Jayisha Patel

Jayisha Patel is an award winning British filmmaker, who works at the intersection of cinematic film and VR. Her films have premiered at festivals such as the Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Locarno and New York Film Festival amongst others.

Her works embody an intersectional female gaze and seek to give a platform to women of color fighting stereotypes, in bold and unconventional ways.

Her short film, A Paradise, premiered at the Berlinale in 2014 and was nominated for over 37 international awards. It was promoted by the British Council as ‘exemplary British filmmaking’ as part of their Shorts Scheme and became a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Her short film, Circle also premiered at the Berlinale and had its North American Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. It was nominated for a One World Media Award as well as a student BAFTA.

Her film, India's Wushu Warriors, for Al Jazeera’s Witness strand amassed over 9 million views when broadcast. It was recently a SIMA Impact finalist and was awarded the Jury’s Special Mention.

In 2017 she directed Notes to My Father, an award winning VR experience commissioned by Oculus from Facebook’s VR for Good creative lab. The film launched at Oculus House during the Sundance Film Festival, before premiering at SXSW and Locarno. It was produced by Golden Globe and Emmy nominated studio, Flight Studio and executive produced by Gabo Arora.

Notes to My Father was cited by Vice as ‘groundbreaking’ and by Documentary Magazine as ‘giving a fresh perspective on the cinematic language of point of view.' The film won several awards including the UN Woman’s Global Voices Award for Best 360 film and the Audience Award at Dok Leipzig. It has been presented at the United Nations as part of the Nexus Summit, Tedx Hyderabad and was shown to policy advisors fighting gender violence at the World Economic Forum India Summit.

She was recently featured by The Guardian newspaper as a female artist using technology as a medium for the future of storytelling.

She is currently an artist in residence at Somerset House, where she is working on her latest immersive experience, After the Fire in collaboration with the Danish Film Institute’s Anidox Lab, The Mill and Prof Courtney Cogburn from Colombia University as well as on her debut feature, SUGAR.

She has presented and spoken about her work on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, at The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cannes Film Festival and at The British Film Institute amongst others.

She is on the advisory panel for the 2018 Oculus VR for Good Creator’s Lab and studied film at the International Film and TV School, Cuba (EICTV) and received her MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film and TV School, UK.