Colin West is an award-winning writer, director, and producer from the Midwest now based in Los Angeles.
His most recent short film, Here & Beyond, is currently on the festival circuit and has won Best Short Script, Best Actor, and Best Art Direction and has screened at festivals including Fantasia Film Festival and Cinequest. His previous short film We Were Not Made For This World, adapted from Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier’s comic of the same name, was shown internationally at film festivals and was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. His short film The Long Slow Flight of the Ashbot, a science fiction short adapted from Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Joel Priddy, won the best science fiction short at the Berlin Short Film Festival. His films have screened internationally on the festival circuit at festivals including Fantasia International Film Festival, Cinequest, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens Film Festival, Boston Sci Fi Film Festival, MiSciFi, Berlin Short Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, Midwest Weirdfest, Other Worlds, and Fantastic Planet, among many others, and have been featured on Billboard.com, io9.com, GeekTyrant.com, LaughingSquid.com, FilmShortage.com, and CNET.com.
He was an Annenberg Graduate MFA Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Upon graduating with a BFA from Ohio State University and working at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, he went on to work as a Multimedia Producer for MacArthur Genius Award-winning visual artist Ann Hamilton, and then as a Producer for CBS Broadcasting (CNET). He’s since worked in commercial film and television productions across Los Angeles and during his MFA program interned in Film & TV Development for Matt Reeve’s (Director: Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes, Batman) company, 6th & Idaho, in association with 20th Century Fox + Netflix. He recently produced Survival Skills, the Stacy Keach and Vayu O’Donnell lead feature film sponsored by MovieMaker Magazine and Film Independent and is in development on a few feature projects and a television series.