Work

Burj Al Arab Romance Campaign: Anticipation

Burj Al Arab Romance Campaign: Anticipation

Awards: Silver Dolphin Cannes Media Award (2012) Online Category

Breast Friends

Breast Friends

Awards: The entire campaign (including 2 videos) 2 Gold and 2 Silver New York Festivals International Television and Film awards

Release Trailer

Release Trailer

Awards: 2013 AMMA nomination for Best Short Film

Tide of Grief Trailer

Tide of Grief Trailer

Award: 1 Gold and 3 Silver US INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2015
Award: 2 GOld, 1 Bronze and 1 Silver NEW YORK FESTIVALS 2015
Award: Nominated in 5 categories CREATIVE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL

It wins for Best Director of Photography.
On the shoulders of giants

On the shoulders of giants

Awards: 1 Gold and 2 Silver CANNES CORPORATE MEDIA AND TELEVISION AWARDS 2015

TedX: Abu Dhabi 2012

TedX: Abu Dhabi 2012

Awards: 2 Finalist New York Festivals International Television and Film awards

Burj Al Arab - The Proposal

Burj Al Arab - The Proposal

Awards: Cannes Media Award – Silver Dolphin: online category

Civil Aviation

To fly a dream

Awards: New York Festival International Television and Film Awards: One Gold World Medal

Poetry Festival

Dubai Poetry Festival

Awards: New York Festivals International Film and Television Festival finalist (2010)

BASF

BASF

Awards: Silver New York Festival International Television and Film Award (2013)

ENOC

ENOC

Awards: 3 Finalist New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards

ICLDC

ICLDC

Awards: New York Television and Film Award Nomination (2011)

ADCO

ADCO: Complacency Kills

Awards: 2 Gold New York Festival International Television and Film Award (2011)

Footprints in the Snow

Footprints in the Snow

Awards: 3 Gold New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2013)
Nomination at 2013 US International Film and Video Festival.
Cannes: 2 Silver Dolphin Awards
1 Silver Cannes Dolphin Media Award (2012)

Tears for Rain

Tears for Rain

Awards: 1 Silver Dolphin Cannes Media Award. (2012)
2 Gold New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2012)

Tide of Grief

Tide of Grief

US International Film and Video Festival, 2015, Gold Camera for Social Issues, Silver Award for Direction and Best Docu-Drama.
New York Festival One Gold World Medal, one Bronze, One Silver.
Creative Arts Festival 2015, 7 nominations, one Gold Award for cinematography.
Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards 2014, Silver Award for Best Docu-drama.

On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants

Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards 2015. Gold winner 2 Silver medals.
New York Festival: One gold world medal for cinematography, bronze for narration, silver for music.

The New Frontiers

The New Frontiers

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Nomination.
Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards, 2014, Gold Award for corporate image film, 2 silver awards.
New York Festivals 2015, One Silver, Bronze for narration.

Anatomy of Hope

Anatomy of Hope

Selected for 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival
2013, Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards Gold Award.
2014, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.
Silver World Medal for Direction.

Journey

Journey

Bronze medal for Direction: 2014 New York Festivals
2013, Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards, Silver Award

Lebanon - Journey to a Dream

Lebanon - Journey to a Dream

Awards: Bronze New York Festivals International Film and Television Award (2010)

Heavens Herds

Heavens Herds

Awards: Selected CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Documentary Short Film

Shaken

Shaken

Awards: Selected CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Awards: Bronze World Medal from NEW YORK FESTIVALS 2016

Road of Death

Road of Death

Selected for International Images Film Festival for Women 2014
2013, US international Film and Video Festival won “Best of Festival Award” Gold Camera Award for best Documentary.
Cannes Media and Television Awards won a Gold Dolphin Award.
2012 New York Festivals International Film Festivals, Gold World medal award for Direction. Bronze Medal –Documentary category.

