Last year Hetty de Kruijf graduated from The Netherlands Film Academy as film director. Her graduation film, Nighthaven (Nachtoord), won the Topkapi Fiction Film Prize, the Film Funds Wildcard and the VERS-Awards 2015. The commercial she made for Amnesty International, The Bright Life of Oleg, won the Golden Gate Commercial Award. Hetty previously studied photography, which can be seen in the visually compelling style of her films. The subjects she chooses are socially engaging, reflecting her experience as a volunteer in Asia, South America and North Africa.