Jessica Bishopp is a London-based award-winning director and documentary filmmaker. Jessica is fascinated by subcultures, myth and our connection to place; exploring universal themes embedded in our daily lives. Her work has been screened internationally at film festivals including Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOK Leipzig, Aspen Shortsfest and AFI DOCS. Her artist film Lifespan was broadcast on Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’, and her documentary films have been featured on The Atlantic, Dazed, NOWNESS and The Guardian Documentaries, receiving several Vimeo Staff Pick awards. She was selected from over 3,000 applications to represent the UK as a film director at Berlinale Talents 2020.
Her recent Doc Society-supported film, Skyward, a short documentary about two young bird watchers premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2022 and was shortlisted for a Grierson Award. She has been awarded funding for a new film, Puffling, by the Rooftop Films Fund, IF/Then and Field of Vision. Puffling had its World Premiere in competition at SXSW 2023 and went on to win the Oscar Qualifying Jury Award for Documentary at Aspen Shortsfest, and has recently been BIFA longlisted for the Best British Short Film Award.
Jessica is represented by The Mill for commercials and content and is currently a lecturer on MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film at University College London.