Aaron Dunnleavy

Aaron is a story-teller from Blackburn and he often blends working with real people and actors, with unscripted and improvised performances, street casting and often non-professional young actors.

His first student short, Throw Me to the Dogs, won 10 awards on the festival circuit. It was distributed worldwide via MUBI, and awarded a 'Best of the Month' Staff Pick on Vimeo.

He was nominated for the BFI Future-Film-Fest ‘Best Director’ Award, and his work has recently been featured on MTV for VOXI.

Aaron is currently one of only 15 young directors chosen for the Ignite Fellowship Scheme. This worldwide mentoring program is run by the Sundance Festival to support outstanding new storytelling talent.

Aaron’s latest film, T.W.A.T. is a short constructed documentary. T.W.A.T. stands for Tandem With A Trailer and the film features Alfie. The BBC saw the initial edit-selects and asked to showcase it for their strand "Give Me A Voice". They launched the film on the BBC3 Facebook page under the title Alfie, The Odd Job Boy of Clitheroe. It has so far received over 18 million views.