Dean Blumberg

Dean began his career as an actor, but after spending just a few days on a film set, he knew that his future lay behind the camera. From then on he was never far from a film set, working in all departments, and still managing to complete a degree at university. Immediately after that Dean ventured to film school, graduating in his honours year with four award-winning short films. These films swept up awards across the international film festival circuit. He beat off the film schools of the world to win the World Schools Festival and slowly became one of South Africa’s most awarded filmmakers. Finally, his films landed him in Cannes where he was officially selected to showcase his work. During this time he also began work as a researcher for a commercials director. After returning to South Africa, Dean joined Freshwater Films – later to become Bouffant – as a researcher. He spent three years as an apprentice to multiple directors before beginning his own career as a commercials director. During his first year of directing Dean gained recognition for a number of spots at awards festivals around the world, including Cannes, CFP-E Shots Young Director’s Award, The Midas Awards (part of the New York Festivals), The Clio Awards and at home at Multiple Loerie Awards and Pendorings. Added to these awards, Dean was chosen for the 2007 Shots New Directors Showcase and was the only South African to appear in the Film section of the 2007 Gunn Report’s 100 Most Awarded commercials list worldwide for his First For Women spot “Taking the piss”. Also in 2007 Dean was awarded the Creative Circle’s 2007 film ad of the year, for his spot called “Ubuntu” for Ford.Dean is a filmmaker from Johannesburg, South Africa whose film career began as an actor but it was not long before he knew that his future lay behind the camera. Working his way through film school, on set in every department, he graduated in his honours year with four award-winning short films. These films swept up awards across the international film festival circuit making him one of South Africa’s most awarded filmmakers. Finally, his films landed him in Cannes where he was officially selected to showcase his work. After returning to South Africa, Dean joined Freshwater Films – later to become Bouffant – as a researcher. He spent five years as an apprentice to multiple directors before beginning his own career as a commercials director. Within his first year of directing Dean had gained recognition for a number of spots at awards festivals around the world, including Cannes, CFP-E Shots Young Director’s Award, Midas Awards and Clio Awards. Added to these awards, Dean was chosen for the 2007 Shots New Directors Showcase and was the only South African to appear in the Film section of the 2007 Gunn Report’s 100 Most Awarded commercials list worldwide for his First For Women spot “Taking the piss”. Dean has become the most awarded Director in the Creative Circle’s history, having won Creative Circle’s Ad of the Year three times. Dean has continued to collect up awards as the worlds most prestigious Advertising showcases including Cannes Lions, Clio’s, London International and One Show, the Grand Prix at the Loeries Advertising Awards . Amongst these achievements Dean is also responsible for the international-breakthrough commercial, Nando’s “Last Dictator Standing” and one of the world’s most viewed Tourism commercials “Reconsider.”