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IFTA Nominations

Huge congratulations to our 2024 IFTA nominees…

SUPPORTING ACTOR –  FILM: Diarmuid Noyes – Double Blind, Liam Carney – Sunlight, Lalor Roddy – That They May Face The Rising Sun

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – FILM: Bronagh Gallagher – Dance First

SUPPORTING ACTOR – DRAMA: Aaron Monaghan – Hidden Assets

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Paul Walker

Paul is an award winning stage and screenwriter whose work includes the award-winning STARDUSTRED ROCK and CALL THE MIDWIFE along with writing for international series such as THE PROFESSIONALS with Brendan Fraser. He has worked in a variety of writers’ rooms, and was the showrunner on RED ROCK. He has worked as a consultant on a variety of series including the upcoming LIBERTIES and works regularly as a mentor for new writers. His recent podcast series for BBS, OBSCENE: A DUBLIN SCANDAL recently won gold at the prestigious New York Festival awards.

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Mark O’Connor

Mark O’ Connor is an Irish writer/director. 2009/10: His debut feature film BETWEEN THE CANALS was released theatrically throughout Ireland and the UK; 2011/13: feature film KING OF THE TRAVELLERS was released in 150 territories worldwide on VOD; 2013: STALKER feature film featuring the first lead role of acclaimed actor Barry Keoghan; 2016: IFTA award-winning CARDBOARD GANGSTERS, which won 8 awards on the international festival circuit before worldwide rights to the film were sold to Netflix; 2023: Mark wrote and directed the six-part IFTA-nominated crime drama DARKLANDS for Virgin Media. 2020 to now CELTS Creator/Writer/Director TV show currently in development with support from EU,  Creative Media and Screen Ireland and produced by Samson Films; 2022 to 2023: OUI CANNES Writer/Director – currently filming; 2023: THE DUBLINERS Creator/Writer/Director – Five-part television show in early-stage development.

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Éadaoin Fox

Eadaoin Fox is a female director from Cork who is interested in how theatre can present multiple perspectives of one historical event. She has been awarded the 2021 ALISON HODGE DIRECTING PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE MAKINGas well as BEST DIRECTOR for DISCO PIGS (Granary Theatre) at the National Irish Student Drama Awards (ISDA’s) 2019 alongside several others. In 2022, she shadowed Margaret Perry’s PARADISE NOW at The Bush Theatre, London. FILM SHORTS: SMELL PVC (Writer & Director), produced by Mank Productions and selected for the Lift Off Global Film Festival 2022 & the Berlin Indie Film Festival 2022. ELECTRA Adaptation (Writer & Director) The Kinko Theatre. Commissioned, produced & funded by The Half Moon Festival, Cork Opera House. PIT (Director) produced & funded by Mank Productions selected for the 21 Islands International Film Festival. STRAIN (Director) produced by Loom Theatre Company and funded by the Cork County Council and The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gealteacht, Sport and Media. A GIRL IS A HALF FORMED THING by Eimear McBride, Adaptation (Writer & Director) The Caryl Churchill Theatre. EARWIG (Director) The Roundy, Mank Productions. THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (Director) Granary Theatre, Mank Productions.

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Denise Deegan

Denise Deegan is an Irish novelist and PAGE Award-winning screenwriter who tackles issues of loss and injustice through a prism of light and humour. Winner of The Pitch Film Fund, Denise’s comedy short about homelessness, THE INNKEEPER,  is on the festival circuit. A writer on Ireland’s longest running serial drama, Denise has two TV series and three features in development. Ireland’s film body, Screen Ireland, has supported three of her projects with development funding. Denise’s new psychological thriller, THOUGHT I KNEW YOU, is an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist and Final Draft Big Break Semi-finalist. A former nurse, medical and psychological storylines regularly bubble up in her work.

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Dave Tynan

Dave is an award-winning director/writer who has directed over a dozen short films and one feature film, DUBLIN OLDSCHOOLHis feature premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and enjoyed nationwide cinema distribution. Notable shorts include JUST SAYING, ROCKMOUNT, THE CHERISHING, WE FACE THIS LAND, HEARTBREAK and A CONCRETE SONG. Many of these have received critical acclaim – including two IFTAs and two selections for The Nuits En Or tour, The Best Worldwide Short Films as chosen by L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma – as well as viral success, with total views in the millions.

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Fiona Tuohy

Following a successful career as a finance professional in the TV and Film Industry, Fiona is now a scriptwriter of original stories that capitalize on Irish humour with international appeal.

In May 2023, Fiona successfully completed a shadow script for the new TV version of the Gerard Butler “Has Fallen” franchise, PARIS HAS FALLEN which started PP in June 2023. She has been invited to write on Season 2.

Yellow Film have optioned a TV pilot Fiona co-wrote, with a writer’s room planned for later in 2023.

Fiona’s feature THE MOUNT, was selected for Screen Ireland Spotlight emerging talent scheme, which was optioned by 925 Productions and has recently secured further funding.

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Stephen Jones

In Development: NORTHERN LIGHTS Series 2 (TV Adaptation) – Deadpan Productions for RTÉ; ADAPTING (radio play) – RTÉ Drama on One; SUMMERHILL (play); THE COUPLE OF PEACE (play); THE BILLY GOATS OF GLENVIEW PARK (YA Novel).

