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Jan Matthys (°1969) is a well-known director with a varied and interesting body of work, based around strong performance and casting.
He started his career directing non-fiction but soon discovered that his heart was in fiction.
In 2008, his real breakthrough was with Katarakt. The series was a huge hit. In 2009 he saw this success being repeated with The Emperor of Taste, starring Matthias Schoenaerts. The 10-part series was nominated and awarded at several international festivals and won 3 FIPA d’OR awards.
In 2011 Jan directed 3 episodes of the internationally acclaimed series Code 37. His subsequent project Quiz Me Quick won 2 Rockie Awards for Best Sitcom and Best Entertainment and was nominated for the Prix Europa.
For his oeuvre, and more specifically his directing of In Flanders Fields, he received the EuroFIPA d’Honneur in 2014. In Flanders Fields was the most expensive Belgian series ever made and told the life of a Flemish family during WW1.
In 2015 Jan Matthys worked for the first time in the UK, where he directed 3 episodes of Shetland for BBC One by ITV Productions. Following that great experience, he directed 3 episodes of Our Girl, a production equally assigned to the BBC.
In 2016 Shetland was nominated for BAFTA Scotland Awards, and won the Awards for Best Television Drama and Best Actor Television, based on episode 5 directed by Jan Matthys.
After years of television work Jan Matthys released his first feature film in November 2017. Many Heavens already reached more than 100.000 visitors and was selected for various festivals.