Sil van der Woerd

Position: Director
Co-Founder

Biography

In his films, music videos, and new media projects, Dutch native Sil van der Woerd combines exotic locations, stunning cinematography, and visual effects to tell heartfelt stories about ecological and humanitarian subjects. Sil’s recent works brought attention to topics like deforestation, overconsumption, global warming, and plastic soup, and collected many awards & recognitions. Sil studied Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Visual Effects in Hollywood. In 2019, Sil co-founded Studio Birthplace, a studio that focuses solely on ecological topics and a sustainable future for our planet.

Awards & Recognitions:

Year Film Prize Festival Location
2021

2020

Mirage

Sleepless / RUD

Sleepless / RUD

Winner

Winner

Winner

Best International Short Fiction Film, Alicante International Film Festival

Best Cinematography, Fastnet Film Festival

Best Photography, Ushuaia SHH International Mountain Film Festival

Alicante, Spain

West Cork, Ireland

Ushuaia, Argentina

Sleepless / RUD Winner Festival Prize, Crossroads Section, Festival Cine De Montana Petrelda Elda, Spain
Sleepless / RUD Winner Best Cinematography, 15th Edition of Dieciminuti Film Festival Ceccano, Italy
Sleepless / RUD Winner Best Soundtrack, 15th Edition of Dieciminuti Film Festival Ceccano, Italy
Sleepless / RUD Winner Gülden Glöbe, Short Film Festival Kontrast Bayreuth, Germany
Sleepless / RUD Winner Premio Mejor Film Encrucijada, Cuenta Montes Spain
Epoch Winner Best Music Video, Festival Cortos Rodinia Villadolid, Spain
2019 Sleepless / RUD Winner Special Merit Award, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival KL, Malaysia
Sleepless / RUD Winner Best Short Film, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival KL, Malaysia
Sleepless / RUD 2nd Prize Best Film, Film Festival Of The Shortest Night Arnhem, Netherlands
Those Who Have Reindeer  Bronze Best Cinematography, Ad Stars Busan, South Korea
Birthplace Winner Best Film Inspired By Ecological Issues, Malescorto ISFF Italy
Birthplace Winner Audience Award, Fest – New Directors / New Films Festival Portugal
Birthplace Annual Winner Best Music Video, Queen Palm Film Festival Palm Springs, USA
Birthplace Annual Winner Best Cinematography In A Music Video, Queen Palm Film Festival Palm Springs, USA
Birthplace Winner Best Music Video, Ecozine Festival Zaragoza, Spain
Birthplace Winner Best International Documentary, Imperia Video Festival Imperia, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Documentary, Int. Children And Youth Festival Cinemegaguay Almeria, Spain
Birthplace Winner Best Music Video, Ecu, the European Independent Film Festival Paris, France
Birthplace Winner Best Film, Reel Teal Film Festival Wilmington, USA
Birthplace Winner Best Experimental, Reel Teal Film Festival Wilmington, USA
Birthplace Winner Best Video Clip, The Blue Gold Santo Stefano, Italy
Terraform Spec. Mention Best Documentary, Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC Argentina
2018 Birthplace Winner Best Music Video, CamerImage Bydgoszcz, Poland
Birthplace Winner Independent Video Of The Year, AIM Independent Music Awards London, UK
Birthplace Winner Best Film, Punto Di Vista Film Festival Cagliari, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Short Film, Corto Corto Mon AMour Palermo, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Short Film, Cat.Environmental Issues, Villammare Film Festival Salerno, Italy
Birthplace Winner Best Short Fiction Film, Innsbruck Nature Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria
Birthplace Winner Royal Gem Diamond, Palm Springs Film Fest Palm Springs, USA
Birthplace Winner Most Inspiring Film, Carrboro Film Festival Carrboro, USA
Birthplace 2nd Prize Open Category, Barrie Film Festival Barrie, Canada
Birthplace Spec. Mention Best Experimental Short, Fincortex Int. Short Experimental Film Festival Colombia
Birthplace Nominated Best Alternative Video UK, UK Music Video Awards London, UK
Birthplace Nominated Best Cinematography in a Music Video, CamerImage Bydgoszcz, Poland
Birthplace Nominated Best Photography, Soundie Music Video Awards Barcelona, Spain
