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Olivier Sarbil is an award-winning French documentary Director and Emmy-winning Cinematographer based in London. 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.

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Olivier is a former soldier from an airborne elite regiment of the French Army. Before turning his lens to film, he 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. 

In 2016-2017, over the course of Mosul's nine-month battle, Olivier followed a group of young Iraqi Special Forces tasked with leading the fight against ISIS. The result is the award winning and critically acclaimed documentary ‘Mosul’, “An astonishing portrait of urban combat, and a gripping reflection of the universal, eternal truth of warfare”. — The Guardian

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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. 



 


 AWARDS 

2019 - Nominated for the F:ACT Award at the CPH-DOX International Film 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