Jon James Smith is a British film director currently making short films and developing a feature.
Studying cinematography in the UK at the prestigious Bournemouth Screen Academy under Witold Stok BSC was a great technical and creative base for his career as a director. Jon's student cinematography work has been screened at festivals around the world, winning BEST LIGHTING at the NEW YORK SEN3 FILM FESTIVAL for experimental documentary 'Yesterday's Colours', and the DAVINCI AWARD for BEST ACTION MOVIE at the AMSTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL for Jon's graduation horror film 'Slashimi'. He went on to work in the industry in the camera department and then as a cinematogapher for several indie productions.
British horror short 'Spira' was Jon's first film as a director and had its debut screening at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square London as part of the BRITISH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2013, where it was nominated for BEST SHORT FILM, BEST ACTRESS, and THE BRITISH HORROR AWARD. It also screened at festivals in Florida, Seoul, and Winnipeg, and featured on io9.com and the Chilling Tales For Dark Nights YouTube channel and website.
Jon's first film 'Spira' was featured in the National Youth Film Academy Top5 TV series, and also the Top5 Greatest Hits episode.
His most recent short film 'Do Not Disturb' is a dark thriller shot and produced in LA. It is the WINNER of BEST NARRATIVE SHORT at the LOS ANGELES CINEMA FESTIVAL OF HOLLYWOOD and is also an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the BRITISH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2015. It is currently on the festival circuit and will be released online in 2016.