Terraform Winner Best Music Video Award, Short Shorts Tokyo, Japan
Terraform Nominated Best Music Video + Best Cinematography in a Music Video, CamerImage Bydgoszcz, Poland
Terraform Winner Best Experimental, Swiff South West London International Film Festival London, UK
Terraform Winner Best Documentary, 7th Visioni Corte International Film Festival Minturno, Italy
Terraform Winner Best Documentary Cinematography, Int. Film Fest. ‘Autumn At Voronet’ Gura H., Romania
Terraform Winner Best Film, Interactions Jury, 13th SoleLuna Doc Film Festival Treviso, Italy
Terraform Winner CortoNatura Award, 21th Gran Paradiso Film Festival Cogne, Italy
Terraform Winner Best Film, Audience Award, 16th Festival De Curtmetratges de Manlleu Manlleu, Spain
Terraform Winner Best Short, New Italians Jury, Sole Luna Doc Film Festival Palermo, Italy
Terraform Winner Best Short, Mt. Fuji, Atami Film & VR Festival Atami, Japan
Terraform Winner Best Documentary, Greenwich Village Film Festival New York, USA
Terraform Winner Best Music Video, Audience Choice Award, 42nd Cleveland IFF Cleveland, USA
Terraform Spec. Mention Best Short, International Jury, Sole Luna Doc Film Festival Palermo, Italy
Terraform Spec. Mention Best Miglior Short Documentary, Malescorto Int’ Short Film Festival Malesco, Italy
Terraform Spec. Mention Special Jury Mention, 6th International Audiovisual Festival Mambe Florencia, Colombia
Terraform Spec. Mention Special Jury Mention, Minidoc Polan, Toledo, Spain
Terraform Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
Epoch Winner Outstanding Prod. Design, Spec. Jury Award, Autumn Shorts Film Fest. Kentucky, USA
Growth Winner Best Short Film, Gouden Hert, Gelders Doek Arnhem, NL
Growth Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
2017 Growth Spec. Mention Spremio International, De Cortometrajes De La Universidad De La Laguna, Spain
Growth Winner Best Picture, Jury Award, 9th Wordless International Short Film Festival Tehran, Iran/Australia
Growth Winner Outstanding Editing, Autumn Shorts Film Festival Somerset Kentucky, USA
Growth Nomination Best of Fest, Autumn Shorts Film Festival Somerset Kentucky, USA
Growth Spec. Mention Short of the Year, Winter 2017 Madrid, Spain
Growth Spec. Mention Trani Film Festival Italy
Growth Winner Best Set Design, Gino Pellegrini Prize, Movievalley Bazzacinema Italy
Mantra Winner Best Experimental Film, My Hero International Film Festival Santa Monica, USA
Mantra Winner Best Music Video, DNBA Drum and Bass Arena Awards London, UK
2016 Mantra Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick online
Requiem 2019 Winner Best Film, Official Selection, Sisak Eco Film Festival Croatia
2014 Requiem 2019 Winner Best Music, San Gió Video Festival Verona, Italy
2013 Requiem 2019 Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
2012 Tommy’s Theme Staff Pick Vimeo Staff Pick Online
White Swan Winner Best Music Video, Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films Festival Milan, Italy
2010 White Swan Winner Best Music Performance, Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films Festival Milan, Italy
White Swan Winner Special Jury prize, World Music Video, Amsterdam Film Festival Amsterdam, NL
White Swan Winner Special Jury Mention, Musiclip Festival Barcelona, Spain
2009 White Swan Winner Best Music Video, HDfest Event New York, USA
White Swan 2nd Prize Best Dutch Music Video, Shoot Me Film Festival The Hague, NL
Worms Winner Best Music Video, Cyprus International Film Festival Cyprus
2008 Worms Nomination Most Cutting Edge Dutch Music Video, Kosmopolis Hero Award Amsterdam, NL
Worms Winner November Edition of NPS New Arrivals Competition Utrecht, NL
2007 Worms Winner Music Video of the Month, Dutch magazine Music Maker NL
Swim Winner Best Animation, In De Maak Final Utrecht, NL
2006 Swim Winner Best Digital Short, Playgrounds Festival Tilburg, NL
Swim Winner Best Graduating Student, Academy Prize Arnhem Arnhem, NL
2005 Swim Finalist Global Student Animation Award competition New York, USA
Swim 2nd Prize Best Film, Tent Academy Awards Rotterdam, NL
Duet Winner Best Film, Beeldbuis Festival Zwolle, NL
2004 Duet Winner Best Film, Teek Festival Breda, NL

 

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