Dean Blumberg

Dean Blumberg

Director at Bouffant & HunkyDory Films

Johannesburg, South Africa

My Latest Work



Before leaving film school, Dean Blumberg had already established himself as one of the new voices of South African Film. He wrote and directed a number of award winning short films and, after multiple festival wins, became one of South Africa's most awarded filmmakers.
His commercials career had an equally auspicious start when he won the Shots Young Director's award, a spot on Shots Magazine's new director's showcase, and Ad of the Year at Creative Circle.
Dean has a slew of international awards under his belt, including Cannes, One Show, London International, New York Advertising, Clios, Midas and Epica. He is the most awarded Director in the Creative Circle's history, having won Creative Circle's Ad of the Year three times, as well as additional 2nd and 3rd places in alternative years.
Dean is known for his sensitivity and delicate handling of subject matter. He is a born storyteller, with a chameleon-like ability to adapt and evolve. While he is at home directing in many genres, it is his work with actors that sets him apart and has made him a highly sought after director for international brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota, KFC, Miller, Ford, Dominos and Konica Minolta. 

People I worked with

Marc Sidelsky
Vicci Turpin
Director of Photography
Giant Films
Ahmed Tilly
Executive Creative Director
Black River FC
Anthony Martin
Post Production
Velocity Films
Udesh Chetty
2D Artist


HunkyDory Films
London, United Kingdom
2015 - Present (2 years 3 months)



Johannesburg, South Africa
Dean’s commercials’ career had a great start. In his first year he won the Shots Young Director’s award in the non-European category at Cannes, and was chosen for the New Director’s Showcase in Shots magazine. Shortly afterwards, his Ford’Ubuntu’ spot won the Creative Circle’s Ad Of The Year. He has since gone on to win awards at most major shows, including Cannes, One Show and London International Awards, and was selected along with a handful of international directors to showcase his work at the Boards Summit in New York. He has recently completed spots starring Sir Ben Kingsley, and the international-breakthrough commercial, Nando’s “Last Dictator Standing”.Dean’s a born storyteller. He graduated from film school with Honours and three award winning short films. His films were officially showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, and travelled the international festival circuits, picking up awards including the Fiction Award for Best Film at the World School’s Festival. Dean’s eclecticism, deep passion for his craft and chameleon-like ability to adapt and evolve with different scripts has made him a highly sought after director. 

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