Dillon M. Banda is a film director and cinematographer who notably won the award for Best International Director at the 2020 Oregon Documentary Film Festival, with his short documentary film 'Ashima'. Dillon has also been awarded Merit for Best Documentary at The One Club for Creativity's 100th ADC Awards, and shortlisted for 4 Berlin Commercial Awards, a Ciclope Asia Award, a Ciclope Africa Award and the Kinsale Shark Award for Best Cinematography with the same film. He previously won the award for Best Cinematography at the 2019 Oregon Documentary Film Festival with his short documentary film 'Belong'.
Born to a Zambian mother and a Zimbabwean father, and with his childhood and formative years spent across 3 continents - Europe, Africa and Asia - Dillon brings a unique sensibility and heightened cultural sensitivity to his work. A love for analogue photography continues to hone his eye and inform the keen attention to cinematography and composition that typifies his films. His films also often blur the line between narrative and documentary, albeit with a consistently cinematic aesthetic.
Dillon studied music technology with digital arts at the University of Hull in Northern England, earning himself a B.A.(Hons). From 2014 to 2017 he served as the founder and lead director of Lekker, the filmmaking collective headquartered in Hong Kong, and he also co-founded SoundChips, the site that features social, cultural and critical commentary inspired by music.
AWARDS / NOMINATIONS / FESTIVALS
The One Club for Creativity's 100th ADC Awards - Awarded Merit for Best Documentary - 'Ashima'
Ciclope Asia Awards - Finalist in the No Logo category - 'Ashima'
Ciclope Africa Awards - Finalist in the No Logo category - 'Ashima'
Kinsale Shark Awards - Shortlisted for Best Cinematography - 'Ashima'
Oregon Short Film Festival - Nominated for Best International Film - 'Ashima'
Johannesburg's 10th Jozi Film Festival - Official Selection - 'Ashima'
London's 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival - Official Selection - 'Belong'
Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Winner of Best International Director - 'Ashima'
Berlin Commercial Awards - Shortlisted for the Cultural Impact, Cinematography, Unscripted and New Generation awards - 'Ashima'
Georgia Documentary Film Festival - Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Documentary Film - 'Belong'
Summer in the South Film Festival - Nominated for Best Documentary - 'Spirit'
Georgia Shorts Film Festival - Nominated for Best International Film - 'Spirit'
Georgia Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection - 'Belong'
Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival (FIDBA) - Official Selection - 'Spirit'
Birmingham Southern College's Inaugural Hilltop Film Festival - Official Selection - 'Ashima'
Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles - Official Selection - 'Ashima'
Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Winner of Best Cinematography - 'Belong'
Tokyo Genre Celebration Festival - Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Horror Short - 'Disinter'
Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival - Official Selection - 'Disinter'
FilmBath Festival - Official Selection - 'Spirit'
All Animals are Equal - Group Exhibition - 'Spirit'
Future Shorts Spring Season 2018 - Screening - 'Spirit'
For Lack of a Better World - Screening - 'Ghosts'
PRESS / INTERVIEWS
Asia-Pacific picks up 109 finalists for historic ADC 100th Annual Awards, Campaign Brief Asia, 27.05.2021
'Ashima', Daily Short Pick, Film Shortage, 28.10.2020
Comienza el FOCO EVOLUCIÓN, Revista Caligari, 02.09.2020
'Ashima' by Dillon M. Banda, Beyond the Short, 27.08.2020
'Ashima' by Dillon M. Banda, Booooooom, 24.08.2020
'Spirit', Our Favorite Documentary Short Picks of 2018, Film Shortage, 02.04.2019
How We Live Now, 'Belong', SoundChips, 22.03.2019
'Spirit' director Dillon M. Banda on his personal watershed moment and how it transpired into a wonderful onscreen outpour, Indie Shorts Mag, 08.10.2018
'Spirit', Review, Indie Shorts Mag, 23.07.2018
'Spirit', Daily Short Pick, Film Shortage, 07.07.2018
'Spirit', Directors Notes, 12.06.2018
'Spirit' by Dillon M. Banda, Booooooom, 06.06.2018
Dillon M. Banda embarks on an intimate journey of significant songs and past love in 'Ghosts', Directors Notes, 04.07.2017
How We Live Now, 'Ghosts', SoundChips, 01.06.2017
CLIENTS / COMMISSIONS
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
European Chamber of Commerce
The Robb Report
Cabrits Resort Kempinski
Sony Music Entertainment