2022 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: University of California, Los Angeles
Roger Moore Film Honor
Jahmil Eady was raised in New York City and Charleston, SC. She earned her B.A. in Media Studies from Pomona College and studied film at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.
She worked as an associate producer on documentary projects for Oprah Winfrey Network, Viceland, and Discovery Network. Since transitioning into narrative screenwriting and directing, Jahmil has continued to create socially-minded character-driven stories.
Jahmil’s first short film, Heartland, an examination of relationships in a technological world, was an official selection at several Academy Qualifying Film Festivals, including Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, and BlackStar Film Festival where it was nominated for the Starz Award for Best Speculative Fiction Short. Heartland won the Audience Choice Award at Indy Shorts International Film Festival, and Best Live Action Short at the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival.
Her most recent film, The Bond, follows an incarcerated pregnant woman and premiered at Atlanta Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Award for Acting and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Short. The film was awarded an Honorable Mention Jury Award at Bentonville Film Festival. The Bond was fiscally sponsored by Film Independent and raised over $26,000 on Kickstarter in just two weeks. Jahmil’s awards include the New York Times Awards, Teri Schwartz Family and Friends Award, and the Four Sisters Award from writer-directors Gina Prince-Bythewood, Sara Finney-Johnson, Felicia D. Henderson, and Mara Brock Akil.
Jahmil is currently completing her MFA in Directing at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.