Dobrivoie Kerpenisan is an internationally awarded director and visual artist passionate in film ever since. His fresh and sensitive documentaries received international recognition: winning Grand Prix in Tokyo, Golden Hugo in Chicago, Best Film in Oberhausen Germany and others.
This brought him the invitation to screen his work in New York at MOMA, Centre Pompidou-Paris, Barbican Center London and in Hollywood for OSCAR Nomination Best Documentary.
Dobri`s ability for emotional storytelling with strong imagery made his films memorable bringing an authentic and natural spirit also to advertising. His empathetic approach can be found in photos as well. For the book - A Woman and a Half - he portraited the last german film diva HILDEGARD KNEF – on her last trip to the America.
A break trough for the career was when his talent was discovered to shoot both DU BIST DEUTSCHLAND campaigns. All the people were captured by his genuine feeling and strong visual approach – and awarded twice with the Golden EFFIE.
From here he improved more and more his eclectic docu-style and addopted it for various commercials: all vivid, playfull and cinematic. Celebrities, Testimonials, Car commercials, Lifestyle, Music videos and Corporate films complete his portfolio and show his large interest and skills.
Director / Cinematographer Award, grant by the State of NRW, Germany
Artist Grant for New York, by the Ministry of Culture NRW
Grand Prix - Best Documentary, Tokyo, Japan, JOANE`S LAW
Best German Short Film, Int. Film Festival Oberhausen, JOANE`S LAW
Grand Prix - Best Documentary, Figueira da Foz, Portugal, JOANE`S LAW
Nomination for the Adolf Grimme Award, JOANE`S LAW
Nomination selection for the Documentary Oscar, Hollywood, JOANE`S LAW
Golden Plaque Award, Int. Film Festival Chicago, USA, JOANE`S LAW
Nomination for the Adolf Grimme Award, THE TIMETRAVELLER
German Cinematographers Award, THE TIMETRAVELLER
Nomination for the Axel Springer Award, THE COLOR OF TRUTH
Best Human Rights Film, Unesco/ Amnesty Int. Award, THE COLOR OF TRUTH
Nomination for German Film Award, A WOMAN AND A HALF, DIE KNEF
Effies in Gold / Silver / Bronze - FOR VARIOUS COMMERCIALS
Robert Bosch Award, Script development, REBELS WITH A CAUSE
Best Documentary Award, Int. Film Festival SIMFEST, REBELS WITH A CAUSE
Winner Silver Award, Spotlight Documentary Film Festival, REBELS WITH A CAUSE
The Execptional Merit, Docs Without Borders Film Festival, REBELS WITH A CAUSE
Best Director & Best Film at Int. Art Festival Return, Weimar, REBELS WITH A CAUSE
Artist Grant by the Academy of Arts Berlin, DESTINATION - LOST & FOUND
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Centre George Pompidou, Paris
Barbican Centre, London
Goethe Institutes Worldwide
San Francisco, Mill Valley, Chicago, Hollywood
Melbourne, Bucharest, Krakow
dctp TV (Alexander Kluge) , NHK Japan
ARTE, WDR, BR, NDR, SFB, C-TV, ORF, SF-1, 3-SAT
JOANE`S LAW - Documentary - 50min.16mm
THE TIMETRAVELLER - Documentary - 50min. 16mm
THE COLOR OF TRUTH - South Africa´s search for Justice -Documentary- 30min.
IN MEMORY OF ANDREJ TARKOVSKY- Script development by the Filmbüro NW
REBELS WITH A CAUSE - Documentary - Robert Bosch Foundation/MDR/ARTE
EDELWEISSPIRATEN - Youth and Resistance under the 3rd Reich - Documentary
BLAST OF SILENCE - Documentary - in progress /