(2021) - short

Jess' parents have been married for decades, but lockdown is proving difficult.

And now her mum has a plan to get her dad out of the house.

Cast: Denise Black, Paul Bradley and Clare Calbraith

Written and Directed by Paul Blinkhorn

Produced by Karen Newman for Hidden Door Productions

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In April 2020 the script for comedy short THE MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN made the final 50 of InterConnected with BBC Writersroom out of almost 7,000 scripts.


(2021) - short


(RTS nominated)

Mark and his layabout brother are surprised when their dad turns up unannounced after being thrown out by their mum.  They’re determined to get to the truth, but is he willing to reveal his secret?


(2018) - short


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


(2017) - short


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


(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.


(2020) - short


An insight into domestic abuse as seen through the lens of an observer. Filmed remotely with a company of 45 women from acting and non-acting backgrounds.

Click here to view the film. 

Official Selection:

Bolton Film Festival

Deep Fried Film Festival *award-winning (Best Short)

Filmed Up, Manchester


(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’


(2020) - short


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'

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 2020 Paul was one of the 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 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.

As a writer-director my dark comedy script for THE END - which was a runner-up in The Pitch Film Competition in January 2019 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).

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.