James Hughes


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In his career, James has directed over 200 actors, and his short films have screened at 150 film festivals.

His debut short film, The Stars & The Stones, was an official selection of numerous festivals including three Oscar Qualifying ones, Raindance, Encounters Film Festival, and the Calgary International Film Festival.

James followed this with The Velvet Abstract, an award-winning environmental film produced on six continents. It is narrated by Tobias Menzies (The CrownOutlander), scored by Jean-Pascal Beintus (Little Women, The Tree of LifeThe Shape of Water, Harry Potter) and edited by the Oscar Nominated Editor Patrick J Don Vito (Green Book). The film has screened at over 80 international film festivals.

His BAFTA Qualifying short film, The Inuring, won 20 awards at 60 film festivals, a one in three win ratio. The film was also in competition at the Oscar qualifying Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, and was selected as one of the 4 best short films of the year at the Sky TV televised National Film Awards.

James’s short film, When the Rain Sets In, was shot across 5 days in multiple locations. The script had previously won 4 consecutive script competitions, and the project also won a pitching contest at BAFTA. The film was edited by Patrick J Don Vito (Green Book) in Los Angeles. It will be released in January 2021.

James is in post-production on  his latest short film, The Sands of Time, based on his award-winning script. This 1920s time-travelling love story will be released later this summer.

James is now busy prepping CHAIRS, for its shoot later this year.