Olivier Sarbil is an award-winning French documentary Director and Emmy-winning Cinematographer based in London.
Before turning his lens to film, Olivier worked as a broadcast cameraman in television news. In 2011, while on assignment, covering the war in Libya, Olivier was critically wounded while embedded with rebel forces. After eight painful months of recovery, Olivier once again returned to the field. Now, with an even clearer understanding of the effects that war has on the people who live through them, he brings with him a unrivaled determination to tell their stories with accuracy and heart.
Over the past decade, Olivier has covered conflicts and critical social issues across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. With strong visual storytelling, Olivier’s films are intimate and human, conveying emotions through beautiful and cinematic imagery.
His work has been recognized with awards from a variety of organizations, including, Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography, duPont, Royal Television Society, One World Media, Overseas Press Club of America, Broadcast Awards, Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents (twice), Golden Nymph, Rory Peck, Venice TV Award, Frontline Club, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the New York festivals International TV & Film. His imagery has also garnered a BAFTA Nomination for Best Cinematography.
Olivier is currently working on a feature documentary on the drug war in the Philippines – On The President’s Orders - for FRONTLINE PBS, Arte France, BBC Storyville, DocSociety. The film will World Premiere at CPH-DOX International Film Festival and North American Premiere at HOT DOCS Canadian International Documentary Festival.
2019 - Winner of the Broadcast Awards for Best Documentary
2018 - Winner with the FRONTLINE team of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award
2018 - Nominated at the IDA Documentary Association Awards for Best Short
2018 - Nominated for a Grierson Award for Best Current Affairs Documentary
2018 - Winner of the Frontline Club Awards
2018 - Winner of an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
2018 - Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary
2018 - Winner of the Venice TV Award for Best Documentary
2018 - Shortlisted for a Grierson Award for Best Documentary - International
2018 - Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Golden Nymph Awards
2018 - Nominated for best TV documentary at One World Media Awards
2018 - Nominated for the British Academy Television Craft Awards (BAFTA) - Cinematography
2018 - Winner of the Grand Award for Cinematography at the New York festivals International TV & Film Awards
2018 - Winner of Gold World Medal for Cinematography at the New York festivals International TV & Film Awards
2018 - Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV documentary
2018 - Winner of the Royal Television Society Independent Film Award
2018 - Nominated for the Royal Television Society Camera Operator of the Year Award
2017 - Winner of the Rory Peck Award for News Features
2017 - Winner of the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents - Grand Format Television
2017 - Winner of the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents - Best Cinematography
2017 - Winner of Best Short Film at One World Media Awards
2016 - Nominated for the Royal Television Society Camera Operator of the Year Award
2015 - Finalist in the Rory Peck Award for News