James Hughes


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In his career, James has directed over 200 actors, and his last two short films screened at over 175 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 100 international film festivals, and has won 22 Best Film Awards.

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.

He has just completed post-production on his short film, When the Rain Sets In, which had won 4 consecutive script competitions, and the project also won a pitching contest at BAFTA. The film was edited by the Oscar Nominated Editor of Green Book. It will be released this spring.

James has just released his latest short film, The Sands of Time, based on his award-winning script. The film recently had its West End premiere, and it is now on the film festival circuit. It has won three consecutive Best Director awards in its first month of release.

He has now been selected by BAFTA to be part of their BAFTA Crew for this year.