Robert dos Santos

Robert dos Santos (born 14 March 1988) is a South African-born Portuguese director.[1] Dos Santos initially studied and practiced law before leaving the profession to pursue filmmaking.[2]

Robert dos Santos
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Born (1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 34)
Gauteng, South Africa

Personal lifeEdit

Robert dos Santos was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He initially studied philosophy and law before being admitted and practicing law as an Attorney of the Republic of South Africa before turning to directing.[3][4] He is the brother of director Christopher-Lee dos Santos. He reportedly never attended film school.[5]


Robert dos Santos left law and directed his first commercial, titled Light, which went on to be nominated for the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Awards.[6] Dos Santos has directed numerous music videos for Warner Music Group and their artists.[7]

His first narrative short film, titled A Moment, was shot using a specialized motion control camera rig to accommodate for an unbroken continuous shot which required high speed camera movements and choreography.[8]


Robert dos Santos has received over 30 award nominations worldwide including in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Croatia, South Africa, Brazil, and Australia.[9][1] His first narrative short film, A Moment, won best film at the Los Angeles Film Awards.[10] He received an honorable mention from the Hollywood New Directors in 2021.[11]


  1. ^ a b Morkel, Graye. "Cape Town lawyer turned filmmaker proves it's never too late to follow your dreams". Channel. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  2. ^ ISR, The (2021-05-17). "An Interview with Filmmaker Robert Dos Santos". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  3. ^ "From lawyer to award-winning director". Jacaranda FM. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  4. ^ Naik, Sameer. "#aTypicalInterview: Robert dos Santos on ditching the court robe to become a director". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  5. ^ "A Moment - Action // Daily Short Pick". Film Shortage. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  6. ^ "ASFF - Light". Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  7. ^ "Platinum-selling Sketchy Bongo presents the cinematic companion visual for his current single 'Melody' (feat Kyle Deutsch) | Warner Music South Africa". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  8. ^ Morkel, Graye. "This 90-second SA short film was filmed with the same technology used to assemble cars". Channel. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  9. ^ "Robert Dos Santos Goes BIG, And Then Home!". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  10. ^ "SA director Robert dos Santos' 90-sec film accepted into LA Film Awards". The South African. 2021-06-18. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  11. ^ "Top SA film and Commercial Director Goes Big on Latest Concept". Retrieved 2022-05-18.