BAKKA PYGMY: UNESCO Languages

Awards: Bronze 2004 LOERIE

Prophets to Profits

Prophets to Profits

Awards: SAFTAGolden Horn Award Best Series

Lie Detector

MNET Summer Fesival Promo: Lie Detector

Awards: NTVA Bronze Award (Experimental Category)

Hot Dogs

MNET Summer Fesival: Hot Dogs

Awards: 3 NTVA Craft and 1 NTVA Silver

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

Awards: 9 NTVA Awards (Experimental Short film)

Mothers

Mothers

Awards: Bronze New York Festival International Television and Film Award (2010)

Release Director’s Cut

Release Director’s Cut

Selected Toronto Black film Festival 2014
Nominated at SAFTA awards for Best Short Film

Awards

Cinequest Film Festival

Cinequest Film Festival 2016

SHAKEN

Selected
Category: Documentary Short Film

New York Festivals 2016

NEW YORK FESTIVALS 2016

Passage of Courage

Gold World Medal
Category: Narration

Gold World Medal
Category: Health/Medical Information, Documentary Information

Bronze World Medal
Category: Direction

Shaken

Bronze World Medal
Category: Best News Documentary/Special

Global Awards 2015

Global Awards 2015

TVC

Nominated
Category: Direction

The film won the Gold Medal for Cinematography.
Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards 2015

Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards 2015

On the Shoulders of Giants

Gold Winner
Category: Online Media Corporate Videos

Silver Winner
Category: Integrated Communication

Silver Winner
Category: Science and Knowledge

US International Film and Video Festival 2015

US International Film and Video Festival 2015

A Tide of Grief

Gold Camera(overall) Award
Category: Social Issues

Silver Award
Category: Best Docu-Drama

Silver Award
Category: Direction

Silver Award
Category: Music

New York Festivals 2015

NEW YORK FESTIVALS 2015

Tide of Grief

Gold World Medal
Category: Best Docudrama

Gold World Medal
Category: Documentaries

Bronze World Medal
Category: Human Concerns

Silver World Medal
Category: Social Issues

The film received one finalist certificate for Corporate Responsibility.
Creative Arts Film Festival

Creative Arts Film Festival

Tide of Grief

Nominated
Category: Best Original Music Score

Nominated
Category: Best Director of Photography

Nominated
Category: Best Documentary Short Film

Nominated
Category: Best Short Film

Nominated
Category: The Perfect Spirit Film Award

It wins for Best Director of Photography.
Toronto Black Film Festival 2014

Toronto Black Film Festival 2014

RELEASE

Nominated
Category: Short Film

WATCH VIDEO
South African Film and Television Awards

South African Film and Television Awards

RELEASE

Nominated
Category: Best Short Film

WATCH VIDEO
AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS

NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS 2014

To Fly A Dream

Gold World Medal
Category: Society and Social issues

WATCH VIDEO

Anatomy of Hope

Silver World Medal
Category: Direction

WATCH VIDEO

The Journey

Bronze World Medal
Category: Direction

WATCH VIDEO
Durban International Film Festival 2013

Durban International Film Festival 2013

RELEASE

Selected
Category: Short Film

WATCH VIDEO
CANNES CORPORATE MEDIA AND TV AWARDS 2013

CANNES CORPORATE MEDIA AND TV AWARDS 2013

Anatomy of Hope

Gold Award
Category: Corporate Responsibility

WATCH VIDEO

The Mubadala 10th Anniversary

Silver Award
Category: Event Opener

The Journey

Silver Award
Category: TV Documentaries

WATCH VIDEO
US INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2013

US INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2013

Road of Death

Nominated for Best of Festival Award
Category: Documentary Drama

GOLD CAMERA AWARD
Category: Documentary Drama

WATCH VIDEO

Footprints in the Snow

Creative Excellence Certificate

WATCH VIDEO

Tears for Rain

Creative Excellence Certificate

WATCH VIDEO
AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS

2013 AMAA (AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS) NOMINATED FOR BEST SHORT FILM

RELEASE

Nominated
Category: Short Film

WATCH VIDEO
NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

Gold World Medal
Category: Television-documentary/information Program, Docudrama

Gold World Medal
Category: Television Documentary Information Program, Social Issues

Gold World Medal
Category: Cinematography

Silver World Medal
Category: Film and Video-Educational / Information / entertainment Productions, Human Concerns

WATCH VIDEO

BASF

Silver World Medal
Category: Corporate Communication (Direction)

