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Denis Delestrac is a multi-award-winning director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating feature documentaries on highly topical subjects such as Pax Americana (2009), Sand Wars (2013) and Freightened (2016), which have earned him critical appraisal and recognition. One of Europe’s most acclaimed non-fiction directors, Delestrac has won over forty international awards among which a Gold Panda, two Greenpeace Prizes and a Canadian Academy Award. 

 

In 2001, after having worked in France (Le Monde) and in the United States as a writer and a photographer, Denis Delestrac switched careers into documentary filmmaking in India, where he met legendary photographer Steve McCurry, with whom he made his first short documentary. 

 

Since then, he has directed nearly twenty films and series screened on television or in cinemas worldwide, which led him to open his own production company, Intrepido Films in 2007. Headquartered in Barcelona, the company specialises in creating international theatrical documentaries and brand content films.

 

His latest theatrical films include The Shadow of Gold (2019) and McCurry: The Pursuit of Color (in theaters 2022), for which he teamed up again with McCurry. In May 2017, Delestrac was invited to become a member of the European Film Academy, to work – among others – alongside Wim Wenders, Claude Lelouch, Ridley Scott, and Almodovar to promote European cinema in the world.

You can find more information on IMDB or Wikipedia.

 

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

 

McCurry The Pursuit of Color (2022)
Distil Your World (2020)
The Shadow of Gold (2019)
Sunken Eldorado (2019)
Captain’s Dream (2018)
Freightened (2016)
Banking Nature (2015)
Sand Wars (2013)
Pax Americana (2009)
The Nomad Experience (2006)
Mystery of the Nile (2005)
Adventure of the Nile (2005)
Human Rights (2003)
The Face of the Human Condition (2003)
Recovering the Past (2003)
The Nomad Spirit (2003)
The Mission to Educate (2003)

Whistler Film Festival (Canada) | Best Documentary |

Ahvaz International Science Film Festival (Iran)  | IX Ahmed Attia Award |

Expo Milano (Italia) | Winner |

Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest (Malaysia) | Best Full Length Documentary |

City of Innsbruck (Austria) | Grand Prize winner |

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival of Toronto(Canada) | Best International Feature Award |

FICMA (Spain) | Golden Sun |

Emys Foundation (Spain) | Special Prize |

Japan Prize NHK (Japan) | 2nd Prize – Welfare Education Category |

Festival du Film Vert (Switzerland) | Greenpeace Prize |

FIGRA Festival du Grand Reportage d’Actualité (France) | Impact Prize |

Life Sciences Film festival(Czech Republic) | Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences Award |

Prix Tournesol du Documentaire Vert (Switzerland) | Award |

Deauville Awards (France) | Green Award |

On Art Film Festival (Poland) | Green Award |

International Festival of Environmental Films of Chefchaouen (Morocco) | Lifetime Achievement Award |

Festival du Film Vert (Switzerland) | Greenpeace Prize |

FIGRA Festival du Grand Reportage d’Actualité (France) | Impact Prize |

Cayman International Film Festival (Cayman Island) | Best Environmental Film |

Sishuan TV Festival (China) | Gold Panda for Best Nature & Environment Protection |

Wildscreen Festival (UK) | Nominated for Panda Awards – Environment & Conservation Category |

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (USA) | Environment Award |

Eko Film Festival (Czech Republic) | Best movie – Inspiration Category |

Banff World Media Festival (Canada) | Rockie Award for Best Environmental and Wildlife Program |

Wild and Scenic Film Festival (USA) | Environmental Award and Festival Honorable Mention |

Green Me Film Festival (Germany) | Soil Film Award |

Prix Gémeaux (Canada) | Best Documentary – Nature & Science Category |

Blue Ocean Film Festival (USA) | Nominated for Marine Science Category |

Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival (Spain) | Golden Sun for Best documentary |

Monte Carlo 33rd International URTI (Monaco) | Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary |

Cayman International Film Festival (Cayman Island) | Best Environmental Film |

Japan Prize NHK (Japan) | 2nd Prize – Welfare Education Category |

Deauville Awards (France)  | Golden Green Award |

DIG Awards (Italy) | Finalist |

Another Way Film Festival (Spain) | Best Film Award |

Grand Prix Écrans Publics (France) | Award |

Water Sea and Oceans Festival (Czech Republic) | Best Film Award |

Resene Architecture & design Festival 2022 (New Zealand) | Official Selection |

Malaga Film festival 2022 (Spain) | European Premiere |

DOC NYC (USA) | World Premiere |

Boulder International Film Festival 2022 (USA) | Official Selection |

Salem Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

Glasgow Film Festival 2022 (Scotland) | Official Selection |

DocLands Documentary Film Festival 2022 (USA) | Official Selection |

Shanghai International Film Festival (China) | Asian Premiere |

Taos Environmental Film Festival (New Mexico) | Official Selection |

Posidonia Green Festival (Spain) | Official Selection |

Patagonia Eco Film Festival (Argentina) | Official Selection |

San Francisco Green Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

Docs Barcelona (Spain) | Official Selection |

Docs Barcelona-Medellín (Colombia) | Official Selection |

DREFF (Dominican Republic) | Official Selection |

Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada) | Official Selection |

DocsMX (Mexico) | Selection Breaking Docs |

KLEFF (Malasia) | Official Selection |

Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (Austria) | Official Selection |

