Shona Auerbach began her career as a stills photographer. After achieving a Masters degree in Film, she made her directorial debut with the short film Seven, which won Best British Short Film at the British Short Film Festival amongst a string of other international awards and became the first short film to be showcased at Cannes by Saatachi and Saatchi.
This marked the beginning of her work in advertising, shooting for clients and campaigns such as MasterCard, NSPCC and Baci among many others. During the several years of directing commercials, Shona was also developing and shooting her debut feature film, ‘Dear Frankie’, starring Gerard Butler and Emily Mortimer, for Pathe. The film was then picked up by Miramax and distributed worldwide, and received a fifteen-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, when it played in Un Certain Regard and was headlined in the Times as "The Brits that stole Cannes”. Shona was then nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer & Best Director (Scotland), went on to win numerous awards including the audience award for Best Feature at the LA Film Festival and the Lena Sharpe award for women in film.
Shona continued her career After shooting commercials, with clients such as Ikea and The National Lottery charity, Welsh Water and TSB, whilst also developing several new feature projects. She is currently in the very last stages of post-production on her latest feature film ‘Rudy’, which will be released at the end of 2021.