GABRIEL FOSTER PRIOR
Gabriel Foster Prior is a filmmaker working predominantly as an Editor and Director. He was born in Wandsworth, London and brought up in Brighton, East Sussex. He is the son of writer and theatre maker Dorothy Max Prior and musician and designer James Foster.
After graduating from Edinburgh University with a BA in Film & TV he started his career by editing short films. Many had film festival success and received industry acclaim, including a nomination for a BAFTA New Talent Award.
In 2010 he set up production company Cut Creative, specialising in videos supporting the work of artists and theatre makers. He also ran LowDef with Paul Maguire, an open-mic video night which encouraged the accessibility of filmmaking through the use of low cost digital solutions. During this time he also made video art, which played at art galleries and film festivals around the world including Athens Video Art festival.
From 2013 to 2018 he worked in the UK Film Sales & Distribution industry as a Creative Direction and Post Production Specialist. He worked on feature films in various capacities including as a Post Production Supervisor, Line Producer and Second Unit Director, as well as many titles as Editor.
In 2017 he was sole editor of feature film Lucid, starring Billy Zane, which premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival and also played at Galway Film Festival, Dinard Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.
In 2018 he was sole editor The Wall of Mexico starring Jackson Rathbone which played on the opening night of South By Southwest 2019, one the largest film festivals in the US. The Wall of Mexico won The Audience Award at The American Film festival and Best Actor for Jackson Rathbone at Method Fest. It was released in the US and internationally by Visit Films.
During this time he also directed short films and comedy sketches including The Seann Factor which played as part Seann Walsh’s Ediburgh Comedy Award nominated show The Lie-In King and The Drunk for which he won Best Director at Ealing Film Awards.
In October 2022 was the debut of Foster Prior’s first feature film as a director, The Bystanders. It played on the opening night of the academy qualifying Austin Film Festival where it was also nominated for Comedy Vanguard Award and made a Staff Pick.
The Bystanders went on to play at film festivals such as FANTBilbao in Spain, Macabro | Festival Internacional de Cine de Horror in Mexico and Fantaspoa in Brazil. At the Boston Sci Fi Film Festival he was nominated for the Best New Filmmaker Award. At the Berlin Independent Film Festival the film won Best Sci Fi Feature Film. In Sydney Sci fi Film Festival the film was nominated for the Rob Cobb Award and won Best Actor (Feature Film) for Seann Walsh. At the Sci Fi London Film Festival 2023 The Bystanders won The Audience Award for Best Feature film.
The Bystanders is represented for International sales by Screenbound International. It will have a UK theatrical release in November 2023. Gabriel Foster Prior is currently developing new feature film projects as a writer/director and continuing his work as a feature film editor.