Jill Damatac-Futter is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer born in the Philippines and raised in the US from the age of 9. She spent a few years in
Wall Street: first as a temp, then an office assistant, and then a spreadsheet number cruncher. She then became a writer and section editor for Markets Media, covering hedge funds, whiskies, and fancy cars, transitioning to freelance editorial and commercial photography and video in New York City (she also shot weddings, oh so many weddings). She now makes all things digital comms as a multimedia producer and editor at a London-based creative agency.
Her documentary film Blood + Ink, a reflection on immigrant life and the diaspora through the indigenous Filipino Igorot tattooist Apo Whang Od, was an official selection at festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary at Kerry Film Festival and qualifying for the first round of Academy Award consideration at DOC NYC.
Jill holds an MA in Documentary Film from the University of the Arts London; she is now earning an
MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. She lives in London with Steve, her husband, and Gus, their chubby, lazy, affectionate little shih tzu (you can follow Gus’s messy exploits on Instagram).
FESTIVALS + PUBLICATIONS
2018 SOAS, University of London: "Representing The Philippine Cordillera"
2017 DOC NYC (Academy Award-qualifying)
2017 Kerry Film Festival (Won: Best Documentary)
2017 BBC: In Other Words
2017 BFI Southbank: Listen to Britain 2017
2017 Lost Format Film Festival
2017 Short Sighted Cinema: The Shortest Nights
2017 Festival de Cannes, Court Métrage
2017 Fastnet Film Festival, Cork, Ireland
2016 Bertha DocHouse, London
2015 Time Out New York
University of Cambridge • Master of Studies (MSt) Creative Writing, expected 2021
University of the Arts London • Master of Arts (MA) Documentary Film, with Distinction, 2017
Pratt Institute • Photography & Digital Imaging (Certification)