James Hughes is a Multi-Award Winning Writer Director
In his career, James has directed over 200 actors, and his short films have screened at 150 film festivals.
His debut short film, The Stars & The Stones, was an official selection of numerous festivals including three Oscar Qualifying ones, Raindance, Encounters Film Festival, and the Calgary International Film Festival.
Based on the success of this film, James was hired to write and direct a live theatre show in Tuscany to an audience of 4000. The show was simultaneously screened on Italian television.
Soon after, he was hired to be a Speaker for the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles, where he taught a popular class on short filmmaking, working alongside such luminaries as William Goldman.
While in Los Angeles, James was hired by an LA Talent Agency to be their Story Analyst for nearly a year. This led to James writing story reports on feature films that hit the screens in the subsequent years, many of whom had incorporated his story analysis in their released features.
As Writer, Producer, and Director, James then worked on two short films simultaneously. The first of these, The Velvet Abstract, is an award-winning environmental film produced on six continents, featuring talent from Star Wars, Avatar, Game of Thrones, and many more. It is narrated by Tobias Menzies (Outlander, The Crown), scored by Jean-Pascal Beintus (The Shape of Water, Harry Potter, Argo) and edited by the Oscar Nominated Editor Patrick J Don Vito (Green Book). The film was invited by BAFTA to be part of an environmental day at the Princess Anne Theatre, where James was a Speaker on stage for a live Q&A about the film. The film was accepted into 75 international film festivals.
James followed this with his BAFTA Qualifying short film, The Inuring. It won 20 awards at 60 film festivals, a one in three win ratio. These awards included three Best Director wins. The film was also in competition at the Oscar qualifying Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, and was selected as one of the 4 best short films of the year at the Sky TV televised National Film Awards.
Recently, James was a Screener Judge for the Oscar Qualifying LA Film Festival, where he was responsible for short films and documentaries.
Earlier this year, James shot his short film, When the Rain Sets In, across 5 days in multiple locations. The script had previously won 4 consecutive script competitions, and the film also won a pitching contest at BAFTA. The film is currently being edited by Patrick J Don Vito (Green Book) in Los Angeles, and will be released across the film festival circuit next year.
James is now in production on his latest short film, The Sands of Time, which won Best 3 Minute Screenplay at the New Renaissance Film Festival. The BAFTA and Emmy winning Costume Designer Andrea Galer (Don’t Look Now, Withnail & I, Jane Eyre) has recently joined the production, due to her love for the script. The film will shoot next month.
Along with these projects, James is also developing a slate of feature films through his award-winning production company Sunset Aperture.