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Jess O'Brien

Screenwriter, Actor & Director
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Jess O’Brien is a 16-year old writer, actor and director. She made her screen debut in the short PQA film Urban Legends in 2013. The film was awarded at the Empire Film Festival. In 2014, she starred in Flawless a short film by filmmaker Keith Allott that screened across the world at twenty-four film festivals including Aesthetica. By 2015, she had written and directed her first two shorts Coping and Hinterland featuring at eleven film festivals and starred in the PQA short film Revol.

In the last two years of filmmaking Jess has staged three red carpet premieres, been named Into Film’s ‘One to Watch’ 2016 and won the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Young Artist and Young Person of the Year 2016. She was named the best U17 Junior Filmmaker at the Fastnet Film Festival 2016, was selected again for the PQA Empire Film Festival as part of the film Scribble and featured in short film Dolls at twenty-four festivals while being nominated as Best Young Actor at the Birmingham Film Festival and Best Actor at the Marietta International Film Festival for her role in the film.

Her latest film Girl A has currently been selected for twelve festivals and screenings including Shorts On Tap, CineYouth in Chicago and the Long Beach Indie and was awarded an ‘Honourable Mention’ at the New Renaissance Film Festival 2017 and The Short Cinema Film Festival and won best drama at the Sydney World Film Festival.

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