Winner of illustrious BFI Film Academy’s (London) Rising Star Award at the House of Lords, the Audience Award for HALF MINDED, and a number of accolades for his recent short documentary on his grandfather - JOHN HOLDER: ILLUSTRATOR, Louis Holder is an accomplished emerging filmmaker with numerous directorial, production and cinematographic credits and over 9 years experience working in the film, television & media industries. His grandfather’s biopic was a Finalist for Best Documentary at Scout Film Festival, Vermont, U.S. in 2016 and Official Selection at Doc Sunback Film Festival and The Grand IndieWise Convention.
An ardent cinephile, arts activist and broadcaster, Louis was talented from an early age; often engaging in intellectual debates and starting up societies. He was prominent at his secondary school, in many guises; as the school’s official photographer, languages rep and prefect and founded his school’s award-winning production company amongst other clubs and societies. He then became Editor-In-Chief of the school’s termly high-brow magazine ‘The Twyfordian’ before fully committing to film and pursuing that by making shorts with friends. He was then accepted into the BFI Film Academy in 2013-14 where he was mentored by award-winning documentary Filmmaker Caroline Bacle and visual artist Emily Bailey. However it was with his acclaimed experimental short in 2013, SHADOWS OF LIGHT, that he established himself as a regular at the festival circuit, where it was accepted into the Official Selection of the Bedford Park Film Festival. HALF MINDED, culminated in it's recognition amongst NFTS submissions in 2014.
In 2015, Louis was elected President of his college’s Students’ Union, representing over 7500 students and bringing a unique energy to the role, where he transformed the college's student media output and represented the college at national demonstrations and conferences.
When Louis isn’t making films, he’s committed to the airwaves of Smoke Radio as a leading presenter/producer of two shows including the Smoke Media Nominated Arts Programme ‘The Saturday Film Show’, and in development of future projects, watching films, attending masterclasses and premieres.
In Early 2016, he began development on his feature-length directorial debut 'One Night More' with Principal Photography which commenced in Summer 2016 and is currently about to enter Distribution. He is currently studying Film at University of Westminster and producing various films with his colleagues there including Party Animal (Producer/1st A.D/DIT, 2017), Moonflower (Producer/DIT, 2017) and Desire (Producer, 2017), the later of which is being shot on 16mm. He recently worked as 1st Assistant Camera / Focus Puller on Richard Colton's Musical-Drama Feature Film 'Dead Ringer', out in cinemas & VOD in June 2018.
His clients includes artists such as Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y and Practice, institutions; BFI and BFI Film Academy, Eastside Educational Trust, Twyford CE High School, University of Oxford and private clients; Pip Gill Publicity, world-renowned illustrator John Holder and Publicist & Video Manager Emily Ann-Sonnet and Iceland's version of Radio 1, X97.7 in addition to one of it's prime-time presenters, Smutty Smiff.
Louis has experience working to many briefs, in different industries to productions of any scale.
Awards & Certificates
Twyford CE High School Lifetime Achievement Award
BFI Film Academy Alumni in partnership with BAFTA
City of Westminster College, Most Dedicated Student 2014-15, Presented by CWC Enrichment