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My name is Denis Dobrovoda and I am an Oscar and EFA-qualified film director and producer with experience in both documentary and fiction filmmaking. This year I’ve released The Cathedral, which won the Best Film Award in the International Competition of the 62nd Krakow Film Festival and has qualified for both the Academy Awards and the European Film Awards. The Cathedral is a biographical documentary about Justo Gallego, an ex-monk who single-handedly built a cathedral in Mejorada del Campo, Spain. The film was financed with the help of the prestigious ScreenCraft Film Fund Grant and took part in the Dok.Incubator workshop.


My previous documentary They Never Came Back looks back at the astonishing life story of professor Gerta Vrbova, a Holocaust survivor who passed away in 2020. The film was made with the support of the National Holocaust Museum in Slovakia and was broadcast on RTVS. 


I have also made two multi-award-winning narrative short films Savage and Apparition which enjoyed success at a number of Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying festivals and were sold for broadcast on the BBC and ShortsTV.


Aside from film I have also worked on a number of productions for British TV channels including ITV and Channel 4. 

I studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford, and I have a diploma in Film Directing from the École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation in Paris.

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