Joséfa Celestin


Joséfa was born and raised in France where she studied graphic design and filmmaking. She worked as a freelance corporate filmmaker for 2 years before leaving France to study the MA Film at Screen Academy Scotland. After graduation, she gained experience on the sets of big-budget BBC dramas and high-end commercials.

Joséfa’s short graduation film from the MA Film course, Event Horizon, was selected by over 55 festivals, won 10 awards, was shortlisted for the UniFrance Prize in 2017 and distributed in French cinemas as part of the Shorts before Features program run by L’Agence du Court Métrage.

Josefa’s latest short, Tomorrow Might Be the Day, was commissioned by the Scottish Film Talent Network and premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018. Joséfa was also selected to the Talent lab in EIFF in 2018. Her first feature project Aurora’s Skies has received funding for development and her second feature The Last Kind  has been selected to the Talent Lab Connects – a pilot programme run by EIFF. Joséfa loves coming-of-age stories and wants to tell the tales of smart but awkward female characters.


In 2016 along with fellow Screen Academy graduates Margarita Verberaite (MA Film, production, 2015) and Fraser Stephen (MA Film, camera, 2015),  Joséfa co-founded video and film Production Company Shakehaus.  Joséfa currently works as a director on commercials and brand films and manages the post-production work for Shakehaus.

Shakehaus develops and produces original content, with a strong focus on elevated Sci-Fi Drama, while also providing branded video production services to local and international businesses. One of the first short films produced by Shakehaus was MA Film graduation short Event Horizon – now a successful UK/France co-production that has been shown at over 55 festivals so far and sold for distribution in Europe and Asia. Their latest production Tomorrow Might Be The Day is a Scottish Film Talent Network funded New Talent short film and also UK/French co-production which is currently running in the festival circuit.

In 2018, Shakehaus was selected to participate in Focus, a two-year pilot project that provides business support to screen production companies in Scotland. This has enabled the team, now a partnership between Margarita and Joséfa, to work with vastly experienced and supportive industry consultants such as Lee Magiday (producer of Lobster and The Favourite) and Mike Kelly development consultant for screen and entertainment industries (founder of Northern Alliance).

Shakehaus is currently developing a slate of feature film and TV projects with local and international talent. Their aim is to diversify the genre landscape in Scotland and the UK.