The story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy East London.

BAFTA Nominated 2016
Winner of The Pears Short Film Prize
Commissioned by Dazed & Confused magazine
In association with UK Jewish Film

BFI London Film Festival
New York International Film Festival
Palm Springs International ShortsFest
Barcelona International Film Festival
Morelia International Film Festival
Leeds International Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Los Angeles ShortsFest
Raindance Film Festival
Interfilm Berlin
+ many more

Vimeo Staff Pick
500,000 online views


God View

From an unusual perspective, we follow Philip around his neighborhood. He misses his wife and daughter very much.

Canal+ multiple TV broadcasts in
France, Spain, Switzerland and across Africa

BAFTA Longlisted
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival
Seoul International Film Festival - *Best Short Film
East End Film Festival - *Best Short Film
Encounters Intenational Film Festival - *Showcase
Dresden International Short Film Festival - *Showcase
Moscow International Film Festival
+ many more

Vimeo Staff Pick
150,000+ online views


Suspended Animation

Walt Disney awakes to discover he’s been cryonically frozen for a few hundred years. On realising this, he suffers futureshock and dies.

Era New Horizons International Film Festival
Kiev International Film Festival (Molodist)
Nashville International Film Festival
Transmediale Video Art Festival, Berlin
Tabakalera, San Sebastian Centre Of Culture
Impakt Video Art Festival, Amsterdam
EMAF - European Media Art Festival, Germany
Galerie ART PRESENT, Paris


King Lear

A C T   I I     S C E N E   I V

Commissioned by the British Council
for the "Shakespeare Lives" series

For exclusive premiere by The Guardian



Born in London, Billy Lumby began his career working in McDonalds and living on the dole in Camden Town. Unschooled in filmmaking, he started as an assistant to directors such as Harmony Korine and Derek Cianfrance.

His short film GOD VIEW, for which he developed a unique camera rig, was shown and won awards at top festivals around the world, including Clermont-Ferrand, Seoul, St Petersburg, and Guanajuato. It was broadcast internationally by several television networks including Canal+.

His film SAMUEL-613 was commissioned by Dazed & Confused magazine and won the Pears short film prize. Exploring London’s Hasidic Jewish community, it gained unprecedented access for a drama, including non-professional actors and Yiddish dialogue. It was nominated for a BAFTA in 2016.

Billy has attended talent labs at the Berlin and BFI London film festivals. He is a Screendaily “Star Of Tomorrow”. He is currently developing his debut feature with BBC Films and the BFI.

Film & TV Representation – MATTHEW BATES           Watch Billy’s films on VIMEO