Olivier Sarbil is an award-winning French documentary director and cinematographer based in London. Before turning his lens to film, Olivier worked as a broadcast cameraman in television news and in 2011 he was critically wounded while covering the war in Libya. After eight painful months of numerous surgeries and recovery, Olivier returned to the field with a clearer insight into the effects war has on the people who live through them, and a determination to tell their stories with precision and heart. Over the past decade, Olivier has covered conflicts and critical social issues across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He is driven by a desire to create strong visual storytelling and to convey emotions with beautiful and cinematic imagery.
He has won a number of industry awards including, Royal Television Society, One World Media, Overseas Press Club of America, Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents (twice), Golden Nymph, Rory Peck, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the New York festivals International TV & Film and he has been nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award for Cinematography. His latest film, MOSUL, is nominated for two Emmys, Outstanding Short Documentary and Outstanding 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, and BBC Storyville. The film will be released in early 2019.
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