Annabel Smith in YOU LOOK FINE (2021)

I write, direct and produce artist films, shorts and music videos. 
My debut short as writer/directorYOU LOOK FINE, will premiere at the BAFTA-recognised Cambridge Film Festival in November 2021. 
My second film, THE STYX, is a collaboration with composer Athanasia Kontou, and has recently received funding from Arts Council England.  Both films discuss trauma and PTSD, with an emphasis on the need for healing and care towards survivors and victims of abuse.
I work as Production Officer at Film and Video Umbrella, a charity supported by Arts Council England, which commissions and produces artist films with established and emerging contemporary artists.  
You can find my IMDb page here.
LATEST NEWS
THE STYX has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining funds needed for this stage of the project.  Join us on the journey of creating this project.
• My debut short, YOU LOOK FINE, has been selected to screen at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival in November 2021, which will be the film's global premiere. 
• My second project as writer/director, THE STYX, has received a project grant from Arts Council England.  This will cover development of the script and score, and the recording of the final score for the film.  THE STYX is a film opera/artist film, and represents a collaboration with composer Athanasia Kontou and soprano/performer Helene Mathiesen, in co-partnership with Medusa Collective, The Writing Squad and PTSD UK.
•Guy Oliver's You Know Nothing of My Work, which I produced in 2020, has been nominated for The Jarman Award 2021.  Guy Oliver joins other nominees Georgina Starr, Adham Faramawy, Jasmina Cibic, Larry Achiampong and Sophia Al-Maria.  The winner will be announced on 23rd November 2021 and screenings of all nominated films are taking place at Nottingham Contemporary in October 2021
WRITER/director
writer/directoryou look fine, 2021
Written & directed by Katie Byford.  Starring Annabel Smith and Sarah Flower.  Produced by Kirsty Dua & Katie Byford.  Edited by Stella Heath Keir.  Production design by Maddalena McNicholas.  Cinematography by Dominika Besinska.  Research & advice from Rape Crisis. 
My directorial debut, YOU LOOK FINE, explores the sensory realities of living with PTSD, through a woman's struggle to come to terms with the trauma of assault and the difficulties of being heard.  The film will premiere at Cambridge Film Festival, a BAFTA-accredited festival in the UK.
SCREENING: Cambridge Film Festival 2021
writer/directorTHE STYX   (in development)
Written & directed by Katie Byford.  Score by Athanasia Kontou.  Starring Helene Mathiesen.  In co-partnership with Medusa Collective, The Writing Squad and PTSD UK.  Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
THE STYX is an artist film in development, and represents a collaboration with Athanasia Kontou and Helene Mathiesen.  The film addresses the potential for healing after sexual assault, through the myth of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld.  The project has been awarded funding by Arts Council England to develop the script and score, and to record the final score for the film.  
We are currently raising further funds to support this stage of the project, and will be holding a public event in November to discuss the themes of the film.  Join our journey here.
PRODUCTION
producer, YOU KNOW NOTHING OF MY WORK, 2020
A film by Guy Oliver.  Produced by Katie Byford.  Music by Suzy Davies.  Cinematography by Jamie Quantrill.  Production design by Maddalena McNicholas.  Commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight, a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Film and Video Umbrella.
YOU KNOW NOTHING OF MY WORK is a satirical, half-hour episodic pop-opera, that probes our collective reaction when cultural heroes are brought low by accusations or convictions of sexual misconduct, expressing this awkwardness and pain through satire, mockumentary and musical.  The work was exhibited at the Jerwood Space in London in November 2020.  More details available here.  Watch the FVU Frames interview with Guy Oliver for insight on the film's premise and creation.
AWARDS: The Jarman Award, Film London (nominated); commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards.
SCREENINGS/EXHIBITIONS: Jerwood Arts, 2020; Margate Film Festival, 2021; Nottingham Contemporary, 2021.
CO-PRODUCER, CATCH A BUTCHER, 2021
Written & directed by Cassiah Joski-Jethi.  Starring Ramanique Ahluwalia, Manpreet Bambra and Faith Knight.  Produced by Thomas McDonald and Maria Matei.  Cinematography by Robbie Bryant.  BFI Network Short Film from Tedium Entertainment.
