Selected for the prestigious 2005 Berlin Talent Campus, the 2004 Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival, named one of the top 25 young independent filmmakers in North America by New York's Filmmaker Magazine in 2002, and one of the top 10 Canadian Industry Trailblazers by The Reel World Film Festival, Deco Dawson has been achieving international acclaim for his body of short film work for a number of years.
Having directed and produced seven short films, including Film(dzama) the winner of the Toronto International Film Festival's 2001 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD, and The Ann Arbor Film Festival's 2002 BEST TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD, Dawson has screened his films in festivals across the globe. Of late, Dawson has received five survey retrospectives of his films in Canada, at the Cinematheque Ontario, the Metro Cinema, the Pacific Cinematheque, the Canadian Film Institute and the Calgary International Film Festival, Internationally at La Enana Marron in Madrid, Spain, La Club Pipa in Barcelona, Spain, Le Collectif Jeune Cinema in Paris, France and a complete 15 film retrospective hosted by the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington.
As well as forming a body of solo film work and limited edition art films, Dawson associate co-directed and edited the dance feature film Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary with cult filmmaker Guy Maddin. The film won the GOLDEN PRAGUE AWARD at the 2002 Golden Prague International Television Festival, and an International Emmy Award for Best Performing Arts. From 2000-2003 Dawson and Maddin created a handful of short films with Maddin directing and Dawson both filming and editing, including the 2001 winner of the BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM OF THE YEAR AWARD, handed out by the Critics of Lincoln Centre to The Heart of the World.
Dawson is presently in development on his first solo, feature script entitled Lost Angels in Hollywood about the forgotten, Hungarian, Hollywood, film director, Dr. Paul Fejos. Dawson is also in production on a short film about Jean Benoit (of Paris), the last remaining member of the most influential art movement of the 20th Century, the French Surrealists. Dawson has most recently completed a short film entitled Dumb Angel, inspired by Gus Van Sant's Last Days, featuring drumming phenom Anders Erickson.