Clare Sturges is an award-winning writer and director drawn to intimate stories that speak to our shared humanity. She has recently written and directed narrative short The Arborist through the BFI.Network – with mentoring support from director Euros Lyn – plus documentary shorts for charities Age Cymru and MENCAP.
Clare’s experience spans independent film, factual TV, advertising and marketing, magazine publishing and English language teaching. She has worked with some of the world's best-known brands through creative agencies as a freelance copywriter, scriptwriter and director.
Clare is the recipient of a Diverse Cymru bursary in partnership with Screen Skills and the High-end TV Levy Fund to support her development as a director of scripted work. In 2015 Clare won the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award for her documentary Sexwork Love & Mr Right. In 2016 she won the BAFTA Cymru Short Film Award for My Brief Eternity, which was nominated for awards at London Short Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. My Brief Eternity was longlisted for a British Independent Film Award in 2016 and the EE BAFTA for British Short Film 2017.
Her work has screened at international festivals including Ireland's Oscar-qualifying Foyle Film Festival, Los Angeles Women's Independent Film Festival, London's East End Film Festival and the Women’s International Film Festival in Hollywood. It has found international distribution through ABC Australia, DVD release and iTunes. She is an Associate Member of BAFTA and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.