Credits: NORTHERN LIGHTS (play)- Theatre Upstairs, Dublin; NORTHERN LIGHTS (radio adaptation)- RTÉ Drama on One; FROM EDEN (play) – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin & National Tour, Ireland; FROM EDEN (radio adaptation) – RTÉ Drama on One. A CERTAIN ROMANCE (play)- Druid Theatre; THE GOO (5 part- web series) Youtube.

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Louise Geraghty

A trained improviser with a Film Degree from IADT, Louise is an award-winning screenwriter whose unique voice spans the genres of Comedy, Comedy-Drama and Action/Suspense Thrillers.

Past TV credits include the Irish-Australian FOREIGN EXCHANGE and the BAFTA Winning CUSTER’S LAST STAND UP. 

Of her feature scripts SHELL GAME was a finalist in the 2019 Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest; BUT THEN THERE WERE TWO was an Official Selection of the 2021 Thriller/Suspense Film & Writing Festival; and A CHRISTMAS WEDDING won the 2020 WriteMovies Romance & Comedy Award. 

Louise’s supernatural Comedy-Drama TV series THE DAUGHTERHOOD is in development with a production company in Ireland.

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Gavin Burke

Gavin is a Dublin-based screenwriter and lecturer. He has a degree in Film & Television from ATU Galway and a MA in Screenwriting from The National Film School (IADT). Gavin’s last four screenplays have received development funding from Screen Ireland and all are in development with Irish production companies. Among them is PATASHNIK, a sci-fi directed by Bruno Samper and Kristina Buoztye (Vesper) and produced by Samson Films, THIS YEAR’S MODEL and THIS IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD (both developed by Tiger Darling). In October 2023 Gavin will attend the eQuinoxe Screenwriter’s Workshop. Gavin has been shortlisted for the Untitled Screenwriting Award.

Gavin also lectures modules on Irish Film and the History of Screenwriting at IADT and has lectured at other institutions (ATU Sligo, University of Plymouth). He has been a script reader and script editor for Screen Ireland since 2016. He has also provided coverage on a regular basis for various Irish production companies like Port Pictures, Samson Films, Janey Pictures and more. Currently, Gavin is a script editor for Igloo Animations and is providing maternity cover for Wild Atlantic Pictures in a development executive capacity.

A former film critic, he contributed reviews to RTE,, Film Ireland, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Independent from 2005-2018. He was a producer and presenter of film show Cinerama on Phantom 105.2, and has chaired discussions on film at the Irish Film Institute, Digital Biscuit and Dublin International Film Festival.

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Pierce Ryan

Pierce is an award winning writer whose second feature BLACK ’47 became the highest grossing Irish feature film bringing in over two million dollars worldwide.

2023: THE LIBERTIES – in development with Screen Ireland and 925 Production; 2021-22: MANSOUR – Bidaya Media; 2020-22: THE LIBERTIES – 925 Productions; 2019: In Development – Original screenplay with Samson Films and Hail Mary Pictures; 2018: BLACK 47 – Fastnet Films; 2014: STANDBY – Black Sheep Productions; 2012: FAIR CITY – RTE; 2010: RUNNERS – short film; 2008: AN RANGER – short film; 2005: JELLYBABY – short film; 2002: SMALLTALK – short film.

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Janna Kemperman

Janna Kemperman is an award winning filmmaker with 10 years experience working in Film & TV in Ireland, UK & Germany. She has 4 short films under her belt. Her latest Screen Ireland supported short film, SHADOW, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh. It won the Special Mention Award at the Dublin Film Festival 2023 and Best Cinematography at FastNet Film Festival in 2023. It has gone on to screen nationally and internationally winning multiple awards.

Janna has a unique and multidisciplinary vision through having worked in film, photography, theatre and dance. This has allowed her to easily move through genres and styles. Using these techniques she works in Short Films, Music Videos, and promotional films for Ireland’s biggest music festivals Body & Soul and Electric Picnic. She is currently a multi-camera director on RTÉ’s longest-running TV series FAIR CITY and BBC’s EASTENDERS.


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Siobhán McMahon

Siobhán is  a  Director as well as guest Lecturer in Writing and Directing in LIT, Department of Animation and Motion Design.

2018: TAKING STOCK – Short film winner at Carlow International and Newport Beach Film Festival; 2015: THE SECRET DIARY OF FRANCIS NOONE – shortlisted for Best Director for the Galway Film Centre/RTE Short Film Award; 2013: A PLACE AT MY TABLE – shortlisted for Best Director for the Galway Film Centre/RTE Short Film Award, 2011: THE CONSOLATION OF ORION – short film which won the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award Scheme.

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Laura Way

Laura Way is an award winning director who received acclaim for the EastEnders ‘Consent’ episode she directed, which was nominated for Best Single Episode at the British Soap Awards.

Currently: SERIAL KILLERS WIVES – Clapperboard/Black and Box/Paramount+. 2022: MAXINE – Clapperboard/Viacom. 2021/2020: THE HOLIDAY – All3 Media. 2019: BLOOD II – Company Pictures/West Road Pictures. 2018-19: EASTENDERS – BBC. 2016-17: RED ROCK – Company Pictures/Element Pictures. Theatre credits include: THE KILL GOD – Wexford National Opera House; ORANGE FLOWER WATER – Mill Theatre.