Dieter Deswarte is an awarded documentary filmmaker based in London. He is a self-shooter and editor. His intimate approach leads to a low-intervention kind of filmmaking that captures human stories with sincerity, creativity and cinematic beauty. For several years now he has dedicated part of his practice to working with local and international charities & arts organisations, ranging from short documentaries on Wildlife Conservation Projects in Zambia to short animations for research on disability bullying in the UK. He is known for his approachable manner, genuine interest in a wide range of subject matters and dedication towards his practice and social values.
In the past two years he has been working with another charity where he led several collaborative filmmaking projects with a diversity of community groups. He worked with youth offenders, parents who had their children removed from their care, women who suffered domestic and sexual violence and young people in care. This has given him a wealth of experience working with vulnerable groups of people and understanding how he can support and work with them.
His personal work has gained him awards and screenings at several festivals and galleries worldwide. His most recent film “St Helena, an end to isolation” was broadcast on the BBC News Channel.
Recently he was appointed to teach on the MA in ethnographic and documentary film at UCL. He is the core lecturer for Studio 3: Cinematic Documentary Storytelling.