2023 IFTA Nominees Announced

March 7, 2023

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced the 2023 IFTA Nominations for the Irish Academy Awards across 28 categories in Film & Drama. We’d like to congratulate all the talented artists nominated this year across all the categories. In particular, we’re delighted to see such a strong selection of directors nominated this year for their great work.

The nominations for Best Director in Film features Frank Berry (Aisha), Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin), Antonia Campbell Hughes (It Is In Us All ) Emer Reynolds (Joyride), Conor McMahon (Let the Wrong One In ), and Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy, (Róise & Frank).

The nominations for Best Director in Drama features Dearbhla Walsh (Bad Sisters), Lenny Abrahamson (Conversations with Friends), Laura Way (Maxine), Aoife McArdle (Severance), Dathaí Keane (Smother), and Paddy Breathnach (The Dry)

The upcoming 20th Anniversary IFTA Awards Ceremony, hosted by Deirdre O’Kane, will take place on Sunday, May 7th at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre.

Full List of Nominations:



The Banshees of Inisherin

God’s Creatures


Róise & Frank

The Wonder


Aisha  –  Frank Berry

The Banshees of Inisherin  –  Martin McDonagh

It Is In Us All  –  Antonia Campbell Hughes

Joyride  –  Emer Reynolds

Let the Wrong One In  –  Conor McMahon

Róise & Frank  –  Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy


Aisha  –  Frank Berry

The Banshees of Inisherin  –  Martin McDonagh

God’s Creatures  –  Shane Crowley

Joyride  –  Ailbhe Keogan

Let the Wrong One In  –  Conor McMahon

Róise & Frank  –  Rachael Moriarty, Peter Murphy


Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Daryl McCormack – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Éanna Hardwicke – Lakelands

Liam Neeson – Marlowe

Ollie West – The Sparrow

Paul Mescal – Aftersun


Alisha Weir  –  Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Bríd Ní Neachtain  –  Róise & Frank

Danielle Galligan  –  Lakelands

Kelly Gough  –  Tarrac

Seána Kerslake  –  Ballywalter

Zara Devlin  –  Ann


Andrew Scott  –  Catherine Called Birdy

Barry Keoghan –  The Banshees of Inisherin

Brendan Gleeson –  The Banshees of Inisherin

Colin Farrell  –  The Batman

Paul Mescal  –  God’s Creatures

Pierce Brosnan  –  Black Adam


Aisling Franciosi – God’s Creatures

Eileen Walsh – Ann

Elaine Cassidy – The Wonder

Jessie Buckley – Women Talking

Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

Kíla Lord Cassidy – The Wonder




Bad Sisters

Conversations with Friends

Derry Girls: The Agreement (Extended Special)


The Dry

Vikings: Valhalla


Bad Sisters – Dearbhla Walsh

Conversations with Friends – Lenny Abrahamson

Maxine – Laura Way

Severance – Aoife McArdle

Smother – Dathaí Keane

The Dry – Paddy Breathnach


Bad Sisters – Sharon Horgan

Conversations with Friends – Mark O’Halloran

Derry Girls: The Agreement (Extended Special) – Lisa McGee

Smother – Kate O’Riordan

The Dry – Nancy Harris

Top Boy – Ronan Bennett


Aidan Turner – The Suspect

Conleth Hill – Holding

Jason O’Mara – Smother

Kerr Logan – North Sea Connection

Stephen Rea – The English

Vinnie McCabe – The Noble Call



Alison Oliver – Conversations with Friends

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Dervla Kirwan – Smother

Roisin Gallagher – The Dry

Sharon Horgan – Bad Sisters

Siobhan McSweeney – Holding


Brian Gleeson – Bad Sisters

Ciarán Hinds – The Dry

Daryl McCormack – Bad Sisters

Michael Smiley – Bad Sisters

Moe Dunford – The Dry

Tommy Tiernan – Conversations with Friends


Anne-Marie Duff – Bad Sisters

Brenda Fricker – Holding

Eva Birthistle – Bad Sisters

Eve Hewson – Bad Sisters

Genevieve O’Reilly – Andor

Sarah Greene – Bad Sisters



The Artist & The Wall of Death

The Ghost of Richard Harris

How To Tell A Secret

Million Dollar Pigeons

North Circular

Nothing Compares


An Irish Goodbye

Call Me Mommy

Don’t Go Where I Can’t Find You


Wednesday’s Child

You’re Not Home



Dagda’s Harp

Red Rabbit

Soft Tissue




Conversations with Friends  –  Suzie Lavelle

How To Tell A Secret  –  Eleanor Bowman

It Is In Us All   –  Piers McGrail

The Dry – Cathal Watters

Vikings: Valhalla –  Peter Robertson


Aisha  –  Kathy Strachan

The Banshees of Inisherin  –  Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh

Disenchanted  –  Joan Bergin

Enola Holmes 2  –  Consolata Boyle

Vikings: Valhalla  –  Susan O’Connor Cave


Aisha  –  Tamara Conboy

Bad Sisters  –  Mark Geraghty

Mr. Malcolm’s List  –  Ray Ball

Róise & Frank  –  Padraig O’Neill

Vikings: Valhalla  –  Tom Conroy



Aisha  –  Dumebi Anozie, Liz Byrne

The Banshees of Inisherin – Orla Carroll, Lynn Johnston, Dan Martin

Mr. Malcolm’s List –  Eileen Buggy, Sharon Doyle

The Wonder –  Lorri Ann King, Morna Ferguson

Vikings: Valhalla  –  Joe Whelan, Tom McInerney



The Banshees of Inisherin

Conversations with Friends

The Sparrow

The Wonder



Good Luck to You, Leo Grande – Stephen Rennicks

Lakelands – Daithí

Nothing Compares – Irene Buckley, Linda Buckley

Róise & Frank – Colm Mac Con Iomaire

The Dry – Sarah Lynch


Aisha – Colin Campbell

Elvis – Jonathan Redmond, Matt Villa

Death on the Nile – Úna Ní Dhonghaíle

Nocebo – Tony Cranstoun

Nothing Compares – Mick Mahon


The Banshees of Inisherin


Stranger Things

The Woman King





All Quiet on the Western Front



The Fabelmans

Top Gun: Maverick


Albrecht Schuch – All Quiet On The Western Front

Austin Butler – Elvis

Cosmo Jarvis –  It Is In Us All

Felix Kammerer – All Quiet On The Western Front

Josh O’Connor – Aisha

Tom Cruise – Top Gun: Maverick


Cate Blanchett – Tár

Emily Watson –  God’s Creatures

Florence Pugh – The Wonder

Letitia Wright – Aisha

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Viola Davis – The Woman King



