Jo Southwell

About Jo Southwell

A multi-award winning director and writer Jo’s first production in 2012, Holding On, received nominations for Best Short Film, Best Fiction and Best Director at major
festivals and was an official selection at international festivals including HollywoodShorts, Galway, Palm Springs, Cannes and London.
Since then Cover Me, The Gun Man, Portalis, Entrance No Exit and Deirdre have all won and been nominated in various categories at the major shorts festivals.

In 2018 Directors UK nominated Jo to spend time being mentored by director Jon East on his 3 episodes of Sid Gentle Films’ Killing Eve. This was a rare and valuable
opportunity that allowed her to learn and observe and further develop her own skills.

Jo was born in Northampton but spent much of her early years in Tipperary. She has a BA Hons in Media and Theology at Leeds University and a Post Graduate
Certificate in Education at St Mary’s University London. She studied acting at Redroofs Theatre School.

“I grew up watching Star Wars, reading mythology, loving film and wanting to live in the
worlds created on screen. As a director I am not afraid to inspire, motivate or challenge. My
passion for visual storytelling is paramount. There is nothing more exciting than uncovering
what makes a character tick and how to tell that on the screen.”

If you’d like work with Jo Southwell and Bear Jam please get in touch.