JSB Films is a London-based production company, founded by Jessica Benhamou in 2016. Journalistic inquisitiveness with a dashing of mischief compels JSB towards bold, thought-provoking stories from around the world.
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jessica Benhamou writes, directs and produces across fiction and factual. She started out producing short films, documentaries, music videos, and the BIFA-longlisted comedy feature, LOVE TYPE D (2019), which secured theatrical distribution in the US with Vertical Entertainment.
Jessica then moved behind the camera as a writer/director. Her drama short, LOVE IS A HAND GRENADE (2021), had its World Premiere at BFI Flare. It was selected for Show Me Shorts, Bolton, Norwich and Roving Eye, an official strand of Flickers' Rhode Island. She was also one of two screenwriters shortlisted for the 2021 Sky Arts RSL Writers Award for her TV pilot, THE REAL MARGOT.
Her documentary, THE RIDGE, is in studio-funded development with EMMY-winning Submarine Entertainment. She directed EMOTET VS THE WORLD POLICE in 2021, an episode of the branded docuseries, HACKER:HUNTER, for Tomorrow Unlocked. She was awarded the UKJFF's Short Doc Fund to direct SADEH, which premiered at this BAFTA qualifier before playing at Cinequest, AmDocs and the Iris Prize.
In 2022, she translated/directed an extract of Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker's play, THE KAHENA:BERBER QUEEN, at the Bush Theatre as part of Global Jewish Voices. She translated the full play for Methuen Drama, part of Bloomsbury Publishing (preorder here).
Jessica is currently working as a writer and director across three projects: a short film in preproduction - ALCHEMY OF THE WORD - about the French poets, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine; a VR game funded by META; and a bespoke immersive theatre event.