James Lawes Director

About


I absolutely love telling stories! 

Known for my emotive, visceral films and ability to get strong performances from both actors and non-actors alike, my style mixes the authentic with the sometimes otherworldly.

Through my distinctive mix of in-camera visual effects and highly considered, cinematic style, I aim to bring a touch of the unexpected to the everyday. My work has consistently won awards at Cannes, EvCom and the New York Film Festival, including Best Charity Film three times, Best Industry Newcomer and Best Director twice.

After graduating from New York Film Academy, I directed a series of idents for ITV that won the Cobra Vision Film Festival. This landed me a year’s supply of beer, but also an introduction to the London Borough Film Funding board who subsequently funded my debut short, ‘Lady Macbeth’.

Since then, I have been working in both the UK and around the world, across a range of projects, from commercials, music promos, short films, TV shows, and documentaries, always striving to create a memorable and thought-provoking connection between audience and subject. 

My previous clients include Renault, McDonalds, Cancer Research UK, Nature Valley, Sainsbury’s Bank, RBS, Halifax, EDF, Meningitis Now, Accenture, B&Q, Canon, Ministry of Defence, Royal Mail, Pfizer, Age UK and Lexus to name a few.


Awards:


2020 – New York Festival, Gold – ‘Look Up, Look Out’ ENA 
2019 – British Horror Film Festival – Best Director ‘Be Good’
2019 - Misty Moon International Film Festival - Judges Award ‘Be Good’
2019 - Misty Moon International Film Festival - Audience Award ‘Be Good’
2019 - Misty Moon International Film Festival - Fenella Fielding Award ‘Be Good’
2019 - Cannes Media, Silver Best Informational - ‘The Accident’ ENA
2019 - EvCom, Silver Best Health and Safety Film - ‘Home in One Piece’ Infineum
2019 - New York Film Festival, Gold Best Event Film – 'Graffiti' McDonalds
2019 - New York Film Festival, Bronze Best Visual Effects – 'Graffiti' McDonalds
2019 - Brand Film Festival, Bronze Best Non Profit – 'Graffiti' McDonalds
2018 - Cannes Media, Gold Best Event Film – 'Graffiti' McDonalds
2017 – WorldFest Houston, Gold Best Corporate Image – 'Welcome To Our World’ Smiths Group
2017 – Questar, Sliver Best Corporate Identity – 'Welcome To Our World’ Smiths Group
2017 - New York Film Festival, Silver Best Corporate Image – 'Who Else' Doncasters
2016 - Cannes Media, Gold Best Fundraising – 'Crossing Over' Network Rail
2016 - Cannes Media, Silver Best Informational – 'Crossing Over' Network Rail
2016 - New York Film Festival, Silver Best Direction – 'Crossing Over' Network Rail
2016 - New York Film Festival, Bronze Best Writing – 'Crossing Over' Network Rail
2016 - New York Film Festival, Bronze Best Public Information – 'Crossing Over' Network Rail
2016 - New York Film Festival, Gold Best Internal Film – 'Cyber Security' Sabic
2016 - EvCom, Bronze Best Health and Safety – 'Crossing Over' Network Rail
2015 - APA Top 50 Commercial - 'The Fastest Hour' Meningitis Now
2015 - Cannes Media, Silver Best Internal Comms – ‘Your Family Needs You’ MTR
2015 - EvCom, Gold Best Director – ‘Your Family Needs You’ MTR
2015 - EvCom, Gold Best Drama – ‘Your Family Needs You’ MTR
2015 - EvCom, Gold Best Music – ‘Your Family Needs You’ MTR
2014 - New York Film Festival, Silver Best Public Information – ‘Nathan’ Network Rail
2014 - New York Film Festival, Bronze Best Society and Social Issues – ‘The Choice’ Tearfund
2013 - Cannes Media, Gold Best Informational Film – ‘Nathan’ Network Rail
2013 - IVCA, Gold Best Director – ‘Nathan’ Network Rail
2013 - IVCA, Highly Commended Best Film – ‘Nathan’ Network Rail
2013 - IVCA, Gold Best Health and Safety – ‘Nathan’ Network Rail
2013 - IVCA, Silver Best Health and Safety – ‘Perspectives’ Network Rail
2012 - IVCA, Gold Best Regular Communications – ‘Where can we take you?’ RBS
2011 - IVCA, Highly Commended Laurus Award – ‘No Messin’ Network Rail
2010 - IVCA, Highly Commended Best Industry Newcomer
2010 - IVCA, Silver Best Charity Film – ‘Andy’ Livability
2009 - New York Film Festival, Gold Best Cinematography – ‘Rachel’s Story’ Tearfund
2009 - New York Film Festival, Silver Best Public Relations Film – ‘Imagine Sound’ RNID
2009 - IVCA, Bronze Best Corporate Image Film – ‘Imagine Sound’ RNID
2008 - IVCA, Gold Best Charity Film – ‘Rachel’s Story’ Tearfund
2007 - IVCA, Bronze Best Charity Film – ‘Work a Miracle’ Tearfund