Emma J. Gilbertson (they/them) is a writer/director from Liverpool, working in film, television and music videos. They are represented by the Independent Talent Group and currently developing several original feature ideas. Emma likes to draw upon personal experience to create complicated queer characters that examine the human condition. They have a passion for creating work that champions dance, spoken word and music whilst featuring it in innovative and unorthodox ways.
A recent graduate of the prestigious NFTS' Directing Fiction course and a Channel 4 Scholar. Their graduation film: Requiem starring Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us and Game of Thrones) was the Winner of Best Postgraduate Drama at the Royal Television Society Student Awards 2022. As of late, Emma has shadowed BAFTA nominated Phil Barantini (Boiling Point) and the legendary Mary Harron (American Psycho.) Emma went on from this to do some second unit directing on ITV's Malpractice and has directed music videos for rising rockstar Cody Frost which have featured on MTV and Kerrang!
Festivals & Awards
Royal Television Society Student Awards - Best Post Graduate Drama Winner 2022
Bafta and Bifa Qualifying Underwire - Official Selection and Nominated for Best Under 25 2022
Canadian Screen Award Qualifying San Diego International Film Festival - Official Selection 2022
Featured Music Video on MTV 2022.
Bafta and Bifa Qualifying Norwich - Official Selection 2021
Shiny Award Winner 2021
Bifa Qualifying Emerging Filmmakers Night - Critics Choice Winner 2020
Official Selection for #fivefilmsforfreedom presented by British Council and BFI Flare 2019
Bafta and Bifa Qualifying Underwire - Official Selection and Nominated for Best Director 2019
Broadcast on Series 5 of Random Acts 2018
Iris Prize Nomination 2018
Iris Prize - Best of British Nomination 2018
Vimeo Staff Pick 2018
Bafta Qualifying Aesthetica - Official Selection 2018
Bafta Qualifying London Short Film Festival - Official Selection 2018
Bafta and Academy Award Qualifying Outfest - Official Selection 2018