Ruth Paxton



Tutor Bio 

Paxton’s award-winning short films have been exhibited in competition at numerous international events and prominent film festivals; her film PARIS/SEXY won the UK Film Council’s award for Best British Short at London Short Film Festival 2011 and she won Best Woman Director at the same festival in 2015 for her film, PULSE.

She was an artist in residence at the Cucalorus Film Foundation in North Carolina, USA in 2014, and a selected member of multiple international labs, juries and panels, most recently Wellcome Trust’s Ideas Lab, in association with Edinburgh International Film Festival, the British Council’s Film & Music Lab 2016 and chosen for the UK’s most prestigious professional mentoring scheme, Guiding Lights 8.

Commissions include BAROQUE for Milan’s Festival Delle Lettere, ROCKHAVEN for the Royal Philharmonic Society and NEVADA, commissioned and featuring music by folk trio, LAU.   In 2017, she will shoot a short psychological horror BE STILL MY BEATING HEART, commissioned via SFTN, produced by BFI Vision Award recipients, Barry Crerar with whom she’s developing her feature, FIFTEEN WOLVES.  This year Ruth will Production Design design Maja Borg’s feature documentary, PASSION, which she’ll also partly Production Manage.    

A professional mentor with Raindance and visiting lecturor at Screen Academy Scotland.  Ruth has recently begun making commercial work with leading Scottish company, Mallinson Television Productions.  And is represented by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.  

Creative areas of interest

Psychologial Horror + Mental Health Issues + Psychosexual and Romantic Drama + Fables, Mythology, Legends, Fairytales, Folklore + Death Awareness + Vanitas Theme + Renaissance and Baroque Art + Surrealism + Marilyn Monroe and Hollywood’s Golden Era + Crime Scene Photography + Editorial Fashion + Interior Design + Gothica + Storytelling therapy + Classic Gangster Genre + Cinematic Television + Francis Ford Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos, Jonathan Glazer, Jane Campion, Jacques Audiard, Cate Shortland

Mentoring strengths

+ Across Short and Feature filmmaking (drama / experimental / music)


*Seed Idea, Character and Story development

*Packaging (Supporting Documents, STORY & LOOK BOOKS)



*Visual Storytelling + Production Design

*Casting, Rehearsal, Working with actors





Key Facts

Tuition fees: £11,950
Length: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time
Based: London or Online

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