is a 10 minute visual essay,

developed and supported by the Scottish

Documentary Institute's highly acclaimed

Bridging the Gap programme.

A personal, visual essay about gender transition – focusing on the social context and implications and exploring how the world is different living as female compared to being perceived as male.
Jack tells his story by using and reframing gender focused tropes and imagery from popular culture, mythology, history and art.
Starring an all-queer cast to display different aspects of Jack's life and identity, mirroring his experience from his unique point of view.

Everyman was shortlisted for the Grierson Award and won Best Short Film at the BAFTA qualifying SQIFF 2021 and Best Film at Euregion Film Festival 2022.

So far Everyman has been selected/screened at the following festivals:​

WORLD PREMIERE – Glasgow Film Festival 2021
Glasgow Short Film Festival 2021
Frameline International LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021

Galway Film Fleadh 2021
Bolton Film Festival 2021
Aesthetica Film Festival 2021
Dayton LGBT Film Festival 2021
OUTShine LGBTQA+ Film Festival 2021

SQIFF 2021 | *Winner Best Short Film Award*
KUKI International Short Film Festival  2021

Interfilm Short Film Festival 2021
MIX CPH 2021

DOC NYC 2021
Inverness Film Festival 2021

Bogota Short Film Festival 2021

Dublin International Film Festival 2022

British Shorts Film Festival Berlin 2022

Euregion Short Film Festival 2022 | *Winner Best Film*

BFI Flare 2022
Sebastopol Film Festival | USA 2022
ACT Human Rights Film Festival

Seattle Internationall Film Festival | USA 2022

St. Kilda Film Festival | Aus 2022

Cannes Short Film Corner | As part of Cinesud's Emerging Talent to Cannes programme.

News and Reviews:

Euregion Film Festival 2022 announce winners
https://cinesud.nl/nieuws-inspiratie/2022/euregion-film-festival-2022-announces-winners

Queer Films to look out for at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival

https://www.diff.ie/news/queer-films


The New Current | 15th LICHTSPIELKLUB
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2021 *INTERVIEW* 
https://www.thenewcurrent.co.uk/jack-goessens


The Grierson Trust | Shortlist 2021 

https://griersontrust.org/grierson-awards/the-grierson-awards/shortlist/

Eye for Film at SQIFF *REVIEW*

https://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/everyman-2020-film-review-by-jennie-kermode

Screen Scotland | Made in Scotland

https://www.screen.scot/film-in-scotland/made-in-scotland/film/everyman

Meet the stars of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2021 *REVIEW*

https://www.theskinny.co.uk/film/interviews/stars-of-glasgow-short-film-festival-2021

Take one Action | Glasgow Film Festival 2021: Our Top Picks *REVIEW*

https://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/2021/02/glasgow-film-festival-2021-our-top-picks/

Glasgow Short Film Festival Announces BAFTA qualifying Competition Programme

GSFF Official Website

Glasgow Film Festival Announces 2021 Programme

Glasgow Film Festival Official Website

Bridging the Gap 2020 commissions announced (mentions working title Venus & Mars)

Screen Scotland Official Website


Everyman commissioned by SDI (mentions working title Venus & Mars)

SDI Bridging the Gap 2020 Announcement

Other shorts

Juniper (2020)

Bouba & Kiki (2019)

Winner Glasgow Short Film Festival Production Attic Pitch 2018.

Gender Twister (2014)

Runner-up Greenhorn Young Film Award

Runner-up MFJF 90 second film competition in association with Encounters

Broadcasted on Sky 

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