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Abena Taylor-Smith

Director, Writer

Agent

Nicola Biltoo

Abena is a multi-award-winning writer-director with experience working on funded short films for Sky Arts, Creative England, Disney UK and the NFTS. Her 2018 short film, Ladies Day, has screened at some of the most prestigious festivals in the UK and internationally including Outfest LA, Encounters and Raindance. She is a BFI Flare mentee, mentored by Lizzie Francke, and an alumnus of the NFTS Directors Workshop. Alongside BFI Network and The Showroom Cinema she has curated a programme of short films by rising black British filmmakers called New Black Voices. The programme celebrates Black History Month 2019 and a selection of work from some of the most exciting young black British filmmakers working today, of which she is one.

 

RECENT WORK

2019
THE BEST IS YET TO COME

NFTS/ Disney UK Directors Workshop
Short Film
Writer and Director
World Premiere- NFFTY Seattle- October 2019

2018
LADIES DAY

SHORTFLIX- Creative England Sky Arts
Short Film
Writer and Director
Screened at: Black Star, LSFF, the Iris Prize (shortlisted for Best British Short 2018), BFI Flare #FiveFilms4Freedom and many more.
Awards: Audience Award (NFFTY Seattle), Best Young Director (Hebden Bridge Film Festival), Special Mention (Chicago CineYouth).

2019
UNTITLED DRAMA
BFI FILM HUB NORTH SCRIPT LAB
Writer-Director:
Developed a short film script from concept to finished project
with BFI script executives. Key scenes were performed to a sold
out live audience at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

2019
NEW BLACK VOICES
BFI NETWORK/ THE SHOWROOM CINEMA
Curator
New Black Voices, Black History Month 2019.
Curated a programme of six films and Q&As plus a
masterclass from rising black British filmmakers from
around the UK.

 

TRAINING COURSES

2018
SCREEN YORKSHIRE BOOT CAMP
Production training scheme for below the line talent.

2018
LIGHTS, CAMERA, POWER- FEMALE DIRECTORS WORKSHOP
Technical skills workshop at Panavision with hands- on experience of lighting and camera kit.

 

EDUCATION

2019
NFTS Directors Workshop
The National Film and Television School

Call Nicola to discuss Abena or other Directors & Writers

0207 467 0131