Jess Kohl is a filmmaker whose work often focuses on the fringes of society, where she seeks to amplify voices globally that have historically not been heard. After graduating from Central Saint Martins with 1st class honours, followed by an MA in Cinematography at Goldsmiths, Jess has directed several award winning short films, including Nirvana (2018), Grierson nominated Disciples (2021), and A Mouthful of Petrol (2022) which premiered at IDFA, and won Golden Frog for Best Documentary Short at CamerImage.
Jess’ photography has been published in British Journal of Photography, Dazed, Another Magazine, Nowness, The Face, Vogue, i-D and many more.



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Film/TV representation:


Commercial representation:
Love Song


Selected awards & nominations:

A Mouthful of Petrol, 2022
CamerImage – Golden Frog Award, Best Documentary Short
International Motor Film Awards – Best Documentary Short Award
IDFA – World Premier, Best Youth Documentary Competition 
DOC NYC – Best Short Film + Audience Award Competition 


Disciples, 2021
The Grierson Awards – Nominee, Best Documentary Short


Nirvana, 2019
One World Media Awards – Best Documentary Short Nominee
Milan Fashion Film Festival – Best Documentary Award
London Short Film Festival
BFI Flare – Making History Programme


Anarchy in the Philippines, 2018
Raindance Film Festival – Best Documentary Short nominee
Best Director – Milan Fashion Film Festival, 2019 + 2020.


Selected press:

The Guardian 
British Journal of Photography
Another Magazine
The Face
Nirvana – Dazed
Anarchy – Dazed
Queer Bible Belt – Dazed
Shots: New Talent Focus
The Independent


Artist Residencies:

ShowDesk Napoli, 2019



Moving Image BA, Central Saint Martins – 1st Class Honours
Cinematography MA, Goldsmiths University


Solo exhibitions:

2020 | ANIME SALVE at The PAN – Palazzo delle Arti, Napoli.
2016 | Friends of the Dead at The Vaults, London.