Biography

C.I. Smith (aka Christopher Ian Smith) is a writer and director based in London.

He was formerly a member of the audiovisual collective Addictive TV, producing audiovisual art, experimental films, and the ITV1 electronic music series Mixmasters. Addictive TV were voted No.1 VJs in the world by DJMag, and perfomed around the world at events and venues including: Le Centre PompidouThe ICAGlastonbury Festival and Mutek.  He then moved into the digital/tech space as a creative director. In partnership with East End and Cork Film Festivals, he founded EMERGE, a symposium about the future of filmmaking.

His own work spans experimental, documentary and fiction – exploring our interaction with folklore, landscape, architecture and technology through uncanny narratives. Chris has exhibited at film, photography and art festivals globally. In 2018 his feature documentary, New Town Utopia (narrated by Jim Broadbent) was released in cinemas to widespread acclaim. It received four and five-star reviews from critics in The GuardianThe Times and morewith a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It played at festivals around the world.

New Town Utopia was a cross-platform work comprising a book and video art installation. The publication featured poetry, photography and writing by Jonathan Meades, Owen Hatherley and Gillian Darley. The video installation exhibited at the Sharjah Biennale (Beirut) and Format Photography Festival.

His recent horror short Unreel (2022) has been selected for the Oscar qualifying LA Shorts Fest, Popcorn Nights and Frightfest. Projects in development include the dystopian horror-thriller Zero Hours and the Alabama 3 feature documentary Woke Up This Morning

Chris has also created and directed commercial films and interactive work for brands including the BBCGuinness, O2, Sony PlayStation and UbiSoft.