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Iosif Demian

Josef Demian


  • Cinematographer, Director, Writer
  • Born: 26.05.1941 in Oradea (Bihor)
Art DEGREE (Graphic Design) The School of Fine Arts, Oradea, ROMANIA (1964) and ADVANCED DIPLOMA (Radio & Television Training & Craft) Radio & Television Technical College, Oradea, ROMANIA (1963). Graduate of the “I.L. Caragiale” Theatre and Film Institute – Department of Cinematography (class of 1968). His work was censored in Romania and he emigrated to Australia in the 80s. His films considered subversive were subsequently banned by the communist censorship and Demian was forced to leave his country. He settles in Australia in 1986 and becomes Head of the Department of Cinematography at the AUSTRALIAN FILM, TELEVISION AND RADIO SCHOOL, position he holds from 1988 until 1995. Demian’s understanding of the filmmaking process is extensive. He is considered one of the world’s most skilled cinematographers and his nurturing of creative talent has become almost legendary within the Australian film industry. Head of department and the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney. Demian sets up the First International Cinematographers’ Forum in Sydney. He is also the creator and organizer of the A.F.T.R.S. MASTER CLASS SERIES with distinguished Cinematographers John Seale, Don McAlpine, Dean Semler, Geoff Burton, Denis Lenoir, Allen Daviau, Peter James, Sacha Vierny, Robby Muller, etc.- worldwide released and known as The Kodak Cinematography Master Class Series SYDNEY (1992) He sets up his own production company JED Productions in Sydney and over 2 decades he produces and directs dozens of documentaries in partnership with his wife, Erika Józsa Demian. Member of Romanian Society of Cinematographers (RSC) and UCIN. Member of Australian Cinema Pioneers.
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Known for:

2021

1980

1974

1971

Festivals / Awards

  • 1973
ACIN (UCIN) Best Cinematographer
  • 1974
ACIN (UCIN) Duhul aurului Best Cinematographer
  • 1974
Ciudad de Panama Nunta de piatră Oscar Prize for Best Cinematographer
  • 1979
ACIN (UCIN)
O lacrimă de fată
Best Cinematographer
  • 1980
ACIN (UCIN)
O lacrimă de fată
Best Director
  • 1981
Costineşti O lacrimă de fată Grand Prize
  • 1983
ACIN Rainbow Bubbles
To Kill a Bird of Prey
Best Director
  • 1985
Avellino Piciu „Laceno d’Oro” Prize
  • 2012
TIFF Excellency Award
  • 2017
Astra Sibiu Excellency Award
  • 2022
UCIN Rondul de noapte Best Screenplay

Filmography

Cinematographer

Night Patrol

2021

Sydney 2000 Olympics: Bud Greenspan's Gold from Down Under (film tv)

2001

Bored Olives

cameraman

2000

A Girl’s Tears

1980

The Mace with Three Seals

1976

The Wall

1974

Lust for Gold

1974

Negostina

Un august în flăcări (serial tv)

1973

The Poseidon Explosion

cameraman

1972

The Stone Wedding

1971

Black Buffalo Water

1970

Expectation

1970

The Castle of the Doomed

cameraman

1969

Fennimor Cooper (tv series)

cameraman

1969

Permit decolarea (short)

1969

La datorie / On Duty (short)

cameraman

1968

Negostina

1968

Mânzul / The Colt (short)

1966

Paradis (short)

1965

Legătura de vreascuri (short)

1965

Screenwriter

Night Patrol

2021

Memoria de piatră

2010

The Boy and the Sea (short)

2006

This Above All

1978

Articles & Interviews

​Munca operatorului, o necunoscută! - Iosif Demian
Iosif Demian - Portretul lunii - Eva Sîrbu, interviu
“Memoria de piatră”, de Iosif Demian, un making of nostalgic şi tardiv al clasicului Nunta de piatră - Iulia Blaga
Dorel Vişan, invitat la proiecţia „O lacrimă de fată”
Director Ulrich Seidl, invited to TIFF 2017
”Baloane de curcubeu”, regizat de Iosif Demian, proiectat la AFF, după 35 de ani
AFF 2017: Proiecție specială „Baloane de curcubeu”, de Iosif Demian - Andra Petrescu
Premiile Astra Film Festival 2017
Interviu cu Iosif Demian - Andra Petrescu
FFE 2019: „Iosif Demian. Note de autor”, editată de Mandragora - Andra Petrescu, Dana Medar
”Lovind o pasăre de pradă” de Iosif Demian, la Cineclub Film - Dana Medar
”Rondul de noapte”, în regia lui Iosif Demian, în avanpremieră la TIFF
Programul și biletele pentru TIFF 2020 sunt online
“Malmkrog”, în avanpremieră la Noaptea Albă a Filmului Românesc
“Arhiva Activă” UNATC - prima proiecție la București
„Arhiva Activă” - online, pe site-ul UNATC
Maraton de cinema românesc la TIFF 2021
”Rondul de noapte”, în regia lui Iosif Demian, din 17 iunie în cinematografe
”Rondul de noapte”, în regia lui Iosif Demian, în cinematografele din toată țara, din 17 iunie
Iosif Demian: ”La început, a fost muzica” - Dana Medar
”Rondul de noapte”, scris, regizat și filmat de Iosif Demian - Dana Medar
Premiile Uniunii Cineaștilor din România 2022