Originally from France, Gaëlle Denis came to London after graduating from ENSAD to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art in Animation. While at Japan’s Kyoto City University of Arts, she directed the short film “Fish Never Sleep”, which won the BAFTA for Best Animated Short and Cannes Cinéfondation selection. Later “City Paradise” collected more than 50 awards including the prestigious Annecy Special Jury award and a BAFTA nomination.
Always exploring new mediums, Gaëlle is also an award-winning commercials director and has worked on opera pieces, hybrid animations, multi-media projects. More recently focusing on live action, her latest BFI funded short “Crocodile” premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week where it won the Prix Canal+ for best short.
Awarded places on TFL’s Adaptlab and Framework, the Jerusalem Film Lab and Le Groupe Ouest lab, Gaëlle was spotted as one of the most promising French-British emerging feature film directors by Cannes Critic’s Week’s Next Step programme. Her feature script “THE GIRL FROM THE ESTUARY”, in development with BFI won 2 awards at the Torino Film Lab meeting events in November 2015.