Aaron Rookus (1983) is an award winning writer and director. He graduated with honours in 2008 as a Bachelor of Design and as a European Master of Media and Arts (EMMA) at the Utrecht school of Arts and studied Film at the University of Amsterdam. His graduation film ‘I Wish I Could Share The Happiness Of Being Alone With Someone Else’ won several awards including the HKU award for best graduation project. 

After his award winning debut film 'Wednesdays' he made several short films and single plays like 'A Good Life' which won Ariane Schluter the Golden Calf for best actrice in a TV drama. After Dutch television series 'Zuidas' he is working on his first feature film.

Aaron Rookus is a teacher at the Utrecht University of the Arts.


photo by Armando Branco




  • - Jouman Fattal: nomination Gouden Kalf best actrice TV series @ NFF '18

Van God Los seizoen 4

  • - nominated best Dutch TV series @ DDG Awards '18

Oud Zeer

  • - nominated best Dutch film @ GoShort '16


Een Goed Leven

  • -Gouden Kalf Beste Actrice in een TV drama (Ariane Schluter), Nominated Gouden Kalf Beste TV drama @ NFF '15

  • - Gouden TV Beeld beste hoofdrol in een drama (Ariane Schluter) '16



  • -ShortsTV Award @pleinbioscoop '15

  • - nominated best Dutch film @ GoShort '15



  • - best film, best sounddesign @48h Amsterdam '12, shown at Cannes '13



  • -VERS award 2011

  • -best Dutch film @ GoShort ’12

  • -nominated Ingmar Bermann Award Uppsala ’12

  • -Nominated best debut @ Dutch Film Festival ’12

  • -nominated best film, best director, best camera, best edit @ Eindhoven Film Festival ’12

  • -nominated best film @Dresden Film Festival ’12

  • -best film and best director, nominated for best script  @shortcutz Amsterdam ’14


I Wish I Could Share the Happiness Of Being Alone With Someone Else

  • -HKU award ’08

  • -nominated Early Bird award @ International Film Festival Breda

  • -nominated best student film @ Dutch Film Festival ’08

  • -won best actor, best edting and best art direction @ Eindhoven Film Festival ’09





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