Cris Jones is an award-winning filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. His short films The Funk, Excursion and The Heisenberg Principle have screened at over 120 film festivals, garnering countless awards around the world. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003, Cris went on to win the Emerging Filmmaker Awards of both the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia. In 2004, he was selected to participate in the Melbourne International Film Festival’s inaugural Accelerator Program. After directing a number of music videos and commercials, Cris returned to film in 2008 with the award-winning short The Funk, funded by the Australian Film Commission, which went on to screen at over 60 festivals, winning a number of international awards and an IF Award nomination back home. His first feature film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom opened the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival in July 2016.
The Death and Life of Otto Bloom chronicles the life and great love of an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse – wandering blindly into the past, while remembering the future. The film charts Bloom's rise from scientific oddity to international superstar as he searches for love and meaning in this strange, backwards world. Over the years, he has a string of romances while challenging our preconceived notions about life, death and the nature of time. More