Born in Cardiff Wales, Jonathan Lloyd James had immersed himself in writing from a young age. With a passion for storytelling and a desire to entertain he initially trained as a pro-wrestler before turning his head to the world of film. He joined an amateur dramatic society to continue his creative outlook, making his incredibly ambitious first film Fairy Dust (2009). From there he went on to study an MA in Film Production and has ever since been collaborating on projects, with his own work prominently in the comedy genre.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Glamorgan he formed a comedy ensemble Clipbored (2010-12) who broke the barrier between the online world and the small screen with numerous sketches being aired weekly. They had a strong online presence and with their success lead them to perform at The Cardiff Comedy Festival in 2012 at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. In recent years he has collaborated with London Comedy Writers producing a number of sketches and the dark thriller short film, Mucky Pup (2017).
Throughout his career he has held many credits producing and editing music videos for artists such as Carw ‘Dragau’ for S4C and The Dirty Youth ‘Just Move On’ for Kerrang. He has produced, edited and starred in Mice of Men (2014) for the SCI-FI-LONDON 48 Hour Film Challenge, a locations manager for the feature film The Reverend (2011) and a second assistant director for IRIS Prize: Little Man (2012) for BBC Cymru.
In 2016 he graduated from The New York Film Academy and with this a new outlook inspired him to delve into the world of drama where a year later Retail was born. Mixing dark humour with a look at how technology will continue to develop in future years, he now seeks to inspire audiences with a moving look at the future of employment. In a Buzz Magazine interview (c. March, 2015) he explained, “never be afraid of writing about a subject just because it’s controversial”, advice he certainly took on board throughout his creative career and will endeavour to inspire on future projects.
Official Selection
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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
Llanelli
2019
Best Sci Fi Short
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Hollywood Film Competition
Los Angeles, California
2019
Finalist
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Eurasia International Film Festival
Moscow
2019
Official Selection
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Chapter Moviemaker
Cardiff, Wales
2019
Official Selection
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5th International Motion Festival
Nicosia
2019
Monthly Winner
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Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival
Moscow
2019
Semi-Finalist
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Hyperwave Film Awards
Carson
2019
Official Selection
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Rome Independant Prisma Awards
Rome
2019
Official Selection
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Short and Sweet Film Festival
Utah
2019
Official Selection
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Lugano Independent Filmmakers Festival
Lugano
2018
Nominated
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Global Shorts
Los Angeles, California
2018
Official Selection
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Summershort Festival
Munich
2018
Best Sci Fi
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Changing Face International Film Festival
Sydney
2018
Official Selection
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Culver City Film Festival
Culver City
2018
Official Selection
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Filmmaker Day
Torino
2018
Official Selection
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Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2018
Best International Short Film
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Marina del Rey Film Festival®
Los Angeles, California
2018
Finalist
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Bengals International Film Festival 2018
Bengaluru
2018
International Independent Film Awards 2018 Silver Award
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International Independent Film Awards 2018
Los Angeles, California
Special Mention
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London-X4 Short Film Festival AUTUMN 2018
London