Emile Rafael

Nourished during his youth in Prague by both the bohemian landscape of central Europe and the large-scale Hollywood productions often shooting there, Emile Rafael’s passion for filmmaking and photography took root early on. Those childhood encounters have now blossomed into a career as a celebrated director and photographer flourishing in the creative hothouse of London. After a two-year stint as a producer, Emile quickly made the leap to directing by creating dynamic videos for the likes of Katy B, X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, and Stubborn Heart. His love of photography and documentary films heavily influences his voice as a director, pushing him to seek out visual boldness and human truth in equal measure on every assignment.
Emile has collaborated with Nowness and I-D on an array of projects, and his work has been featured in SHOTS, The Beak Street Bugle, The Reel, 1.4, and Little Black Book, among others. His video for MØ’s “Walk This Way” earned him the trophy for Danish Music Video of the Year at the 2014 Danish Music Awards. Emile was also shortlisted for the 2014 Next Director Awards with his Nowness short film profiling legendary writer Alan Moore, titled “His Heavy Heart.”