John Kelly

Corporate/Promo + Documentary + Film Director


  • Masquerade
    2021 — Short Film — 12 mins
  • Visionaries
    2021 — Short Film — 11 mins
  • Nevermore
    2022 — Short Film — 17 mins
  • 2021 — Honourable Mention
    LA Film Awards — Best Drama. Masquerade
  • 2021 — Semi-Finalist
    LA Film Awards — Best Picture. Masquerade
  • 2021 — Official Selection
    SHORT to the Point — Narrative Short. Masquerade
  • 2021 — Semi-Finalist
    Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival — Short Narrative Film. Masquerade
  • 2022 — Official Selection
    Chicago Irish Film Festival — Irish Documentary Short. Visionaries
  • 2022 — Official Selection
    St Patrick's Film Festival — Irish Short Films. Visionaries
  • 2022 — Official Selection
    Fastnet Film Festival — Documentary . Visionaries
  • 2022 — Official Selection
    Waterford International Film Festival — Best Short Film Competition. Visionaries
  • 2022 — Official Selection
    13th Underground Cinema Film Awards — Short Film. Visionaries

After graduating from Pulse College’s Professional Diploma in Film and Television Production in 2018, and working on a total of 25 projects that year including short films, music videos and commercial projects, I decided to establish Clap ‘n Load Studios, a film production company that places a high value on creating ambitious and engaging film projects irrespective of the budget available. My belief is that proper planning and preparation can ensure the creation of a strong, engaging production, and I feel that this sentiment has been clearly demonstrated through the creation of our three short film projects to date, all of which have received great acclaim and commendation both nationally and internationally :-

Masquerade” (2021) is a self-funded period short that was awarded three awards at the LA Film Awards in 2021, and was screened at Short to the Point and Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. This film was shot in prestigious Irish locations including The Hugh Lane Gallery and Kilruddery House.

Nevermore” (2021), Ireland’s First indigenous Irish Science-Fiction short, was funded by  Arts and Disability Ireland Arts & Disability Connect Scheme 2020 and premiered in December 2021 at The Whale Theatre to great reception.

Visionaries” (2021), funded by the Galway Film Centre, is a short documentary about sight-loss and music that has already been premiered at the 23rd Chicago Irish Film Festival, Irish Film London’s: St Patrick’s Festival, and will be screened at the Fastnet Film Festival in Cork in May 2022.

Clap ‘n Load Studios has also recently collaborated with the National Council for the Blind Ireland in creating a short documentary project with a group of visually impaired young people.