Andrew Coats attended Edinburgh College of Art and gained an MA in 2000 with his unique adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s The Insidious Dr Fumanchu, which screened at Raindance and was nominated for the Jim Poole award in Edinburgh.
After traveling throughout Canada he wrote and directed his contemporary fable, The Greatest of Men, with support from Northern Film & Media and UKFC, cementing a long-standing professional relationship with BAFTA nominated cinematographer Martin Radich. Following that, Andrew directed the architecturally-inspired short film, Meeting in Progress which screened at London’s International Sci-Fi Film Festival and was selected onto the British Council’s International Touring Programme. He was a finalist in the Soho House, Bombay Sapphire and BAFTA supported House Shorts competition, and his short film Hemingways premiered in New York. More recently his comedy short Stupid Cult was commissioned by Channel 4 for their Random Acts strand and broadcast in October 2013.
Alongside his work as a freelancer, Andrew writes a blog Inside the Mind of Mr Andrew Coats, and is currently developing his first feature-length comedy Kobassa, after support from Northern Film & Media and Film 4’s talent development initiative Film4ward.