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Animation Ireland in collaboration with Creative Europe invites you to an Animation Industry Discussion Event in The Galway Bay Hotel on 27th May. Registration @ 10.30 Commencing @ 11.00am sharp – 15.00 TOPICS 1)      Beyond the Screen: Maximising the potential of Animation Intellectual Property 2)      The Power of Collaboration: The Art of Co-developing and Co-producing Animation.  Panellists ·      Alix Wiseman…

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The Director's Village European Residence Training Program

The Director’s Village European Residence Training Program

National Talent Academies and Ardán are partnering with CineSud and Screen Talent Europe Network to invite directors-writers to apply for the Director’s Village, a 5-day on-site European residence training program limited to 8 people, designed to enhance and develop the skills of the participants and help them prepare for their next short film project. The…

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The Arts Council Agility Awards Basics with Cli Donnellan

The Agility Award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their careers. The Arts Council Agility Awards Basics with Cli Donnellan is a Minding Creative Minds workshop which will give an overview of the steps required to make an application, support material and some suggestions on filling out sections of the application form.…

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Wild Atlantic Pitching Competition Now Open For Entries

Wild Atlantic Pitching Competition Now Open For Entries

The Pitching Competition at the Galway Film Fleadh, now known as the Wild Atlantic Pitching Competition, has provided many screenwriters with an opportunity to get their first toehold in the industry. All that is required to enter is a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – no cliff-hangers!). Writers applying can be at any…

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Submissions: Boyne Valley International Film Festival

The Boyne Valley International Film Festival (BVIFF) returns this August from the 11-13 and is extending its deadline until 31 May for submissions to the festival via Film Freeway, all details on This year’s Festival features a Short Film Bursary, inviting screen writers to pitch a short film idea by email, no longer than…

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Music for Documentary

Scoring Original Stories – Music for Documentary Masterclass

Screen Composers Guild and Screen Directors Guild present: Scoring Original Stories – Music for Documentary. Masterclass with multi award winning composers Miriam Cutler And Nainita Desai Venue: IMRO, Copyright Hse, Pembroke Row, Baggot St Lwr, Dublin 2 Date: Tuesday, May 30th Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm To register for tickets please email (mention if you…

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The Arts Council’s Agility Award & Information Clinics

The Arts Council’s Agility Award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their careers. The award is for 5, 000 and the deadline to apply is Thursday 22 June 2023 The Arts Council is holding online information clinics via Teams for the Agility Award on the following dates: Wednesday…

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SDGI Blog: Exploring Reality III

Exploring Reality is a Documentary skills series launched by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland in 2023. The participants have thus far engaged with modules regarding the development of storytelling, camera and shooting strategies, sound recording processes, and a 2 day module on making a documentary series. In the latest sessions, the Screen Directors Guild…

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Annual Meeting of Directors

Portraits Available + Annual Meeting of Directors Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Twentieth Annual Meeting of Directors with our honorary guest Shaunak Sen. Our Chairman, Maurice Sweeney, and the Board would like to thank the members and supporters of the Guild for your hard work, talent, and dedication. Your support and commitment fuel everything we do at the Guild. Kim…

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SDGI Newsletter • June 2023

You should have all received your June Newsletter and we hope you find it as inspiring as we did putting it it together. Hopefully there’s something for you inside – whether it be a festival submission, a funding opportunity, a residency or even just a fire in your belly! Enjoy and here’s to a fruitful…

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Docs Ireland Documentary Film Festival

The Docs Ireland Documentary Film Festival is running 20th – 25th of June. Docs Ireland is an industry focussed, all Ireland international documentary festival. Celebrates documentary filmmaking and provides a platform for both national and international industries. Is a hub for cross-border collaboration, international co-productions and sales and distribution through our full day one-to-one pitching…

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SDGI Members Invitation to Exploring Reality Director Masterclasses

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland’s documentary training programme Exploring Reality concludes for 2023 with two days of director masterclasses on the 28th and 29th of June at the Digital Hub, Thomas Street. Dublin 8 The Guild would like to invite SDGI members to the last 4 modules of the programme, which take place this…

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SDGI Blog: Exploring Reality IV

In our 4th session of or training series, director Yemi Barmiro gave us a captivating module, sharing invaluable insights on the making of his 4 part documentary series Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World which premiered on BBC and PBS in the United States in early 2023 to critical acclaim.  Yemi delved into…

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Animation Dingle

Animation Dingle Open Submissions

Submissions are now open for Animation Dingle Festival 2024 . Animation Dingle, in partnership with JAM Media, is now in its 12th year and celebrates student creativity and excellence in Irish and International animation. Animation Dingle is NOW an Academy qualifying festival for Short Film Awards. The deadline is November 3, 2023. Full details here.

