YDA JURY 2020: Gijs Determeijer
Gijs is a photography producer gone rogue, with a thirst for all things creative. He is one of four partners at HALAL, a bespoke film production company and photography agency. Together with Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis and Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Gijs set up the agency in 2005 with the aim to create an environment in which talent could work across documentaries, feature film, photography and commercial work.
Keenly seeking out new challenges with the aim to break borders and push the limits, Gijs’ out of the box mindset has steered HALAL from its infancy in the Netherlands to adulthood as a player on the international field (most recently awarded the Producer Award in Cannes). As Partner and Executive Producer, Gijs is always on the lookout for new collaborations. Passionately matching the company’s growing roster of diverse talent with next level brands, agencies and projects, he has overseen the production for global makers and shakers such as Nike, Swatch, ASOS, Patta, Samsung, Stella McCartney, adidas and Coca Cola, to mention some.
With a digital rolodex across five continents (growing faster than your Tinder matches), the networker extraordinaire has built a community of influencers and decision-makers which the company taps into in its global expansion. Driven by the spirit of collaboration, Gijs is devotedly on a mission to lay the foundations that facilitate work with true cultural impact.