Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning Director and Documentary Filmmaker & a Film Research Fellow at London College of Fashion, currently living and working in London.
Belfast-born Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning Director, and Film Research Fellow, whose work has screened globally on platforms such BBC, Nowness, UN Women and i-D, and at film festivals worldwide. Kathryn’s film TAKING THE WATERS is currently on the international festival circuit, having premiered in the UK at Sheffield Doc Fest in June 2018 and in Europe at Clermont Ferrand in February 2019. The film was nominated for Best Irish Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh and Best Cinematography at Underwire Festival. In 2021 Kathryn worked with Passion Pictures on a new documentary short SPACE TO BE for The Guardian’s highly acclaimed documentary film series. After ten years of working on short form work, demonstrating a commitment to documentary-based work centred on identity, gender politics and community, Kathryn is currently working on NOTHING COMPARES, her first feature documentary film which is due for release in 2022. The film is being produced by Kathryn's production company Tara Films, in association with Field Of Vision, BFI Doc Society, Screen Ireland, and Northern Ireland Screen.It’s Nice That Talk, London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T3AgHnXbCM
- The Webby Awards 2019 - Public service and Activism Award - Girls Who Code Campaign
- Istanbul Fashion Film Festival 2018 - Best Fashion Documentary Award “The Greatest Luxury”
- Barcelona Film Festival 2018 - Best Fashion Award "The Greatest Luxury”
- Galway Film Fleadh 2018 - Nominated - Best Irish Short Talent - “Taking The Waters”
- Sheffield Doc Fest 2018 - Invited by the festival to have World Premiere - “Taking The Waters”
- Canadian International Fashion Film Festival 2018 - Nominated - Best Casting - “The Greatest Luxury”
- Kinsale Sharks 2017 - Creative Bravery Award - GOLD - Amnesty International “25 Annoying Things”
- Vimeo Staff Pick 2017 - “Incredible Machines”
- VOTD 2016 - “Incredible Machines”
- Shots Awards 2016 - Nominated - Best online Content - “Incredible Machines”
- Buenos Aires Fashion Film Festival 2016 - Best Fashion Film 2016 & Best Music 'He,She,Me' Neneh Cherry & Dev Hynes
- Vimeo Staff Pick 2015 - 'He, She, Me' Neneh Cherry & Dev Hynes
- FFFMilan 2016 - Nominated - Best Photography - ‘Incredible Machines’
- CanIFFF 2016 - Nominated - Best Concept - ‘Incredible Machines’
- Kinsale Sharks 2015 - Nominated - Best Music Video and Best Colour Grading- 'He, She, Me'Neneh Cherry & Dev Hynes
- Toronto Fashion Film Festival 2015 - Nominated - Best Fashion Film - 'Change is a Beautiful Thing'
- Bornshorts 2014 - Nominated - Best Music Video - Sinead O'Connor 4th & Vine and Best Fashion Film 'Four-Tell'
SELFRIDGES RESIDENT FILM DIRECTOR & CONSULTANT
As well as working as a freelance director, Kathryn has worked in-house as the Resident Film Director & Consultant for Selfridges, where she directed and oversaw moving image content for the brand. Her work with Selfridges was primarily centered around Hot Air, Selfridges broadcast channel. She has made many films for Hot Air starting with “Four-Tell” in 2013, a film that featured four prominent female icons – Zaha Hadid, Sharmedean Reid, Caryn Franklin and Bella Freud – discussing the need for more visible female role models, to an entire four-part film series on Modern Beauty in 2014 for The Beauty Project which was viewed over 2 million times online. Since 2015, she has directed multiple campaigns for the brand including the award-winning Agender and EVERYbody film campaigns.
RESEARCH & LECTURING
She also works as a Fashion Film Research Fellow at London College of Fashion & as a Visiting Practitioner at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art.
In conjunction with her filmmaking practice, Kathryn also works as a Curator. She began curating the annual Birds Eye View Film Festival’s ‘Fashion Loves Film’ strand at the Institute of Contemporary Arts & British Film Institute in 2008 where it continued until 2013. Since then she has worked with the British Council & The British Fashion Council as a curator specialising in the emerging genre of fashion film. Her work with the British Council has seen her travel around the world visiting cities including Sarajevo, Lagos (Nigeria), Lisbon, Jakarta, Manila, Moscow and Ljubljana giving talks, screenings and hosting filmmaking workshops. In October 2012, she curated an extensive fashion film exhibition called “Dressing the Screen” which opened at the UCCA in Beijing in October 2012 and at the ICAS in Singapore in September 2013. Her work with the BFC led to her joining a curatorial panel creating a new seasonal film festival called Fash/on Film. The Film Festival took place at Somerset House over London Fashion Week.
Kathryn is regularly invited to present her work and join international panel discussions at events including WOW at London's Southbank Centre, La Jolla International Fashion Film festival in San Diego, It’s Nice That Presents Nicer Tuesdays, Budapest Fashion Festival, Copenhagen Fashion Film Festival, Tate Late at Tate Britain, Jakarta Fashion Week, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Fashion in Film Festival London, Aesthetica Film Festival and Colectivo YOX in San Sebastian.