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HerArts Film Lab

HerArts Film Lab

HerArts Film Lab is a week-long residential development workshop, set in Paestum, Italy, focused on content created by women. The workshop runs from October 29 to November 4, 2023. The workshop is addressed to female writer-directors from all over the world interested in developing their feature film and TV series projects in a friendly and…

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Michael O’Pray Prize

Michael O’Pray Prize 2023

The Michael O’Pray Prize is an award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. The prize is open to all early-career writers based in the UK.  Entry is free. Applicants are invited to send a short pitch for a new text, alongside an example of previous writing. Three applicants will be selected to write…

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SDGI Blog: Exploring Reality IV

SDGI Blog: Exploring Reality V

The final session of Exploring Reality IV was focused on the structure of experimental /non-traditional documentary making including visual storytelling, creative techniques, working with characters, dialogue, character development, use of music, visual effects and how to communicate your vision.  The first session was led by Ken Wardrop, whose films have been screened at many prestigious festivals…

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SDGI Newsletter • July 2023

We’re delighted to share our SDGI Newsletter • July 2023 edition with you. Take a look at all the latest opportunities out there for directors! Read / Download here You can subscribe below and make sure every edition hits your inbox!  

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New Shoots

New Shoots: Filmmakers Awards

The New Shoots Awards is an annual award programme from Shooting People that celebrates, supports and spotlights creatives working in film. Submit your short film to the New Shoots: Filmmakers Awards and get the chance to win direct mentorship from top-class pros, over £12.5k in industry-standard audio and video kit, a cinema screening of your…

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Democracy Story Lab

The Democracy Story Lab

The Democracy Story Lab is designed to explore a core question: what are the stories which can help us understand how we might govern ourselves? The Democracy Story Lab, is inviting 10-12 media projects to to brainstorm and weave critical conversations around strategy and effectiveness of political narratives in this moment. Reflecting on storytelling of…

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Scripting the Documentary Webinar

Scripting the Documentary Webinar

Hours upon hours of footage with no sense how to move forward with editing? Join documentary filmmaker Emily Harrold for this nuts-and-bolts conversation about how to organize, prepare, and script your documentary film — from raw footage to finished film. Scripting the Documentary Webinar takes place on Jul 26, 2023 05:00 PM. Register here. This…

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Apocalypse Clown

Galway Film Fleadh Winners Announced

The 35th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh came to an end with the annual awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday 16th of July. Congratulations to George Kane, whose film Apocalypse Clown won Best Irish Film, written by Demian Fox, George Kane, Shane O’Brien and James Walmsley. Apocalypse Clown follows a troupe of failed clowns as they embark…

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23rd Belfast Film Festival

Submissions are open for the 23rd Belfast Film Festival (2 – 11 November 2023). The festival is looking for submissions for its Irish/Northern Irish short film competition, New Cinema: Irish Shorts and NI Independents feature film strand. Find out more & submit here   Dates & Deadlines   July 13, 2023 Opening Date August 11,…

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Cost of Docs Survey

The Whickers, in partnership with Sheffield DocFest and the International Documentary Association (IDA), is conducting its sixth annual Cost of Docs survey to find the true cost of documentary making across today’s fast changing world. This survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and as a thank you they are offering the opportunity to…

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SDGI Newsletter

SDGI Newsletter • August 2023

We are thrilled that SDGI has received Screen Ireland Stakeholder Funding for Exploring Reality thanks to Martina Durac, Adrian McCarthy and Donald Taylor Back for their work in the Documentary Alliance. This funding will allow us to build on our programme and support talented directors who are creating important and engaging documentaries. Huge congratulations to…

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Short Film Fund – Kodak Film Edition

The short film fund allows emerging talent from around the world to test their ideas before embarking on a feature film. Grants of up to £7,000 / $10,000 are available towards the production costs of all scripted genres and documentary short film content. Filmmakers can compete in a special category to shoot their film on…

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WFT Ireland Dignity at Work Survey 2023

On 21st August, Women in Film and Television Ireland announced the launch of a comprehensive survey aimed at gaining insights into the prevalence of harmful behaviours in the Irish screen industries. The survey, conducted in collaboration with Screen Ireland, seeks to shed light on issues such as bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, humiliation, victimization, assault, and…

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AIC Scheme Info Session

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers Artist in the Community Scheme grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art…

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Lenny Abrahamson Interview at Kennedy Summer School 

The Kennedy Summer School is hosting The Noel Whelan Interview with SDGI Board Member Lenny Abrahamson at 7pm on Friday, September 1st with Sinéad McSweeney. This session commemorates the founder of the Kennedy Summer School, Noel Whelan. Over the years, Noel conducted a number of one-to-one interviews with key figures in Irish political and cultural…

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Nature & Place – temporary art projects

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office is calling for applications from professional artists for projects which respond to the public forests in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County (DLR). DLR are interested in proposals which will respond to these forests and have an outcome during National Tree Week in March 2024. This opportunity is for temporary work which is…

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SDGI Newsletter • September 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of SDGI’s monthly newsletter designed to keep you informed of all the deadlines and events related to your directing career. We are working on a new calendar that will act as an assistant for Irish directors which we hope to launch in the coming weeks. The Guild has been involved…

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70 cultural organisations co-sign Joint Letter of concern regarding the 2024 Creative Europe budget cuts

To: Charles Michel, President of the European Council Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain, President-in-exercise of the Council of the EU Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission National Ministers of Finance National Ministers of Culture   Brussels, 1 September 2023   Letter of concern regarding…

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BFI Film Academy Labs | Funding the Short Film with BFI Network

If you’re aged 16–25, an aspiring filmmaker or simply curious about the process of filmmaking then sign up for an informative online event, BFI Film Academy LABS, Funding the Short Film with BFI Network, which will dive into the world of film funding – taking place on 18 September 2023 at 18:30. This event will…

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Galway City of Film Irish Language Filmmaker’s Mentorship 2023

The Galway City of Film Irish Language Mentorship Scheme for 2023 supports both ENTRY and EMERGING talent as they work on a project and/or work to further their career and personal development as Irish language filmmakers in Ireland.  This scheme is aimed at two different participant talent levels and filmmakers. Including those looking to begin their career in…

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National Campaign for the Arts Seeking €150m for Arts Council in Budget 2024

