Jax Smith: Writer & Director

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Jax Smith created the series, DEFECT, a ScreenCraft Film Fund & Screenwriting Fellowship quarterfinalist. She directed MENTAL, an official selection of the Danforth Short Film Festival 2017, the Philip K. Dick Film Festival 2018, the International Women in Film Festival 2018, and the Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival 2018 where it won awards for cinematography, editing and, lead performance. MENTAL also screened at the Covellite International Film Festival 2017 where it won ‘Achievement in Filmmaking Best Short Form’ and the Vancouver Short Film Festival 2018 where it won Raindance Vancouver’s ‘Underdog Award.’ The film also won the One-Reeler Short Film Competition ‘Award of Excellence’ and is nominated for five Leo awards: Best short drama, Best screenwriting, Best sound, Best costume design, and Best production design. Jax also directed THE STAKEOUT, nominated for an EDA award for ‘Best Female-Directed Short’ at the Whistler Film Festival 2017 and for a Leo award for Best Actress. The film is also an official selection of the Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival 2018 and winner of the One-Reeler Short Film Competition ‘Award of Merit’.

Previously she directed, FLICKIN’ THE LIGHTS OFF, the official selection of the Projecting Change Film Festival 2008, as well as projects for First Star and the World Wildlife Fund. Her work has been on CBS, The Knowledge Network, Urban Rush TV and featured in The Vancouver Sun and The Province. Jax is half of the writing duo, M&J with Meeshelle Neal.

What do I do best?

Encourage others. I am excellent at bringing the best out of those around me and helping them to believe in themselves.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Rest and self-care, which includes reading time, journaling and conversations with inspiring, centered people.

What are my aspirations?

I aspire to trust my instincts and remain healthily detached from outward markers of success such as praise or attention. I strive to be driven inwardly by my own self-set goals in regards to craft and personal growth.

My Biggest Success?

My most significant achievement to date is the health of my personal relationships with family and friends.

My Most Challenging Moment?

When I was 19, my spine suffered a chiropractic adjustment gone wrong. Doctors said that I would never dance again. At the time dance was my chosen profession and made up the majority of my identity. I was devastated. I am very proud of my decision to heal and to dance again despite what was said. This injury also forced me to look at who I was beyond what I could do, or what I was talented at, which strengthened my resilience and inner-fortitude.  


My Motto?

“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My mother. My husband. Friends: Briana Rayner, Meesh Neal, William Minsky, Ricki Sahota & Peter Wilds, Nicolas Kadima, Liz Levine. I could go on and on.   

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Any cabin deep in the woods. I find peace and clarity amidst trees.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Worry stones. Essential oils. A well-crafted stiletto.

My Current Passions?

Reading, writing, and dancing in the kitchen with my dog.