Jess Kohl is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. Her directorial work marries a raw, intimate style with a focus on global youth culture and marginalised communities.

Graduating from Central St Martins with 1st class honours, she quickly carved a niche in the industry, creating strong emotional narratives that tell the stories of those existing on the fringes of society. Whether documenting the UK queer Jewish underground scene in her film ‘Buttmitzvah’, following a group of rebel Filipino punks living under president Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ in her film ‘Anarchy in the Philippines’, or highlighting the contrast between Indian and western queerness in her candid and beautifully shot ‘Nirvana’, Jess’ work shows a clear talent for crafting films that document those searching for acceptance in their communities, religions, races and culture’s.

Jess’ distinctive style and her talent for capturing nuanced and authentic moments have naturally led to her working in advertising, creating poignant campaigns for clients such as Carrera, Tinder, Facebook, VSCO and Nike.



Represented by PrettyBird

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Select press:


S Magazine

Anarchy – Dazed

Queer Bible Belt – Dazed

Queens of Scampia – Another Man


Nirvana – Nowness

Richard Billingham – Nowness

Buttmitzvah – Nowness

Love Magazine


Free the Bid

Another Magazine

Nirvana – Dazed

The Independent


Girls in Film



Select Awards & Nominations:

Best Director – Milan Fashion Film Festival, 2019

Anarchy in the Philippines – Best Documentary Short, Raindance Film Festival, 2018

Nirvana – Best Documentary, Milan Fashion Film Festival, 2019.

Short Film Award, One World Media Awards 2019

BFI Flare, 2019


Artist Residencies:

ShowDesk Napoli, 2019