On August 31, 2023, the National Campaign for the Arts, the volunteer-led grassroots movement making the case for the arts in Ireland, launched the NCFA Pre-Budget 2024 Submission which outlines ten key asks of Government in their preparation of Budget 2024. Maria Fleming, Chair of NCFA said: “Like many ecosystems today, the arts is one in danger…

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Documentary: A European Perspective – Pitch a Project

MEDIA Office Galway and Coimisiún na Meán will host a one-day Documentary: A European Perspective event in Galway on Tuesday 2nd November. Participating Broadcasters confirmed to date include BBC Storyville, YLE, SVT, RTE, TG4 and Netflix. More to be confirmed. PITCH A PROJECT If you wish to pitch a project to European Commissioning Editors please…

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Special SDGI Member Rate for IFTA Event: In Conversation with Deepak Chopra

Special SDGI Member Rate for IFTA Event: In Conversation with Deepak Chopra

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is offering SDGI members a special rate for this week’s In Conversation with Deepak Chopra, which is taking place as part of the ‘IFTA Creative Minds & Wellbeing Day’ for the screen industry and community, on Thursday, September 21st at the O’Reilly Theatre in Dublin. The conversation will…

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BBC, Channel 4 & National Film and Television School Freelancer Focus

The BBC and Channel 4 have partnered with the National Film and Television School to deliver two weeks of free online sessions aimed at freelancers working in the UK. The schedule – 2-13 Oct.-  includes masterclasses, workshops, advice and wellbeing sessions for those working in both scripted and unscripted production. Delivered as webinars, they will offer practical knowledge, skills and support…

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AnimationXchange Galway

On Tue, 3 Oct 2023 19:00 – 21:30 at Portershed in Galway City, South African directors Dan Clarke and Nadia Darries give a screening and talk on their acclaimed short film “Aau’s Song”, which appears on the Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 short animated film anthology. The event will launch AnimationXchange Galway, a new monthly…

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Option that Book! Books to Screen Event for Directors 10th November

SDGI has partnered with Publishing Ireland again to create a presentation of Irish books with available screen rights exclusive to SDGI directors. Books are everywhere. As a director you have examined many books for optioning for film and episodics but how can you filter through the mountains of new books published each year to find the best…

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SDGI Expresses its Support for Polish Director Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland (photo by Jacek Poremba)   SDGI stand with the Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA) to support Agnieszka Holland following the Polish minister of justice’s criticism of her depiction of the treatment of refugees in her Venice competition film The Green Border.   European Filmmakers in support of Agnieszka Holland   Download the PDF…

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SDGI Newsletter • October 2023

SDGI members and friends should have received our latest newsletter. This month’s edition announces the launch of our new calendar on our homepage which we hope will act as an assistant for Irish directors. We are working hard to populate it with important dates for your diaries, including submission deadlines, training, funding, residency opportunities, and…

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Competency Framework for the Animation Industry

Animation Ireland and Screen Ireland have today published a new Competency Framework for the Animation Industry. Developed in consultation with the Irish animation industry, these documents will serve as an invaluable learning resource for the sector View the Competency Framework for the Animation Industry The Competency Framework will assist the sector by: Identifying strengths and…

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Watch: Grierson DocLab In Focus: Unscripted Editing Discovery Webinar

Grierson DocLab In Focus: Unscripted Editing, run in partnership with Netflix, aims to equip UK-based people working in editing with the skills, experience and networks to step into editing roles on large scale unscripted shows. Hear from Director of Training Programmes for The Grierson Trust, Yen Yau, plus lead trainer, Claire Ferguson, and Post Production…

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Paul Webster • 100 Years of Housing-Crisis Without End

Paul Webster • 100 Years of Housing-Crisis Without End

Paul Webster’s new feature film about the history of housing airs on TG4 on Wednesday, 25th October at 9:30pm. 100 Bliain de Thithíocht- Géarchéim gan Deireadh (100 Years of Housing-Crisis Without End) will examine Ireland’s difficulties with housing over the past century. Written and directed by Paul Webster, this feature documentary is a decade-by-decade look…

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Irish Books for Screen 2023

Irish Books for Screen 2023 – Members Only Event Dublin Castle, Friday 10th November 4pm – 6pm As the demand for motion picture and television content increases, studios and film producers are turning more to book publishers and authors for content. This year, the Irish Books for Screen 2023 event will take place in person…

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Only 26% of Directors of European Feature Films are Women

A new reoprt from the European Audiovisual Observatory has revealed that Women are still largely underrepresented in the workforce. Women are still largely underrepresented in the workforce. Only 26% of directors of European feature films are female. Among behind-the-camera roles, the highest female presence was registered among producers (35%) and screenwriters (29%). The gender gap…

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Arts Council Film Project Award

There are two strands to this award and each has a specific purpose. Strand 1: Research and Development The purpose of this strand is to offer applicants an opportunity to research and develop ideas that could be developed into proposals for Strand 2 Production projects (i.e. they should be ideas for creatively ambitious and artistically…

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Culture Crush

Culture Crush is a major, collaborative event for professionals working in the creative sectors, including Film, TV, Animation, Games, Music, Immersive Technologies, Visual and Performing Arts, and others.  ​Theme for 2023: The Intersection of Creativity & Technology. ​Join Culture Crush this November 16th for panel discussions, fireside chats, lightning talks and special live performances. ​If you’re…

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Cork International Film Festival Industry Day: Doc Day Live

Cork International Film Festival continues to develop its focus on high-quality Irish and international documentary cinema with Doc Day, connecting emerging and established non-fiction filmmakers with industry professionals and the wider documentary sector, with the objective of helping to inform, inspire and develop opportunities within the global documentary landscape. Book here SESSIONS INCLUDE:   1.…

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Joint Statement on the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA)

On 8th November 2023, FERA together with 18 more organisations released a joint statement on the EMFA, calling for the need for a strong and independent public service media for quality journalism and the creative ecosystem. “ Honorable members of the inter-institutional negotiating teams on the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA), We, the undersigned organisations…

