BIO

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DIRECTOR | WRITER | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer/director and an academic historian. Her short films have won and screened at 30+ international film festivals. Her body of work is an eclectic collection of films, art videos and photography exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival, PRADA Journal, Sundance London, VOGUE Italia, Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, British Film Institute (BFI), Pinewood Studios Lift-Off Film Festival and more.

Joyce made her first competitive short at 18. It won Best Film That Captures Human Possibility at the United Nations World Youth Alliance Film Festival in New York. FIRE SONG, her experimental docu-fiction film about history and the Holocaust, was at the 63rd Festival de Cannes with UK Films (http://film.britishcouncil.org/fire-song).

This year she is part of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Crew 2018-2019, the year-round development program for BAFTA talent in film and TV (http://www.bafta.org/supporting-talent/bafta-crew/directory). This April she was accepted to the 2019 DIRECTORS UK INSPIRE, the 12-month mentoring partnership for emerging directors. Her latest screenplay made the semifinals for the 2019 BBC Wales It's My Shout Screenwriting competition. She was selected for the BFI NETWORK Producers Lab in February and was one of 15 writers who placed in the Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab this past October. In August she was director of photography for the experimental horror film, THIS FEAR FEATURING FURY directed/written by Kate Mahony and produced by OVADA Studios.

Joyce co-founded the production company THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS LTD (https://thespectaclemakers.com). The company’s mission is to produce female-centric narratives with women in lead positions of production. SPECTACLE MAKERS is currently developing a slate of projects including a historical drama television series, a comedy webseries and a crime thriller based upon a short story by acclaimed author Stephen King (THE SHINING, THE DARK TOWER, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION).

Joyce's short films have screened and won at the Georgetown Film Festival (winner of Best Editor and Best Avant Garde, Short Film category), DC Shorts Film Festival (Winner of Best Short Documentary), Los Angeles Berkeley Video & Film Festival (Honorable Mention Live Action Short Film), UK CMF Awards (one of the five National Finalists), Canada Indie Fest (Official Selection), Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (Official Selection), amongst others.

Joyce has worked on placement schemes at Warner Brothers Studios and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, was once a communications intern at the White House and almost became a dolphin trainer. She was awarded the prestigious Power 30 Under 30 for outstanding work in the arts, media and entertainment, and now holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and film awarded in 2016 from University College London (UCL) where she is currently an honorary research fellow working on her first academic book about gender and the aesthetics of heroism in battle.

Joyce's first gig as a writer was winning The Washington Post National Short Story Contest at age 11. She became a film director when she picked up her father's old Betamax camera at age 12 to make a pirate movie and never put it down.

"I live in cinema. I feel I've lived here forever...If we opened people up, we’d find LANDSCAPES."

  • Director Agnès Varda (1928 - 2019)