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).
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 to support talent and encourage innovation, backing lower-budget films and shorts.
During his six-year tenure, 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). 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. 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; and Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing On The Edge, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode.
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. He is currently executive producer on J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, a television series for the BBC and HBO.