Zillah Bowes

Zillah is a director, writer and photographer. She studied at the National Film and Television School before working as a cinematographer, then as a director. Her debut as a director, SMALL PROTESTS, was nominated for a Grierson Award, and won the Current Short Cuts Award and Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival.

She has worked as a director on several documentary series for BBC, Channel 4 and online, and has collaborated on films and music videos with Turner prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed. As a cinematographer, her feature films include ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which won the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

Zillah won The Wordsworth Trust Prize in 2017 and Poems on the Buses in 2018. She was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize and the Alpine Fellowship in 2018, and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2016. She won a Creative Wales Award in 2017 to develop a film series using her own writing.

She has recently completed her short fiction film STAYING (AROS MAE) with Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films, funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales/BFI and BBC, and is developing new fiction projects including her first feature as writer/director. Her solo photographic exhibition GREEN DARK, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, will tour in 2020-21. She has taught at the NFTS and several other institutions as well as the LFS.

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Writer, Director

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