Chris Neilan is an award-winning author, screenwriter and filmmaker currently completing a PhD in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University where he also teaches.

He was shortlisted for the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the 2021 Sundance Development Track.  His films have played at 16 international film festivals and won several awards.

He was awarded 2nd place for Short Fiction in the 2017 Bridport Prize, shortlisted for the 2020 Aurora Prize, and nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize, the 2021 Shirley Jackson Awards and the 2021 Best Small Fictions anthology.  His first short fiction collection, Stellify, will be published by Broken Sleep Books in 2022.

His production company, Gor Gai Films, specializes in humanitarian documentaries.  Past films have focused on issues affecting ethnic minorities, refugees and women in north and west Thailand.

He created and co-hosts the podcast Two Minute Stories with poet-novelist Helen Mort and poet Mark Pajak, and is a former writer-in-residence for New Writing North.