Ian Anthony Nelson is a filmmaker from Santa Rosa, California. Since graduating from the Academy of Art University in 2012, School of Motion Pictures & Television with an emphasis in cinematography, Ian has been freelancing as a videographer and camera assistant on a variety of film and photo shoots. Ian is also making his own wildlife and nature documentaries and has worked in association with American Bird Conservancy, Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Bay Nature, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Felidae Conservation Fund and Save Mount Diablo. At a young age, Ian traveled with his parents within and outside of the US, including Hawaii, Baja California Mexico, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic and more. While attending college, Ian studied Italian and spent a semester abroad in Orvieto, Italy where he enjoyed learning about Roman and Etruscan art history and culture. Ian has become enthralled with traveling, discovering and observing wildlife in their natural environments and loves finding ways to engage an audience through compelling compositions and camera movement. Ian aspires to create independent films and wildlife documentaries in association with environmental and wildlife organizations to promote global awareness of the various ecosystems and life forms on this planet. 



2014 Best Short Film