David Rittey

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David has been a successful commercials director for many years, directing via Airbag Productions in Melbourne. He is renowned for his performance-focused and documentary style commercials. David is currently developing his debut feature film with Madman Productions based on an Australian novel.

David’s short films have enjoyed great success internationally. His short film CLOSER, which he directed and co-wrote, was nominated for the Palm d’Or and selected for screening at the 57th Cannes Film Festival. It went on to win the NZ Film Awards Best Short Award, Best Actor for Toby Agnew, a profoundly deaf non-actor and Best Film at the St Tropez  and Vancouver Film Festivals. The film also screened at the Palm Springs, Sao Paulo, Vladivostok and Rhode Island Film Festivals .

WE THE LIVING which he wrote and directed and features actors Tom Budge and Emily Barclay, was an official selection at the Melbourne International, St Tropez, Sao Paolo and New Zealand Film Festivals and was broadcast by SBS.

His VCA graduating film OUT OF DARKNESS was selected for the Academy Awards in the student category, went to Cannes Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers pavilion, and was an official selection at the Edinburgh, Hamburg and Mill Valley Film Festivals.

David took part in MIFF’s Accelerator Program and studied Acting for Directors with Judith Weston. David studied fine arts at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in new Zealand and a post graduate degree in narrative film at VCA in Melbourne.

Prior to directing for Airbag, David worked for many years at Exit Films, and before that with Thick As Thieves and Silverscreen Productions in Auckland.