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SDGI Newsletter • November 2023

We are delighted to share our latest newsletter which was sent out to members last week – with industry opportunities, upcoming deadlines, news & events

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Maurice Sweeney • The Crime I Can't Forget

Maurice Sweeney • The Crime I Can’t Forget

SDGI Chairman Maurice Sweeney is series director on BBC’s new true crime series The Crime I Can’t Forget, which begins on Wednesday, 15th November 2023 at 22:40.  The series features top detectives who recall the stand-out case that shaped their career. With access to crime scene evidence, compelling archival footage, interviews with victims’ families and…

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Kin • Ciaran Donnelly

The television series Kin, co-created by SDGI Board Member Ciaran Donnelly with Peter McKenna, begins screening on BBC from Saturday, 18th November 2023. Kin tells the story of a fictional Dublin family embroiled in gangland war and speaks to the enduring unbreakable bonds of blood and family. Episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly…

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Northern Lights • Ruth Meehan & Tom Hall

SDGI Board Member Ruth Meehan & SDGI Member Tom Hall are directors on episodes of the new Dublin-based drama Northern Lights, which premiered on TG4 on Tuesday, 14th November 2023. Northern Lights tells the story of two grieving strangers whose worlds collide on a rainy night in Dublin. Revelations, confessions, secrets, and lies envelop this…

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Directors in Dialogue

SDGI Members Paul Webster and Mark Smyth invite you to a new monthly meet-up kicking off this November 22nd: “Mark and Paul here, your fellow members. We hope this message finds you well and brimming with creative energy.We know as a director that our job can be so rewarding but it can also be really…

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Directors in Dialogue

Directors in Dialogue

SDGI Members Paul Webster and Mark Smyth’s new monthly Directors in Dialogue meet-up took place on 22nd November, offering a space for SDGI members to connect and share experiences. Mark and Paul  would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came and showed interest in the Directors in Dialogue event in Windmill Lane…

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SDGI Newsletter • December 2023

In our ongoing commitment to champion the rights of our directors, I’m happy to share a brief yet impactful update on our strides in navigating copyright issues. SDGI has been engaged in crucial talks with departments and politicians to address copyright challenges head-on. Our recent momentum in a political campaign advocating for directors’ rights has…

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Joint statement on the amendments of the Geo-blocking regulation

JOINT STATEMENT Vote for Culture in the European Parliament INI Report on the EU Geo-blocking Regulation   The film, cinema, and audiovisual sector in Europe jointly urges the European Parliament to cast a vote in favour of culture on 13 December 2023 by opposing the call for future inclusion of audiovisual services in the scope…

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Directors in Dialogue

Directors in Dialogue January Meet-up

Kick off 2024 in the company of your fellow directors! Following the dynamic engaged meet-up and enthusiasm for regular events, we invite you to join us for our second Directors in Dialogue. Date: Wednesday 10th January Time: 6.30pm – 8pm. ( 8pm optional follow on in Smyths Haddington Rd. ) Venue: Windmill Lane Studios,  29 Herbert St, Dublin…

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Gerry Gregg

Gerry Gregg • Face Down: The Disappearance of Thomas Niedermayer

Gerry Gregg’s powerful and moving documentary Face Down: The Disappearance of Thomas Niedermayer screens on RTE One this Wednesday December 20th at 9.35pm. On 27th December 1973, a nightmare began for an entire family.  On that night, Thomas Niedermayer, Germany’s Honorary Consul to Northern Ireland and the Manager of the Grundig Factory in West Belfast, was…

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Trish McAdam • Songs Of Blood And Destiny

Trish McAdam’s Songs Of Blood And Destiny screens at the The Arc Cinema Cork on 20th December at 8.30.   Based on the epic poem, iGirl, by Marina Carr ​A narrator unravels her own life like some knotted ball of string, reflects with dark humour and heavenly wit on humanities destiny and evokes voices past and…

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The Tourist

The second season of The Tourist, which debuted on 1st January 2024 on BBC One and continues to screen on Sunday, features 3 Irish directors behind the camera: Fergus O’Brien – Episodes #2.1 & 2.2 Lisa Mulcahy – Episodes #2.2 & #2.4 Kate Dolan – Episodes #2.5 & #2.6 The full season is available on…

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Lisa Mulcahy

Lies We Tell, directed by SDGI Board member Lisa Mulcahy, is screening at The Palm Springs International Film Festival on 6th, 7th and 8th January 2024.      

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Nora Twomey

The BFI has announced a special screening of The Breadwinner + Q&A with director Nora Twomey on Saturday, 20th January 2024.

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Directors in Dialogue

Directors in Dialogue February Meet-Up

Our first Directors in Dialogue of 2024 took place on Wednesday, 10th January and brought with it a warm atmosphere on a cold Winter’s night! The evening was a great success and the creative conversation was flowing – plus pizza (always a bonus). If you haven’t already joined us on this community journey, we hope…

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Dublin International Film Festival 2024

Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) 2024 will take place  22nd February to 2nd March. Featuring star-studded Irish and international premieres, exclusive screenings and events, playful and powerful documentaries, captivating features, thought-provoking shorts, intimate Q&As, industry masterclasses and more, all celebrating and applauding the art of filmmaking. The power of Irish storytelling is evident throughout the Festival, from the world…

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Patricia Kelly • Verdigris

Patricia Kelly’s debut feature, Verdigris, will be the opening film at the 25th Chicago Irish Film Festival on 29th February and will close the 18th Capital DC Irish Film Festival on 3rd March. Patricia has also been selected as one of the finalists for the Fís TV Summit Pitching Competition in Galway on 1st February…

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SDGI Newsletter • February 2024

We’re delighted to share our latest newsletter with you that went out to members and friends last week. The Screen Directors Guild has had another round of negotiations with the producers and other Guilds on copyright rights arising from Statutory Instrument 567. We have made progress and we would be very grateful if directors could…

