Beginning his career in television news, New Zealand Patrick Gillies, has gone on to make ten short films, two independent feature films, and three television comedies. He is a past winner of a New Zealand AMP Scholarship and is also the inaugual winner of the 2003 Roy Dean NZ Writer's Grant.
Gillies' second short film, 'Admit One' (1999), was selected for Official Competition in both the Montreal Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. His short film, 'Kitty' (2002), has been selected for over eighteen international film festivals, including Montreal (Official Competition), London, Sydney, New Zealand (Opening Night), Hof, Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro and the "Short Shorts" tour of Asia. His debut feature film, 'Offensive Behaviour', was nominated for a 2005 New Zealand Film Award, premiered at the 2006 Cannes Marche du Film and is currently being distributed worldwide by New York based Troma Entertainment Inc.
His latest short film 'Hulu Attack!' (2011), features a spectacular musical score performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 'Hulu Attack!' has been selected for the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Fi8lm Festival, the Beverly Hills Shorts Fest, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, the New Zealand International Film Festival, The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the Traverse City Shorts Fest, and has been selected for two Oscar-qualifying festivals, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Palm Springs ShortFest (Best of Fest: Audience Favourite Comedies).
In early-to-mid 2012, Gillies' second feature film, 'The Holy Roller', will receive a theatrical release in the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Distributed by IndustryWorks and Rialto Distribution, it opened in New Zealand cinemas on September 15, 2011.