Documentary Film Directing
Directing in the Field
Instructor and Mentor in Film Exercises
Graduation Semester MDP
Project Adviser and Instructor
Dorottya Zurbó is a documentary filmmaker and a university teacher from Hungary.
She graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Masters for which she was awarded full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels in 2014. She is also an honours graduate in film theory and history from ELTE, Budapest. In 2021 she has just received her D.L.A. diploma from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest where she is also a lecturer in the field of transmedia storytelling and experimental documentary.
Her first feature-length documentary - shot in Bhutan – ‘The Next Guardian’ (co-director) was premiered at IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam at the First Appearance Competition in 2017. Since then, it has been screened at more than 40 international festivals (True/False, San Francisco IDFF, MoMA DocFortnight, Camerimage, Docs Against Gravity etc) had theatrical releases and broadcasted around the world.
She also completed her first directorial debut ‘Easy Lessons’, a feature-length documentary supported by the Incubator Program of the Hungarian National Film Fund. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival Critic’s Week section in 2018 and participated in more than 40 international festivals (Sarajevo IFF, HotDocs, Camden IDFF, Thessaloniki IDF etc) receiving awards such as the Hungarian Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2019 and the Movies that Matter Award in ZagrebDox for the best film promoting human rights.
She was invited to Berlinale Talent Campus 2021. She has also received the prestigious Nipkow Program scholarship in 2020 and was awarded with a scholarship for young emerging artists from the Hungarian Academy of Arts for three years. Currently she is developing her third feature-length documentary ‘Gross National Happiness’ as a co-director that is supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund, the Sundance Institute and the Catapult Film Fund.