Sophia Banks established herself as a director with her award-winning 2017 commercial Making It On Time for Christian Siriano. The short film featured women in couture gowns, skateboarding through the industrial alleyways of Downtown Los Angeles.  Making It on Time went on to be nominated for 15 awards (for Best Short, Best Director and Best Fashion Film), winning four including Best Commercial at the Oscar-Qualifying Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, Best Fashion Short at Miami Film Festival, Best Microfilm at the Festigious International Film Festival and both Best Commercial and Best Director at the United International Film Festival.

 

Previously, Banks directed numerous award-winning commercials for brands such as Pepsi, Chobani, BMW, Target and Ford as well as fashion films for Pam & Gela, Ralph and Russo, Kylie and Kendal, Annie Bing and Tome. 

A native of Australia, Banks started her career as a fashion stylist and designer, then creative directing. Driven to become a film director she enrolled in film courses at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, UCLA and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and completed three Sundance Co//ab courses for professional directing and screenwriting. A self-professed ‘tech-geek,’ Banks has a great love for cameras, shooting on film and has a keen eye for visual effects. For Unregistered, her sci-fi short premiering at Tribeca, she played a key role in developing ground-breaking VR technology to provide audiences as well as her actors with a fully immersive experience.

 

She resides in Los Angeles with her 10-year-old daughter.

DIRECTING AWARDS 2017-2019

Unregistered, Short Narrative Film

-TriBeCa Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Detroit Shetown Film Festival: Official Winner, Best CGI/VFX, 2019

-Detroit Shetown Film Festival: Best in Fest, 2019

-Atlanta Horror Film Festival: Best Short Film, 2019

-London Sci-Fi Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Louisville's Internation Festival of Film: Official Selection, 2019

-New York No Limits: Official Selection, 2019

-LA No Limits: Official Selection, 2019

-Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts: Official Selection, 2019

-Exit 6 Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Los Angeles Lift-Off Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Bolton International Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-FilmQuest: Official Selection, 2019

-Norwich Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Brookyln Women's Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

-Catalina Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

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Girls Skate for Christian Siriano, Short Narrative Film

-Newport Beach Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination, 2018

-Mammoth Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination, 2018

-London Fashion Film Festival: Best Short Narrative Nomination, 2017

-Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017

-United International Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017

-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Winner of Best Fashion Short, 2017

-Festigious International Film Festival: Winner of Best Micro Film, 2017

-United International Film Festival: Best Director Nomination, 2017

-Berlin Fashion Film Festival: Best US & Canadian Fashion Film & Best Director Nomination, 2017

-TriBeCa Film Festival, Moët & Chandon: Top 10 Finalist Selection, 2017

-Milano Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

-Fashionclash Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

-Festigious International Film Festival: Best Experimental Short Nomination, 2017

-TMC London Film Festival: Best Director and Best Online Video Nomination, 2017

-The Black Sea Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

-London Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

-Sunlight International Film Festival: Best Trailer Nomination, 2017

-California Women’s Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination, 2017

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Inspiring Woman in a Film Nomination, 2017

-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

Cheeky for Target, Commercial

-Texas International Film Festival: Best Commercial Nomination, 2018

-Beliff: Best Commercial Nomination, 2017

-Outlaw Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017

-TMC London Film Festival: Winner of Best Online Video, 2017

-La Femme International Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017

-Outlaw Film Festival: Best Television Commercial Nomination, 2017

-Palermo International Film Festival: Best Commercial Nomination, 2017

-Sunlight International Film Festival: Best Trailer Nomination, 2017

-Be Epic! London International Film Fest: Official Selection, 2017

Cinderella, Music Video

-Switzerland International Film Festival: Winner of Best Music Video, 2017

-Connect Film Festival: Semi-Finalist, 2017

-San Pedro International Film Festival: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017

-Laughlin International Film Festival: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017

-Reno Tahoe International Film Festival: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017

-TMC London Film Festival: Best Music Video, Best Short Film & Best Director Nominations, 2017

-Fashion Film Festival Brussels: Best Film Nomination, 2017

-Fashion Film Festival Chicago: Best Narrative Fashion Short Narrative, 2017

-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

-Berlin Fashion Film Festival: Best Director (Shortlisted), 2017

-International Fashion Film Festival Brussels: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017

Anine Bing, Fashion Documentary

-Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018

-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018

-Beverly Hills Film Festival: Best Documentary Short Nomination, 2018

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Documentary Short Nomination, 2017

-New York Film Awards: Best Documentary Short Nomination, 2017

Savage Rose, Perfume Ad

-Richmond International Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Winner of Best Microfilm, 2017

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Experimental Film, Best Director and Best Trailer Nomination, 2017

Tome super 8, Experimental Short

-Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018

-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Winner of Best Trailer, 2017

-Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Microfilm, Best Director and Best Editing Nominations, 2017

Rsea safety, Nation Television Commercial

-London Fashion Film Festival: Official Finalist Selection, 2018