Jo SOUTHWELL – director/writer

A multi-award winning director and writer Jo’s first production in 2012, Holding On, received nominations for Best Short Film, Best Fiction and Best Director at two major festivals and was an official selection at international festivals including Hollywood Shorts, Galway, Palm Springs, Cannes and London.

Since then Cover Me (screened In 7 countries), The Gun Man, Portalis, No Entrance No Exit (screened in 10 countries) and Dierdre (screened in 12 countries) have all won and been nominated in all categories at the major shorts festivals. She has since developed Dierdre into a feature-length movie featuring Tara Fitzgerald to be produced by her own Aston Productions alongside producers Rachel Gold, Jo Nolan and executive producers Jonathan Finn and Catherine Morehead.

She is currently developing a tv thriller series with Lion TV and producer Richard Bradley based on Angela Clarke’s best selling novel Follow Me on which Jo holds the film rights. She’s attached to a new Irish mini-series based on Maureen O’Donaghue’s hit book Winner produced by Rachel Gold.

In 2018 Directors UK nominated Jo to spend time being mentored by director Jon East on his 3 episodes of Sid Gentle Films’ Killing Eve. This was a rare and valuable opportunity that allowed her to learn and observe and further develop her own skills.

Jo was born in Northampton but spent much of her early years in Tipperary. She has a BA Hons in Media and Theology at Leeds University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at St Mary’s University London. She studied acting at  Redroofs Theatre School.

List of Awards
No Entrance No Exit
Runner Up Best Emerging Director That Film Festival 2019
Best Female Director Out of the Can Film Festival 2018
Best Director Olympus Film Festival 2018
Best Comedy/Drama Short Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 2018
Best Short Comedy Queen Palm International Film Festival 2019
Best Short Oceana Film Festival 2018, Best Director NYC Indie Film Festival
Best Director LA Shorts 2017, Best Drama NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Drama LA Shorts 2017, Best Short Fingal Film Festival 2017
Best Drama Short HIMPFF 2016
Winner End of days Film Festival 2018
Cover Me
Winner British Urban Film Festival 2017,
Nominated Best Director Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival 2017
Best Emerging Talent Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2016
Holding On
Nominated Best Director 2017, Best Fiction, Best Short Film
Thurrock International Film Festival 2013

Jo’s own website


Jo Southwell : Reel 2019 from jo southwell on Vimeo.