CHRIS GIBBON

SCREENWRITER

Recent graduate of the 2020/2021 Humanitas Prize New Voices Program, Chris is a feature writer whose winning script, BREAKWATER, is an intimate drama exploring the effects of sexual assault on a promising new relationship. While in the program, Chris completed his latest project: a sci-fi horror written under the mentorship of Vanessa Taylor (THE SHAPE OF WATER). Though he has moved between genres in his work to this point, Chris consistently explores characters struggling with what roles they are supposed to play in life in the context of responsibility and obligation. He writes rich worlds with an atmospheric, and darker yet reflective tone, often broaching social issues, tending to avoid easy answers. Chris believes that science fiction and horror are ideal arenas for delving into the existential crises we all are facing, and he is excited to focus on these genres to continue telling stories that challenge an audience to dwell in the complexity and emotional weight of modern life, but that ultimately leave them feeling a sense of hope and possibility.

Originally from the U.K., Chris holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Sheffield. He has been writing seriously since 2007, with scripts having also placed at Austin and in the Nicholl. Chris is a graduate of the 2019/2020 Creative Lab of Hawai‘i Screenwriters Immersive – a year-long fellowship through which he mentored under Jim Uhls (FIGHT CLUB). His freelance work has been published in Telluride Magazine, Halekulani Living, Palm, and Freesurf. Chris is fortunate enough to call Hawai‘i home, where he also manages a 25 year-old Mexican restaurant, filled with stories far crazier than any fiction.