Tom Sullivan is an award-winning writer and director who was born in Dublin and studied Earth Science at University College Galway. After graduating in 1995, he began acting and has worked consistently in film and television since then. In 2010, Tom began writing and directing short films. His first short, ASAL(2011), premiered at the 2011 Galway Film Festival where it won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama. Tom has consistently created award-winning content since then, including his debut feature film ARRACHT (2019) which was nominated for 11 IFTAs (and won two), won The Critics Circle Award Virgin Dublin Film Festival, Audience award at Glasgow Int. Film Festival, Best Film at Kimolos Int. Film Festival and was chosen to represent Ireland in the Best International Feature Film category at the Academy awards 2021.
Award-winning Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. He has had projects selected for the Torino Film Lab, the Britlist, eQuinoxe, EAVE and is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni. Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, STRANGERLAND, an Australian set mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joe Fiennes, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. THE SPARROW, Michael’s feature film debut as writer/director, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2022 where it won Best First Irish Feature. Subsequently, it won the meeting point audience award at Valladolid Film Festival and has been nominated for two Irish Film and Television Awards.
Caroline is The Irish Times bestselling author of nine novels and has been translated into various languages as well as being a Top 20 Kindle Bestseller. Caroline is a Screenwriter and Creative Director of Document Films. As a Screenwriter she has written and directed seven successful short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including a Galway Film Fleadh winning short and she was also the recipient of the Cineuropa award. Her films have been broadcast on RTÉ Television, Virgin Television, Aer Lingus and even screened at Glastonbury. Caroline has co-written her first feature film, BRIDE SQUAD, optioned by Vico Films, IRL and Myriad Pictures, US. Her second feature THE QUIET WOMAN is being developed with support from Screen Ireland. Caroline is currently writing her first TV drama, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME – again with development funding from Screen Ireland. She adapted her novel, THE WEEK I RUINED MY LIFE, for TV supported by the BAI & Canadian Media Fund. Caroline has also written for Irelands longest running soap, FAIR CITY. She is also a regular panellist on Ireland’s popular all female talk show ‘Midday’.
Paul has written some of the UK’s favourite and best known TV and radio commercials. He has won various awards for his writing including: D&AD, Creative Circle and the Aerials. He was also presented with a Radio Academy Fellowship at the House of Lords. In 2001, his first novel FATHER FRANK was published to great critical acclaim. He followed this with three more – UNTORN TICKETS in 2003, THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE in 2005 and THE LIFE OF REILLY in 2007. More recently, he has turned to screenwriting. He is currently adapting UNTORN TICKETS into a screenplay and has THE HUTS, a TV comedy drama, in development with the BBC. He has also adapted FATHER FRANK for the screen with Mallinson Television Productions.
2021: LET THE WRONG ONE IN – Comedy Horror – Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Anthony Head; Winner of Jury Prize at Screamfest. 2021; Nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2023. 2014: FROM THE DARK – Horror Feature Film written by Damian Fox and Conor McMahon, directed by Conor McMahon and Starring Niamh Algar; premiered at Fantastic Fest 2014. 2012: STITCHES – Comedy Horror – Feature Film written by David O’Brien and Conor McMahon, directed by Conor McMahon and starring Ross Noble; Winner of the Carmel Jove Jury Award at Sitges 2012. 2009: THE DISTURBED – Horror Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Carla McGlynn; premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2009. 2004;
DEAD MEAT – Comedy Horror Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Marian Araujo.
2022: ONE WAY – Feature Film directed by Andrew Baird
and starring Kevin Bacon and Travis Fimmel. International
Sales by Highland Film Group. 2021: NIGHTRIDE –
Feature Film directed by Stephen Fingleton and starring
Moe Dunford. Winner of Best Actor Award (Moe Dunford)
at Irish Film and Television Awards 2022); 2022: SIMON –
Short Film written and directed by Ben Conway and Peter J
McCarthy and starring Moe Dunford; premiered at Galway
Film Fleadh 2022; 2021: BUGALOO – Short Film written
and directed by Ben Conway and Peter J MCarthy and
starring Moe Dunford; premiered at Galway Film Fleadh
Award-winning writer, journalist and story consultant working in the film and television industry. She has designed and delivered training in Storytelling On The Screen across the world and works as a credited co-writer and an uncredited script doctor. Several of Mary Kate’s projects have been award Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland development funding, including SPARTACUS RISING, a television series co-written with Gavin Ryan; HEART OF DARKNESS, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novella; and the original feature screenplays for MY HUCKLEBERRY FRIEND, AIRLIFT TO BIAFRA (an adaptation of the true life story of Father Tony Byrne) and KICKING THE HABIT. Mary Kate was Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam. You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour – https://themoth.org/stories/carry-him-shoulder-high – and on Tik Tok, where it has amassed over one million views – https://www.tiktok.com/@mothstories/video/7245791769315609899.
