Sarah is a BAFTA award winning writer. She is currently co-writing a one-hour original sci-fi / thriller / love story, PROXIMITY for Sky Atlantic, Wellcome Trust, and NFTS. She has written several award-winning shorts, including SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES, which won a BAFTA, and THE EVENING HER MIND JUMPED OUT OF HER HEAD, which won the Encounters Award for Best Animated Short Film. She also co-wrote critically lauded short MORNING, which was nominated by the European Film Academy and won an IFTA, and COCOONS, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award and won the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award for the Most Original Film.

Sarah is a co-founder of Tin Drum Pictures – a collective of female filmmakers ( She has written commercial scripts, branded content and editorial for clients including The Telegraph, Stylist Magazine, Unilever, HSBC, Singapore Airlines, Airbus, and Mew Lab. She recently received a prestigious MacDowell Fellowship in the United States, and is a Visiting Lecturer on the MA Animation course at the University of the Arts London. For screenwriting, Sarah is represented by Marnie Podos at United Agents.

 Sleeping With The Fishes 

Writer Sarah Woolner, Director Yousif Al Khalifa, Producer James Walker

BAFTAs – Winner – British Short Animation, Rencontres Henri Langlois International Film Schools’ Festival, Paris – Best Director, Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, Korea – Grand Prize, Puchon International Student Animation Festival – Yuhan University President’s International Prize, London International Animation Festival, London – Audience Vote – Best British Film, Cinanima International Animation Festival, Portugal, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, Foyle International Film Festival, Ireland, Premiers Plans d’Angiers, France, Leeds International Film Festival, UK, Cineclass Film Festival, Paris, Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Canada, Norwich Film Festival, UK, Monstra Lisbon Animation Festival, Portugal, Baghdad International Film Festival, Iraq, Animpact Animation Festival, China, Japan, Korea, 61st Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb 2014, Brussels Short Film Festival, North East Arts Touring Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival