Mark Chapman is an award-winning filmmaker and artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His moving-image work has been screened internationally across narrative, documentary and experimental contexts.
He is currently developing his debut drama feature TRUANT. This project was one of 12 European projects selected for the UK-Italy development programme Feature Expanded 2018, where he was mentored by Oscar-nominated & Cannes-prize winning producer Yorgos Tsourgiannis (DOGTOOTH). Feature Expanded is a collaboration between Home (Manchester) and Lo Schermo dell’arte Film Festival (Florence) for filmmakers/artists working towards their first feature film.
Chapman’s hybrid documentary short CAMREX had its world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival and has screened internationally at festivals including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Encounters, IKFF Hamburg, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Docs MX. Described by Sight & Sound as an, ‘enquiry into the interior mind, viewed from a range of six inches’, the film won numerous awards -including Best Film at ‘This is England’ Rouen British Film Festival and Special Mentions at Leeds International Film Festival and Magma International Short Film Festival- and has since been nominated for over 30 international awards.
TRANS, an ‘intimate and complex portrait of a transgender female’ (Cineuropa Shorts), screened around the world at festivals including Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival amongst many others.
He was one of the 17 filmmakers selected for BFI NETWORK@LFF 2017 at London Film Festival, which sought to identify original new voices “taking risks and breaking new ground in narrative and form.” He is also an alumnus of industry development programme Berlinale Talents at Berlin Film Festival.
His photographic work has appeared in numerous group gallery shows and magazines such as ID and Aesthetica. He previously worked at Third Films where he collaborated on feature films, shorts and installation projects, including Duane Hopkins’ BYPASS, Esther May Campbell’s LIGHT YEARS and Gillian Wearing’s SELF MADE.
He currently teaches Film & TV Production at Northumbria University, where he is also working towards a PhD in film practice.