Aaron Rookus (1983) graduated in 2008 at the Utrecht school of Arts and studied Film Science at the University of Amsterdam. His graduation film I Wish I Could Share The Happiness Of Being Alone With Someone Else won several awards as well as his short debut Wednesdays which was released in 2012. After several shorts, including the acclaimed ‘A Good Life’ (2015) he directed episodes for tv-series Godforsaken (2017), Icarus (2016) and Towers of Power (2018). Aaron currently develops two feature films, one with Studio Ruba (The Idyll and other Exotics) which was selected for both EAVE ’20 as BoostNL ‘19 at IFFR and the Dutch Film Festival, and one with Topkapi Films (Apollo, written by Wander Theunis) which will be filmed in summer 2021. Aaron Rookus is a lecturer 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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