Rangda (2020) - Feature Screenplay

" really leans into the emotional honesty of an authentic family enduring a crisis.
...a central dramatic familial issue that is enhanced by the horror element
...the exotic and tropical setting of Bali, juxtaposes what could otherwise be a heavenly paradise with a much darker and more sinister sensibility."

- Screencraft

  • SEMIFINALIST - Screencraft Competition 2020

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Shriekfest Commercial (2016)

"Jon James Smith's 2016 Winning Shriekfest Commercial captures exactly what Shriekfest is all about... following your dreams! Jon did an amazing job showing how a dream can turn into a reality with hard work! We are honored to have this awesome commercial!"

- Denise Gossett, Festival Founder & Director

  • ​1st PLACE - WINNER of the Shriekfest Commercial Competition, and screened as part of the 16th Annual Shriekfest Film Festival in Los Angeles.

  • Screened at Scare LA 2017

  • Screened at Midsummer Scream LA 2017

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Do Not Disturb (2015)

"Seemingly every scene is a twist that dramatically shifts your opinions and predictions of the plot. Every line of dialogue, camera movement, or cut could potentially reveal new and astonishing information. Every sudden storyshift also leads to subtle, but clever, change in genre. [...] It is a perfect example of how to reveal the exact amount of information in a scene needed for the scene to work."

- UK Film Review

"...this is tautly plotted; not a word of dialogue, not a shot or edit is wasted in telling us an actually quite complex story... It's Jon James Smith's attention to detail that really impresses... hugely recommended. MJS rating: A" - MJ Simpson


"Really thrilling and suspenseful stuff" - Film Shortage


"This looks and feels like it could be taken right out of a big budget Hollywood blockbuster thriller... If you get an opportunity to see this film please take it. You'll be glad you did. Strong recommend."

- ScareTissue


"...a beautifully crafted story and film unfold. Shot confidently and with an eye for flair, Director Smith never wastes a moment... Jon James Smith has crafted a clever and gripping film that made me want to see more than the 14 minutes given. His creative team and talent should be proud of this little gem and all the recent accolades are well deserved. I look forward to Mr Smith's future works"

- UK Horror Scene

"a compelling piece, composed of endless twists, turns and red herrings. Expertly shot, with keen focus and attention to detail [...] Smiths’ work is undoubtedly engaging- catching the viewer from the very first moments of screen time. The piece also employs interesting characters, compelling details, passion, and yes, even the occasional chuckle."


  • PLATINUM REMI AWARD, WorldFest-Houston 2016 (Winner)

  • BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2015 (Winner)

  • BEST MUSIC, British Horror Film Festival 2015 (Winner)

  • TRAILER OF THE WEEK, Awardeo (Winner)

  • BEST ACTRESS - Kathryn Leeman, Chicago Horror Film Festival 2016 (Nominated)

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Richard Shelton, Chicago Horror Film Festival 2016 (Nominated)

  • BEST SHORT FILM, HorrorHound Weekend 2016 (Nominated)

  • BEST SHORT, British Horror Film Festival 2015 (Nominated)

  • BEST DIRECTOR, British Horror Film Festival 2015 (Nominated)

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Richard Shelton, British Horror Film Festival 2015 (Nominated)

  • BEST OF SHORT FILM Official Selection - Horror/Thriller Feedback Film Featival, Toronto 2016

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Chicago Horror Film Festival 2016, London Independent Film Festival 2016, WorldFest-Houston 2016, HorrorHound Weekend - Cincinnati 2016, Los Angeles CineFest 2016, Thriller/Suspense Festival 2016, Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2015, British Horror Film Festival 2015, Russian International Horror Film Festival 2016, Horror-on-Sea 2016, Factory Film Festival - Bournemouth 2015

  • Member of the Indie Filmmaker Panel at HorrorHound Weekend 2016

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Spira (2012)

''This is the very impressive directorial debut of Jon James Smith. It is a disturbing, unsettling, well shot horror film that was made on a zero budget.'' -


''It's a good concept that is very well executed by Smith who has a great eye for framing and mood but Spira is particularly memorable for Hephzibah Roe's excellent performance as Laura and Smith's own sound design which is remarkably effective. This is an impressive debut.'' -


''a genuinely unsettling thriller that is incredibly impressive given that it was shot without a budget by a first time director.'' -


''a psychological horror thriller that captivates.'' -

  • BRITISH HORROR AWARD, British Horror Film Festival 2013 (Nominated)

  • BEST SHORT FILM, British Horror Film Festival 2013 (Nominated)

  • BEST ACTRESS, British Horror Film Festival 2013 (Nominated)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - British Horror Film Festival 2013, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Florida 2013, Cornwall Horror Fest 2015

  • Screened at The Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival 2014

  • Screened at Empire Cinemas in Leicester Square London

  • Screened at Cinema Carnival: Frightmares in Winnipeg, MB, Canada 2015

  • In-Cahoots Film Screening, Brixton, London

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  • Featured on the Chilling Tales For Dark Nights website and YouTube channel

  • Featured on the National Youth Film Academy Top5 TV series, and the Top5 greatest hits special episode