Mary Kate has turned her true-life stories into a piece of theatre, MAKING A SHOW OF MYSELF, which she is currently rehearsing for a national tour –https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638924/events.
2022: LAMB – Screen Ireland Focus Short; Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival 2022; Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2022; Nominated for 2023 IFTA Award for Best Short Film; 2016: HOMECOMING – Winner of Best Narrative Short Film at Kerry International Film Festival 2016. 2023: VOCATION – Feature Film Screenplay in development with Screen Ireland and Coper Alley Productions.
Roisin Agnew is a writer and filmmaker based in London.
She’s the recipient of Arts Council Ireland’s Next
Generation Artist Award in Literature 2020/21 and she’s
currently in development with HIT WHERE IT HURTS, her
first feature film with Screen Ireland, attached as
writer/director. Roisin’s writing has appeared in The
Guardian, The Irish Times, Elephant Magazine, Dazed &
Confused, and Vice. She’s recently written an exhibition
text for Jupiter Woods and has a forthcoming piece in
Another Gaze. Roisin is currently directing a documentary
for Erica Starling Productions with the support of Northern
Ireland Screen. Roisin has also written for Playstation
games and teaches screenwriting at the London Film
Paul is an award winning stage and screenwriter whose work includes the award-winning STARDUST, RED 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.
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.
Denise is an award-winning Irish screenwriter and novelist drawn to strong, flawed female characters who grow personally through crisis. Denise has been a nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, PR professional, entrepreneur and college lecturer before turning to fiction. Her novels have been published by Penguin Random House, Hachette and Lake Union Publishing, and translated into German, Dutch and Turkish.
In 2019, Denise was awarded a bursary from Creative Ireland to study screenwriting, since then Denise has won several awards for her scripts. Most recently, Denise won the 2022 Pitch Film fund for THE INNKEEPER and the 2021 Screen Ireland Screenplay Development Fund for AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION. Currently, feature film THOUGHT I KNEW YOU is a semifinalist in the Final Draft Big Break Competition.
Dave is an award-winning director/writer who has directed over a dozen short films and one feature film, DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL. His 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.
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 2020, Fiona’s feature THE MOUNT, was selected for Screen Ireland Spotlight emerging talent scheme, where she was mentored by screenwriter Mark O’ Halloran and Fiona’s TV pilot “Celebrity Stalker” was shortlisted for the C21 competition. Recently, Fiona was selected to participate in Wexford Screen course and is currently being mentored by Yvonne Donohoe from Blinder Films.
In Development: NORTHERN LIGHTS (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.
In Development: THE GHOST OF MOLLY KEENAN – John Kelleher Media.
Available Scripts: SHELL GAME – Thriller, Feature; THURSDAY’S CHILD – Thriller, Feature; DO YOU TAKE… – Romantic Comedy, Feature; MARYPATCHEEN MUST DIE – Comedy, Short.
Credits: LILLY THE WITCH – Magma Films, Trixter Film, Vivatoon; FOREIGN EXCHANGE – Magma Films, Southern Star Entertainment Pty.; NORMAN NORMAL– Magma Films; DRAGON’S ROCK – GUM Studios, Super RTL, TV-Loonland AG, Tevox; CUSTER’S LAST STAND UP – BBC, RTE; THE FAIRYTALER – Egmont Imagination, A. Film A/S, Magma Films, Super RTL, Danmarks Radio.
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, Entertainment.ie, 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.
Pierce is an award winning writer whose second feature BLACK ’47 became the highest grossing Irish feature film grossing over two million dollars worldwide.
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.