CAMINA-MONFIC (Uruguay) | Official Selection |

Green Fest (Serbia) | Official Selection |

Docs Barcelona-Valparaíso (Chile) | Official Selection |

Films for Transparency (Panama) | Official Selection |

Right Now Film Festival (Australia) | Official Selection |

VIFF (Canada) | Official Selection |

Sheffield Doc (UK) | Official Selection Environmental Jury |

Hawaii International Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

Orlando Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

San Sebastian Surfilm Festival (Spain) | Official Selection |

Melbourne Environmental Film Festival (Australia) | Official Selection |

Green Film Festival (Argentina) | Official Selection |

Filmambiente Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | Official Selection |

Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara (Colombia) | Official Selection |

Escales La Rochelle (France) | Official Selection |

Sichuan TV Festival (China) | Official Selection |

Festival du Film d’Environnement de Paris (France) | Official Selection |

Washington DC Environmental Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

Sao Paulo Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival (Brazil) | Official Selection |

Cinema Planeta (Mexico) | Official Selection |

Festival Internacional de Cine de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Spain) | Official Selection |

Maremostra International Film Festival (Spain) | Official Selection |

40 Fathoms Film Festival (South Africa) | Official Selection |

International Film Festival Of Patmos (Greece) | Official Selection |

Mokpo Ocean Film Festival (South Korea) | Official Selection |

Ocean Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

Bahamas International Film Festival (Bahamas) | Official Selection |

Brattleboro Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection |

Corvallis Environmental Center Eco-Film Fest (USA) | Official Selection |

California Film Institute Youth Environmental Forum (USA) | Official Selection |

ECOCUP Environmental Film Festival | Opening film |

MAST (Italy) | Official Selection|

Espai Consum Responsable (Spain) | Official Selection|

Cinema ciutadà i compromès (Spain) | Official Selection|

FINCA (Argentina) | Official Selection|

Europe on Screen (Indonesia) | Official Selection|

Cicle Defensa del Territori (Spain) | Official Selection|

Ökostadt Rhein-Neckar (Germany) | Official Selection|

Eco Film Festival (Canada) | Official Selection|

Cinema Lliure a les biblioteques (Spain) | Official Selection|

Cinemathèque (Luxemburg) | Official Selection|

Sustainable Living Film Fest (Turkey) | Official Selection|

VHS (Germany) | Official Selection|

Knowledge (Canada) | Official Selection|

The Athena Cinema (USA) | Official Selection|

Life after oil (Italy) | Official Selection|

Water, Sea and Oceans (Czech Republic) | Official Selection|

Hiff (UK) | Official Selection|

Planet On (Columbia) | Official Selection|

Hyde Park Picture House (Italy) | Official Selection|

Cinemare Ocean Film Fest (Germany) | Official Selection|

YLE (Finland) | Official Selection|

Ecoador Festival (Ecuador) | Official Selection|

Flimmergarten Filmfest Querbeet (Germany) | Official Selection|

Pelicam International Film Fest (Romania) | Official Selection|

International Ocean Film Fest (USA) | Official Selection|

DocsValencia (Spain) | Official Selection|

Thunder Bay Enviromental Film Festival (Canada) | Official Selection|

Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos Tenerife (Spain) | Official Selection|

St. John Film Society (US Virgin Islands) | Official Selection|

Teatre Cine Comtal Ripoll (Spain) | Official Selection|

GAFA (Canada) | Official Selection|

Eco Film Festival (South Africa) | Official Selection|

Nebenrolle Natur Filmfestival (Swizerland) | Official Selection|

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection|

Festival du Film Vert (France) | Official Selection|

One World (Czech Republic) | Official Selection|

NRK (Norway) | Official Selection|

Salt Spring Film Festival (Canada) | Official Selection|

Downtown DocFest (Canada) | Official Selection|

Transitions Film Festival (Australia) | Official Selection|

Sedona Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection|

Available Light Film Festival (Canada) | Official Selection|

Reframe Film Festival (Canada) | Official Selection|

Globale Mittelhessen (Germany) | Official Selection|

Wild and Scenic Film Festival (USA) | Official Selection|

VGTV (Norway) | Official Selection|

Doc Lounge (Finland) | Official Selection|

IACC (Panama) | Official Selection|

FICMA (Spain)| Official Selection|

Petaluma International Film Fest (USA) | Official Selection|

Planet in Focus (Canada) | Official Selection|

AWFF (Spain) | Official Selection|

Pickford Film Center (USA) | Official Selection|

GoodPlanet (France) | Official Selection|

Byron Bay Film Festival (India) | Official selection |

Ficma Latam (Mexico) | Official selection |

CineEco Seia (Portugal) | Official selection |

Matsalu Nature Film Festival (Estonia) | Official selection |

Filmambiente ( Brazil) | Official selection |

Naturvision Film festival (Germany) | Official selection |

Globale Film Festival (Germany) | Official selection |

Festival de Namur (Belgium) | Official selection |

Ahvaz International Science Film Festival (Iran) | Official selection |

IDFA Amsterdam (Holland) | Official selection |

ZAGREBDOX (Croatia) | Official selection category “Controversial Dox”|

Green Film Festival in Seoul (Corée) | Official selection |

Addis International Film Festival (Ethiopie) | Official selection |

FIPA (France)  | Official selection |

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece) | Official selection |

Victoria Film Festival (Canada) | Official selection |

Planet Doc Review Film Festival (Poland) | Official selection |

« DOXA » Documentary Festival ( Canada) | Official selection |

London International Documentary Festival (UK) | Official selection |

Sci-Fi London (UK) | Official selection |

Madrid International Documentary Festival (Spain) | Official selection |

Encounters International Documentary Festival (South Africa) | Official selection |

Oxdox International Documentary Festival (UK) | Opening Film |

DocAviv International Documentary Festival (Israel) | Official selection |