Scott Barley is an artist and filmmaker from Newport, South Wales.

His work has been screened across Europe and The Americas, including The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA London), BFI Southbank, Doclisboa, EYE Filmmuseum, Vancouver International Film Centre, and Fronteira International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival.

His work has been associated with the Remodernist film and slow cinema movements, and more recently anthropocenic, cosmological, and phenomenological cinema. His work has often been compared with the sensibilities of Stan Brakhage, Philippe Grandrieux, Béla Tarr, Maya Deren, and Jean Epstein.

His visual practice and research has been used as educational material on undergraduate and postgraduate fine art and film courses at UCLA Arts (University of California, Los Angeles), University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Illinois at Chicago, EICTV (Cuba International School of Film and TV), Winchester School of Art, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Germany, University of Colorado Boulder, and SUNY (State University of New York).

Since early 2015, Barley has exclusively shot his films on an iPhone. His short film, Hinterlands was voted one of the best films of 2016 in Sight & Sound's yearly film poll. His first feature-length work, Sleep Has Her House was released in early 2017, garnering universal acclaim, and winning Best Film - Official Jury award at FRONTEIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, in Goiânia, Brazil. It was later voted one of the best films of 2017 in Sight & Sound, Senses of Cinema, and The Village Voice film polls.



Education

2016 - 2017
Master of Arts, Experimental Film
Kingston University, London

2012 - 2015
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Film & Video
Newport Film School, University of South Wales

2011 - 2012
Foundation Diploma (with distinction) in Art & Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University




Select Screenings / Exhibitions

2018

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) / Environmental Film Festival Australia
Sleep Has Her House (Australian premiere)

MIEFF (Moscow International Experimental Film Festival)
Sleep Has Her House (Russian premiere)

TodaysArt Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sleep Has Her House

Kinochrome Sessions, Toronto
Hunter

Dokufest, Kosvo
Sleep Has Her House (Kosvo premiere)

Cuenca International Biennial, Ecuador
The Sadness of the Trees

La Générale, Paris
Hinterlands
Hunter
Sleep Has Her House (French premiere)

Deptford Cinema, London
Sleep Has Her House

Magnificent 7 Festival, Serbia
Sleep Has Her House (Serbian premiere)

Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
Sleep Has Her House (UK premiere)

FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Womb

Singapore Art Museum
Sleep Has Her House

Centre De Cultura Contemporania De Barcelona, Spain
Sleep Has Her House

Limited Theatrical release, The Netherlands
Sleep Has Her House

EYE Filmmuseum, The Netherlands
Sleep Has Her House (Dutch premiere)

Filmvirus, The Reading Room, Thailand
Sleep Has Her House (Asian premiere)

2017

Semana Festival de Cinema, Brazil
Sleep Has Her House

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
Sleep Has Her House (Canadian premiere)

Doclisboa, Portugal
Sleep Has Her House (European premiere)

Festival de Cine Radical, Bolivia
Sleep Has Her House

ARTHAUS trae Proyecciones de Verano, Cuba
Hinterlands
Hunter

Tranzitdisplay: Cosmovisions - Works by Scott Barley & Mikel Guillen retrospective, Prague
The Sadness of the Trees
Nightwalk
Hunter
Womb

Lima Independiente International Film Festival, Peru
Sleep Has Her House (Peruvian premiere)

ICA, London
Eviscerations (Working title, work-in-progress)

Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Mar del Plata, MARFICI XIII, Argentina
Hinterlands

La Galería Germinal Lisboa, Portugal
Hinterlands
Hunter

BFI Southbank, England, UK
Womb 

Bogotá Experimental Film Festival / CineAutopsia, Colombia
Hinterlands

FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Sleep Has Her House (World premire) (Winner of Best Film - official jury award)

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Screenings (as educational material)

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, England, UK
Symposium by Scott Barley, with screenings (as educational material for BA and MA students)

Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany
Sleep Has Her House (screening, as educational material)


2016

ARTHAUS - Laboratorio de Creación Audiosual, Cuba
Hinterlands
Hunter

Pirámide Selva - Celebración, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hinterlands

