Film

PAUL BLINKHORN

DIRECTOR & WRITER

FILM



Paul is one of this year's Open Horizons #2 cohort with Northern Film + Media (supported by the Film and Television Charity) as well as being a participant on the Widening the Lens programme with Encounters Film Festival (supported by ScreenSkills).


In April 2020 his short comedy script THE MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN made the final 50 of InterConnected with BBC Writersroom out of 6803 scripts. Though the script didn't make the final 10 (which sees scripts produced and then screened across the BBC's platforms) the project has since gone been picked up by Hidden Door Productions and is currently in post-produced, with Paul also directing. .  


As a writer-director his dark comedy script for THE END - which was a runner-up in The Pitch Film Competition in January 2019 and is currently being packaged for funding. The project was developed with film and television puppeteer Julia Frost (Netflix's THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, THE FURCHESTER HOTEL) and has Julie Foy, one of the producers of 2018 Academy Award  winning short film THE SILENT CHILD on board to produce.  


My reel can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/394577518



THE TENANCY

(2020) - short


Writer


Hannah's grandmother's house is now home to a group of university
students. Today it's time for an inspection and things aren't going
to be easy. A comedy about student living, social media and short
attention spans.


Directed by Clifford Milner with BA Acting students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire,












Official Selection:


Birmingham Film Festival *nominated for 'Best Ensemble Cast'

FELLAZ

(2018) - short


Director



When Andrew realises his barber is an old love rival he gets more than the undercut and quiff he asked for. 'Fellaz' is a comedy about two men laying the past to rest, a wrestle with some clippers and coming to understand that men like to look good too

Official Selection:



Bolton Film Festival


High Peak Independent Film Festival


Kinofilm 17th Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival


Linear Internationa Film Festival


Portobello Film Festival


Lift-Off Sessions


FIFES Comedy film festival, Zagreb


LITTLE BIRD


(2017) - short


Director


Every place, every person, every lost life casts a shadow.


An experimental narrative short about living in darkness and finding the light.











Official selection:


Fake Flesh Film Festival









AFTER AUSCHWITZ

(2016) - short


Writer - Director


Hiding from the shadows of her past, Rebeka reflects on the paths not taken, of love lost and the moral obligations of being a survivor.


Official Selection:


Tryon International Film Festival (Tryon, North Carolina, USA)


AHRC Film Awards (London, UK) *award-nominated for the ‘Inspiration Award’


Awareness Film Festival (Los Angeles, USA)


Tirana International Film Festival (Tirana, Albania) *award-nominated for ‘Best Documentary’


The Taste Awards (Los Angeles, USA) *award-nominated for ‘Best Short Film or Documentary’


Universal Film Festival (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

*award-nominated ‘Best Documentary’


Eureka Springs Human Rights Film Festival (Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA) *award-winning ‘Silver Award’


Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival (London, UK)


Phoenix Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia)


Shorts Off Film Festival (a BAFTA Cymru qualifying festival)


Lake View International Film Festival, (Punjab, India)


Near Nazareth Film Festival (Israel)


Cumbria Short Film Competition *award-nominated ‘Best Original Screenplay’


Pennine Film Festival (Accrington, UK)


Hope Film Awards, (Dhaka, Bangladesh)


Food Film Fest (Bergamo, Italy) *nominated for ‘Best Short’


Girls Don't Cry - Persephone's Daughters Film Division, (Minnesota, USA)


Sandbar International Film Awards, (County Down, Northern Ireland), *award-winning ‘Best Documentary’


DUTY CALLS

(2008) - short


Writer - Director


On a quiet night, an overweight warehouse security man is more concerned about watching his diet than in keeping an eye on the goods he is supposed to be guarding. This inevitably leads to unfortunate consequences in a tale of human frailty. 

Official Selection:


Artensive International Festival (Romania)


Bradford International Film Festival


Cannes International Film Festival – Short Film Corner *supported by North West Vision and Media


Cornwall Film Festival


Deep Fried Film Festival


End of the Pier International Film Festival


Falstaff International Film Festival


Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film Festival


Mid-Ulster Film Festival


North by North Western Festival


Not Part of Festival


Oxjam Film Festival,


Pennine Film Festival *awarded ‘Best Short’


Purbeck Film Festival


Salford Film Festival


Saltburn Short Film Festival


Short Cuts Film Festival


Strasbourg International Film Festival


24:7 Festival.



In other capacities:


Paul also has a broad range of experience as a runner, AD and producer across funded and unfunded short film, music videos. and television.


In September 2020 I was a participant on the STORY FUTURES ACADEMY IDEATE BOOTCAMP in partnership with Creative England, The two-day Bootcamp was open to those in the film, television, theatre or games industry keen to explore immersive storytelling and develop the skills and knowledge required to become a creator in VR/AR or MR.


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.