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Damien O’Donnell

Film Director
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Filmography
  • Clean Break
    2015 — TV Series 2 × — 49 mins
  • How Was Your Day?
    2015 — Short Film — 14 mins
  • The Savage Eye
    2012-2014 — TV Series 12 ×
  • Inside I’m Dancing
    2004 — Feature Film — 96 mins
  • Heartlands
    2002 — Feature Film — 91 mins
  • What Where
    2000 — Short Film — 13 mins
  • East Is East
    1999 — Feature Film — 104 mins
  • Chrono Perambulator
    1998 — Short Film — 11 mins
  • Dangers Doyle’s Doo
    1996 — Feature Film
  • Thirty Five Aside
    1995 — Short Film — 26 mins
Awards
  • 2000 — Winner
    BAFTA Awards — Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film. East is East
  • 2005 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — AIB People’s Choice Award for Best Irish Film. Inside I'm Dancing
  • 2000 — Winner
    Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival — Special Jury Award. East Is East
  • 1996 — Winner
    Angers European First Film Festival — European Jury Award. 35 Aside
  • 1996 — Winner
    Angers European First Film Festival — Audience Award. 35 Aside
  • 2001 — Nominee
    Bodil Awards — Best Non-American Film. East Is East
  • 1996 — Winner
    Bombay International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival — Golden Conch. 35 Aside
  • 1999 — Nominee
    British Independent Film Awards — Douglas Hickox Award. East Is East
  • 2000 — Winner
    Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema — OCIC Special Award . East Is East
  • 1999 — Nominee
    Cannes Film Festival — C.I.C.A.E. Award . East Is East
  • 2012 — Winner
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Bronze Torc Award . The Savage Eye
  • 1999 — Nominee
    Chicago International Film Festival — New Directors Competition. East Is East
  • 1996 — Nominee
    Chicago International Film Festival — Best Short Film. 35 Aside
  • 1996 — Winner
    Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival — Grand Prix, Canal+ Award, Audience Award. 35 Aside
  • 1996 — Winner
    Corto Imola Festival — Best International Film. 35 Aside
  • 2000 — Nominee
    David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film. East Is East
  • 1996 — Nominee
    Dresden Film Festival — Best Short Film . 35 Aside
  • 2004 — Winner
    Edinburgh International Film Festival — Audience Award. Inside I'm Dancing
  • 2000 — Winner
    Empire Awards, UK — Best Debut. East Is East
  • 2000 — Winner
    European Union MEDIA Prize — MEDIA Prize. East Is East
  • 2000 — Winner
    Evening Standard British Film Awards — Best Film. East Is East
  • 2000 — Winner
    Fantasporto — Directors' Week Award . East Is East
  • 2001 — Nominee
    Goya Awards — Best European Film. East Is East
  • 2015 — Winner
    IndieCork — Best Irish Short. How Was Your Day?
  • 2015 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Comedy, Best Director Soap and Comedy. The Savage Eye
  • 2013 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director TV. The Savage Eye
  • 2004 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Film Director. Inside I'm Dancing
  • 2016 — Winner
    Krakow Film Festival — Best Director - International Short Film. How Was Your Day?
  • 2000 — Winner
    Ljubljana International Film Festival — Kingfisher Award . 35 Aside
  • 1998 — Winner
    Mediawave, Hungary — Best Feature Film. 35 Aside
  • 2001 — Winner
    Salerno Shadowline Film Festival — Shadowline Award.
  • 2005 — Winner
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Antioch University Award for Leadership and Change . Inside I'm Dancing
  • 2016 — Winner
    SXSW Film Festival — SXSW Grand Jury Award. How Was Your Day?
  • 1996 — Winner
    Uppsala International Short Film Festival — Best Children's Film. 35 Aside
  • 1999 — Winner
    Valladolid International Film Festival — Golden Spike. East Is East

Damien O’Donnell graduated from Rathmines in 1991 and then established ClingFilms with three others – Paul Fitzgerald, Harry Purdue and John Moore. O’Donnell wrote and directed 35-Aside, probably his most successful Irish short.

Recently O’Donnell has worked with BBC Scotland and has followed this with his award-winning first feature East is East, a 1970s Manchester-based comedy for BBC Films and Film Four.