Born and raised in The Netherlands, Steffie van Rhee has been writing as long as she can remember. From fictional tales about the adventures she would like to go one to making her own magazines. Her writing got her to the School of Journalism in Utrecht, where she soon fell in love with all things film. During her studies she worked as a multimedia journalist for various media outlets.
After earning her BA in 2014 she shifted her focus and went on to work as a documentary researcher & producer for different award winning filmmakers. In 2015 she moved to New York to pursue a graduate degree in documentary film at The New School for Public Engagement. She took her own seat in the director’s chair and debuted with the short documentary A Life Before This, that went on to screen at multiple film festivals and was awarded with the Special Jury Mention for Student Documentary at the March on Washington Film Festival.
Still located in New York, Steffie tries to combine her background in journalism with her love for documentary storytelling, hoping that telling people’s personal stories will raise awareness/bring change to social justice issues.
She is the associate producer of feature documentary NETIZENS (Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs 2018), about three women fighting back against online harassment, by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen. As a freelance researcher & producer she was involved in various projects that are slated for broadcast in The Netherlands in 2019, and she’s currently developing her first mid length documentary as a director. Additionally, Steffie is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and one of the co-founders of #girlcrew collective, an internationally based all female artist collective.