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.
Kathryn creatively re-imagines storytelling by stretching the conventions of cinéma vérité through her art direction, subtle humour, experimental visuals, and choreography. Her work is focused around creating more positive portrayals of women on screen. Her films focus on representations of the real by featuring stories of people who are not generally represented in the widespread media and challenging non-inclusive tropes within advertising, fashion and music. Kathryn’s documentaries, music videos, fashion films, and commercials have been screened globally on platforms such as the BBC, Nowness, Dazed and Confused and i-D. Her work, which often has a socio-political message at its core, has won a host of awards. As well as working as a freelance director, Kathryn spent several years working as Selfridges Resident Film Director where she directed most of the moving image content for the brand. International brands and musicians she has worked with include Nike, Amnesty International, Selfridges, Vogue, Air France, Girls Who Code, Dev Hynes & Neneh Cherry, Chloé, Sinead O’Connor and Lady Gaga. In 2017 Kathryn was awarded a Gold Creative Bravery Award at the Kinsale Shark Awards for “25 Annoying Things”, a Repeal the 8th film for Amnesty International and a Vimeo Staff Pick for her film ‘Incredible Machines”. Kathryn’s latest documentary “Taking The Waters” premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest in June 2018 and is screening at festivals around the world.
Kathryn is currently working on two new projects including a new documentary short for The Guardian’s documentary film series with Passion Pictures that is due to be released in 2020 and "Nothing Compares", a feature documentary that's due to be released in 2021.
It’s Nice That Talk, London, 2016
- 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.