Roxana Vilk is an award winning multi-disciplinary British/Iranian artist, working in music, film, TV and live performance. Her work often explores the themes of human rights, cultural identity and migration.
She has been commissioned to create work for FOR MTV, BBC, AL JAZEERA ENGLISH, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, BRITISH COUNCiL, COMMONWEALTH YEAR OF CULTURE, VISITING ARTS and LITERATURE WITHOUT BORDERS to name a few.
SHE WAS WON SEVERAL AWARDS , MOST RECENTLY BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM AT NRFF AMSTERDAM 2019, 2ND PRIX DU JURY AT CANNES ART FILM FESTIVAL IN MAY 2017 AND BEST ARTIST AWARD AT LONDON RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL BEST MUSIC VIDEO AT CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FESTIVAL AND ASBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL.
( FOR A LIST OF ALL AWARDS PLEASE GO TO AWARDS PAGE )
After graduating in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University, she went on to train in theatre at the Lecoq School of physical theatre in Paris.
She co-founded the theatre company Theatrum Botanicum with whom she toured extensively across the world, their ground breaking physical and highly visual shows winning a slate of awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 1997 she was invited to direct the opening of the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina, and then stayed on as part of a team of creative practitioners running workshops for children affected by war across the region, funded by War Child Netherlands. War Child approached her and her partner Peter Vilk, to start similar creative projects in the Republic of Georgia, for refugee IDP communities from Abkhazia and street children in Tiblisi. In 1999 ECHO (European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection) recruited Roxana to set up similar creative projects for families and children affected by the huge earthquake in Izmet, Turkey.
in 2000 She settled in Edinburgh, where she began a freelance career writing and directing her own theatre and film work across the UK with various companies including Boilerhouse theatre co, 30 Bird Productions, Lung Ha's Theatre company, Botanic Productions, Scottish Playwrights Studio, Zendeh and Cineworks to name a few. During that time she was also invited to create work in Iran, Bosnia Herzegovina and The Republic of Georgia.
In 2006 she was awarded a Screen Academy scholarship to study film at Edinburgh College of Art, under the tutorship of Noe Mendelle. She graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Fine Arts, specialising in Film. Since then she has directed and produced a slate of films both documentary and drama in the UK and abroad, several of which have gone on to win international awards.
In 2012 she was commissioned by Al Jazeera English TV to produce a six part documentary film series Poets of Protest, exploring the sweeping changes across the Middle East through poets and filmic interludes of their poetry, for the ALJ English Artscape Strand. As well as producing the whole series Roxana directed three of the episodes which were filmed in Lebanon, Norway, France and Iceland.
In 2013 she was commissioned by HIGHLIGHT ARTS and The British Council to make a series of short films that she filmed in Northern Iraq, responding to the works of Iraqi poets. In 2013 she WROTE AND presented the film Iranian Enough? produced by BBC wORLD, filmed in the US and the UK and exploring issues of migration and disapora through a personal lens
In 2014 she was commissioned to create 8 short artistic films for the Commonwealth Games, LEADING TO A NOMINATION FOR THE MARGARET TAIT AWARD. IN 2015 SHE CO-DIRECTED AND STORY PRODUCED 'THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED' FOR MTV'S REBEL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY STRAND, THE FILM IS ABOUT IRANIAN UNDERGROUND HIP HOP, RAP, ELECTRONICA AND METAL MUSICIANS . YOU CAN WATCH THE FULL FILM ON HER FILM PAGE.