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Emily Isaacs - Festival Director


Emily Isaacs is a disabled writer and film maker from London.

After being a child model and actress, she was a ‘cello teacher, until a major relapse of Sjogren’s syndrome caused her to become bed bound in 2009. This prompted her to do a degree in English Literature in order to change career in to writing.

In late 2014, she started going into remission, so after building up her strength and finishing her degree, she managed the production of 13 Graves (2019) with Drop Dead Films, while completing a MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at Sussex.

In 2020 she started Scriptworks Productions with her husband, and filmed their first shorts, 'Curveball' and 'The Chased'. 2021 saw her pilot script 'Diamond Alice' reach the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama Finals. In 2022 she was accepted into the cohort for the BFI Doclabs with ‘Adams and Eves: The Killer Doctor’.

This year, her tv pilot script for the dramatic version of Adams and Eves reached the final twelve of the Jed Mercurio Mentorship Programme. She is currently in pre-production with another short 'Gossip', and developing several other projects. 

She lives in Eastbourne, with her editor husband, and their two children, who live with significant Autism. She also has two adult children.

Producer/Production Manager

Live Performance of 'Treble 20' (2021)

Beacon New Year's Messages (2020)

Beacon Santa Promo (2020)

13 Graves (2019)

Halfway Hotel (2023)


'To Be Honest' Table Read (2021)


The Chased (2021)

Curveball (2023)

Gossip (2023)

Projects in Development 

Diamond Alice (TV series) - with Aston Productions

Raggle Snatcher (Documentary) - with Aston Productions/Troy TV

The Picnic (Short) - Scriptworks Productions

Adams & Eves (TV Series) - Scriptworks Productions

Adams & Eves - The Killer Doctor (Documentary) - Scriptworks Productions

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