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Patrick Gillies
Teaching Staff, Screen Arts (Film)
Patrick Gillies

Beginning his career in TV news, Patrick’s screen credits include ten short films, three independent feature films, and three broadcast television comedies. Collectively, his short films have been selected for over forty international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, London, Busan, Sydney, NZIFF (twice), Montreal (twice) and Palm Springs ShortsFest (twice), and his films have been nominated for two New Zealand Film Awards. His debut feature, ‘Offensive Behaviour’ was picked up for distribution by New York-based Troma Entertainment and premiered internationally at the 2006 Cannes Marché du Film. In 2011, his second feature film ‘The Holy Roller’ was released theatrically in cinemas across New Zealand and Australia; it sold over 20,000 DVD units in Walmart stores across the United States and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Microsoft's VOD platform.  


2015: Certificate in Adult Education, Southern Institute of Technology 

2013: Master of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury 

2007: Diploma for Graduates, University of Otago 

1999: Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications, Christchurch Polytechnic 

1992: Associate Recital Diploma (ATCL), Trinity College London, UK


Teaching Staff, Screen Arts (Film)


Bachelor of Screen Arts (Film)  

Certificate of Creativity


SIT Centre for Creative Industries

Professional Memberships/ Certifications/ Committees

New Zealand Writers’ Guild

External Profiles
External Funding
  • 2021 Te Urungi Innovation Fund Seed grant
  • 2021 ILT Foundation grant
  • 2021 Invercargill Licensing Trust grant
  • 2021 Community Trust South grant
  • 2017 NZWG Seed Advanced grant
  • Recipient of 2017 NZWG Seed Advanced grant (for splatter-comedy, Mad Cows).
  • Winner of 2005 Christchurch V48HRS Finals (for Bruised Gold)
  • 2nd Prize in 2003 Otago Short Film Fest (for Kitty)
  • Inaugural winner of 2003 Roy Dean NZ Writer’s Grant
  • Recipient of 1999 AMP Scholarship

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