Dick Maas is a well-known Dutch film director, who started out as a comic artist in the early 1970s. Born Dirk Willem Maas in Heemstede, he studied at the Free Academy in The Hague for a while. In his spare time, he worked as a cartoonist and artist of comic stories. He self published the underground periodical Formule S, of which only one issue appeared in April 1973. He created the character 'Mug en Zifter' and contributed to Modern Papier (1972), Tante Leny Presenteert (1972) and Aloha (from 1972).
He was admitted tot he Dutch Film Academy in 1974, and graduated three years later. After a series of short films created between 1975 and 1981, he became known for such Dutch 80s film classics as 'De Lift' ('The Elevator', 1983), 'Flodder' (1986) and 'Amsterdamned' (1988). In the 1990s, two 'Flodder' sequel films followed, as well as a TV series, and in the new millennium came 'Moordwijven' (2007), 'Sint' (2010) and 'Quiz' (2012). Dick Maas received several national and international film awards, notably the Grand Prix at the Festival of Avoriaz (France). He was the first Dutch director to receive this award.