Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Miles Jay discovered storytelling whilst growing up amongst a family of filmmakers. He takes pride in presenting naturalistic, human stories through a cinematic lens. Miles’ work evokes a genuine sense of awe, while always rooted in reality.
Straight out of college, his thesis film, BLINK, won the TIFF Student Showcase and he was then shortlisted at the Young Directors Awards at the Cannes Lions Festival. The next year Miles returned to win the Young Directors Awards with an interactive short film, Carly’s Cafe, about the true story of Carly Fleischmann, who suffers from non-verbal autism and wrote a book about her experiences. The short film went on to be used in a presentation to the United Nations to ratify the Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities.
In 2015, Miles’ Short Film ‘The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship’–where an emotionally detached statistician narrates the statistical probability of romantic failure of a young couple in NYC went on to receive the Special Jury Mention at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Short. He rounded out the year by earning Gold in New Direction Talent at The Ciclope Festival and his first nomination at the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for a short film on Fletcher Cleaves, a young football star whose career was cut short after a tragic car accident a from distracted driver texting.
In 2016, Miles’ beautiful, poignant, and arrestingly meditative music video for the Leon Bridges song “River” was received by an enthusiastic global audience for it’s powerful depiction of present day injustice. The video earned the Jury Award for Best Music Video at SXSW Film Festival, Best of the Month honors from the Vimeo Staff Picks, and nominations for Best Music Video of the Year at the Webby Awards and the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Between “River”, “Fletcher Cleaves”, and his PSA for The Prince’s Trust, “Parallel Lives”, Miles was named the Director of the Year by Shots Magazine.
In 2017, Miles made a series of three films with Squarespace and John Malkovich to launch the actor’s first fashion line. The campaign received acclaim, earning honors at the AICP Awards, Webby Awards, Cannes Lions Festival, and won the Outstanding Commercial category at the 2017 Emmy Awards. Paired with his work on an intimate Bose campaign from the same year, Miles earned his second Directors Guild of America nomination in Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.
Miles’ most recent music video for JAY-Z’s “Smile” took home the Grand Prix for Entertainment Lions in Music at the 2018 Cannes Lions Festival, the Webby Award for Best Performance in Film and Gold for Direction at Ciclope Festival. The film offers an introspective look into the life of Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, raising Jay in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects, as she struggles to outwardly embrace her sexuality in a world that doesn’t provide space for her to freely express herself.
Miles currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.