Dean Leon Anderson is a writer / director born in London, England. He is an alumnus at the University of Greenwich and founder of production company Velvet Gold Pictures Ltd. Trained by BAFTA nominated film director Yann Demange (’71), Dean has premiered work at prestigious film festivals, including Encounters and the London Short Film Festival.
Dean’s short film Jasper was nominated for various awards in 2015, including Best Narrative Short at Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles, and has screened over forty occasions wordwide, including the BFI Southbank in London.
Dean is a multi-talent, often writing, directing, producing and editing film productions. He was selected by the 2015 B3 Media Talent Lab programme to develop his short film Class 15. The film was commissioned and funded by Creative Skillset and stars Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Top Boy). Class 15 premiered at the Oscar qualifying Encounters Film Festival in the UK and Urbanworld Film Festival in the U.S.
In 2017, Dean was selected for the Encounters Shorts To Features scheme. Dean was also selected as a Filmmaker of Focus for Encounters Film Festival in September 2018, where he took part in two panel discussions and screened his previous work at the festival.
Dean has recently directed online commercials for Netflix, Virgin, Three Mobile, Kiss FM and Comic Relief, among many other high profile brands. He is currently in development on two feature film projects; a feature-length version of Class 15 and a feature film drama about the late boxer Joe Walcott.
• BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew Member (2018 - Current member)
• Encounters Widening the Lens - Shorts To Features training scheme
• B3 Media Talent Lab Programme