Director

​​Paul McDonnell

Paul is an award-winning director ​and writer. ​His ​work has won major prizes in Italy, America and Australia and he was ​awarded the best television commercial in Italy for one of Europe’s biggest energy companies ENI.​ As director and creative director, Paul's work s​pan​s live action​ and​ animated television campaigns ​with ​multi-million dollar​ budgets​ to working on avant-garde Italian films.

Paul ​has worked on​ commercials with​ great actors, including​ Oscar-winning ​actress ​Julia Roberts, and is featured in Italian Vogue among the most talented Australians working in the film and television industry in Europe, alongside Cate Blanchett and Baz Luhrmann.​ ​He ​was​ ​nominated for ​​an Italian Oscar for his work on ​the hit ​Italian feature film Fascisti su Marte. Paul is also Creative Director of DAM ~ Design & Art Magazine, with well over half-a-million readers in more than 60 countries.

Bilingual in English and Italian


The Film Artists' Producer and Director, Paul McDonnell is featured in the Double Issue of Italian Men's Vogue alongside Cate Blanchett & Baz Luhrmann.



Awards and Nominations
Awards and Nominations
Boomtown Film & Music Festival Official Selection
Toronto AltFF Award
Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania - Best Film Awards Finalist
Los Angeles CineFest Finalist
Promax Award and numerous Nominations
Palestrina International Short Film Festival numerous Awards
Italian Oscar - David Di Donatello Nomination
New York Film Festival Award
Nastri d'Argento numerous Nominations
P.R.I.A Award
15/15 Film Festival Award
MediaKey Award


this little love - jazz music video
music: jacelyn parry - singaporean jazz artist
producer & vfx: the film artists
creative concept, writer and director: paul mcdonnell
winner: best music video - palestrina, italy - movieclub short film festival
finalist: best music video - los angeles cinefest
finalist: best music video - cluj-napoca, transylvania - best film awards
winner: best music - toronto - altff alternative film festival
official selection: best experimental / music video - beaumont, texas - boomtown film and music festival
official selection: best international short - azores, portugal - shorts@fringe

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