Born and brought up in Scotland by an artistic family, Ian is a London-based cinematographer with a passion for image, story and collaboration. Having studied for his BA Honours at art school in his hometown, Dundee, Ian graduated in 2010 with a 1st class honours. Over the next two years he built up a portfolio of work across film, animation and a variety of commercial projects, and in 2012 was selected to attend the MA in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School.
Ian has had work screened at numerous festivals including Encounters, Aesthetica and the Glasgow Film Festival. In 2011 he received an award at Shepparton Shorts Short Film Festival, Australia, and in 2012 was selected by Ideas Tap to make a new film with director Rose Hendry. He has gained a coveted BAFTA Scholarship to support his studies alongside his Dewar Award
How the Award Helped
Ian received a Dewar Award to enable him to continue studying at the prestigious NFTS.
Since the Award
Ian developed his skills and talents through his studies at NFTS. In 2015 was nominated for a New Talent Award by BAFTA Scotland for his Camera/Photography work on Seahorse - a story of a first love and a pregnant boy (see trailer below).
'Seahorse' Trailer - Ian Forbes (c) NFTS
I feel tremendously fortunate to be supported with a Dewar Arts Award. Receiving the award has allowed me fulfil my long-time dream, to attend the MA in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School.
March 2015 - Nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award: Camera/Photography, Seahorse