VANESSA

SMITH

BIO


VANESSA SMITH is an award-winning filmmaker

and media artist who believes in the power of film

and art for advocacy, change, and beauty.

Her creativity combined with a unique visual style

have attracted clients from all over the world. 

 

As a filmmaker, she has produced, directed, and

worked on programs for platforms ranging from

Columbia Pictures, PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel,

Discovery Health, United Nations Population Fund

(UNFPA), United States Agency for International

Development (USAID), Katonah Museum of Art, Sarcoma Foundation of America, and John Hopkins University. Smith’s productions of short and feature-length documentaries, public service announcements, music videos, nationally broadcasted commercials,promos, event openers, and television series have garnered numerous awards.

 

 

 

As a multimedia artist, her paintings and installations have focused on art, creativity, health, and cultural politics. Her dual disciplines, producing films and creating compelling artwork, were recently woven together and featured in a show organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation. Smith’s exhibit, The Art of Impermanence, was highlighted at the Palazzo Mora  during the Venice Biennale. The show brings together noteworthy artists from around the world to heighten awareness about philosophical themes in contemporary art. 

Available as director, producer, field producer, interviewer, art director and/or second camera. Generally,

clients utilize Vanessa Smith’s services early on in the life of a project to assist in choosing locations, the

creative direction, planning and conducting interviews straight through the editing process and post production.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -André Gide 

RECENT PROJECTS

MOYNIHAN

U HTEIN LIN: MR. BRIGHT AND SHINY

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA NATIONAL PAVILION

at the Venice Biennale  and the New School

FRANK WALTER: THE LAST UNIVERSAL MAN

THE ART OF IMPERMANENCE

AWARDS

SIREN SONG

Accolade Global Film Festival

Merit Award Winner, Islamic Category


Hollywood International Documentary Film Festival

Best Short Foreign Film


International Independent Film Festival

Award Winner

Tight and Loose Global Film Festival

Award of Excellence/Best Original Content

Paris Ethnograph Film Festival

Accepted and Screened

Hudson Valley International Film Festival

Accepted and Screened


Film Trailer Festival

Accepted 


9th annual Lighthouse Film Festival

Accepted and Screened

40th annual Asian American Film Festival NYC

Accepted


Neu World International Film Festival

Accepted and Screened

Toronto International Documentary Film Festival

Accepted 

Filmmakers of the Year Festival, Bali, Indonesia

Silver Award

Santa Barbara Film Festival

Accepted and Screened

Fernleif Productions: Best of the Best 2018-19

Finalist in Best Short Film Category

WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA

WIN (Women’s Image Network) Film Festival, 2009

Best of Fest” Award.

BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Festival of Media Arts Faculty Documentary Competition, 2008

“Best in Category” Award,  Documentary Long-Form

San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

Best of Women in Cinema Award

Female Eye Film Festival, 2008

Best Documentary Feature

Spirit of Moondance Awards, 2007

Best Documentary Feature

Accolade Competition

Award of Excellence: Contemporary Issues/Awareness-Raising

Insight Award for Excellence

Award for Documentary Editing

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