Paul Holbrook is a multi-award-winning writer and director. A proud working-class Bristolian, he was born and bred in Hartcliffe - a council estate in the South West of England.
Despite a lack of formal education, Paul started his career as a screenwriter, writing feature-length scripts. He HAS ADVANCED through various industry-backed screenwriting competitions including Page, Shore, and Screencraft. in 2018 he made the final 1% of The Academy Nicholl Fellowship (The Oscars) with his coming-of-age feature 'Snog'. He has also made the final stages of the BBC Writersroom with TV comedy ‘Gwentboys’, the final stages of ishorts with short film ‘Mamba’, and has been selected for industry-backed mentoring and career development through Creative England, Bafta, THE PITCH, and the BFI.
As a writer/director, Paul's films fuse the flair of genre cinema with grounded social realism, and his passion for intimate, character-driven stories is evident in all of his produced work thus far. His films have been selected for numerous Bafta, BIFA, and Oscar-qualifying film festivals around the world including Palm Springs, BFI London, Encounters, and Aesthetica, winning many awards along the way.
His short film ‘Hungry Joe’ was nominated for a London Critics Circle Award IN 2020 and was described by Short of the Week as "One of the UK's great modern horror shorts" and his highly anticipated follow-up ‘Hollow’, which was produced through the Enter the Pitch scheme has garnered similar critical acclaim across the industry, including picking up best cinematography at Rhode Island International Film Festival. his SHORT film 'SHINEY' WAS ALSO FUNDED BY BFI NETWORK AND HAS REACHED OVER 2 million VIEWS ONLINE.
Paul is developing various film and TV projects with established and emerging production companies, including tv comedies ordinary joe and whatever happened to Pete biscuits? for bristol af and the horror feature hungry joe based on the successful short for buffalo dragon.