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Graham Cantwell

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Filmography
  • Who We Love
    2021 — Feature Film — 92 mins
  • Parfum
    2017 — Short Film — 1 mins
  • Lily
    2016 — Short Film — 22 mins
  • Duets
    2015 — Feature Film
  • Footsteps of Angels
    2014 — Short Film — 7 mins
  • Thin Air
    2014 — Short Film — 7 mins
  • The Callback Queen
    2013 — Feature Film — 88 mins
  • The Guards
    2010 — TV Series 2 ×
  • Exercise Caution
    2010 — Short Film — 1 mins
  • The Making of 'Anton'
    2009 — Documentary — 45 mins
  • The Letter
    2009 — Short Film
  • Anton
    2008 — Feature Film — 95 mins
  • One
    2008 — Music Video — 5 mins
  • Sirens (segment of 'Dublin 26.06.08: A Movie in 4 Days')
    2008 — Feature Film Segment
  • One Careful Owner
    2007 — Short Film — 0.25 mins
  • An Racan
    2007 — Short Film — 3 mins
  • Primetime Inserts
    2007 — Current Affairs Programme
  • Anton
    2006 — Feature Film — 95 mins
  • The Coalboat Kids
    2006 — TV Pilot — 14 mins
  • Melon Hunter
    2006 — Short Film — 3 mins
  • Kickstarting The Cao
    2006 — Corporate Video — 10 mins
  • Philips Ireland
    2006 — Corporate Video — 10 mins
  • Failte Go Heirinn
    2005 — Short Film — 12 mins
  • Who’s Your Daddy?
    2005 — Short Film — 15 mins
  • Still Life
    2005 — Short Film — 4 mins
  • Past Pupil
    2005 — Short Film — 13 mins
  • Fighting Fitness
    2004 — TV Pilot — 30 mins
  • A Dublin Story
    2003 — Short Film — 14 mins
  • Amie/My City Shitty: Damien Rice
    2003 — Music Video — 4 mins
  • A Machine That Works
    2002 — Short Film — 10 mins
  • L’etranger
    2001 — Experimental Film
  • Fuascailt
    2001 — Short Film — 13 mins
  • The Package
    2001 — Short Film — 10 mins
  • On A Clear Day
    1999 — Short Film — 8 mins
  • Powertrip
    1998 — Short Film — 15 mins
Awards
  • 2022 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Film, Best Director- Film. Who We Love
  • 2021 — Winner
    Kerry Film Festival — Best Narrative Feature. Who We Love
  • 2018 — Winner
    Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage — Best Short Film. Lily
  • 2018 — Winner
    Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, US — Best Short Film. Lily
  • 2017 — Winner
    Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival — Best Short Film. Lily
  • 2017 — Winner
    Dublin International Film Festival — Best Irish Short. Lily
  • 2017 — Winner
    Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival — Best International Short Film. Lily
  • 2017 — Winner
    FilmOut San Diego, US — Best Short Film Female. Lily
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Galway Film Fleadh — One Minute Film Festival. Parfum
  • 2016 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Short Drama. Lily
  • 2003 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Short Film. A Dublin Story
  • 2017 — Winner
    Iris Prize Festival — Youth Jury Award. Lily
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Iris Prize Festival — Iris Prize. Lily
  • 2017 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Short Film. Lily
  • 2010 — Nominee
    IFTA — 3 Categories. Anton
  • 2017 — Winner
    North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival — Best Women's Long Form Short. Lily
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Underground Cinema Awards, Ireland — Best Director. Lily
  • 2017 — Winner
    Underground Cinema Film Festival Awards — Best Short Film. Lily
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Kerry Film Festival — Best Irish Feature. Lily
  • 2016 — Winner
    Santa Fe Film Festival — Best Narrative Short, Courage in Cinema Award. Lily
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Savannah Film Festival — Best Global Short Narrative . Lily
  • 2015 — Winner
    Jameson Dublin International Film Festival — Best Irish Short Film. Lily
  • 2008 — Bronze Award
    15 Second Film Festival — . One Careful Owner
  • 2004 — Nomination Shortlist
    Academy Awards — . A Dublin Story
  • 2004 — Special Mention
    Tirana International Film Festival — Best International Short Film. A Dublin Story
  • 2004 — Remi Bronze Award
    WorldFest, Houston — Best Dramatic Original Short. A Dublin Story
  • 2003 — Light In Motion Award
    Foyle International Film Festival — Best Irish Short. A Dublin Story
  • 2003 — Kodak Tiernan McBride Award
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Short Film. A Dublin Story

Graham Cantwell is an IFTA nominated, award winning Irish director and writer. He achieved early acclaim when his short film A Dublin Story won several awards domestically and internationally.

In 2008 he directed Anton (international title Trapped) which stars IFTA winner Gerard McSorley. The film was picked up for distribution at the Cannes Film Festival and has sold to over 40 territories worldwide. It was nominated for three Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, had a three week domestic theatrical release and hit the Top 10 in DVD sales charts at Christmas on its release in Ireland.

In 2010 he directed a pilot called The Guards for TV3, the first ever home grown single drama commissioned by the broadcaster, set in the dynamic world of the Irish police force.

In 2014 his romantic comedy feature film The Callback Queen had a successful cinema release in Ireland and the UK. Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin hosted a run of screenings of the film at his Jean Cocteau cinema in Santa Fe the same year. In 2016 the film was nominated for two Irish Film and Television Academy Awards.

Graham co-wrote romantic comedy feature film Poison Pen with Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer. As a director he also helped develop the script and look book for an adaptation of Jennifer Johnston’s novel Fool’s Sanctuary.

His LGBT short drama LILY, won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama at its premiere screening at The Galway Film Fleadh. The film also won awards at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and numerous other festivals worldwide. At the Santa Fe Film Festival Graham was recognised with a Courage in Cinema award for his work highlighting the issue of bullying of LGBT teens. Most recently the film won the Iris Prize Youth Award at the Iris Prize Festival, the blue riband event on the LGBT Film Festival circuit, commonly known as the LGBT Oscars.

His most recent feature film is adaptation of LILY called Who We Love which premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2021.

Graham has also worked extensively in theatre. Most notably he directed a sell out run of the European premiere of stage play Babylon Heights with writer Irvine Welsh in 2006. He also collaborated with the writer on a staged reading of A Letter from Death Row, a true life story about wrongful imprisonment, which featured actor Gary Lewis.

In 2002 Graham founded The Attic Studio, an organisation that ran free weekly workshop and networking sessions for writers, directors, producers and actors. The studio ran for 10 years, had a membership in the thousands and helped foster the careers of many of Ireland’s leading lights in the film and television industries. He served as chairman of Filmbase, a not for profit organisation set up to support and develop the careers of budding filmmakers in Ireland, and he is co-founder of Film Venture, a successful training facility and film production company.