Valeriu Campan was born in Romania and graduated from the Bucharest Film and Theatre Academy (IATC) with a Degree in Cinematography. In late 1983, he escaped Ceausescuís regime and, after spending six months in an Austrian refugee camp, arrived in Melbourne, where he currently lives.
Valeriu has worked as Director of Photography on feature films, short dramas, documentaries, music videos, commercials, in Romania and Australia. He has also produced and directed television documentaries and received a number of awards, including the ACS Gold Awards for Best Cinematography and the AFI nomination for Best Cinematography.
As photographer, he had a number of solo exhibitions, participated in a variety of international exhibitions and traveled extensively on photographic assignments around the world, receiving a number of awards in international and Australian competitions including Australian Press Photographer of the Year. Samples of his work can be seen in this on-line gallery.
Valeriu has lectured at the Australian Film, Radio & Television School (Sydney) and at the Swinburne Institute of Technology (VCA).
Currently, Valeriu divides his work between cinematography, stills photography, and on-line content producer for News Ltd publications. .
Valeriuís work as DoP includes a number of documentary series, such as Once Were Monks - a four parts documentary series revolving around St. Francis Church in Melbourne; multi award winning documentary East Timor Ė Birth of a Nation; The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser; Trafficked - a Film Australia/SBS one hour documentary shot in Thailand and Cambodia; Singles Club (SBS documentary); Let Me Not - a feature for Channel 9. Trafficked - The Reckoning - was broadcast on SBS in September 2011. Valeriu's latest project, A Guerra Da Beatriz, a feature film shot entirely in East Timor (some frame grabs and stills - in this gallery. The film released in 2013 was the winner of "The Golden Peackock" at India International Film Festival, the ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) Gold Award and Judges Choice Award for 2013.