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.
Selected awards & nominations:
CamerImage – Winner, Best Documentary Short
International Motor Film Awards – Winner, Best Documentary Short
IDFA – World Premiere. Nominee, Best Youth Documentary
DOC NYC – Nominee, Best Short Film + Audience Award
The Grierson Awards – Nominee, Best Documentary Short
Doc n Roll
Milan Fashion Film Festival – Best Documentary award
One World Media Awards – Best Documentary Short nominee
London Short Film Festival
Best Director – Milan Fashion Film Festival, 2019 + 2020.
Raindance Film Festival – Best Documentary Short nominee
Moving Image BA, Central Saint Martins – 1st Class Honours
Cinematography MA, Goldsmiths University