Mike Bhana


Mike has been writing and directing

film and tele
vision for the past 19 years. His history reflects a love of the natural history genre and more specifically the ocean, but his portfolio of films is far broader including working with and filming the Red Cross in some of the most dangerous and stricken areas of the planet.

Mike has produced, directed and written over 35 hours of natural history documentaries including 12 hours of prime-time documentaries for the US channels including Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic.

Mike has also produced and directed programming for current affairs show 20/20 internationally.

Mike has produced 18 films exclusively on sharks – more than any other producer. His shark images have been seen in more than 100 films worldwide and is one of the curators of Planet Shark – an international exhibition on sharks currently installed at the Georgia Aquarium in the USA.

Prior to his documentary work, Mike spent eight years as a journalist in the print industry. As a photojournalist during the 80’s Mike had stories printed worldwide - illustrated by over 2000 published photographs including 21 cover shots.

In addition Mike has produced and/or directed more than 50 television commercials, more than a dozen corporate videos including in-flight airline programmes, sell-through videos, and over 43 sports programmes.

Mike is currently one of the curators of Planet Shark.

  1. What you should know

  2. Occupation:

  3. Filmmaker/Journalist/Curator

  4. Awards:

WorldFest Platinum Remi Award

April 2007

Best Documentary “Hope In Hell -Monday”

WorldFest Gold Remi Award
April 2007

TV Series – Family/Children “OceanZOO”

WorldFest - Best of the Festival Awards
Lexington, Sept 2004

Best Director - Mike Bhana

“Tuna Cowboys”

WorldFest International Film Festival

Houston, April 2004

Gold Special Jury Award

“Tuna Cowboys”

Belgrade Underwater Film Festival

December 2003

Tuna Cowboys – 2nd Place Group A.

Festival Mondial De L’Image Sous-Marine
France, November 2003

Tuna Cowboys – “Best Film.”

(Beating 3 entries from the BBC’s Natural History Unit,entries from NHK, DISCOVERY, NDR, GRANADA UK, FRANCE 5, RDF, TF1, WDR, and COUSTEAU

– over 70 films in it’s category.)

Mike’s cinematography featured in 2003 Emmy Awards

Finalist “The Most Extreme.”

Mike’s cinematography featured in 2001 Emmy Awards

Winning Series “Twisted Tales.”

Worldfest International Film Festival

April 2001

Category of Best Underwater and

Marine Science Film:

Platinum Remy Award

Shark Gordon “A Whale of A Shark.”

Gold Remy Award

Shark Gordon “Mako – Friend or Foe.”

Silver Remy Award

Shark Gordon “White Shark.”

Qantas Press Awards New Zealand 1993

Winner in the Category of Best Transportation/Tourism Story - 20/20 item “Slim”.

Mike Who?


Mike is an OSH (Occupational Health and Safety) Certified Occupational Diver; has logged over 2400 scuba dives; is Nitrox and Re-breather qualified; is a certified Dan O2 Provider; certified in Advanced First Aid and Trauma (Industrial Medic); is qualified to operate a Defibrillator; has over 50 hours of helicopter filming and rescue work; is a highly experienced free diver confident to 25 metres and has over two decades of boat handling experience including over 10,000 sea miles including skippering his own 50-foot yacht through the Pacific.