Chris Neilan is an award-winning author, screenwriter and filmmaker. He was shortlisted for the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the 2021 Sundance Development Track. 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.
Raised in Sussex, an adopted Brightonian, he has made films in South Korea, rural Thailand, urban Thailand, the UK and LA. In 2015 he scripted the short Circle in the Rock for his regular collaborator Ellis Bahl. Starring Brendan Sexton III (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), it was funded by the O'Neill Unreasonable online film festival. In 2016 his short Demons, which he directed, produced and edited for a budget of £400, shooting on location in Itaewon, Seoul, debuted in competition at the Derby Film Festival.
Hi 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.
A former writer-in-residence for New Writing North, Chris is currently finishing his PhD in Creative Writing at Manchester Met where he also teaches. His first short story collection, Stellify, is due to be published in early 2022. He is at work on a follow-up novel and several film and TV projects.
He created and co-hosts the podcast Two Minute Stories with poet-novelist Helen Mort and poet Mark Pajak.