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Frederik Nicolai (Belgium 1977) started his career by executive producing fiction series, feature and short films in Belgium and the Netherlands, such as the short films 'Haun' and 'Carlo' by Oscar nominated director Michael R. Roskam. Then he completely dedicated himself to author documentaries. Ever since Frederik produced and co-produced over 40 author successful
documentary films & series and established a large international network of broadcasters, salesagents, distributors, festivals,...
Some successful films and series produced by Frederik are '4 Elements' (Jiska Rickels, opening film of IDFA 2006), Red Star Line (documentary series, 10+ worldwide broadcasters), El Color Del Camaleon (10+ awards, 40+ festival selections), Archibelge (on of the most viewed Belgian documentaries ever), and many more. For a complete and detailed filmography, please visit 
Films in his editorial line should spring from the passion and creativity of the documentary author, providing a contemporary and wayward look on the world from inside out. His documentaries should tell stories that fight taboos and stigmas, create new insights, opinions, critical point-of-views, provide a broader and more critical world view, necessary in our often one-dimensionally evolving society.
Creating and producing documentary film is not just a profession. It is a passion, a mission based on the constant urge to unravel latent dynamics and unknown aspects of our society. Besides producing, Frederik is also scriptwriter, teacher and directors coach for young filmmakers.

Projects made in Brussels

Archibelge BRUXELLES OU LA QUÊTE D'AILLEURS © Off World & Playtime Films
A documentary divided into three 52-minute episodes and one feature film, 'Archibelge' is an exploration of Belgian architecture through three of its...
Red Star Line
Red Star Line
Between 1880 and the First World War, 55 million Europeans emigrated to the United States. A few million of them travelled between Antwerp and New...
Here are six authentic border crossing stories from various remote areas of Europe, which demonstrate the complexity and vulnerability of our...
Frederik Nicolai
Off World : Management


  • Production
    • Producer


  • Documentary


Deschampheleerstraat 24-26
1081 Brussel
frederik [at]






Spoken languages

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