Thomas Balmes

is well-known French documentary filmmaker. He graduated from Institut Supérieur d’Etudes Cinématographiques in 1992. Being 23 years old he founded his own production company TBC Productions. He made films for TV channels and produced independent documentary projects. His initial projects included studies of filmmakers James Ivory and Michelangelo Antonioni.


“Bosnia Hotel”, 1996; “Maharajah Burger”, 1997; The Gospel According to the Papuans, 1999; “Waiting For Jesus”, 2000; “Christ comes to the Papuans”, 2001; “A Decent Factory”, 2004; «Damages», 2005; “Babies”, 2010, «Happiness», 2013.
Award for Original Artistic Solution – “Silver Nanook”

Happiness (0+)

France, 2013, colour, 75 min.
Director: Thomas Balmes
This is a story of a little boy living in a small village in Bhutan. His mother is short of money and she sends her son to monastery. We watch this boy spending his time in monastery and at home, where there will be TV soon – the boy’s greatest dream.


Sundance Film Festival 2014 –Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary; International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA 2013; Trento Film Festival 2014 – Jury’s Prize; Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland & Wellington 2014 – Best Sign of the Times.