WHO ARE SHUNK FILMS?

'Shunk Films is a indie production company, headed by Bristol-based filmmakers Paul Holbrook and Sam Dawe. Both writers and directors, they are long time collaborators as well as cousins. Avid movie lovers, in 2010, they took their love of the medium to the next logical step and jumped into the world of spec-screenwriting. After finding small successes in the industry and honing their craft writing speculative feature-length screenplays and TV serials that have made headway in international screenwriting competitions (Page, Shore, Screencraft, Nicholl) - both as a partnership and on solo projects - they soon decided it was high time they moved into self-production. They set about writing and producing their debut collaboration; a short film called 'Porphyrophobia'.

Towards the end of 2013, they focused their efforts on writing a series of shorter, more broadly comedic shorts which were shot with skeleton crews with lo-no budgets and released online throughout 2014/15. Their comedy shorts screened at film festivals all over the world, picking up lots of awards along the way and cemented the duo's love for filmmaking.

2015 saw the pair jump back into narrative storytelling with the ambitious ‘A Girl and Her Gun’ which was very well recieved and screened at prestigious film festivals including Bafta-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival and London Short Film Festival.

Throughout 2016 they added more comedy shorts to their portfolio further strengthening their audience reach and refining their craft. They were also selected for the Creative England Talent Module 2016 and reached the final stages of iShorts with a narrative body-horror titled 'Mamba' and the BBC Writersroom with their speculative TV comedy series 'Gwentboys'.

2017 saw them take on even bigger challenges both as a creative partnership and on solo projects, writing and directing bold short film 'Sunday Worship' which picked up 'Best UK Short' at MANIFF and 'Best Film' at CFF as well as picking up smaller awards from around the world and tackling a the Sci-Fi genre for the first time with 80's throwback 'Cell'.

2019 will see them tackle proof-of-concept, social-realist horror 'Hungry Joe' - inspired by a terrifying true story and BFI backed coming-of-age short film 'Shiney'. 

Whilst the pair continue working on an ever growing portfolio of stories with a packed roster of projects 'in development', they continue to seek out new avenues in which to tell diverse, colourful stories with the ultimate aim being to eventually write and direct their first feature film.

The twosome are also part of BaftaXCrew class of 2019 and the Shore Director's Roster 2019.

 

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