Jayisha Patel


Jayisha Patel is a multi-award winning documentary maker based in London. Her short films have shown at prestigious festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, AFI Silverdocs and the New York Film Festival.

Her first documentary, A Paradise, was nominated for over 36 international awards including the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin Film Festival, winning awards at Palm Springs and Chicago International film festival amongst others. It was promoted by the British Council as exemplary British filmmaking as part of their Shorts Scheme and cited by Variety magazine as ‘one of the most talked about shorts of 2014,’ and ‘real docu standout.’

After winning a highly competitive international pitch., she was commissioned by Al Jazeera America to make her second film, ‘Power Girls,’ which was shot in India earlier this year.

As the 2015 recipient of the Hot Docs International Film Festival’s Cross Currents Fund and fellowship, she is currently in production of her first multimedia project, Circle.

She is a graduate of Economics from the University Of Nottingham and of Documentary Direction from the International Film School of Cuba, (EICTV). Her works have been broadcast on TV internationally on the likes of Al Jazeera, ZDF and TVE and focus on daring, bold and under reported subjects, in a delicate and respectful manner.