In 2019 Emma was a Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist with 2 original feature film scripts: '4 Miles Per Second' and 'Loosely Based On Real Life’. In 2012 she was long-listed for The Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize with ‘The Immortal Gene’ after being selected as one of 4 screenwriting participants on the UK Film Industry's Guiding Lights scheme, where she was mentored by Olivia Hetreed.
In 2010 her written and directed short poetry film “Breathe” won the public jury prize for best film at the Zebra International Poetry Film Festival, Berlin. In 2006 she was runner up in The Kaos British Short Screenplay Competition with 'If Tomorrow Never Comes’ , a short film script inspired by the 2005 London bombings. In 2002 Emma was winner, by public vote, of the National Orange/Guardian Text Poetry Competition and in 2001 she was regional winner in Ottakers’ National Poetry Competition.
Emma read Theatre Studies at Lancaster University and went on to train in 16mm film. She worked in film and TV production on shorts and low budget feature films, ending up at Endemol and The London Studios, whilst shooting her own short films. Her debut short film, Desire 95 won the audience vote for best film at the Halloween Film Festival. [London Short Film Festival].
Since 2006 Emma has curated visual arts events and programmes, specialising in projects with grass roots organisations and young people. She has curated 6 film festivals at the Barbican Centre, mentored young people into jobs and training within the arts and has successfully fundraised over £3 million in project and capital funding. She worked on the Aylesbury Estate over 12 years and within the London boroughs of Southwark, Croydon, Brent, Islington, Hackney and the City of London, most recently acting as a consultant for arts organisations, developers and local authorities to create sustainable and meaningful opportunities for local people in areas of regeneration, to promote and preserve artistic and cultural life for all.