Vicki Kisner is a writer and director for film and television. Vicki was recently selected for the Directors UK / Channel X shadowing scheme for So Awkward, where she directed selected scenes for broadcast, shadowed on CBBC’s The Worst Witch and selected for this year’s BAFTA crew. Earlier this year she was chosen for the Alexa Challenge run by Directors UK and Arri for her piece Pulling.
After working in development and production, she completed her Master of Arts in Fiction Directing from the Met Film School in 2015 where she was awarded a full scholarship. Her short films have screened at numerous international film festivals. Her first short Human Territory screened at the Portobello and Raindance film festivals and led to her nomination for Best New Director at the Broadcast Awards. Vicki recently won the Emerging Talent Award at the British Urban Film Festival where her short Sheila, set and shot in South Africa where Vicki was born, was nominated for Best Short Film. Vicki is now developing her first feature film which is also set in South Africa.
Vicki is passionate about telling character driven stories that deal with complex emotions and human relationships. Alongside her short films she has been commissioned to make a number of social awareness and campaign films addressing young people’s mental health. Vicki would like to continue to help raise awareness, challenge attitudes and de-stigmatize some still very taboo subjects both in long form and short form drama.
Facebook: Kaiser Siren Films
|Pulling||Writer & Director
Drama about a teenage girl, Sylvie, suffering from an impulsive control disorder called trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) and her troubled relationship with her parents and best friend Jenna.
Selected By Directors UK and Arri for the Alexa Challenge.
Sheila is working as a maid in present day Johannesburg when her relationship with her controlling boss is put to the test.
WINNER: Golden Knight Award, Gold Knight Malta International Film Festival 2015.
NOMINATED: Best Short Film, British Urban Film Festival 2016; Best Student Film, Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival 2016; Best Drama, Limelight Film Awards 2015.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2016; Jozi Film Festival 2016; Afrika film festival in Cologne 2016; International Short Film Festival in Drama 2016; Durban International Film Festival 2015; British Urban Film Festival 2015; Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015.
|Still Water||Writer & Director
Charlie, a gardener encounters something magical and entirely unexpected in the shadowy depths of a small lake.
NOMINATED: Best Sci Fi / Fantasy Film, Screentest: Student Film Festival 2015; Best Experimental Film, Limelight Film Awards 2015.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: British Urban Film Festival 2015.
|Mia’s Story||Writer & Director
Mia’s Story is an anti stigma and awareness film commissioned by the West London Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Mia (16) has been contemplating suicide. She discovers she’s been suffering from depression and anxiety and is referred to a specialist unit and starts to learn how to cope with her feelings.
WINNER: Film of the Month, Art With Impact March 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Mental Health Channel Online Film Festival 2015; Mind Rights Film Festival 2015; London Short Film Festival 2015.
|Charlie Boy||Co-writer & Director
A simple story of a brother and sisters’ love for each other and how that devotion, when confronted with a severe circumstance, can drastically alter the course of their lives forever.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: British Urban Film Festival 2014, Kino International Film Festival 2014.
|Human Territory||Writer & Director
A short, sharp insight into the mind of a crazed and frustrated female.
NOMINATED: Best New Director, Broadcast Awards 2003.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Portobello Film Festival 2003, Raindance Film Festival 2002.
|Professional training and qualifications:|
|Selected for Directors UK / Channel X shadowing scheme for So Awkward|
|Shadowing placement on CBBC’s The Worst Witch|
|Distinction in Master of Arts in Fiction Directing – Met Film School 2015|
|Diploma in Script Development – Script Factory / NFTS 2011|
|BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies – Southampton Institute 1997-2000|