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Ian Hunt-Duffy

Ian Hunt-Duffy’s debut feature, Double Blind, follows seven young test subjects who must face a terrifying side effect when an experimental drug trial goes horribly wrong – if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated medical facility, they must find a way to escape, and somehow manage to stay awake. Double Blind is out…

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Megan K. Fox

Too Good to be True is a four part limited series, with episode 1 airing on Channel 5 at 9pm on February 14th. The series was produced by Story Films UK. Starring Allen Leech (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, Urban Myths, Archie), Charlie Hodson-Prior (Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical)…

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Dathaí Keane

Dathaí Keane is behind the camera on Blackshore, a new drama series on RTÉ A police detective returns to her home town and becomes involved in a missing person case, which is linked to her traumatic past and the town’s dark history. Blackshore screens from 9.35pm, Sunday, February 11th on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.…

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Alan Bradley

Stalked, directed and produced by Alan Bradley, is airing on Monday 12th February at 21:00 on Virgin Media One. Stalked follows the terrifying experiences of stalking survivors Una Ring, Eve McDowell and Jarlath Rice as Una and Eve fight to finally make stalking a crime in Ireland.

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Marian Quinn Twig In this re-telling of Antigone set against Dublin’s gangland, young Twig dreams of escaping with her lover Eamon, but her brothers’ deadly feud over the future of their late father’s kingdom draws her back. After the death of her eldest brother, Eddie, she goes in search of her other brother, Paulie, defying authority in favour of God’s law. This reception of the Sophoclean tragedy is an angry but sensitive response to the recent rise of violence in the streets of the Irish capital. Epic in its scope and fearless in its honesty, Quinn’s anti-war film comes at a very appropriate time. Thu 22 Feb / The Lighthouse Cinema / 18:30 /  Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor Baltimore Rose Dugdale (Imogen Poots) was an English heiressturned-IRA sympathiser and this is the story of the event which came to define her life: the 1974-armed art theft of Russborough House. A studied sketch of the revolutionary, Molloy and Lawlor’s film is diffused with an emotionally absorbing soundtrack, creating constant drama, tension and unease. Fri 23 Feb / The Lighthouse Cinema / 20:45 / Dermot Malone King Frankie Frankie (Coonan) is a humble Dublin taxi driver, who runs his own tiny taxi firm. On the day of his father’s removal, he comes face to face with something that happened ten years ago, and the first thing that he must do is forgive himself. Malone’s debut film is about those who not only make promises but also keep them. Sat 24 Feb / The Lighthouse Cinema / 19:00 / Colin Hickey Perennial Light In coastal Ireland, the memory of his best friend’s sudden death haunts a young boy even as he ventures into adulthood. Troubled by his own vortex of dark thoughts and an unnatural obsession with death, he embarks on a quest for healing and redemption. Hickey’s film is a dialogue-free hybrid monochromatic piece of cinema, featuring hand-drawn ballpoint drawings from Paolo Chianta. Sun 25 Feb / Irish Film Institute / 13:30 / Alan Gilsenan Lord Mayor’s Gala: the Irish Question A provocative, poetic and cinematic meditation on the prospect of a united Ireland from acclaimed filmmaker Alan Gilsenan. With the likelihood of a border poll becoming an increasing possibility, do we really understand what that could mean for all those living on the island of Ireland? Or are we stumbling into some possible future as Britain once sleep-walked into Brexit? With unique contributions from the likes of Leo Varadker, Bill Clinton, Mary-Lou McDonald, Mike Nesbitt, Monica McWilliams, John Major, Susan McKay, Bertie Ahern, Fintan O’Toole, Gerry Adams, Linda Irvine and Peter Mandelson amongst many others, The Irish Question takes a fresh and sometimes surprising look at the dark trauma of the past and the unique possibilities of the future. Sun 25 Feb / The Lighthouse Cinema / 14:00 / Ross Killeen Don’t Forget to Remember There is an inherent understanding of the grieving process when a loved one is lost. But what if that person isn’t gone? What does grief mean then? In collaboration with the artist Asbestos, Killeen’s unconventional documentary explores the lived experience of Alzheimer’s whilst also honouring the ties of family. Considering the simultaneous fragility and fortitude of memory, it concludes that we can never truly lose our loved ones as long as we remember them. Mon 26 Feb / Irish Film Institute / 18:30 / Maurice O’Carroll Swing Bout This crime thriller, set backstage at a major boxing event, Ireland traces Toni Gale’s (Berkeley) tumultuous journey from the dressing room to the ring over the course of a night of deceit, betrayal, and life-altering decisions. Premiering at DIFF, O’Carroll’s film is a white-knuckle ride which tells its fisted story without ever revealing the boxing ring itself. Mon 26 Feb / The Lighthouse Cinema / 21:00 Keith Walsh Conor Walsh: Selected Piano Works Conor Walsh wrote his heart out in minimalist piano compositions. This is a musical vignette of the soundtrack of his life. It celebrates the work he left behind when he tragically died of a heart attack at 36, just when his music was beginning to flow out into the world. Tue 27 Feb / Irish Film Institute / 18:30 / Susan Thomson The Swimming Diaries Floating between conceptual documentary and experimental fiction, this film chronicles the 25,000 metres that Thomson swam during the period of her mother’s death. An adaptation of her book, it uses dance, music and memorial archives to translate text into movement.  Wed 28 Feb / Irish Film Institute / 18:30 / Kathleen Harris Birdsong Ornithologist Seán Ronayne is on a mission to record the call of every bird species in Ireland – that’s nearly 200 birds. At once inspiring and cautionary, his journey reveals the beauty and importance of sound, and what listening can tell us about the state of our natural world. Alan Friel Woken A pregnant Anna (Kellyman) wakes up on a remote island of which she has no memory and to faces she doesn’t recognise. Forced to re-learn everything about the world, she will need to do all that she can to protect herself and her unborn child. Friel’s debut feature is a sci-fi dystopian thriller beginning with the human race on the verge of extinction. Fri 1 Mar / The Lighthouse Cinema / 20:15 / Tadhg O’Sullivan The Swallow In a small house by the sea, a woman begins a letter to an unknown correspondent. Surrounded by the books, mementoes and clutter of a life lived in one place, her home exposed to the waves of a rising ocean, she writes about the history of lost art. Considering what has been lost, and wondering about her own desire to hold on, she sets out on a meditation on memory, and art’s aspiration to immortality. Fri 1 Mar / Irish Film Institute / 20:30 /  Pat Collins That They Might See the Rising Sun Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in Ireland in the 1970’s, acclaimed Irish director Pat Collin’s new film THAT THEY MAY FACE THE RISING SUN is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern, one of Ireland’s greatest novelists. The film stars Barry Ward and Anna Bederke  in the lead roles. Lalor Roddy Sean McGinley  Ruth McCabe and first-time actor Phillip Dolan make up the rich cast of supporting characters.  Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community near to where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters around them unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons as this enclosed world becomes an everywhere.   Sat 2 Mar / The Lighthouse Cinema / 19:30 /

