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John Carney

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Agent
  • Jeremy Barber
  • United Talent Agency
Filmography
  • Fascinating Rhythm (in pre-production)
    TBD — Feature Film
  • Modern Love
    2019-2021 — TV Series 7 × — 32 mins
  • Sing Street
    2016 — Feature Film — 106 mins
  • Begin Again
    2013 — Feature Film — 104 mins
  • The Rafters
    2012 — Feature Film — 80 mins
  • Zonad
    2009 — Feature Film — 75 mins
  • The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty
    2007 — TV Series 6 ×
  • Once
    2007 — Feature Film — 86 mins
  • Bachelors Walk Christmas Special
    2006 — TV Movie
  • Zonad
    2003 — Short Film
  • Bachelors Walk
    2001-2003 — TV Series 18 × — 60 mins
  • On The Edge
    2001 — Feature Film — 85 mins
  • Park
    1999 — Feature Film
  • November Afternoon
    1996 — Feature Film — 82 mins
  • Shining Star
    1995 — Short Film
  • Hotel
    1995 — Short Film
Awards
  • 2001 — Winner
    Dinard Festival of British Cinema — Audience Award. On the Edge
  • 2001 — Nominee
    Dinard Festival of British Cinema — Golden Hitchcock Award. On the Edge
  • 2007 — Winner
    Sundance Film Festival — World Cinema Audience Award. Once
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Most Promising Filmmaker. Once
  • 2007 — Winner
    Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards — Russell Smith Award. Once
  • 2009 — Nominee
    Danish Film Awards (Robert) — Best Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film). Once
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Deauville Film Festival — Grand Special Prize. Sing Street
  • 2007 — Special Mention
    Dinard Festival of British Cinema — . Once
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards — Breakthrough Artist. Once
  • 2007 — Winner
    Dublin International Film Festival — Audience Award. Once
  • 2008 — Winner
    Evening Standard British Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer. Once
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Faro Island Film Festival — Best Film. Sing Street
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Faro Island Film Festival — Best Film. Once
  • 2008 — Winner
    Film Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film. Once
  • 2007 — Winner
    Ghent International Film Festival — Youth Jury Award. Once
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Sing Street
  • 2015 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Begin Again
  • 2010 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director for Film. Zonad
  • 2017 — Nominee
    London Critics Circle Film Awards — Technical Achievement of the Year. Sing Street
  • 2008 — Nominee
    London Critics Circle Film Awards — British Breakthrough - Filmmaking. Once
  • 2008 — Winner
    Mons International Festival of Love Films — Grand Prize. Once
  • 2016 — Winner
    Nashville Film Festival — Special Presentations. Sing Street
  • 2008 — Nominee
    Online Film Critics Society Awards — Best Breakthrough Filmmaker. Once
  • 2014 — Nominee
    Shanghai International Film Festival — Best Film. Begin Again
  • 2010 — Nominee
    Shanghai International Film Festival — Best Film. Zonad
  • 2017 — Winner
    Sofia International Film Festival — Best Foreign Film. Sing Street
  • 2007 — Winner
    Sundance Film Festival — Audience Award. Once
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize. Once
  • 2017 — Winner
    Valladolid International Film Festival — Youth Jury Award . Sing Street

John Carney began his film career writing, producing and directing two award-winning short films, SHINING STAR and HOTEL, and directing videos for Irish Band The Frames.
His first feature film, NOVEMBER AFTERNOON, a low-budget black-and-white production, was voted Best Feature of 1997 by the Irish Times, and ran on the U.S. festival circuit.
John wrote, directed and scored his next project, the hour-long TV film JUST IN TIME, starring Frances Barber and Gerard McSorley. The Irish Times voted it Best TV Film of 1998.
Carney’s next film was the edgy drama Park which premiered at the Dublin Film Festival in 1999. He subsequently co-wrote and directed ON THE EDGE, starring Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, for Universal Studios. John won the Silver Hitchcock Award for the film at the 2001 Dinard Film Festival. The film was distributed internationally by UIP.

After completing post-production, John turned his hand to TV writing, co-writing and directing three Series of the hit RTÉ television Series BACHELORS WALK, the most successful independently produced drama in the history of Irish television.
In 2006, Carney directed the feature movie ONCE, a music drama about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. First released at the Galway Film Fleadh, ONCE had its official world release that the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 and went on to win the World Cinema Audience Award in the Category Dramatic.

Carney’s latest feature ZONAD, co-directed with brother Kieran had its Irish premier at the 21st Galway Film Fleadh with a national release due later in the year. ZONAD is a comedy about an escapee from a rehab facility who hides out in a village in rural Ireland and fools the locals by pretending to be a visitor from outer space.