SHORT FILM PRODUCER 

 

Victoria Thorson is a Swedish short film producer, particularly drawn to stories that subvert societal expectations. She moved to London and into film after studying Medicine at Gothenburg University and Law at Stockholm University, training at the Met Film School and Drama Studio London.

Victoria has produced a number of short films. Her first short, ANN'S EARRINGS (2014), explored a dysfunctional yet loving mother and teenage daughter relationship. THE CUNNING STUNT (2015) was about a female psychopath and picked up 'Best Cinematography' at the 48-Hour Film Project. More recently, she made FAMILY TREE (2019) with Jessica, which premiered at BAFTA qualifying Manchester International Film Festival. Their latest collaboration is a dramedy called LOVE IS A HAND GRENADE, starring Saffron Hocking and Genesis Lynea, which is now in post-production. Victoria is also in post-production for ON ISLAND WEST, written and directed by Carolyn Saunders. The short has been supported by the Alexa grant, sponsored by Directors UK and ARRI.

Victoria has been producing shorts with JSB Films after working as a post-production supervisor on the comedy feature LOVE TYPE D (2019). She is developing feature and TV projects with the intention of making the leap to long-form in the near future.

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jessica Benhamou founded JSB Films in 2016 and strives to tell powerful stories blending creativity with journalistic inquiry. She writes, directs and produces across fiction and factual.

Jessica is  co-directing and a producer on a documentary with Salon Pictures. Her first feature as a producer, LOVE TYPE D (2019), premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Audience Choice award.

As a writer/director, Jessica recently completed a sci-fi short, FAMILY TREE, which was selected for Film London's Writers' Room and will premiere at 2020 Manchester International Film Festival. Her second short, a dramedy called LOVE IS A HAND GRENADE, is in post-production and stars Saffron Hocking and Genesis Lynea. She has produced a string of shorts, which have screened around the world at BAFTA and Academy Award qualifying festivals, won awards and received funding through the Alexa grant (twice), the Genera Film Fund and the Cointreau Creative Crew grant. Most recently, EVIE (2018) picked up 'Best Sci Fi Short' at Rhode Island Film Festival and an Award of Commendation from Canada Shorts Film Festival. 

Jessica studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, following by a MA in Investigative Journalism at City University London.