Directors Highlights at Dublin International Film Festival

The Dublin International Film Festival runs Thu, Feb 22, 2024 – Sat, Mar 2, 2024 and features a host of Irish directors bringing their latest films to cinema screens across the capital. Marian Quinn Twig In this re-telling of Antigone set against Dublin’s gangland, young Twig dreams of escaping with her lover Eamon, but her…

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Directors in Dialogue

Directors in Dialogue March Meet-Up

Our next Directors in Dialogue of 2024 takes place on Wednesday, 6th March and we hope members can join the community of creative conversation – and enjoy some pizza!   Directors in Dialogue March Meet-Up Date: Wednesday 6th March Time: 6.30pm – 8pm. ( 8pm optional follow on in Smyths Haddington Rd. ) Venue: Windmill Lane…

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Declan Recks

Faithless, directed by Declan Recks, written by Baz Ashmawy and Stefanie Preissner, is currently airing on Virgin Media Television on Monday evenings and the full series is available on Virgin Media Player. The comedy series follow three Dublin sisters, and their Irish/Egyptian dad who, after a tragic incident, has to raise his three daughters alone.…

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SDGI Newsletter • March 2024

I am thrilled to welcome you to the newest edition of our newsletter, where we strive to keep you informed, inspired, and empowered in your roles as directors. As the Executive Director of the Directors Guild, it is my privilege to present you with a wealth of valuable insights, updates, and resources tailored to enhance…

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Ciaran Cassidy’s Housewife of the Year and Alessandra Celesia’s The Flats, will both have their World Premiere at CPH:DOX. CPH:DOX will take place 13 – 24 March 2024.   Festival

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Stephen Rea to Receive IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea will be honoured with the Irish Academy Award for his Lifetime Achievement, and for his outstanding contribution to the Irish and international screen industry.   Rea will be presented with the Award in the presence of family, friends and industry colleagues at…

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Hannah Quinn

Keeper Pictures have announced several new acquisitions of their television series The Gone, which include the UK’s BBC, Australia’s SBS and Acorn, and Poland’s Canal+. Hannah Quinn takes the reins behind the camera for Episodes #1.4 – #1.6 The Gone is a six part drama that follows an Irish detective (Richard Flood) teams up with a Kiwi…

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Variety Lists 10 Rising Irish Stars Behind the Camera

Variety has picked out 10 Irish creatives to look out for saying that “Ireland’s film and TV scene may be booming with both local projects and big Hollywood productions, but much of this is being supported by a groundswell of rising Irish talent working behind the camera.” We are delighted to see a number of…

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2024 IFTA Nominations

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced the 2024 IFTA Nominations for the Irish Academy Awards across 28 categories in Film & Drama. Congratulations to the wonderful talent nominated in the IFTA Director – Film & Drama categories and to all nominees acrosss every category! Director – Film: Double Blind – Ian Hunt-Duffy…

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SDGI Annual Meeting of Directors 2024

  The Chairman, Maurice Sweeney and the board of SDGI are delighted to officially invite you in-person to the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland’s 21st Annual Meeting of Directors on Friday 10th May 2024 at 10:30 am in the MoLI Museum, 86 St Stephen’s Green Dublin 2. We look forward to coming together and updating you on SDGI’s work…

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Paddy Breathnach

Paddy Breathnach returns behind the camera to direct the second series of the comedy The Dry, created by Nancy Harris and produced by Element Pictures. Shiv Sheridan returns to Dublin after years of partying in London and tries to navigate a new phase of her life. Trying to stay sober and being back with her…

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Directors in Dialogue

Directors in Dialogue April Meet-Up

Join your fellow directors at the April Directors in Dialogue meet-up, hosted by SDGI members Paul Webster and Mark Smyth on Wednesday, 3rd April at Windmill Lane Studios. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect and energize your creative spirit! Directors in Dialogue April Meet-Up Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2024 Time: 6.30pm – 8pm.…

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Tanya Doyle

Tanya Doyle’s Irish cheerleading documentary Eat / Sleep / Cheer / Repeat follows a group of underdog athletes on their journey to the World Cheerleading Championships in America.The coming-of-age film follows the young female and male athletes of Team Ireland to intimately explore questions of gender, strength, performance, sexuality and what it’s like growing up…

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Andrew Gallimore

Andrew Gallimore’s film One Night In Millstreet tells the story of Ireland in 1995, a snapshot of a country told through a high stakes prize fight in Millstreet, Cork between the then unknown underdog Steve ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Collins and the larger-than-life champion Chris ‘Simply The Best’ Eubank – an against-all-odds sporting event that had an…

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Paul Duane

Paul Duane’s feature debut, All You Need is Death, tells the story of a young couple who are part of a mysterious, secret organization that travels at night with the desire to discover forbidden knowledge. All You Need is Death is released in Irish cinemas on 19th April 2024.  

