JSB Films is a London-based production company, founded by Jessica Benhamou in 2016, striving to tell stories that matter across fiction and factual, often blurring the lines between the two. A sense of journalistic inquisitiveness compels JSB towards untold, authentic and authored stories from around the world.
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jessica Benhamou writes, directs and produces across fiction and factual.
In 2021, she directed EMOTET VS THE WORLD POLICE, an episode of the cybercrime docuseries, HACKER:HUNTER, for the online streaming platform, Tomorrow Unlocked. It reached a record 1.8 million views on YouTube.
She is a director/producer on the docuseries, THE RIDGE. It is in funded development with BAFTA nominated Salon Pictures and Lorton Entertainment. The first shoot took place in in Vancouver and Toronto. She was awarded the UKJFF's Short Doc Fund to direct SADEH, which premiered at this BAFTA qualifying festival in November. It has been selected so far for Cinequest and AmDocs, both Oscar qualifying.
As a narrative writer/director, Jessica has made two shorts. LOVE IS A HAND GRENADE had its World Premiere at the 2021 BFI Flare. It was selected for three further BAFTA and/or Oscar qualifiers including Show Me Shorts, Bolton and Roving Eye, an official strand of Flickers' Rhode Island. It won Best LGBT Film at Bristol Independent Film Festival. She was one of two screenwriters shortlisted for the 2021 Sky Arts RSL Writers Award for her TV pilot, THE REAL MARGOT. Most recently, 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.
Jessica produced the BIFA-longlisted comedy feature, LOVE TYPE D (2019), which was picked up by Vertical Entertainment for US distribution. It won 'Best Screenplay' at RiverRun and was nominated for the Audience Choice Award at Edinburgh. She has also produced a number of documentaries, music videos and shorts, including EVIE (Best Sci Fi Short at Rhode Island), HOW CAN I FORGET (Best National Film at Making Waves) and JULIET REMEMBERED (Best Short at British Independent Film Festival). SAMOVAR by BAFTA-nominated director Lia Williams, starring Alex Lawther and Angus Wright, is about to begin its festival run.
She is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Salt Partnership.