Ibrida*Pluri, HAMBRE & Lumiere Collective screening, Rio, Brazil
Blue Permanence / Swan Blood

MARFICI International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Irresolute
Nightwalk

Animal-Nature-Human continuum
International Film, Arts & Animal Welfare Film Festival, Liberty Cinema, Mumbai, India
The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold (screened with The Turin Horse, dir. Béla Tarr)
The Sadness of the Trees

Tehran International Silent Film Festival, Iran
Hunter
Nightwalk

Night Will Fall: Scott Barley solo retrospective
Museum of Modern Art, Rio, Brazil
Nightwalk
Hours
Irresolute
The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold
Evenfall
Polytechnique
Shadows
The Sadness of the Trees
Hunter

Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hunter

International Women's Day (BBC Culture, United Nations)
Shadows

Goldensun Short Film Festival, Malta
Hunter
Hours
Evenfall
The Sadness of the Trees


2015

ExS International Film Festival, Serbia
Hunter (Jury award - Most significant work of 2015)
Hours

University of California, Los Angeles
Hunter (screening, as educational material)

University of Colorado, Boulder
Hunter (screening, as educational material)

Blowup International Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago, USA
Shadows (Best Student Film Nominee)
Nightwalk

State University of New York
Shadows (screening, as educational material)
Nightwalk (screening, as educational material)
Hours (screening, as educational material)
Evenfall (screening, as educational material)

Blackbird International Film Festival, New York, USA
Shadows
Nightwalk
Hours
Evenfall

Visionaria International Film Festival, Sienna, Italy
Nightwalk
Hours
Evenfall

The Factory Film Festival, Bournemouth, UK
The Sadness of the Trees

SF3 International Film Festival, Australia
Evenfall
Hours

Super 9 Mobile film Festival, Brazil
Evenfall

Pocket Cinema Film Festival, Pakistan
Evenfall

Scott Barley: EUROPEAN FILMMAKER IN FOCUS, retrospective
Cinemalibre, University of the Philippines, Cine Ardana Cinemateque,  Philippines, Asia
Nightwalk
Irresolute
Evenfall
Shadows

Commissioned project for The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Exhibited at The ATRiuM: Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Cardiff, UK

Royal College

Proceso de Error - Festival Internacional de Video Experimental, Brazil
Irresolute

A Dark Room Film Fest, Connecticut, USA
Nightwalk

Drone Cinema Film Festival, The Netherlands
Polytechnique


2014

FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Irresolute


2012

Installation with video, exhibited in various locations throughout the UK between 2012 and 2013
Untitled



Awards / Critic’s Polls


2018

Village Voice 2017 Film Poll
Sleep Has Her House - Nominated for Best film, Best first feature, and Best director

Senses of Cinema 2017 World Poll
Sleep Has Her House


2017

BFI Sight & Sound Best Films of 2017 Poll
Sleep Has Her House

Best Film - Official Jury prize, FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Sleep Has Her House

Senses of Cinema 2016 World Poll
Sleep Has Her House


2016

Indiewire 2016 Critics Poll
Sleep Has Her House ("Best overlooked film")*
* unreleased publicly at the time of writing

Desistfilm Best Films of 2016 Poll
Hinterlands
Sleep Has Her House

BFI Sight & Sound Best Films of 2016 Poll
Hinterlands


2015

Desistfilm Best Films of 2015 Poll
Hunter


2013

Senses of Cinema Best Films of 2013 World Poll
Irresolute


2012

WJEC National Exhibition
Selected as 1 of the top 25 young artists in England & Wales
Howard Gardens


2011

Norman Rawlings Award for Art & Design



Dossiers / Monographs

NocticulaScreen Project: Incertezas
por Hambre | espacio cine experimental + ClimaCom
Curator: Sebastian Wiedemann

Lo Specchio Scuro:
The Experimental Cinema of Scott Barley: From ‘The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold’ to ‘Hours’

Author: Alberto Libera


Le cinéma remoderniste: Histoire et théorie d’une esthétique contemporaine
Author: Florian Maricourt
Research Director: Nicole Brenez
Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris