David Rittey / Cycle of Life



David established his commercials career in New Zealand before joining Exit Films in 2008.

With an early grounding in Fine Arts, David studied narrative film at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000. This culminated in his graduation film being selected for the Academy Awards as well as numerous other festivals worldwide.  International acclaim came again when short film ‘Closer’ was nominated for the prestigious Palm d’Or at the 57th Cannes Film Festival and went on to enjoy festival success around the world.

With a cinematic eye and strong sense of story, David is skilled at realising documentary style TVCs and drama-based scripts.  Authenticity is key to David’s work and he loves directing either actors or non-actors to make commercials which blend beautiful imagery with naturalistic, memorable performances.


2010 - AMP 'Shearer'

AXIS Awards - Finalist for Visual Craft & Finalist for Best Editing

2010 - AMP 'Art Conservator

AXIS Awards - Finalist for Visual Craft

2005 - Closer

New Zealand Film Awards - Best Short Film & Best Actor

2004 - Closer

Cannes Film Festival - Nomination for Palme d'Or Short Film

2004 - Closer

St Tropez International Film Festival - Jury Prize

2005 - Closer

Vancouver International Film Festival - Special Jury Mention

2002 - Out of Darkness

Cannes Film Festival - Kodak Award for Emerging Filmmaker

2002 - Out of Darkness

Drifting Clouds Film Festival - Best Film, Best Director & Best Screenplay

2002 - Out of Darkness

Philadelphia Film Festival - Kodak Award for Best Film Best Cinematography

2000 - Out of Darkness

VCA Film Awards - Cinevex Award for Best Screenplay