SASHA RAINBOW is a BAFTA-nominated film director and writer who makes films about heroic role models.

She is currently directing feature film, Grafted.















Selected Projects




Kamali
Streaming free on Waterbear
Project: Short film
Release date: 2019
Credit: Director/Producer
Distributor: RYOT Films
Awards:
 Nominated: Best British Short Film | 2020 BAFTAs
 Winner: Best Short Documentary | 2019 Atlanta Film Festival
 Winner: Best Documentary Short | 2019 Raindance Film Festival
plus many more

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Kofi and Lartey
Project: Short film
Release date: 2019
Credit: Director/Producer
Awards:
 Winner: Award of Excellence in Direction | 2018 Docs Without Borders 
 Winner: Award of Excellence | 2019 Impact Doc Awards
 Winner: Best of the Fest & Audience Award | 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival
plus many more

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EE: Hope United
Project: Commercial
Release date: 2022
Credit: Director
Client: EE for the UEFA European Women’s Championships

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Apple Watch: Dune Surfing
Project: Commercial
Release date: 2022
Credit: Director
Client: Apple

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Toyota: Start Your Impossible
Project: Commercial
Release date: 2018
Credit: Director
Client: Toyota Asia Pacific for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

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Placebo: Life’s What You Make It
Project: Music video
Release date: 2016
Credit: Director
Label: Universal

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Suki Waterhouse: Good Looking Boy
Project: Music video
Release date: 2022
Credit: Director

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Willy Moon: I Wanna Be Your Man
Project: Music video
Release date: 2011
Credit: Director
Label: Universal









More Information




Sasha Rainbow is a New Zealand-born director and writer whose unique sensibility and vision inflects both her film and commercial work.  Based in Los Angeles, Sasha is in development for several feature films. She is currently in New Zealand directing a horror film, Grafted, until August 2023.

Her first documentary Kofi and Lartey, about two boys living in the world’s biggest electronic waste dump in Ghana, won several awards. Her second documentary Kamali, about a seven-year-old Indian girl skateboarder, was long-listed for an Academy Award, nominated for a BAFTA, and was distributed through RYOT films.

In 2019 her work for the Toyota Olympic and Paralympic Start Your Impossible campaign was the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Her directorial flare shines in her commercial work for EE Hope United, KFC, Puma, Lancome, and Apple and music videos for Wild Beasts, Placebo, Suki Waterhouse, Priya Ragu, and Findlay.

Sasha has been a mentee of the highly prestigious British Film Institute x British Academy of Film and Television mentorship since 2018. In 2020 she was selected as one of eight women for the Women in Film mentorship scheme in Los Angeles.

Sasha believes in the power of storytelling to showcase true heroic role models, which she thinks is just what the world needs.

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Current Work in Development

GRAFTED (Horror)
Feature film 
Director
Shooting early 2023

THE ACTRESS (Mystery/Comedy)
Feature film
Writer/Director
In development

JACK AND ROCHELLE (Historical Drama)
Mini-Series
Writer/Director 
Producer Neal Edelstein (The Ring, Mulholland Drive)
In development

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Awards and Honours

  • 2021: Selected for WIF Mentorship Scheme | Women in Film Los Angeles
  • 2018-2021: Alumni of the BFI x BAFTA Network Program
  • 2020: Nominated for Best British Short Film | BAFTAs
  • 2019: Yaddo Artist’s Residency | Saratoga Springs
  • 2018: Winner of The Voice of a Woman Award | Cannes Lions
  • 2018: Winner of Award of Excellence in Direction | Docs Without Borders
  • 2015: Nominated for Best Director | London Music Video Awards

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Recent Press

Sasha’s films have been featured in The Independent, BBC World Service, BBC Breakfast, The Guardian, Dazed Digital, Nowness, and many more.

 2020: BBC Breakfast | Sasha Rainbow discusses Kamali’s BAFTA nomination
 2020: The Guardian | Kamali review










   
Representation

UK: Academy Filmsgeorge@academyfilms.com
USA: Reset Contentjeremy@redrep.tv
Canada: The Corner Contentsusi@thecornercontent.com
NZ/Australia: Good Oil Films  sam@goodoilfilms.com