Successfully worked in the film industry since 1974 as Art Director, Editor and started Directing in 1980.

Proven success in directing award winning TV Commercials, Video Clips, Short Films and Documentaries throughout the world.



English,Afrikaans, and Portuguese



Matriculation 1969

Middelburg High School. Middelburg, Transvaal, South Africa


Fine Arts Painting 1974

Pretoria Art School, Pretoria, South Africa.


Workshops / Courses


BBC TV Television Training Course 1975 (SABC TV) Johannesburg,South Africa


South Africa Computer Technology 1988 Rosebank - South Africa


Maine Film & TV workshops 1995 Rockport Maine  - USA..

   Acting for Directors – Judith Western

   Directing Actors – Judd Taylor

   Camera in Action –


Judith Western School of Acting 1996 Los Angeles, USA.

   Master class directing actors

   Script analysis for actors.


Adobe Workshops 1997  Burbank, California, USA

   Photoshop & illustrator graphic art skills,


Robert McKee Story Workshop 2000, New York, USA

   Substance, Structure, Style and Principles of screen writing.


University of South Africa 2002/4

   Portuguese Language and Culture PTU 101, 102 & 201.






As an editor won Gold Artes Award for best Technical Achievement in Broadcasting at SABC TV South Africa.


As  Director won numerous awards


Loerie Awards _ South Africa

• Lanco Watches - Gold

• Bop-T Barclays – Special Mention

• Smart Centre Clothing - Gold

• Portuguese Tourism – Cinema Gold

• Pepsi – Best Cinema Commercial


(Pepsi also received a Special mention at the Coca Cola Conference in New York)


RTC Awards, Portuguese Advertising Awards.


• Azeite Gallo Olive Oil,

• Vitalert Vitamins - Gold

• Triumph International, - Special Mention

• Ice Tea “ It’s not cold enough” – Gold Statue


London International Film Awards, London UK.

• Amnesty International “ Barbed Wire”


Lever Brothers Best TV commercial World Wide, NY, USA.

• Azeite Gallo


JWT World Wide, Best TV Campaign. NY, USA

• Azeite Gallo


Aurora Award, Salt Lake City, USA Platinum (Top of the show)

• Aids quilt documentary (Filmed in Boston, Mass. USA) Communicator Award, USA


My short film “O Almoço” was short listed at the following national and International film festivals;

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic.13a edição do Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal


New York International, Independant Film and Video Festival, NY, NY,USA,


Prague Short Film Festival, Prague. Czech Republic. Festival Imaginaria, Italy, Cinematexas 10, Texas, USA

Festival International de Films de Montréal. Montreal, Canada Indie Lisboa, Portugal Tangiers Short Film Festival. Tangiers





Portuguese & South African


© Gideon Nel 2018