PAUL ÖZGÜR, (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) studied Fine Arts for two years at the School of Arts in Amsterdam. After discovering his passion for moving images, he applied to The Netherlands Film School in Amsterdam (NFA). His graduation film ‘Magnesium’ premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the 2013 Camerimage Film Festival. After graduating, he decided to attend the Master-program in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK.
His first feature film PRINCE opened the Generation section at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival and received a ‘Special Mention’ by the 14Plus Jury and got released in the US. He received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the Dutch Film Festival (the equivalent of the Oscars).
After that Paul shot the controversial film THE WOUND directed John Trengrove. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and opened the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The film opened the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2017. It was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. THE WOUND has received 19 awards at 44 festivals worldwide, it won best first feature at the BFI London Film Festival. The film has been accused of cultural insensitivity because it portrays secretive initiation rituals.
His commercial and short form work have received international ranging from BAFTA nominations to Ciclope awards.
Paul is an active Member of the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers (NSC) and the Dutch Academy For Film (DAFF) and is currently based in Los Angeles.