Being raised on three different continents turned Damien Dittberner into quite the cultural gypsy, but it’s in Mauritius that the young filmmaker finally decides to settle down for good. Born in 1984 in Bruxelles, Belgium, he grows up in Washington, and yet his Mauritian roots never leave him.
After studying journalism and communications at the University of Delaware, then cinema at the University of Prague, Damien works in the audiovisual field of New York City. There, he is involved in projects dealing with short and features films, commercials and even videoclips, an experience that allows him to rub shoulders with experienced film and photography directors. It’s in 2011 that Damien decides to fly back to Mauritius, where now he works as producer, director and editor for his own film house, Mocean Film.
In 2014, Damien takes part in the fiction scriptwriting workshop Keeping it Short of the Ile Courts International Film Festival of Mauritius. Following this workshop, his film project Boutik (Cornershop) is taken on for production by the Porteurs d’Images association in the framework of Film Fabrik 2015. In 2015, Damien had dedicated himself to the making of both this short film and a documentary about Mauritius.