In Memoriam: Hans Gillis (1951-2015)

Hans GillisThe IPFL- team is deeply saddened by the horrible news that Hans Gillis, our founder, president and creative genius behind most of the festival projects, has passed away.

As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, his dream was to create a worldwide festival that not only showcased new photographers, but also could bring people together. His motto ‘Always think big’ put the festival on the map internationally within two years. With his passion for photography, Hans knew how to excite everybody (from the staff to the sponsors) to create something grand and beautiful in our small city of Leiden. To us, the Festival team, he was a source of inspiration, willpower and positive energy. We will miss his phone calls, cheerful laughter and wild ideas.

Rest peacefully dear Hans, we will keep your dream alive.