Paul Andersen is a director and creative producer. He is the recipient of an Australian Academy Award (AACTA) for a film he co-wrote and directed (‘Departure Lounge’, social shorts best comedy).

He directed and produced the first season of teen comedy-adventure series ‘Bertram Poppingstock’, which screened on ABC ME.  He also directed the short thriller ‘The Visitor’, which premiered at MIFF and won multiple awards at film festivals across the USA.

Paul directed and produced a short comedy in New York City called ‘Imaginary Friend’, post-producing in Los Angeles and at Skywalker Ranch. He produced the short film ‘Tragic Love’ (dir. Gary Eck), which was awarded at Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival.

Paul is an alumnus of Professional Screenwriting at RMIT, Executive Screen Production at Victoria University, and MIFF’s renowned Accelerator director’s lab. He was recently named as One to Watch by Screen Producers Australia.



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DREAM HOUSE – Producer / Director

Comedy short. Winner inaugural short film fund, Jewish International Film Festival


Teen comedy-adventure series. Set-up director. Directed first season. ABC TV

DEPARTURE LOUNGE – Director / Co-writer

Rom-com short, shot in Far North Queensland. Won ACTAA award (social shorts best comedy)

STRANGE TALES – ‘Chords’ – Executive Producer / Director

TV pilot. Anthology horror series. Set-up director

IMAGINARY FRIEND – Producer / Writer / Director

Short comedy. Shot in NYC; completed in LA & at Skywalker Sound

HAPPY ACCIDENT – Director / Writer

Short comedy. Shot on 16mm. Script won $30,000 from Diet Coke Films. LA Comedy FF

THE VISITOR – Producer / Director

Short psychological thriller. Shot on 16mm. Screen Australia / Open Channel (Raw Nerve)

World première at MIFF 2007. Selected for Accelerator directors’ lab. Numerous awards

UP IN THE AIR – Writer / Director

Short comedy.  Flagfall FF; QANTAS inflight film 

TRAGIC LOVE – Producer

Short comedy dir. Gary Eck. Second prize, Tropfest 2002


GALILEO (theatre)– Director, Designer, Co-Translator

Directed and designed mainstage play at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, with cast of 22

THIS IS WHAT WE AUSTRALI-ARE (commercial)– Producer / Director

TV commercial. Won national award at gala ceremony at Sydney Opera House



ONE TO WATCH – Screen Producers Australia

Mentored by Jason Stephens (Lingo Pictures). Pitched at Screen Forever 2017

WINNER, SHORT FILM FUND – Jewish International Film Festival

Inaugural winner of film finance from JIFF, for ‘Dream House’ (dir. Paul Andersen) 2017

AACTA award – Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts

Won social shorts best comedy for ‘Departure Lounge’ (dir. Paul Andersen)

ACCELERATOR – Selected for MIFF’s prestigious directors lab

World première of ‘The Visitor’ at MIFF. Screen Australia / Open Channel (Raw Nerve)

BEST FANTASY FILM – New Jersey Film Festival, for ‘The Visitor’

BEST ART FILM – Eugene International Film Festival, for ‘The Visitor’

BEST SILENT FILM – Coney Island Film Festival, for ‘The Visitor’

BEST DIRECTOR – Sydney Fringe Festival

Winner of Best Direction for play competition, 2000

OZ IN 30 SECONDS – Winner for ‘This is what we Australi-ARE’

Grand prizewinner for directing spec TVC for GetUp!




Finance | distribution | copyright / IP | project management | co-productions | business plans | 2011


Screenwriting | copywriting | editing | writing for web | 2006


Subtext & screen language | Working with actors | 1998


Taught by: Peter Weir | Graham Thorburn | Bill Bennett | 1995

BACHELOR OF ARTS (Literature & Film Studies) – University of Sydney

Studied: cinema | animation | montage | mise-en-scene | theatre | auteur & genre theory | 1993