John Donica

Tokyo, Japan

About Me

John Donica is a professional cinematographer/director based in Tokyo. Founder of SomniumFilm studio. He works on documentary and fiction films, music videos, commercials, narrative videos.

He have been to many international film festivals and have been awarded for:

- Nominated for the 2019 European Press Prize shortlist with ‘The Drums of Democracy‘
- “Moments of silence” – Best directing at DocuArtFest, Romania 2017.
- Winner at International Documentary Film Festival Moldova 2013 “Cronograf” with film “At the edge of the forest”
- Best Director at the MIFEC Film festival in Porto.
- 1st place at the photography contest “Beyond words” organized by the “Punkt” magazine 2009.
- 2011 * Winner in the category “Fine Art Nude” at 1x Photo Awards 2011
- 1st place at LED photo contest, organized by LED (Liechtenstein Development Service) in Moldova 2012

He is open for new collaborations and projects in Japan and all other the world.

I have been in the industry since 2010.

Mood trailer for the short film - Whisper
Added on 10/17/2020
This is a mood trailer that we shot for the Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming short film: "Whisper - ??" Please check out the project on Kickstarter for more details about my film. kickstarter.com/projects/sasayaku/whisper In collaboration with somniumfilm.com

Photo Gallery

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Cinematographer – Ode To the Journey - Japan

May, 2019 — May, 2019
Commercial – Wideoyster magazine

Cinematographer – Padure verde

April, 2018 — April, 2018
Music Video – Viadaca

Cinematographer – ...ogma

July, 2017 — August, 2017
Feature – PelasgFilm

Cinematographer, editor – GPSmyCity kicktarter compaign

January, 2017 — January, 2017
Commercial – GPSmyCity

Cinematographer, editor – SOFA

September, 2016 — October, 2016
Short Film – Iulia Puica

Cinematographer – Promo video

March, 2016 — March, 2016
Commercial – Cronograf

Cinematographer – Moldovan Miracle

December, 2015 — May, 2017
Feature – FlimmerFilm

Cinematographer, editor – Eseu

April, 2015 — April, 2015
Short Film – TVR iasi

Cinematographer – Resentment

August, 2014 — August, 2015
Feature – Natalia Shaufert

Work with John Donica

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