rhys marc jones

writer / director

Raised in the North of England by his Irish mother and Welsh father, Jones' interest in film was sparked at an early age when his mother would record late night movies on VHS and hold them hostage as behavioural incentive. This would backfire when she was called into primary school to explain why Rhys, only seven, had told a classmate, 'you're terminated, f*cker!'.  

 

Though his original enrolment at University College London was to study Mathematics his passion for cinema lead him to drop out and enrol in cinematography and stop-motion animation at the Northern Film School, Leeds, UK before being accepted into the Graduate MFA filmmaking program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

While at Tisch, Jones was awarded the BBC America BAFTA NY Scholarship followed by back-to-back BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarships in 2016-2017 and 2017 - 2018. 

 

During matriculation Jones  studied/mentored under acclaimed filmmakers such as Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, 1989, Malcolm X, 1992) , Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, 1996, Happiness, 1998) and Frederick Elmes ASC (Eraserhead, 1977, Blue Velvet, 1986).  

As a Writer/Director, Jones' style and subject matter merges elements of social realism with intimate character studies to tell stories that resonate with the common struggles of identity, awareness and acceptance. 

AWARDS/HIGHLIGHTS

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BOUNDARIES  (2018) 

Official Selection

OUTFest Fusion People of Color Film Festival,  2018

Palm Springs Short Film Festival & Market, 2018

No Budge, 2018

NewFest LGBTQ+ Film Festival

BURN BRIDGE (2017)

Awards

Hamptons International Film Festival - Student Film Award

BIFA 2018 Best Short Film Longlisted 

Official Selection 

 

BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival, 2018

European Independent Film Festival, 2018

Toronto InsideOut Film Festival, 2018

 

Sarasota Film Festival, 2018

 

Leeds International Film Festival, 2017

LA Film Festival, 2018

 

Norwich Film Festival, 2018

InDPanda, Hong Kong LGBT Film Festival, 2018

Rome International Film Festival, 2018. 

INDIVIDUAL 

Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Film in Music 2019

NYU Tisch Graduate Filmmaking MFA

writing and directing 2018

BAFTA Los Angeles Mark Piggott Scholarship 2018 - 2019

NISI MASA European Short Pitch Program, 2018

BAFTA New York Scholar: BBC America

Diversity Scholar 2016 -2017

BAFTA Los Angeles Scholar 2017 - 2018

Tisch School of the Arts Department Scholarship 2016 - 2017

 

Maurice-Kanbar Scholarship 2014 - 2015

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