Ian Robertson


For me, craft is all about the challenge of understanding the script and bringing it to life on screen through layers of ingenious detailing. It's important to recognize craft because craftsmen and women are clever, hard-working people and cleverness and a good work ethic are things to be celebrated and encouraged!

Ian graduated from the NFTS in Directing Fiction with his genre-bending graduation film, Comeback Kid, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2017.  His other shorts have screened at Encounters, LOCO, Austin Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Before the NFTS he had a burgeoning music video career winning a BAFTA New Talent Award, a Young Director Award in Cannes and three UK Music Video Award nominations.  He even directed a music video for UK hip-hop national treasure, Dizzee Rascal.  His videos have been so popular online that he has earned two death threats from YouTube commenters.

Recently his Kodak spot for Paperchase won Gold Student Commercial at The British Arrow Awards 2017 and he just finished making a series of spots for IKEA with Mother London.

After graduating from film school Ian is getting back in to the world of music videos and commercials while developing several short and feature film projects, as well as bracing himself for further YouTube death threats.