Trained as a producer / cameraman at the Independent Film Centre’s Lone Hill Studios, Björn Rudner was appointed head of production and operations at Swaziland TV Broadcasting Corporation at age 25. In the years since, he has earned numerous industry awards including the National TV Association’s Overall South Africa Winner; the US International Film and Video Festival’s Gold Camera Award; Silver Screen Award; and Certificate of Creative Excellence; the ZSE and the Nasionale Pers awards for top training videos in South Africa; and a special commendation at the Festival International du Maritime et Exploration in France.
Björn has travelled to over 50 countries on five continents, and has filmed internationally for the Thomas Cook Group, BA Holidays, SATOUR and for numerous local tourism organisations. He has extensive wildlife and natural history filming experience across Africa through commissions for the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), National Geographic Today, the Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew) and as cameraman on a 26-part series for South African National Parks. He filmed the UN World Food Programme ‘Hunger’ PSA with Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly on the set of ‘Blood Diamond’ in Mozambique, and shot the Fox Searchlight EPK for ‘Amelia’ featuring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.
News experience includes commissions for the BBC, Italy’s RAI3, Sweden’s STV; NHK of Japan, Norway’s NRK and on numerous assignments for ABC News in Africa and the Middle East.
Local broadcast commissions include filming for M-Net’s ‘Carte Blanche’ and for SABC’s ‘Top Billing’ and ‘50/50’ – while regular extreme sports commissions includes annual coverage for international syndication of the 8-day ABSA Cape Epic MTB event filmed over the mountains of the Cape.
Bjorn has produced, directed and filmed 40 half-hour documentaries including the ground-breaking 13-part poetry series ‘Voices of Africa’ and most recently the cultural journey series ‘Omang?’ (Who are You?).Björn has a diploma in Business Management and a Merit Award in Journalism from Damelin Business School, and a Diploma from the London School of Journalism. He holds an NQF qualification in cultural tourism, a Stellenbosch University Certificate in Wine Evaluation and a WSET 3 Advanced Certification.