Neil Hollander is acclaimed film director, born 1939 in New York. He studied film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He recorded his first 8 mm documentary film at the age of 10, learning from his first film teacher James Donovan, director and educator from his hometown. This systematic filmmaker was determined to succeed from a young age, and later in life he was recognized with some of the most important awards, both home and abroad.
At the age of 13, Neil Hollander had become junior champion of California in a cinema techniques competition. By the age of 18 he had already won a dozen awards at national and international competitions and festivals of amateur film. During his studies, his short film Farewell was chosen by the UK Film Foundation as the best New Direction film, beating some of the most notable young film directors.
Neil Hollander was awarded twice with the Octavian award for best documentary film, Grand Prix for best film, Golden oil lamp and the award for best director at the NY Film Festival, as well as other awards at international festivals. His documentary film The Cormorant gained excellent critical acclaim, and until today it is still ranked among the best documentaries of the nineties…
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