CATCH A BUTCHER is a BFI-backed short period horror, which brings to life the erasure of mixed-race people in colonial India, through one maternity nurse's investigation into the disappearances of babies on her ward.  
SCREENINGS:  Cambridge Film Festival 2021
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR/2nd ad, THE BIRD GAME, 2019
Directed by Marianna Simnett.  Co-written by Marianna Simnett & Charlie Fox.  Produced by Sophie Neave.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan BSC.  Starring Joanne Whalley.  Produced by Film and Video Umbrella.  Co-commissioned by the Rothschild Foundation, Frans Hals Museum, and Film and Video Umbrella.
Created using live birds, eels and the backdrop of Waddesdon Manor, THE BIRD GAME is a twisted fairytale in which six children are lured into a sequence of challenges by the murderous Crow, voiced by Joanne Whalley. Shot on 16mm film by Oscar-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan.
EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS: ICA; Frans Hals Museum; Regent Street Cinema; LCMF; City Gallery Wellington.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, THOUSAND YESTERDAYS, 2019
Directed by Robbie Bryant.  Written by Rhys Hills and Robbie Bryant.  Produced by Fred Bonham Carter, Thomas McDonald, Alessandro Farrattini Pojani and Franziska Lindner.  Starring Paul Copley and Timothy Innes.  Cinematography by Robbie Bryant.  Produced by Tedium Entertainment.
Somewhere between quiet drama and alternative sci-fi, THOUSAND YESTERDAYS depicts Charlie Rainbird (Paul Copley) confronting his younger self (Timothy Innes), a soldier transported to his garden from the World War I trenches.  Shot on film by BAFTA-winning cinematographer Robbie Bryant, festival screenings include Norwich Film Festival and the European Cinematography Awards, where Robbie was awarded Best Cinematography. ​​​​​​​
SCREENINGS: Norwich Film Festival; European Cinematography Awards; Lift-Off Cinematography Showcase; The Shortest Nights
AWARDS: European Cinematography Awards (winner: best cinematography)
PRODUCERTEA WITH LEMON, 2018
Written & directed by Robert Harrison.  Produced by Katie Byford and Max Hatfield.  Starring Luis Amália and Maja Bloom.  Cinematography by Max Smith.  Edited by Harry Baker.
TEA WITH LEMON is a short comedy about an eccentric man (Luis Amália) who constructs an enigmatic persona to charm a waitress.  In January 2019 the film screened at Flickerfest, the Oscar-qualifying and BAFTA-accredited film festival based in Sydney, and the film was awarded a travel grant from the British Council for the team to attend. 
SCREENINGS: Flickerfest; London Lift-Off Film Festival; Oslo Independent Film Festival; Bristol Independent Film Festival; Short to the Point
AWARDS: Oslo Independent Film Festival (nominated: best short); Bristol Independent Film Festival (winner: best short); Short to the Point (winner, best film).
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
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Sam Fletcher and Asim Chaudhry, SIMON IS A PR*CK (2019)
Sam Fletcher and Asim Chaudhry, SIMON IS A PR*CK (2019)
Rebecca Phillips, SILICONE SKIN (2020)
Rebecca Phillips, SILICONE SKIN (2020)
1st Assistant Director, UNDER ME by Rebecca Phillips, 2020
Music video.  Directed by Rebecca Phillips.  Produced by Corrine Amos and Rebecca Phillips.  Cinematography by Natalja Safronova.  Production design by Melissa Schwartz.    
1st Assistant Director, SILICONE SKIN by Rebecca Phillips, 2020
Music video.  Directed by Rebecca Phillips.  Produced by Sam Brain.  Cinematography by Anna MacDonald.  Production designer Melissa Schwartz.    
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LURKER, 2020
Written & directed by Charlotte George.  Produced by Isabella de Rosario.  Starring Niamh Bacon-Breen and David Kennedy.  Cinematography by  Jake Corbett.  Commissioned as part of the Directors UK/Arri Challenge Trinity Scheme.
