Kiara Jones is the FIRST-EVER US finalist among the four winners for The Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition (BSIS).  Kiara Jones from Jacksonville, Florida was announced last month as one of the four global winners for her film, The Other Side of The Game.

The BSIS competition offers budding filmmakers the chance to realize their own short film, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher.  Now in its second year, Bombay Sapphire and Geoffrey Fletcher assembled a cross section of imaginative heavy weights from the world of film to judge the entries, which featured Academy Award winning actor,Adrien Brody; screenwriter and film director, Lucy Mulloy; screenwriter, Naomi Foner; actor, Peter Facinelli; and senior curator at Vimeo, Sam Morrill, who between them selected nine films for their originality and imagination.

Kiara said, “I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and began my professional career in US Air Force.  I traveled the world as a Broadcaster for both radio and television.  Then I left the service and produced live shows and events in Las Vegas.  Though I loved my work, I hated Las Vegas and wanted to move to New York, so I applied to Film School.  I was accepted and began writing, directing and producing short films.  The photo left is from the Urbanworld Film Festival, where a short I wrote entitled “Barbasol” won the Audience award for Best Short.  I’m currently in pre-production for my first feature film entitled, “Christmas Wedding Baby,” which I plan to shoot in January.  Tremendously exciting times and I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you.”

See the Other Side of the Game here