WATCH VIDEO
CANNES MEDIA AWARDS

2012 CANNES MEDIA AWARDS

ROAD TO DEATH

Gold Dolphin
Category: Docudrama

WATCH VIDEO

TEARS FOR RAIN

Gold Dolphin
Category: Corporate Responsibility

WATCH VIDEO

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

Gold Dolphin
Category: Corporate Responsibility

WATCH VIDEO

BURJ AL ARAB

Gold Dolphin
Category: Romance, Internet

WATCH VIDEO
NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

TEARS FOR RAIN

Gold World Medal
Category: Direction

WATCH VIDEO

ROAD OF DEATH

Gold World Medal
Category: Direction

WATCH VIDEO

TEARS FOR RAIN

Gold World Medal
Category: Society and Social Issues, Best Film

WATCH VIDEO

ROAD OF DEATH

Gold World Medal
Category: Best documentary

WATCH VIDEO

BREAST SURGERY PATIENT EXERCISE VIDEO

Gold World Medal
Category: Best documentary

WATCH VIDEO
NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

ADCO

Gold World Medal
Category: Internal Communication, Best Film

Gold World Medal
Category: Internal Communication, Best Direction

WATCH VIDEO

RED CRESCENT

Bronze World Medal
Category: Society and Social Issues

WATCH VIDEO

LEBANON

Bronze World Medal
Category: Society and Social Issues

WATCH VIDEO

ICLDC

Finalist Nomination

WATCH VIDEO

K9 DOG SHELTER

Finalist Nomination

WATCH VIDEO
NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

MOTHERS

Bronze World Medal
Category: Introduction and Lead in Titles

WATCH VIDEO

DUBAI POETRY FESTIVAL

Finalist
Category: Society and Social Issues

WATCH VIDEO
NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM AWARDS

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MIDDLE EAST

Gold World Medal
Category: Society and Social Issues

Gold World Medal
Category: Public Information

Silver World Medal
Category: Direction

Silver World Medal
Category: Cinematography

WATCH VIDEO
IVCA

IVCA LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARD

JUMEIRA RECRUITMENT VIDEO

Bronze Medal
Category: Corporate

SAFTA GOLDEN HORN AWARD

SAFTA GOLDEN HORN AWARD

HEAVENS HERDS

Bronze Medal
Category: Best Documentary

WATCH VIDEO
IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD

IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD

HEAVENS HERDS

Nomination
Category: Best Documentary

WATCH VIDEO
SAFTA GOLDEN HORN AWARD

SAFTA GOLDEN HORN AWARD

JOURNEY TO A DREAM

Nomination
Category: Best Educational Television Series

WATCH VIDEO
LOERIES

LOERIES

KHOMANI UNESCO ENDANGERED LANGUAGE PROJECT

Gold LOERIE
Category: Social Responsibility

WATCH VIDEO

LOERIES

BAKKA UNESCO ENDANGERED LANGUAGE PROJECT

Bronze LOERIE
Category: Social Responsibility

WATCH VIDEO

LOERIES

ABSA INNOVATION

Gold LOERIE
Category: Corporate Film (Scriptwriter)

LOERIES

ATNS

Bronze LOERIE
Category: Corporate Film (Scriptwriter)

LOERIES

LOERIES

JOHNY WALKER

Craft Scriptwriting
Category: Corporate Films (Scriptwriter)

LOERIES

LOERIES

SATOUR

Craft Scriptwriting
Category: Corporate Films (Scriptwriter)

AMEX

Silver LOERIE
Category: Corporate Films (Scriptwriter)

LOERIES

LOERIES

NEDBANK AFFINITIES

Gold LOERIE
Category: Corporate Films (Scriptwriter)

OLD MUTUAL

Silver LOERIE
Category: Corporate Films (Scriptwriter)

AVANTI AWARDS

AVANTI AWARDS

OLD MUTUAL

Gold Craft Award for Script
Category: Corporate Films (Scriptwriter)

NTVA AVANTI AWARD

NTVA AVANTI AWARDS

THE FEEDING FRENZY

Gold NTVA AVANTI Award
Category: Experimental Short Film

Craft Awards
Category: Direction, script, editing, music, casting, styling, camera, lighting and best actress

