About

Ross Bolidai is a Royal Television Society Award winning and Grierson nominated director based in London.

His first student film won an RTS Award in 2012. After a brief career as a cinematographer, Ross went on to receive a scholarship to study Documentary Directing at the National Film and Television School. Over the two years Ross went under the tutelage of Dick Fontaine and mentorships of Kim Longinotto, Sean McAllister and David Yates.

Ross directed five films during his time at the NFTS. His Graduation film Coalville Gold was an exploration of masculinity and an ode to family, told through the eyes of a young bare knuckle boxer. The film premiered at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, where it won the 2016 Wildcard Award and later nominated and shortlisted for a Grierson Award and a BIFA in the Best British Short category.

His next short, The Journey, was a very different exploration of masculinity and a celebration of the families that we make for ourselves, told through the eyes of 85 year old coming to terms with his sexuality. The film won the Channel 4 First Cut Pitch at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Ross has worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and the National Film and Television School and has directed for Channel 4 and BBC2. He is currently developing his first television hour for Channel 4 with Amos Pictures


IMDB Credits

Ross has made films for: Barclaycard | Paypal | Bombay Sapphire | Air New Zealand | Tesco | Les Mills | Compass Foods | The Balvenie | Honest Burger | Kone | Bayer Pharmaceutical | Guinness World Records |


Education and Training

2013-2016
National Film and Television School
Master of Arts
Documentary Directing
Metropolitan Film School Scholar
 

2007-2009
Canterbury College
BTEC National Diploma, Triple Distinction
Film Production

2009-2012
University of Westminster
Batchelor of Arts, First Class Honours
Television Production


2015          Hostile Environment Training  Rory Peck Trust, AKE, Routers
2012           Olympic Broadcast Training  London 2012 Olympic Games  
2011            BBC Academy Safe Management of Productions                    


Honours and Awards

The Journey | Documentary Short | Director
Winner | Chanel 4 First Cut Pitch | Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016
Official Selection | 2016 Liverpool International Film Festival
Official Selection | 2016 Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival London
Official Selection | 2016 QUEER-Streifen Regensburg Film Festival

Coalville Gold | Documentary | Director
Winner | Jury Wildcard Award | 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Winner | Best Documentary | 2016 This Is England Film Festival
Nominated | Sky Atlantic Award for Best Student Documentary | 2016 Grierson Awards
Nominated | Best Short Feature | 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival
Shortlisted | Best British Short | 2016 Moët British Independent Film Awards
Honorable Mention | 2016 Headline International Film Festival
Official Selection | 2016 47th Montreal International Film Festival
Official Selection | 2016 MICGenero Mexico & Argentina    
Official Selection | 2017 Irvine International Film Festival
Official Selection | 2017 British Shorts Berlin

The Harvest | Documentary | Director
Special Mention  | 2016 Curto e Fieno Film Festival
Official Selection | 2016 We The Peoples Film Festival London
Official Selection | 2016 Apchat International Film Festival
Official Selection | 2016 Ananse Film Festival

No More Limits Left | Documentary Short | Director
Winner | Royal Television Society Award
Official Selection | FilmSkillet Documentary Festival
Official Selection | Pretzel Films Director Showcase
Official Selection | Passion for Freedom Festival
Official Selection | Infinitylist Best Documentaries 2012

Nominated | Best Short Feature | 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival

Exile | Fiction | Camera Op. | Dir. Zac Moss
Official Selection | Palm Beach International Festival
Official Selection | Capital City Film Festival
Official Selection | London Independent Film Festival
Official Selection | East End Film Festival 

Mad, Sad, Glad | Fiction | DoP | Dir. Jeremi Durand
Winner | Best Actor - 5th Disturb Awards Paris
Nominated | Best Film - Regensburg Film Festival
Nominated | Best Director - 5th Disturb Awards Paris

Insomniacs | Fiction | Camera Op. | Dir. Charles Lai
Winner - SPIFF - Silver Spiffy
Official Selection | Capital City Film Festival
Official Selection | New Hope Film Festival
Official Selection | Hill County Film Festival
Official Selection | Cinequest
Official Selection | British Shorts Berlin
Official Selection | Champs Elysees Film Festival

IBC Rising Stars Program Amsterdam, 2010 & 2011


Contact
ross@rossbolidai.com                                         +44 (0) 7702344948                                                               London