David Belton


David Belton is an award-winning filmmaker with more than twenty-five years experience in making documentaries and drama-documentary in the UK, the USA and around the world.

David has made hour and feature-length films and series for Netflix, Amazon Prime Originals, PBS, BBC and Channel 4

Before moving into documentary filmmaking, David began his career at BBC2’s Newsnight. His experiences covering the 1994 Rwandan genocide prompted him to co-write the story and produce the Bafta-nominated feature film, “Shooting Dogs” (US: “Beyond the Gates) starring Sir John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. His critically-acclaimed book on the genocide, “When the Hills Ask for your Blood”, was published in 2014 by Doubleday and Black Swan.

David’s films are known and critically acclaimed for their storytelling, artistry and emotional intelligence.


  • 2015 Grierson Award - Best Historical Documentary
    Shortlisted - Strangeways (BBC)

  • 2013 Peabody Award
    Winner - Latinos (PBS)

  • 2012 Emmy Award - Exceptional Merit in Documentary Film-Making
    Nominee - The Amish (PBS)

  • 2013 Emmy Award - News and Documentary, Outstanding Research
    Nominee - The Amish (PBS)

  • 2012 International Documentary Association - Humanitas Award
    Nominee - The Amish (PBS)

  • 2012 Writers Guild Award - Best Documentary
    Nominee - The Amish (PBS)

  • 2012 Writers Guild Award - Best Documentary
    Nominee - God In America (PBS)

  • 2008 Grierson Award - Best Drama-Documentary
    Nominee - Ten Days To War (BBC)

  • 2007 BAFTA Award - Best Factual Photography
    Winner - The Power of Art (BBC)

  • 2007 BAFTA Award - Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual
    Nominee - The Power of Art (BBC)

  • 2006 BAFTA Award - Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement for a Writer, Director, Producer in a First Feature Film 
    Nominee - Shooting Dogs (BBC)