Katie Byford works in London as a writer, producer and assistant director of artist films and short films. You can find her IMDb page here.
Katie is currently producing Guy Oliver's artist film for the 'Hindsight' Jerwood FVU Awards 2020, exploring how we react to cultural heroes accused of sexual misconduct through satire, mocumentary and musical.
'Tea with Lemon', a short comedy Katie produced last year, in January 2019 screened at Flickerfest, the Oscar-qualifying and BAFTA-accredited film festival based in Sydney. After successfully crowdfunding 101% of the post-production goal, the film had its London premiere at London Lift-Off Film Festival and has been awarded Best Short Film at Bristol Independent Film Festival and Short to the Point film festival in Bucharest. It was also nominated for an award at Oslo Independent Film festival.
In 2017 Katie interned with Western Edge Pictures, covering aspects of development, research and production.
Katie has worked on a number of shorts as 1st AD, including two short films for BBC Arts and Arts Council England's New Creatives initiative. She has first assistant directed shorts for BAFTA-winning director Michael Ferns and BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Robbie Bryant, and has worked as 2nd AD under Helen Simmons (producer of 'Chubby Funny') and as 3rd AD under Miranda Howard-Williams (director on ‘Doctors’).
Most recently Katie was 1st AD on a film directed by artist Sophie Cundale produced by the Film and Video Umbrella.
Katie is developing a number of scripts to shoot in the upcoming months, including film poems and narrative shorts, as well as co-writing a feature-length art film with artist Mariana Vassileva and filmmaker Joseph Devitt-Tremblay. Two of Katie's short film scripts have been produced, one of which is available to view here. Her short alternative sci-fi script 'Visitor' reached the quarterfinals of the ScreenCraft Film Fund (Fall 2018).
Katie was recently Production Coordinator on Marianna Simnett's latest artist film, commissioned by the Film and Video Umbrella, which will be captured on 16mm by Robbie Ryan, Oscar-nominated cinematographer of 'The Favourite'. She is currently assisting the festival submission workflow for 'Thousand Yesterdays', directed by BAFTA-nominated Robbie Bryant and produced by Thomas McDonald. Katie has previously been a runner on shorts and features including Billie Piper's directorial debut, 'Rare Beasts'.
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