WATCH VIDEO

Me and My Tree

Script Craft Awards
Category: Children's Broadcast

NTVA AVANTI AWARD

NTVA AVANTI AWARDS

WILDLIFE ON BEACH

Gold AVANTI Award
Category: Magazine Insert

Craft Direction Award
Category: Direction

Craft Script Award
Category: Scriptwriter

LIE DETECTOR

Bronze AVANTI Award
Category: Experimental

WATCH VIDEO
NTVA AVANTI AWARD

NTVA AVANTI AWARDS

TRAVELQUEST

Gold AVANTI Award
Category: Children's Youth Programming

REALLY COOL WIDE THINGS

Bronze AVANTI Award
Category: Social Responsibility

HOTDOGS ON THE BEACH

Silver AVANTI Award
Category: Magazine Insert

SUMMER FESTIVAL PROFILES

Bronze AVANTI Award
Category: Magazine Insert

TRAVELQUEST

Directing Craft Award
Category: Direction

HOTDOGS ON THE BEACH

Script Craft Award
Category: Scriptwriter

HOTDOGS ON THE BEACH

Art Direction Craft Award
Category: Art Direction

FOR QUEEN AND COLONY

Script Craft Award
Category: Wildlife Documentary (Scriptwriter)

THE BEACH BOYS

Script Craft Award
Category: Wildlife Documentary (Scriptwriter)

THE BATPACK

Script Craft Award
Category: Wildlife Documentary (Scriptwriter)

AMI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

AMI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

INTERVIEW WITH A SPIDER

Bronze Medal
Category: Documentary Films

LOERIES

LOERIE AWARDS

ISG

Craft Award Script
Category: Industrial Theater Production

NTVA AVANTI AWARDS

NTVA AVANTI AWARDS

INTERVIEW WITH A SPIDER

Gold AVANTI Award
Category: Rick Lomba Wildlife Award

IN TIME AND WITH WATER

Gold AVANTI Award
Category: Documentary Wildlife

INTERVIEW WITH A SPIDER

Craft Script Award
Category: Scriptwriter

IN TIME AND WITH WATER

Craft Script Award
Category: Scriptwriter

RELATIVELY SPEAKING

Craft Award
Category: ??

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Craft Award
Category: ??

Bio

For over 2 decades now Sofia has directed films for television stations, multi-nationals, advertising agencies, governments, charities, the web, internet channels, presidents, Sheikh and Kings. She has filmed in UK, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, UAE, Namibia, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Germany, France, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq and United States of America. She directs short fiction films, corporate films, branded content films, TV series, dramatic documentaries, feature film documentaries, heart-wrenching fund-raising films and small commercials and internet films.

Sofia grew up in UK and immigrated to South Africa when she was 6 years old. After studying English, Psychology, Politics and Law, Sofia began her career as a junior copywriter in an advertising agency. She penned her first article “Bara Blues” from a blood splashed ER unit and a local magazine snapped it up. She quickly carved out a niche for herself developing her skill as a scriptwriter and soon had written 500 documentaries that were distributed to 18 territories worldwide. In the beginning she specialized in wildlife and anthropological scripts. She quickly secured her footing with international channels and worked for National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.

The challenges have been many. A tough Discovery Channel assignment forced her to venture deep into the jungles of Gabon where she recorded the dying language of a disappearing tribe of Baka pygmies. She worked in China for CCTV directing a children’s series that highlighted the importance of Great White Sharks and Black Rhinos. Her investigations have led her into the dangerous gangland of Hillbrow, South Africa to reveal the operations of drug cartels and prostitute rings. In June 2011, the worst famine in 60 years left 12,5 million people without food and water in Somalia. Sofia entered Dadaab camp and captured the unspeakable suffering of the mothers who had lost most of their children on the road to death. The film she directed raised US 40 million dollars for relief. A year later she directed a film in Bosnia raising money and awareness for the cancer victims caused by the depleted uranium used in the war. She has been involved in a series of films to raise awareness for breast cancer in the Middle East and to stop human trafficking. In 2013 she was involved in an oil and gas film that analyzed the effects of global warming and it was observed how the increase in ocean temperatures had increased the destruction of coral reefs in Thailand. In 2015, Sofia filmed on the border of Lebanon and Syria and Iraq in refugee camps interviewing the survivors of the civil war. In Erbil many of these refugees had escaped Isis. After the refugee crises, she covered the devastating 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal.

Sofia’s story-telling ability fuses a gritty tough realism with a stylized cinematic eloquence. Her documentary work focuses on the plight of courageous and strong women who face violence, sorrow and devastation and continue to add value. For her, the questions are more important than the answers.

So, she continues to ask the questions.

Contact

Phone: +97150 2461597

Email: sofia@sofiadefay.com

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