Born in Brighton, Paul studied Geography and worked on glaciers in Pakistan, before deciding to become a filmmaker and completing a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography in the United States.
Paul is about to direct a 10-15 minute documentary about Mark Twain for the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut and recently completed the opening block of The Evermoor Chronicles series 2 for Lime/Disney.
Paul has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA for his directorial work on Rocket’s Island 3 (Lime Pictures). His episode ‘Mountain Post’ won the Prix Jeunesse Children’s Jury Award 2016. The series TX in October 2016. Paul has directed television episodes for Vera III (ITV Studios/ITV1), Shameless (Company/C4), Waterloo Road (Shed Productions/BBC1) Hollyoaks (Lime/C4), Doctors (BBC1) and the Being Human II prequel (Touchpaper/BBC3).
His feature film debut, Bomber, which he both wrote and directed, premiered in competition at SXSW (South by Southwest) and had its UK debut at LUFF in the Breakthrough strand. It has won 5 Best Feature, 3 Best Actress and 2 Best Director awards at festivals across the world.
His short films have premiered at the Berlinale (Die Berliner Mauer), Sundance (Estes Avenue), SXSW (Odd Shoe) and Palm Springs (Last Hand Standing), while his debut short, Jeff Farnsworth sold to HBO.
Paul has also directed many award winning commercials, including Stupid, his anti-smoking spot, which won an AICP and became part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York City.
As a writer, Paul has written plays for BBC Radio and recently developed Down and Out in Dover, a feature film project, with funding from the UK Film Council.
Paul likes the colour blue and occasionally directs theatre in Chicago.
Paul’s film and commercial work can be viewed at his website.
Paul Cotter is represented by Frances Arnold