Directing Your First Short - Preparing to direct your first short film is always a major moment for a filmmaker. Our panel of award-winning directors sit down to discuss the trials and tribulations a filmmaker can often face
Director - A Sign
Don Duncan is a film-maker and journalist originally from Ballymahon. He has made both fiction and non-fiction films in France, Lebanon and Belgium. His most recent short film “A Sign,” has screened at over thirty festivals worldwide and aired on RTÉ in 2016.
In his journalism, Don focuses on culture, politics, language and identity as well as the political and cultural dynamics in pre and post conflict situations. While a freelance foreign correspondent based in Beirut, he covered the revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and the beginning of the war in Syria.
He is now based in Dublin where he is developing a bilingual (Irish/English) narrative radio project.
Director - Homecoming
Sinéad O’Loughlin is a Writer and Director from Co. Wicklow. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre and a BA in English, Media & Cultural Studies. Theatre work includes 'Wake' (Boyle Arts Festival, Electric Picnic, Galway Youth Theatre Festival -
WINNER Best New Writing) and co-creator and director of 'Amy I want to make you hard' (Dublin Fringe Festival 2011).
She has also worked as a drama facilitator in community settings, creating theatre performances with community members out of shared lived experience. Short fiction includes That first night, published by the Irish Independent New Irish Writing Magazine in 2012 and Sunday, published in Anthology of New Writing commissioned by DLRC (Dublin) in 2014.
Her first short film Homecoming has screened at festivals nationally and internationally winning five awards including Best Irish Narrative at Kerry Film Festival 2016, Best Short Film at Fingal Arts Festival 2017 and the audience award for Best Short Film at Chicago Irish Film Festival 2018. Homecoming screened on RTÉ2 in May 2018.
Director - Departure
Aoífe Doyle is the creative director and co-founder of Pink Kong Studios based in Dublin, Ireland.
Aoífe's background in classical animation led her to work for over a decade in Ireland's booming animation sector before co-founding Pink Kong Studios. She is the creative driving force of the studio, guiding artists and ensuring the studio adheres to the creative vision.
Aoífe's work has won awards such as, Festival Minuto (2015) Best in show 2009 & Gold for a Digital media Award (2010). Her films have been shown everywhere from New York to Mumbai, and her short film “Nana’s Strawberry Preserve” was chosen to represent Irish Animation in the “focus on Ireland” in Annecy2012.
Director - Kubrick by Candlelight
David is one of the world's top feature film location scouts having worked on such films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Harry Potter, Fast & Furious, X Men, Miss Peregrine and most recently Rogue One: A Star Wars Story working closely with the likes of Michael Mann, Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan.
David has also written for various sketch shows for BBC3, BBC Scotland and BBC7 as well as having won the BBC Funny Hunt in 2006, been a finalist for The Gate Films Director competition for his commercial for Men's Health magazine. In 2010 he was a finalist in the Red Planet Script Competition and was selected for mentoring with Kudos Productions. He is a member of IFTA, Production Guild GB and Location Managers Guild International from which he received a nomination for Best Locations for his work on Rogue One.
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