Bert Bouma studied Business Administration and Mass Communication before starting a career in screenwriting, debuting in 1993 with an episode of single play series 12 Steden, 13 Ongelukken.
He has since written for many prime time tv-series, among which Hotnews.nl (nomination Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award 2005, winner Cinekid Audience Award 2005 and of the Golden Statue (Dutch Emmy Award) for Best Youth Program), crime series Flikken Maastricht (winner Golden Televizier Ring 2014 – the top tv audience award – and NPO Start Award for most streamed drama of 2020), light drama Heer & Meester and comedy drama Dokter Tinus.
As participant of North by Northwest (a MEDIA-programme) he developed the psychological thriller Cold, an English language feature, and, together with Jan Bernard Bussemaker, wrote the feature Bloedbroeders (Blood Brothers), inspired by the shocking Baarn Murder case of 1960.
Bloedbroeders was released in 2008 and nominated for five Golden Calfs (the highest Dutch cinema awards), received a nomination for the Dutch Writers Guild Award and was selected for the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Feature length tv-movie Sekjoeritie (Security), produced by BIND, aired in 2010 and was selected for the international public broadcasting congress INPUT in 2011, due to its interesting fusion of romcom and mockumentary.
Feature length tv-movie Oom Henk (Uncle Hank), a crime comedy, also produced by BIND, aired in 2012 and won Best Foreign Feature and the Special Jury Award at the 2013 World Fest Houston International Film Festival. Tv-movie Fake, a romcom about an art heist, co-written with Jan Harm Dekker, aired in 2016.
In 2017 Bert wrapped work on feature film De Veroordeling (The Judgement), based on the bestseller by investigative journalist Bas Haan about trial by media in a murder case that shocked the nation, writing together with director Sander Burger, again for BIND.
Due to Covid-related delays it premiered on 2 September 2021 in The Netherlands, having already picked up six awards at the Seattle Film Festival, among which Best Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay. At the Golden Calf Competition 2021 it garnered 11 nominations for a Golden Calf from the Dutch Academy for Film, winning 4: Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Film.
Bert is currently working on several tv- and film-projects, among which book adaptation En we noemen hem (And his name is) and black comedy Krimp (Decline), both feature films.
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