Jonathan Chance Creator / Writer
British filmmaker Jonathan Chance began his career as one-half of acclaimed guerrilla film production company Chance Encounters. With his brother Richard, Jonathan followed their first feature The Veil with nominated shorts Chainmail and The Day I Tried to Live, which took the 2008 Action on Film International Film Festival (AOF) Special Jury Prize. In 2009, their feature script, The Waiting Room, was nominated for “Best Horror Screenplay.” Chance Encounters recently came full circle upon Indie Rights’ release of The Veil: Unmasked Edition, which saw an all-new cut and treatment.
Upon relocating to Southern California, Jonathan began to write, produce and direct his own work, starting with the horror short Apt., which was nominated for a 2011 Delta Award at the Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester, England. That same year, Chance Encounters’ sci-fi short The Timeslip began its perennial festival run at AOF, went on to be seen at over fifteen film festivals eventually picking up “Best Sci-Fi” honors at the Geek Independent Film Festival.
In 2012, the seeds of a lifelong fascination with Borley Rectory took root, culminating in “Something Like a Phenomenon,” a Shriekfest-nominated screenplay. It will be adapted into a new vision of horror titled The Rectory produced and showcasing the work of award-winning industry SFX artist Michele Mulkey and boasts both British and worldwide talent including; Robert Portal, Crispian Belfrage, Veronica Carlson and Jason Vail.
The film is Jonathan Chance’s solo feature film directing debut.
In late 2019 Jonathan branched his creativity and ambition into a new realm and medium in the form of a Graphic Horror Novel Anthology. Never By Night: Disturbing Passages into the Unknown; a showcase piece containing four stories including a teaser prequel storyline to The Rectory.