Thomas Balmès


Thomas Balmès

director, producer

He has been working as an independent director and producer of nonfiction films, specializing in international co-productions, since 1992. His initial projects includes studies of filmmakers James Ivory and Michelangelo Antonioni.

Thomas directed his first film in 1996: Bosnia hotel – the story of Kanyan peacekeepers in Bosnia. This was followed by Maharajah Burger: Mad Cows, Holy cows – about the mad cow crisis as seen from conversion to Christianity of a Papuan Chief, was honoured with the Silver Spire Award at the San Francisco IFF. He directed a sequel in Papua the fallowing year: Waiting For Jesus.

Next documentary A Decent Factory, was broadcasting worldwide to many coutries and recived more then 50 festival prices, including Europa Award. In this documentary director follows the Ethical Researcher of Nokia company on her trip to China to examine suppliers of Nokia.

He us regularly invited to conduct lectures and master classes in France and abroad such as Brown University, the Watson Institute, Lisbon International Film Festival.

His next film Babies takes a look at one year in the life of four babies around the world – from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco and Tokyo.

The last fim Happiness reflecting impact in a moment of authorization television and Internet in Bhutan. We see a story through eyes eight years old monk named Peyangki, preying eagerly for a TV set in Laya, the last village in Bhutan to go through the proces of globalization. The film premiered in-competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and it won The Documentary World Cinema Cinematography Award at the festival.
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