Annabel Verbeke

Annabel Verbeke
Directing in the Field
Instructor and Supervisor (2019, 2022)

Annabel Verbeke (b. 1987, Ypres, Belgium) is a documentary filmmaker.

In 2010, Annabel graduated magna cum laude at RITCS Film School in Brussels. Her graduation film 'Les Enfants de la Mer/Mère' / 'Children of the Sea' won 8 international awards and was selected by more than 20 international film festivals.

Her next film 'We Will Remember Them' was the closing film of Visions du Réel 2018 and was the best watched documentary film on Flanders national broadcasters in the same year.

In 2021, Annabel won the emerging filmmaker award at HotDocs with her film 'Four Seasons in a Day', which is part of the Borderline Collection.

In the beginning of 2022, she finished her first children’s documentary ‘Aikiddo'. The release of the 6-part documentary series ‘T(w)o Work', initiated together with Frederik Nicolai and co-directed by six alumni DocNomads, is foreseen mid 2022.

Annabel is currently developing a new documentary project and working on an audiovisual installation for the opera Am Rhein and Zonzo Compagnie.

Annabel works as a freelancer for different tv-programs and production companies.

As a filmmaker, Annabel is looking for beauty in the most modest and common things surrounding us. She always has been fascinated by subjects that are seemingly common but at the same time not always very visible. She likes to unhide and unravel these fascinating stories, bringing both its poetry and absurdity to the surface. This often neglected but obvious beauty is the core of Annabel essayistic and serene filmic approach. Banality is changed into poetry, darkness of life countered with refined humor.


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