Ian Hunt-Duffy

Commercial + Film Director


  • Double Blind
    2023 — Feature Film — 90 mins
  • Low Tide
    2018 — Short Film — 14 mins
  • Gridlock
    2016 — Short Film — 19 mins
  • Talk It Out
    2012 — Web Series — 12 mins
  • 2019 — Winner
    Dublin International Film Festival — Discovery Award.
  • 2017 — Winner
    Cannes — Young Director Award (YDA). Gridlock
  • 2017 — Winner
    SCAD Savannah Film Festival — Best Director. Gridlock
  • 2017 — Winner
    DC Shorts — Best International Short Film. Gridlock
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Irish Film & Television Awards — Best Short Film. Gridlock
  • 2016 — Winner
    Foyle Film Festival — Best Short Film. Gridlock
  • 2016 — Winner
    Cork International Film Festival — Grand Prix Best Irish Short. Gridlock

Ian Hunt-Duffy is an award-winning and IFTA nominated director. His first love is genre cinema and he strives to make movies that will grip an audience and keep them guessing.

Having graduated from the National Film School in Ireland, Ian established Failsafe Films in Dublin. His Oscar long-listed short film ‘Gridlock’ won 60 awards at over 150 Film Festivals worldwide, including Best Director at the Savannah International Film Festival, Best International Short Film at DC Shorts, and a Young Director Award (YDA) in Cannes.

In 2018, Ian was selected for the prestigious Berlinale Talents in Germany as a director, being the only Irish filmmaker chosen amongst 250 candidates from 81 countries. Ian then successfully received funding from Screen Ireland for his Focus short ‘Low Tide’, before winning the Discovery Award at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2019. 

In 2022, Ian directed his debut feature film ‘Double Blind’ – a psychological horror/thriller for Screen Ireland and Epic Pictures, to be released 2023.