© Michaël Smits

 © Michaël Smits

Following his work as a stylist and fashion editor for Vice magazine, Leonardo van Dijl (1991, Kortrijk) made his short doc debut with 'Stephen Jones, besides the accent on fashion'. The film was chosen to premiere at the first edition of 'A shaded view on fashion film' curated by Diane Pernet in Paris.

 In 2013, he directed Get Ripped, which, after premiering in Leuven’s International Short Film Festival, was awarded with the Grand Jury award at Outfest Los Angeles. Two years later, Leo pursued a Masters in Cinema at the Luca School of Arts and directed Umpire, which debuted at the International Film Festival of Ghent. Umpire went on to win the highly acclaimed VAF Wildcard for Best Short Film at the International Short Film Festival of Leuven. Meanwhile Leo has continued to direct a myriad of work such as music videos for Oscar & The Wolf, School is Cool and Soldier’s Heart and  commissioned work for brands such as the Antwerp Fashion Academy, Prada, AB Inbev...  

Leo’s style is multidimensional and strongly influenced by his experience in fashion and producing documentaries.