Kyla Simone Bruce

Writer / Director 

Kyla's critically acclaimed drama UNDOCUMENT (receiving 4 star reviews from Total Film & Time Out + nominations for two BIFAs, for Best Debut Director & Most Promising Newcomer) is currently in UK cinemas, released by Studio Soho. Her internationally successful short MERCURY (winning 7 awards + 9 more nominations) is now being developed into her next feature: THE COCKATOO INN. She has a background in video art and has directed promos for clients including Armani, DKNY and Atlantic Records. She is currently creating content for artists with First Access Entertainment and also works as a script supervisor on TV shows for companies including HBO, BBC and Sky. Kyla is a graduate from The London Film School. She received an MA with Distinction for her short THE INTERPRETER, which was long-listed for a BAFTA and awarded Best Student Short & a Special Mention for Best Woman Director at the London Short Film Festival, 2015.

Awards

MERCURY

Winner - Rouen-Norwich Club Award for Best Performance (Isabella Laughland) - This Is England , 2019

 

Best Script (Gorana Jovanović) - Nice Film Festival, 2018

Winner - Best Actress (Isabella Laughland and Harriet Cains)​ - Nice Film Festival, 2018

Winner - Best Short Film - London Film Week, 2018

Winner - Best Short Film - Exeter 2 Short Nights, 2018

Nomination - Best British Short - The London Short Film Festival, 2019

Nomination - XX Award - Underwire, 2018

Nomination - Screenwriting Award (Gorana Jovanović) - Underwire, 2018

Nomination - Best Narrative Short - Austin Film Festival, 2018

Nomination - Best Live Action (International competition) - PÖFF Shorts, 2018

Nomination - Best British Short - Encounters, 2018

Winner - ShortsTV Pitch, Cannes Film Festival, 2017

UNDOCUMENT

Winner - Best Feature - The Bucharest Film Awards, 2017

 

Winner - Best Screen Play - The Bucharest Film Awards, 2017

 

Winner - Best Director - The Bucharest Film Awards, 2017

Winner - Best Actress  (Maryam Davari) - The Bucharest Film Awards, 2017

 

Winner - Best Humanitarian Film - London TMC Film Festival, 2017

 

Nomination - Best Debut Director - British Independent Film Awards, 2016 

 

Nomination - Most Promising Newcomer Award (Ako Ali), British Independent Film Awards, 2016 

Nomination - Best Feature - Crystal Palace International Film Festival, 2017

Nomination - Best International Feature - The Hollywood Verge Film Awards, 2017

 

Nomination - Best Feature - Berlin Motion Film Festival, 2017

 

Nomination - Best International Film - Phoenix Film Festival, 2017

 

Nomination - Best Feature - The Iranian Film Festival, Zurich, 2017

 

Semi-Finalist - Best Feature - Iranian Film Festival, San Fransisco, 2017

THE INTERPRETER

 

Winner - Best Student Film - The London Short Film Festival, 2015

 

Special Mention - Best Woman Director - The London Short Film Festival, 2015

 

Winner - Audience Choice Award - NAFAN Film Festival, 2015

 

Long-listed - BAFTA Short Film Award, 2015

Nominated - British Universities Film & Television Council LOS Awards, 2014

 

Nominated - NAHEMI Award - Encounters Film Festival, 2014

 

Nominated - International Student Filmmaker Award - Starz Denver Film Festival, 2014

 

MW
 

Nominated - Gradiva® Award - Best Art by the National Association

for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). 2016

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SHORTLISTED - THE EAST END FILM FESTIVAL TRANSIT AWARD 2018

WINNER - JOHN BRABOURNE AWARD 2020

 

 

 

NETWORKS & TRAINING PROGRAMS 

BAFTA NETWORK CREW

CINESISTERS

Mind The Gap Industry Training, East End Film Festival, 2016

 

Collision, Artist Residency at The SouthBank Centre, London, 2016

 

Go East Film Festival, Oppose Othering documentary development program, 2016

 

NISI MASA European Short Pitch, 2015

 

Zagreb Film Festival, My First Script Workshop, 2015

THE LONDON FILM SCHOOL - Masters in Directing & Writing with Distinction, 2013

THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART - BA (Hons) Fine Art with Distinction, 2008

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