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About Sophie

 Director . Filmmaker

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Sophie Black was raised in the sleepy Derbyshire town of Belper, and she's still very passionate about generating film work in the East Midlands today - which

has given her a strong reputation in her local film industry.

Through her life-long love of the fantasy genre, coupled with her previous career in the art department of numerous independent shorts and features, Sophie Black has developed a flare for stylish, magical-realist work with a vivid use of visuals. She has been described as 'Belper's Answer to Baz Luhrmann' (Navtej Johal, BBC East Midlands Today), and '[what would happen] if Stevie Nicks made films.'

Sophie has been a storyteller all her life, across multiple formats; from putting on self-penned amateur theatre shows in her teens, to writing articles and film reviews for various online publications (one article was showcased by Entertainment Weekly in 2013), and even founding & running her own BAFTA-longlisted production company business. But nothing gives her greater pleasure than directing actors, creating a connection with them to draw out the emotions of their characters, even on the most fantastical of productions.

She currently lives in a cottage with her partner Edward Harvey, an elderly guinea pig called Alan, and a naughty cat called Falkor. It is her dream to direct a feature-length version of her short film 'Night Owls', entitled 'Night Owls & Early Birds', for which she has a spec script available. She is actively seeking representation.


Awards & Qualifications

All of the films Sophie directed or produced were given numerous awards at film festivals (most of which are listed on the Triskelle Pictures website),
but the following were presented to Sophie specific

Member of BAFTA Connect and Cinesisters

 Associate Member of Directors UK

Selected for the first ever BFI NETWORK Midlands Director Lab in 2024

BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew Participant (2018 - 2019 and 2019 - 2020)

Winner: MMBF Rising Star Award (Beeston Film Festival 2017)

Winner: Best Original Screenplay - Night Owls (shared with Tommy Draper, The Midlands Movies Awards 2017) 

Winner: Best Midlands Filmmaker (Out of the Can Film Festival 2017)

Winner: Best Direction for a Dramatic Short Film or Music Video (Intl.) - Songbird  
(Colorado International SciFi & Fantasy Film Festival 2019)

Finalist: Best Director - Growing Shadows: The Poison Ivy Fan Film (The Azure Lorica Fan Film Awards 2020)

Nominated (Twice): Best Director - The Midlands Movies Awards (For A Different Place, 2023, and Songbird, 2019)

Nominated: Best Female Director - Songbird (Out of the Can Film Festival 2017)

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