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David Forbes

independent thinker with firm views on the world


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

An independent filmmaker, photographer, writer and independent thinker with firm views on the world.

Contact details

david@shadowfilms.co.za

M: +27 82 450 8003


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Business Address

Saxonwold, Johannesburg, South Africa


Educational history

Tertiary

Rhodes Must Fall University

Grahamstown, South Africa | February 1977 - December 1980

Bachelor of Journalism - Film and video

Majors: English, Journalism
Minors: Psychology, Anthropology, Afrikaans
NDP: Fine Art, Sociology

Achievements

Awards

Weekly Mail Short Film Competition | 1989

“The Boxer” (16mm, 20 min) Dir: Guy Spiller, DOP: David Forbes Winner 1989 Weekly Mail Short Film Competition, Screened at British Association of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) in 1992

Best Documentary at Durban International Film Festival | 1990

“The Boxer” won “Best Documentary” at 12th DIFF. I was the DOP.

Best Film and 1st Prize in Documentary at 3rd Weekly Mail Film Festival | 1991

“Enthombe” Wins “Best Film” and 1st prize in docs at 3rd Weekly Mail Short Film Competition.

2nd Prize in Weekly Mail Short Film Competition | 1993

“Crossing the Line” (U-matic Hi-band, 25 min) Dir: Mike Rudolph, starring Sean Taylor, Jenni Steyn and Susan Coetser)

Category Winner, Loerie Awards | 1994

“Peace” Commercial. Category Winner at 1994 Loerie Awards.

Statue at London International Advertising Awards | 1996

Nedbank “Youths” commercial. I was the DOP.

Silver Lion at Cannes International Advertising Awards | 1996

Nedbank “Youths” commercial. I was the DOP.

51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival | 2003

“AfriCan Solutions” wins 3 Chris Awards - Honourable Mention x 2 (Science & Technology) and x 1 (Social Issues) at 51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival 2003.

“Creative Excellence” (Science) at US International Film and Video Festival “ | 2003

“Tobias’s Bodies: Are we all Africans?” wins for “Creative Excellence” (Science) at US International Film and Video Festival “in recognition of outstanding audio-visual production”. I was the DOP.

Ide Suisse Award (First Prize) at Basel-Karlsruhe Festival | 2003

“Tobias’s Bodies” wins Ide Suisse Award (First Prize) at Basel-Karlsruhe Festival 2003 for Best Educational Programme for Adults 2003, cited for “excellence of technical quality and beauty of the footage”. I was the DOP.

British Guild of Travel Writers’ Award for “Best New Tourism Projects Worldwide”. | 2005

“The Talker” Display at Mohale’s Gate Museum at Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind. Museum was winner of British Guild of Travel Writers’ Award for “Best New Tourism Projects Worldwide”.

Jury Prize for Best Documentary at PAFF, LA, USA | 2005

“The 12 Disciples of Nelson Mandela” wins Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Dir: Thomas Allen Harris, DOPs: David Forbes and Jon Karvel

Walter Moseley Award at Real Life Doc Film Festival, Ghana2009: “The Manuscripts of Timbuktu” winner of Walter Mosley Award (Rea | 2009

“The Manuscripts of Timbuktu” winner of Walter Mosley Award (Real Life Doc Film Festival-Ghana 2009) Dir: Z Maseko, HDCam, DOP: David Forbes & N Hofmeyr

Visible Spectrum Award for Cinematography | 2003

Silver Award for the documentary "The Dune People" made for Arte by British production company

DIFF Best SA Documentary | 2010

Winner of Best SA Documentary at the 2010 Durban International Film Festival

Shortlist and nomination

coming later | 1983

coming later

media exposure

too many to mention! | 1983

various

Academic Achievements

Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School | 2002

A mini-MBA year-long part-time course, with modules in principles of HR Management, Strategy, Accounting, Marketing, Operations Management, and Strategic Management, with practical exercises as well.

Other Achievements

Beat Cancer | 2006

Malignant Melanoma. A year of double-dose chemo.

Activities

Memberships

South African Society of Cinematographers

Member, 2003 - 2015

Membership by invitation only. Peer review of your work is the criteria for membership.

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"please see the website for many quotes!" - 1995

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