Born in Brighton, England, Paul Cotter is an award winning filmmaker. His most recent short film, Estes Avenue, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It is the second of his films to have been shot in Chicago, following his debut short, the HBO-acquired Jeff Farnsworth. A Finalist in the 2003 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival, Paul is currently developing two feature scripts; Caramel, with Executive Producer Doug Liman (Swingers, Go and The Bourne Identity), and 60 Years Later, a UK/German Co-production with producer Nicolas Brown.
In addition to his narrative work, Paul directs commercials in the US and the UK. In 2000, Paul's anti-smoking ad Stupid won the public service category at the AICP awards and, as a result, is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A year later his Kitten spot was recognised by the Chicago Sun Times as one of the ten best television commercials of the year, winning a Telly Award and being honoured at the Chicago International Television Festival.
Paul also directs theatre; recent productions include Donald Lewis's Good Girl for the Bailiwick and Richard Dresser's Wonderful World at the Athaneaum Theatre in Chicago.