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Alan Gilsenan

Alan Gilsenan’ s The Days Of Trees is a meditation on trauma, offering hope and insight. The Days Of Trees is released in Irish cinemas on 12th April 2024.  

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Pat Collins

Pat Collins’s latest film, That They May Face the Rising Sun, is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern. Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community near to where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a…

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SDGI Newsletter • April 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of our monthly newsletter designed exclusively for directors. Chairman Maurice Sweeney and I have been working to advance directors’ rights in our industry. In our latest round of talks with Producers on 13/14th March we discussed terms for an Interim Agreement with producers on the implementation of Statutory Instrument 567.…

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Imogen Murphy & Laura Way

Imogen Murphy directs Episodes #1.1 – #1.5 and Laura Way directs Episode #1.6 of The Vanishing Triangle, which is currently screening on Virgin Media. After a series of disappearances of young women, newspaper reporter Lisa Wallace, sets out to find the man responsible who she believes is the same man who murdered her mother almost…

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Paddy Breathnach

Paddy Breathnach directs Episode #1.7 on the new Netflix series Bodkin, which was filmed in West Cork, Wicklow and Dublin. Bodkin follows a motley crew of podcasters who set out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in a quaint, coastal Irish town. But once they start pulling at threads, they discover a story…

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Declan Lowney

Declan Lowney returns to direct Episodes #2.9 –  #2.10 of The Big Door Prize, starring Chris O’Dowd, along with directors Steven Tsuchida, Heather Jack, Jordan Canning, and Satya Bhabha. The Big Door Prize follows a small town that is forever changed when a mysterious machine appears, promising to reveal everyone’s true potential, which results in residents…

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Cinematic Synergy: The Art of Collaboration Between Director and Cinematographer 

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and the Irish Society of Cinematographers are thrilled to invite members to a special evening dedicated to exploring the dynamic partnership between directors and cinematographers. Join Us for an Evening of: Insightful Group Discussion: Hear from some of Ireland’s top directors and cinematographers as they delve into their collaborative…

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Lisa Mulcahy & Kate Dolan Win at IFTAS

SDGI congratulates all the nominees and winners of the IFTA Awards 2024, which took place on Saturday, 20th April. A special shout out to SDGI Board Member Lisa Mulcahy for winning Director (Film) for  Lies We Tell, and to Kate Dolan for winning Director (Drama) for Kin.   Complete list of winners for the IFTA Awards…

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John Hayes & Oonagh Kearney

John Hayes directs Episodes #1.1 – #1.3 of Irish dark comedy crime drama Obituary, and Oonagh Kearney directs Episodes #1.4 – #1.6. Obituary has been picked up by several global broadcasters and platforms: Netflix (Ireland/UK), Britbox (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Proximus (Belgium), RTS (French-speaking Switzerland), RTP (Portugal), BluTV (Turkey & Cyprus) and TET (Latvia). The…

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Authors’, Performers’ and Other Creative Workers’ Organisations Joint Statement on Generative Artificial Intelligence and the EU AI Act

FERA, together with 12 European and International authors’, performers’ and other creative workers’ organisations, urgently call for a human centric approach to generative AI, built upon informed consent, transparency, fair remuneration and contractual practices. Joint statement issued on 25 April 2024:   The undersigned organisations represent the collective voice of hundreds of thousands of writers,…

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Minding Creative Minds Services

Minding Creative Minds Services:   You can access up to 12 free counselling sessions and advice on financial & legal matters. You need to call the helpline and state that you are a member of the Irish creative / arts sector. When you call the helpline you will immediately speak to a qualified counsellor /…

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SDGI Newsletter • May 2024

By now members & friends should have received this month’s newsletter, jam-packed full of news, key industry opportunities, deadlines and events. We hope you all find something to empower and enhance your creative journey…   You can also read SDGI Newsletter • May 2024 here  

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Ross Killeen

Ross Killeen’s Don’t Forget to Remember will have its International Premiere at Sheffield DocFest 2024. The film was made in collaboration with the artist Asbestos with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland through the renowned Reel Art Scheme.  Don’t Forget to Remember follows the artist, Asbestos as he learns to cope with his mother’s…

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George Kane

George Kane is behind the camera on ‘Boo To A Goose’, the opening episode of the ninth & final series of Inside No. 9. George previously directed Episodes #8.1 – #8.13 of Inside No. 9. ‘Boo To A Goose’ screened on 8th May 2024 on BBC Two and is available on the BBC iPlayer.  

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Some Highlights from Our Annual Meeting of Directors

We’d like to thank our members, friends and partners who came out in force at our Annual Meeting of Directors on Friday, 10th May 2024.    Some Highlights from Our Annual Meeting of Directors Attendance: 74 directors joined us for the event. Open Discussion: We had a productive open discussion on the state of the industry for…

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Lorcan Finnegan

Lorcan Finnegan’s psychological thriller ‘The Surfer’ is premiering at Cannes this year – which is running 14 – 25 May 2024. The Australian/Irish co-production stars Nicolas Cage as a man who returns to his hometown in Australia and takes on a local gang of surfers. Lorcan is also among 10 directors selected to present upcoming…

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Gary Lennon

There are currently 40 million piano students in China. Gary Lennon’s Piano Dreams is an intimate portrait of remarkably talented young musicians and a glimpse into the lives of the new Chinese middle class: their aspirations, their sacrifices and their sheer drive to succeed. Piano Dreams is cinemas from 24th May 2024.  

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Colm Quinn

Colm Quinn’s Ransom ’79 tells the story of legendary Irish reporter Charlie Bird and his determination to break one final story before his life is cut short by Motor Neurone Disease. Ransom ’79 is in cinemas from 24th May 2024.  

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