Paul Trijbits

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Paul Trijbits is a Dutch-born film and television producer living in London, with his wife Patricia and children Jakob and Lea.


Before joining the UK Film Council, Paul Trijbits produced and executive produced a number of feature films with both first-time and established directors. His credits during this time include Richard Stanley's Hardware, Danny Cannon's The Young Americans, and Paul Weiland's Roseanna's Grave. Trijbits was a founder member and former co-chair of the New Producers Alliance (NPA).[1]

He is currently partner and co CEO at FilmWave, the company he founded in 2012 with Christian Grass.

UK FilmCouncil (2000 - 2006)

In 2000, Paul Trijbits was appointed Head of the New Cinema Fund at the UK Film Council, which at its inception had £5 million a year[2] to support talent and encourage innovation, backing lower-budget films and shorts.[3]

During his six-year tenure,[4] Trijbits established key initiatives such as the digital shorts programme and backed films that won prestigious awards such as Bloody Sunday & 'The Magdalene Sisters winning the Berlinale Golden Bear and the Venice Golden Lion, respectively, showcased new talent and broke new ground with This Is Not a Love Song).[5] In 2006 Trijbits celebrated a double win at the Cannes Film Festival for Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Andrea Arnold's Red Road.

Ruby Films (2007-2012)

In 2007, Trijbits joined Alison Owen's London-based production company Ruby Films (established in 1999) as a partner.[6] Credits at Ruby include Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench; Tamara Drewe (Official Selection – 2010 Cannes Film Festival), directed by Stephen Frears, starring Gemma Arterton; and Saving Mr Banks for Disney, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

He executive produced Toast, based on the book by Nigel Slater, starring Helena Bonham Carter, which had its gala premiere at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and attracted 6.2 million viewers on BBC One.

Trijbits also executive produced Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, which competed in Official Competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival; Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven, winner of Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; International Emmy award winning Small Island, based on the novel by Andrea Levy, starring Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ruth Wilson;[7] and Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing On The Edge, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode.

FilmWave (2012–present)

With Anthony Bregman's Likely Story, Trijbits through his company FilmWave most recently produced Sing Street, directed by John Carney (Once & Begin Again), which is due for release in 2015.[8] He is currently executive producer on J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, a television series for the BBC and HBO.


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Role
1990 Hardware Producer
1993 Dust Devil Executive producer
1993 The Young Americans Producer
1995 Boston Kickout Executive producer
1997 Roseanna's Grave Producer
2000 Paranoid Producer
2001 My Brother Tom Executive producer
2002 Bloody Sunday Executive producer
2002 This Is Not a Love Song Executive producer
2002 Tomorrow La Scala! Executive producer
2002 The Magdalene Sisters Executive producer
2002 Noi Albinoi Executive producer
2003 Bodysong (documentary) Executive producer
2003 Intermission Executive producer
2003 Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (documentary) Executive producer
2003 Touching the Void (documentary) Executive producer
2004 In My Father's Den Executive producer
2004 Yes Executive producer
2004 Bullet Boy Executive producer
2005 Shooting Dogs Executive producer
2005 Pierrepoint Executive producer
2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley Executive producer
2006 Red Road Executive producer
2006 London to Brighton Executive producer
2006 This Is England Executive producer
2007 Brick Lane Executive producer
2007 Nightwatching Executive producer
2008 Five Minutes of Heaven Executive producer
2009 Fish Tank Executive producer
2010 Chatroom Producer
2010 Tamara Drewe Producer
2010 Toast Executive producer
2011 Jane Eyre Producer
2012 Lay the Favorite Producer
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Executive producer
2016 Alone in Berlin Producer

Short films[edit]

Year Film Role
1988 Fear of Drowning Producer
1990 Voice of the Moon (documentary) Producer
2002 Ape Executive producer
2010 Alice Executive producer


Year Programme Role
2001 Is Harry on the Boat? (TV movie) Executive producer
2003 This Little Life (TV movie) Co-Executive producer
2008 Bad Mother's Handbook (TV movie) Executive producer
2014 The Casual Vacancy (TV series) Executive producer


  1. ^ "Bloody Sunday" (PDF). Filmhuis Gouda (nl). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2011. 
  2. ^ James, Nick. "In Bed with the Film Council". Sight & Sound. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Dawtrey, Adam. "U.K. Film Council puts funding team in place". Variety. 
  4. ^ "Paul Trijbits – Executive Producer". London Screenwriters' Festival 2010. 
  5. ^ "Paul Trijbits". TV Drama Forum. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Paul Trijbits Bio". Jane Eyre – A Focus Features Film. 
  7. ^ "Paul Trijbits". Ruby Film and Television. 
  8. ^ Cooper, Sarah. "Against all odds". Screen Daily. 

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