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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Mikey Murray

Mikey is an award winning freelance filmmaker and he teaches Film Production and Screenwriting at the University of Lincoln.  In 2002, Mikey received a $40,000 scholarship from television producer, David Jacobs (Dallas) that dictated a move to Los Angeles where he would study MFA courses in Screenwriting, Directing and Cinematography at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.  During his time there he also worked as a production intern at New Line Cinema under exec producers Mark Ordesky (The Lord of the Rings) and Guy Stodel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and as a Soundman/Gaffer on Sony Pictures’ documentary, ‘Ringers: Lord of the Fans’. Since then, Mikey has written, directed and produced several short independent films, winning a Scottish BAFTA award for Best First Time Writer in 2008. In 2009 his feature screenplay, ‘Across the Water’ placed as a runner-up in the British Feature Screenwriting Competition which was judged by Alan Parker, Kenneth Branagh and Stephen Woolley and in 2010 he was selected to become one of The Writers’ Factory national screenwriting trainers where he was trained by British screenwriting expert, Phil Parker.  He gained a position as a part-time Lecturer at Bangor University the same year, where he also completed a fully funded PhD in the field of film practice in 2015.  Mikey has been mentored in his film-making career by Ros Borland (The Last King of Scotland) and Emmy Award nominated writer/director Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin).  In 2014 he was selected by Ffilm Cymru Wales for their Net.Work Director’s Lab where he also developed his work with Oscar nominated writer/director Lenny Abrahamson (Room).  Mikey has also programmed for several film festivals including the renowned ‘Slamdance’ film festival in Utah and is a programmer for Aesthetica Film Festival in York.  He is the creator and festival director for ‘Indie-Lincs’, Lincoln’s international film festival that is designed to champion low and micro-budget films and their filmmakers.  During the past year Mikey's short film, ‘Natalie’, which was co-funded by BFI via Ffilm Cymru Wales and stars Scottish Bafta winning actress Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), had its world premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2017. It has gone on to be screened at several international festivals as well as gaining a cinema run as a featurette at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork.   Mikey continues to combine his teaching at the University of Lincoln with the development of new film projects as a writer, director, and producer; he is currently in development with producers Tore Schmidt (The Danish Girl) & Naysun Alae-Carew (Anna and the Apocalypse) with a new feature film project.

Department Responsibilities

Joint Programme Leader for BA Film Production Various teaching on MA Media, Film and TV Production, BA Media Production & BA Film and Television Studies.

Subject Specialism

Film Production & Screenwriting


  • PhD - Film Practice — Bangor University, 2015
  • Associate Fellow — The Higher Education Academy, 2015
  • MA Certificate in Film Directing & Screenwriting — University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • BA (Hons) Film & Media — University of Stirling, 2001


  • Research Grant - Paper at Screenwriting Research Network annual conference (£800) — Research Resources Allocation Fund - University of Lincoln,
  • Research Grant - Paper at Screenwriting Research Network annual conference (£355) — Research Resources Allocation Fund - University of Lincoln,
  • Grant for Indie-Lincs International Film Festival 2017 (£2000) — Lincoln BIG / University of Lincoln,
  • Film Production Development Funding (£3000) — Ffilm Cymru Wales / BFI Net.Work,
  • John Hefin Award - Best Short Film made in Wales — Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, Wales,
  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film — Screentest Film Festival, London,
  • Research Grant (£670) — Research Resources Allocation Fund - University of Lincoln,
  • Best Sci-Fi Short Film — Philip K. Dick International Sci-Film Film Festival, New York,
  • PhD - 3 year fee waiver (£10,600) — Bangor University,
  • Film Production Development Funding (£5000) — South West Scotland Screen Commission,
  • Practice-Led Research Grant (£500) — Arts Trust Scotland,
  • BAFTA Scotland Award for Best First Time Writer — BAFTA Scotland (New Talent Awards),
  • MA study at UCLA fees award ($12,000) — Stirling University,
  • The David Jacobs Scholarship ($40,000) — David Jacobs Family,

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