Mr Mathew Owen

Lecturer in Screenwriting

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Mathew is an award winning filmmaker and Lecturer in Screenwriting at Bangor University.

In 2013 he graduated from Bangor University with a BA in Film Studies. As part of his undergraduate dissertation on film semiotics, he wrote and produced the short film ‘Long I Stood There’ which went on to win multiple awards at UK films festivals as well as a Royal Television Society award for Best Fiction Film.

Mathew remained at Bangor to study an MA in Filmmaking where he produced his short science-fiction film ‘Turn On’ performing multiple roles as Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Visual Effects Artist. The film, made with a budget of just under £1000, premiered at the world renowned Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama in 2014. It also went on to win Best Short Film at The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Festival in New York, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy at Screentest Film Festival and the John Hefin award for best short film made in Wales at the BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival. The film was endorsed by Sir David Puttnam and David Jacobs (creator of Dallas) and was recognised by the BFI with screenings as part of their BFI Days of Fear and Wonder science fiction season and also as a featurette before the BFI re-release of ‘Bladerunner’ at Genesis Cinema in London.

In 2014 he was selected by Ffilm Cymru Wales for their Net.Work Director’s Lab and given the opportunity to developed his work with Oscar nominated writer/director Lenny Abrahamson (Room). He went on to secure as producer a three thousand pounds award through Ffilm Cymru Wales for the development of the short film ‘Natalie’ which he also edited. The film was written and directed by BAFTA Scotland winning writer/director, Mikey Murray, and which stars two-time BAFTA winning actress Kate Dickie (Prometheus, Game of Thrones). Natalie premiered at the prestigious Edinburgh Film Festival in 2017 where it was nominated for Best Short Film and has screened at several international film festivals.

Teaching and Supervision

Mathew teaches and co-ordinates the following modules:



UXS-1024: Introduction to Screenwriting

UXS-3049: Advanced Screenwriting



UXS-4712: Concept Development

UXS-4714: Writing the Short Film 



Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations that focus on practice-based research in the field of screenwriting and film production.

Grant Awards and Projects

Film Production Development Funding (£3000) — Ffilm Cymru Wales / BFI Net.Work


Selected filmography nominations and awards:


NATALIE - 2017 (Fiction Short)

- Winner Best Narrative Short FM LGBT Film Festival 2018

Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection IFF Pacific Meridian 2017

Official Selection Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Official Selection Indie-Lincs 2017

Official Selection British Urban Film Festival


BOUND - 2016 (Fiction Short) 
(Cinematographer/Assistant Director)

Official Selection Cardiff Mini Film Festival 

Official Selection NCGLFF 2016 

Official Selection Grace Film Festival 2016

Official Selection Sea Mor Film Festival 2016

Official Selection Clexacon Film Festival 2016

Official Selection Indie-Lincs International Film Festival 2016


TURN ON - 2014 (Fiction Short)
Writer/Director/DoP/Editor/Visual Effects

-Winner Bangor University Short Film Screenplay 2013

-Winner Philip K. Dick Film Festival (New York) Best Sci-Fi Short 2015

-Winner Screentest Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2015

-Winner John Hefin Award, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2015

Nominated Ffresh Awards 2014

Nominated Celtic Media Festival 2015

Official Selection Sidewalk Film Festival (Alabama) 2014

Official Selection Holly Shorts (LA) 2015

Official Selection British Urban Film Festival 2015

Official Selection Manana Film Festival 2015

Official Selection Bifan Film Festival (South Korea) 2015

Official Selection Hyperdrive Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival

Doc Sunback Film Festival (Kansas) 2015


LONG I STOOD THERE - 2012 (Fiction Short)
(Co-Director/Writer/Additional Photography)

- Winner Royal Television Society Award for Best Fiction 2013

- Winner Best Narrative Film Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2013

Nominated Best Drama, Screentest: The National Student Film Festival 2014

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