Claire Leona Apps was raised in Hong Kong and Indonesia before relocating to Britain, where she graduated in mathematics at Imperial College London. She then completed an MA at the London Film School, graduating as a director.
Writing and directing credits include 'Ugly Girls', 'Granted permission', 'Over', 'Number 88', 'I want to f*** tom', 'Everyone’s a little monkey' and 'Gweipo', starring Francesca Annis. Gweipo won ‘best short’ at Tiger Far East Film Festival (London), as well as ‘Special Jury Prize’ at AFIA Film Festival (Denmark). It also screened at multiple festivals including Cinefest Sudbury (Canada).
Claire Leona has comprehensive editing experience working on many short films, such as Keeping Time, and freelance projects. This includes a long-term collaboration with performance artist Samantha Sweeting. A documentation of Samantha’s 'Bestilalia (I never imagined life without you)', filmed and edited by Claire Leona, has been shown at various venues including Boston Underground Film Festival (USA).
In 2007, Claire Leona founded Dog Eared Films to focus on making films and music videos. She also produced and directed the medium length documentary 'Aceh Recovers', focused on the tsunami recovery zone in Indonesia.
In 2008, she was short listed for the Westminster Arts Film Bursary Award. She also became a finalist for the Commonwealth Vision Awards with the short film 'Hubcaps and Bathtubs'.
In 2009, she made a stop animation 'Plastic Love' that won a Filmaka competition allowing her to be funded for the Jury Level Competition. Claire Leona also won the '2010 Great North Run Moving Image Commission'. Her short film will feature 'The Zoetrope Effect' that Maeve O'Connell and her created; this film will be competed by august of next year.