1st Assistant Director, THE NEAR ROOM, 2019
Written & directed by Sophie Cundale.  Produced by Laura Shacham.  Starring John Harding Jnr and Penny Goring.  Cinematography by Giacomo La Monaca.  Commissioned and produced by the Film & Video Umbrella.
1st Assistant Director, SIMON IS A PR*CK, 2019
Directed by Amelia Dimoldenberg.  Produced by Roxanne Farahmand.  Starring Asim Chaudhry and Alistair Green.  Presented by Homespun Yarns.  
BLACK FISH (2019)
BLACK FISH (2019)
Zoë Tapper, NATIVES (2019)
Zoë Tapper, NATIVES (2019)
1st Assistant Director, ACRIMONIOUS, 2019
Directed by Olivia Emden.  Written by Joey Akubeze and Olivia Emden.  Produced by Sam Brain and Giannina Rodriguez Rico.  Starring Joey Akubeze, Shaniqua Okwok, Shubham Saraf and Tia Bannon.  Cinematography by Molly Manning Walker.  A Memory Pictures Ltd & Bluebird Film production.  
Production Coordinator/2nd AD, THE BIRD GAME, 2019
Directed by Marianna Simnett.  Co-written by Marianna Simnett & Charlie Fox.  Produced by Sophie Neave.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan BSC.  Starring Joanne Whalley.  Produced by Film and Video Umbrella.  Co-commissioned by the Rothschild Foundation, Frans Hals Museum, and Film and Video Umbrella.
1st Assistant Director, NATIVES, 2019 
Written & directed by Síofra Campbell.  Produced by Katie Smith.  Starring Zoë Tapper.  Cinematography by Anthony Brown.
1st Assistant Director, BEFRIEND TO DEFEND, 2019
Directed by Esmé Hicks.  Written & starring Sophie Ablett.  Produced by Christina Riggs and Catrin Rushen.  Cinematography by Nathalie Pitters.  A Rabbit & Rooster Ltd production.
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BLACK FISH, 2019
Written & directed by Simi Abe.  Produced by Natalie Gothelf and Rachel JM Gold.  Starring Tracy Ifeachor and Okorie Chukwu.  Cinematography by Vince Knight.  Produced by BBC Arts and Screen South as part of the New Creatives initiative.​​​​​​​
Laura Whitmore, SADHBH (2019)
Laura Whitmore, SADHBH (2019)
Lucy Heath and Michah Gordon, BETTER (2019)
Lucy Heath and Michah Gordon, BETTER (2019)
Thalissa Teixeira, EXIT EVE (2018)
Thalissa Teixeira, EXIT EVE (2018)
1st Assistant Director, HOUSEWARMING, 2019  
Written & directed by Elisabeth Watts.  Produced by Thomas McDonald.  Starring Kit Sinclair, Tian Scott and Huw Brentnall.  Cinematography by Robbie Bryant.  A Tedium Entertainment production.
1st Assistant Director, SADHBH, 2019  
Directed by Arjun Rose.  Written by & starring Laura Whitmore.  Produced by Laura Whitmore and Branwen Summers.  Cinematography by Simon Shen.  Presented by Yer Wan Productions.
1st Assistant Director, BETTER, 2019 
Directed by Michael J Ferns.  Written by Lucy Heath.  Produced by Kirsty Dua.  Starring Lucy Heath, Endy McKay and Micah Gordon.  Cinematography by Alistair Little.
2nd Assistant Director, EXIT EVE, 2018
Directed by Charlie Parham.  Written by Alex MacKeith.  Produced by Helen Simmons, Stephanie Aspin and Savannah Power.  Starring Thalissa Teixeira, Hattie Morahan, Daisy Head and Julian Ovenden. Cinematography by Neil Oseman. An Erebus Pictures production.
3rd Assistant Director, EVIE, 2018
Written & directed by Miranda Howard-Williams.  Produced by Jessica Benhamou.  Starring Harry Gilby and Caitlan Barrett-Ward. Cinematography by Catherine Goldschmidt.
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