Levile will be compiling an annual list of Top 20 rising filmmakers to look out for every year. These filmmakers are part of the new generation that are shaping film culture with their style, passion, drive and phenomenal storytelling. Lets look at the top 20 rising female filmmakers in 2018.
Leah Rustomjee – Leah’s work often tackle’s issues that are rarely supported by major companies or spoken about within the industry. Her project ‘Guy’s Girl‘ highlights how female DJ’s are being represented in London’s predominantly male music industry. This project was also nominated at the BFI Future Film festival.
Thea Gajic – Thea is a creative juggernaut. Featured on Jorja Smiths EP & A2’s latest body of work Blue as a spoken word artist. Her talents are blessed far beyond filmmaking. ‘Run’ and her highly anticipated film ‘Eli’ Dop’ed by her partner in crime, Olan Collardy, is sure to scoop up plenty of film festival gongs.
Jenn Nkiru – ‘OG Peckham girl‘ as she has written in her Twitter bio, has a creative eye that is God-given. Nkiru’s latest film in the newness Black Star edition: A Rebirth is necessary ‘Creating this piece felt like therapy’.
Rashida Seriki – Writer and Director. Her first film has been nominated for two awards by the prestigious British Film Institute called ‘The Fence‘. Rashida was quoted saying ‘telling stories that foreground black women and document sociopolitical issues and experiences from the perspective of ethnic minority people‘. We agree.
Monet Morgan – The highly likable Monet Morgan has been making films for a few years now. During University her final year project, titled ‘CO-D’ as was produced to a high standard. Despite her tender young age of 23, big things are on the horizon for this young NW London native.
Dionne Edwards – A graduate of the University of Westminster in film and TV production, Dionne has developed into an award-winning screenwriter and director. Signed to Independent talent, her film ‘We love Moses‘ was premiered at BFI London Film Festival and shown international including the Toronto film festival.
Charlotte Regan – BAFTA nominated writer & Director…Need we say more?
Ella Bennett – Signed to United Agents and a graduate from Ravensbourne, Ella was invited to showcase her film by Levile TV founder Olaitan Olaoye at a BFI panel event, her film received an amazing response and one of the panellists took a keen interest in Ella and before you know it, she was signed. Her film ‘Last Leg‘ will send shivers down your spine. Real Talent.
Runyararo Mapfumo – ‘The whole production team on ‘Masterpiece‘ was female from the DOP to the Producer’. Announcing herself to the UK independent market were her amazing short film ‘Masterpiece’ which has been featured in numerous festivals including… an interesting fact, Runyararo has a twin sister.
Savanah Leaf – Olympian for Team GB, Professional Athlete, Model, Photographer & Filmmaker. Whatever Savanah decides to focus on, she quite simply excels at it. Her style and film taste are exquisite, mixing art and storytelling into stunning visuals.
Selah Hennessey – Originally a journalist, Selah was motivated to tell stories by documenting great visuals that are infused with love and charm. Her Documentary ‘The Pacemaker‘ follows a 95-year-old gentleman by the name of Charles preparing for a 100m sprint for over 95’s.
Ashleigh Jadee – London-based Film Director and Founder of URG FILMS. Ashleigh Jadee includes work with River Island, Maniere De Voir and more on her impressive resume.
Lola Jagun – Her Instagram page is full of content that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. This filmmaker/actress also has a web series which she writes, produces, directs & plays multiple characters called ‘GOODLUCK‘.
Priscilla Owusu – Director and producer. This confident young lady has a body of work most 30-year-olds will be proud of. Check out her web series ‘A Lesson Learnt’ and short film ‘2nd Childhood’ on youtube. ‘A Lesson Learnt’ will be back for season 2 soon!
Jay Stephen – ‘My Turtle Dove‘ is a patriotic film celebrating diversity and tolerance in modern-day Brittain. The film also received a staff pick on Vimeo. Her design background brings an element of style that is cool and trendy in her work.
Abbie Lucas – From Raindance to Miami film festival, Abbie Lucas has built a strong portfolio of credible work within the film industry. Affectionately dubbed ‘Lady D’ by her actors. Abbie has a way about her that is unique. Oh, how can we forget, she is currently co-writing two pilots for American TV.
Yero Timi-Biu – Yero Timi-Biu is an East-London based award-winning TV, theatre and film comedy and drama writer-director and producer. She has written and produced two films for Channel 4’s Random Acts, ‘Beneath the Surface’, and ‘Two Minutes’. Alongside making her own content, Yero works on the commissioning team at BBC Films and has various long and short-form projects in development.
Ellie Gocher – Ellie’s films have been screened around the world. Her latest film, commissioned by Film London with her production partner Jimmy Dean titled ‘V‘ is a confrontational coming-of-age drama that uses vampire mythology to explore themes of femininity, isolation and sexual abuse. We are looking forward to seeing this project unfold.
Jade Jackman – This is a woman to look out for. Credits include VICE, I-D, the Guardian, Nowness and more. Did we mention she won best emerging short film director at the British Film Institute’s Future Film Festival?
Kate Herron – Filmmaker & Director Kate Herron was selected to work on ‘Five by Five’ which is a series of five short films that follow five different characters across London and challenge identity. Produced by Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures with BBC Drama. Big things are expected.