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Rachel Tillotson

Senior Lecturer in Film Production

I am a BAFTA winning filmmaker with extensive short film and TV directing experience. I trained as an actress, have directed Theatre and have an MA in Film Direction from the Royal College of Art.


I have several feature films in development. I have directed nine shorts, financed by funders such as LFVDA, UKFC, Film Four and Anglia TV. They’ve sold internationally winning numerous awards. I attended the Cinefondation screenwriting residency (Cannes festival) and the Guiding Lights scheme (mentor: David Yates) and the BFI scheme ‘Think, Shoot, Distribute’ with Andrew Haigh (‘45 Years’).


  • MA: Film Direction, Royal College of Art, 1997
  • BA (Hons): Dramatic Arts, Bretton Hall (Leeds University), 1992
  • PGCAP, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2017


BAFTA, Royal Television Society Awards (x2), Clermont-Ferrand and Encounters Film Festival winner, DePict winner (Encounters) Brest and Lillie Film festival winner

Membership of professional bodies

HEA Fellowship

Teaching & Research


The use of action learning to aid self-actualisation and approaches towards the empowerment of female filmmakers.


More publications from Rachel Tillotson can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

As a part-time senior lecturer, Rachel continues to pursue her filmmaking career alongside her teaching commitments. She also runs directing workshops in several higher education institutions.

Subject for media interview

Empowering and supporting new female talent behind and in front of the camera