Amy Belling is a multiple Leo Award winning director of photography with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. With director Jamie Travis she lensed the critically acclaimed short films WHY THE ANDERSON CHILDREN DIDN’T COME TO DINNER (2003) and THE SADDEST BOY IN THE WORLD (2006), which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Slamdance, SXSW, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary. Amy shot A.J. Bond’s Comic-Con 2009 award-winning short film HIRSUTE (TIFF 2006), MADAME PERRAULT’S BLUEBEARD (Clermont-Ferrand 2011), Bond’s docu-fiction debut feature film experiment STRESS POSITION (2012) and is in development on his psychological thriller WISTERIA, which will shoot in Northern Ontario.
Amy is currently prepping Olive Gallagher’s feature period drama JOURNEYS which will shoot in Milford, Pennsylvania and is in production on Matt Smiley’s feature documentary SHE HAS A NAME which is shooting in Northern BC. She has shot numerous other critically acclaimed films, music videos, corporate videos, PSA’s, documentaries, and Bravo’s television series On Screen! Having worked on location in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Korea and Haiti, she loves to travel and shoot.
The American Film Institute thesis film Amy shot, LE JEU DES SOLDATS (2010), was a National Finalist at the 2011 Student Academy Awards and won gold at the 2011 BAFTA/Los Angeles Student Film Award. Most recently Amy lensed acclaimed Canadian director Mina Shum’s HIP HOP MOM (2011), a Striscia TV pilot, a series of commercials for the American Pet Products Association, a music video for the celebrated record production/songwriting team Rockmafia and the holiday special HOW SHANANAY STOLE CHRISTMAS (2011) for Shane Dawson’s wildly popular YouTube Channel, which is the fifth most subscribed to channel of all time.
In 2005, Amy attended the Berlinale Talent Campus as a cinematographer delegate where Kodak highlighted her work. In 2006, Amy attended the Toronto Talent Lab, for which she created a self-portrait which was chosen by Motorola to screen as one of two trailers at the Toronto International Film Festival that year. Always multi-tasking, Belling spearheaded the UBC Film Production Alumni Association (helping to save the UBC Film Programme from cancellation) in 2007.
Amy is the recipient of the 2007 Kodak Image Award, the 2009 Daryl Duke Scholarship, UBC’s 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, the 2011 Leo Award for Best Cinematography for MADAME PERRAULT’S BLUEBEARD and the 2012 Leo Award for Best Cinematography for LE JEU DES SOLDATS. She is also a Genie-nominated producer, and produced many of the above-mentioned films.
Amy currently resides and works between Los Angeles and Vancouver, holding passports and work visas for the United States, Canada and the EU.