Sophia Banks defined herself as a director with a spot she shot for Christian Siriano featuring gorgeous young women wearing couture gowns skateboarding through the moody streets and industrial back alleys of downtown Los Angeles. With richly saturated colors, an edgy soundscape and stunning static shots that set an anticipatory tone, Banks captured the imaginations of two of fashion's hottest trendsetters: Pam & Gela, the best friends who started the Juicy Couture empire. They soon hired her to create a digital billboard for their new brand that occupied a prime slice of Times Square real estate and mesmerized the masses with its lush imagery of bold young women living on the cutting edge of fashion and fun.

The massive ad paid for itself in 24 hours and increased the brand's sales by 40 percent. Banks' success can be credited to her singular vision and unique background. The Australian native studied film, acting, fashion and business in three countries including at acclaimed institutions like USC's school of cinematic arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her razor-sharp eye for cresting trends led her to partner with Satine-one of L.A.'s hottest boutiques in the early aughts. She later launched the Whitley Kros label with Marissa Ribisi and became a sought-after celebrity and film stylist. Clocking time on set served to heighten Banks' awareness that she belonged behind the camera. Her sensibility as evidenced by her success in fashion was profoundly visual. A stint mentoring under famed German director Wim Wenders sealed the deal and Banks dove headfirst into her most meaningful adventure as a fearless female director. Gigs for top brands like BMW, Cheeky for Target, Doritos and Ford soon followed as well as work with Pam & Gela, Ralph and Russo, Valentino and GenLuxe magazine. Banks has also distinguished herself in the world of music videos with a fast-paced electronic romp for the Aussie band Strange Talk Music. In addition, she is hard at work on several features, the first of which-a short titled, "Unregistered"-will be released this Spring. Other exciting projects include a digital series currently in development about the dark side of social media. A self-professed "tech geek" who loves cameras and has a knack for visual effects, Banks epitomizes the brazen, forthright nature of unstoppable women everywhere and brings unparalleled beauty and style to each project bearing her name.

DIRECTING AWARDS 2017-2019

Unregistered, Short Narrative Film

-TriBeCa Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019
-London Sci-Fi Film Festival: Official Selection, 2019

Girls Skate for Christian Siriano, Short Narrative Film

-Newport Beach Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination, 2018
-Mammoth Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination, 2018
-London Fashion Film Festival: Best Short Narrative Nomination, 2017
-Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017
-United International Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017
-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Winner of Best Fashion Short, 2017
-Festigious International Film Festival: Winner of Best Micro Film, 2017
-United International Film Festival: Best Director Nomination, 2017
-Berlin Fashion Film Festival: Best US & Canadian Fashion Film & Best Director Nomination, 2017
-TriBeCa Film Festival, Moët & Chandon: Top 10 Finalist Selection, 2017
-Milano Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017
-Fashionclash Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017
-Festigious International Film Festival: Best Experimental Short Nomination, 2017
-TMC London Film Festival: Best Director and Best Online Video Nomination, 2017
-The Black Sea Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017
-London Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017
-Sunlight International Film Festival: Best Trailer Nomination, 2017
-California Women’s Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination, 2017
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Inspiring Woman in a Film Nomination, 2017
-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017

Cheeky for Target, Commercial

-Texas International Film Festival: Best Commercial Nomination, 2018
-Beliff: Best Commercial Nomination, 2017
-Outlaw Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017
-TMC London Film Festival: Winner of Best Online Video, 2017
-La Femme International Film Festival: Winner of Best Commercial, 2017
-Outlaw Film Festival: Best Television Commercial Nomination, 2017
-Palermo International Film Festival: Best Commercial Nomination, 2017
-Sunlight International Film Festival: Best Trailer Nomination, 2017
-Be Epic! London International Film Fest: Official Selection, 2017

Cinderella, Music Video

-Switzerland International Film Festival: Winner of Best Music Video, 2017
-Connect Film Festival: Semi-Finalist, 2017
-San Pedro International Film Festival: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017
-Laughlin International Film Festival: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017
-Reno Tahoe International Film Festival: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017
-TMC London Film Festival: Best Music Video, Best Short Film & Best Director Nominations, 2017
-Fashion Film Festival Brussels: Best Film Nomination, 2017
-Fashion Film Festival Chicago: Best Narrative Fashion Short Narrative, 2017
-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Best Fashion Film Nomination, 2017
-Berlin Fashion Film Festival: Best Director (Shortlisted), 2017
-International Fashion Film Festival Brussels: Best Music Video Nomination, 2017

Anine Bing, Fashion Documentary

-Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018
-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018
-Beverly Hills Film Festival: Best Documentary Short Nomination, 2018
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Documentary Short Nomination, 2017
-New York Film Awards: Best Documentary Short Nomination, 2017

Savage Rose, Perfume Ad

-Richmond International Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Winner of Best Microfilm, 2017
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Experimental Film, Best Director and Best Trailer Nomination, 2017

Tome super 8, Experimental Short

-Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018
-Miami Fashion Film Festival: Official Selection, 2018
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Winner of Best Trailer, 2017
-Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Microfilm, Best Director and Best Editing Nominations, 2017

Rsea safety, Nation Television Commercial

-London Fashion Film Festival: Official Finalist Selection, 2018