I am incredibly grateful to have benefited from The Family Support Fund which specifically targets parents and carers who need financial help with childcare or caring responsibilities.


The 12-month pilot scheme is a joint partnership with Raising Films and the Film & Television Charity to provide short term financial support.



A special thanks also to The Film & Television Charity and Northern Film + Media for their recent support through the Going Places Fund - which offers grants to cover travel and subsistence expenses for individuals needing to attend training, interviews or pitches.



In 2017 I was a participant of the inaugural CLOSR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME with Raising Films which has the support of the Creative England, Directors UK, Pact and WGGB. The personal and network development pilot scheme was for writers, directors and producers based in the English regions (outside Greater London) who are parents or carers.


In 2016/2017 my short film AFTER AUSCHWITZ

did the rounds at film festivals internationally, being nominated for several awards and screening in Albania, Bangladesh, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy and the United States.


The feature-length audio drama THE MIGHTY CARLINS by Collin Doyle which I directed for Wireless Theatre Company is now available on CD as part of the Wireless Theatre Collection Vol 2. in addition to being available as an online download on Amazon.


In 2017 I worked in collaboration with fellow writer-director Amy Jephta in Cape Town and Manchester on a joint South African and UK project entitled REFUGE. The project was made possible through the generous support of BRITISH COUNCIL CONNECT ZA ARTS PROGRAMME.



From December 2015 to February 2016 I was Assistant Director to David Thacker at THE OCTAGON THEATRE BOLTON on his productions of TWO and TWO 2 (World Premiere) by Jim Cartwright..


At the end of 2015 I was shortlisted for THE GENESIS FUTURE DIRECTORS AWARD 2016 at the Young Vic. The award nurtures and develops emerging young directors by providing them with an invaluable opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic without the scrutiny of the media.


In 2015 I was longlisted to be a part of the OLD VIC 12. The Old Vic 12 gave an opportunity for 12 emerging artists looking to make the next step in their careers. The scheme offered opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentorship and benefit from the prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to Matthew Warchus’ first season.




email: paul.blinkhorn@gmail.com

twitter: @pwblinkhorn

Recent news


I have been selected as one of the finalists in The Pitch - Film Competition 2018 with my short film pitch THE END. In January I'll have the opportunity to pitch live in front of a panel of industry judges at Pinewood Studios for £30,000 of production funding, industry mentoring and support.


My short film FELLAZ produced by Ultimatum Films recently screened as a part of Bolton Film Festival.


My fourth feature-length audio drama NIGHT OF THE ORCHID by Marty Ross, which I directed for Wireless Theatre Company was released at the end of October and is now available as an audio download.


In 2017 my short film pitch QUARTERS was shortlisted for The Pitch - Film Competition. Though the project didn't make the final ten I was grateful of the opportunity and the support and feedback I received as part of the process. .


In December 2017 the audio drama I HEART AMY by Elizabeth Parikh which I directed for Wireless Theatre Company was released online..