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Keith O’Grady

Documentary + Film + Music Video Director
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Filmography
  • Rian
    2021 — Short Film — 19 mins
  • Border Tales
    2021 — Feature Film — 79 mins
  • Pat
    2021 — Short Film — 6 mins
  • Truckers Na Héireann
    2018 — TV Documentary Series
  • The Prince Of Pies
    2018 — Feature Film — 73 mins
  • Saving Santa
    2017 — Short Film — 17 mins
  • An Coláiste Éireannach (The Irish College)
    2015 — Documentary Film Series 4 ×
  • The Peace Wall
    2015 — Documentary Short
  • Vótaí Do Mhná
    2014 — Documentary
  • A Short Film About Fear
    2014 — Short Film — 9 mins
  • Creggan: The Sequel
    2014 — Documentary
  • Robert Burns
    2014 — Documentary
  • Feilte Is Fleadh
    2013 — Documentary Series
  • Ballaí Dhoire (Derry's Walls)
    2012 — Documentary — 60 mins
  • Bram Stoker Agus Dracula
    2011 — Documentary — 51 mins
  • Tubáiste Baile Mhanáis
    2011 — Documentary — 58 mins
  • Not Normal
    2010 — Short Film
  • Jam
    2009 — Short Film — 26 mins
  • Not Normal: An Information Film
    2008 — Short Film — 5 mins
  • Buile Bhaloir
    2007 — Documentary Short — 30 mins
Awards
  • 2022 — Nominee
    Chicago Irish Film Festival — Best Film. Rian
  • 2021 — Nominee
    Aporia International Village Film Festival — Best Long-Span Documentary. Border Tales
  • 2021 — Winner
    Disappear Here Film Festival — Best Documentary. Border Tales
  • 2021 — Nominee
    The Short Film Awards — Best Director, Best Dramatic Short Film. Rian
  • 2021 — Nominee
    Toronto International Film and Video Awards — Best Short Film. Rian
  • 2021 — Nominee
    Underground Cinema Awards, Ireland — Best Director. Rian
  • 2019 — Nominee
    The Short Film Awards — Best Short Film from the Vault. Saving Santa
  • 2019 — Nominee
    Toronto International Film and Video Awards — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Winner
    Cinegael Montreal Irish Film Festival — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Winner
    Follow Your Dreams Film Festival — Jury Award. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Winner
    Genre Celebration Festival — Best Comedy Short. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Genre Celebration Festival — Best Director. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Winner
    Kortfilmfestival Kalmthout — Best International Short. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Pasadena International Film Festival, US — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Portobello Film and Video Festival — Best Drama. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Winner
    Spotlight Short Film Awards — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Tally Shorts Film Festival — Audience Award. Saving Santa
  • 2018 — Winner
    Vaughan Film Festival — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    AS Film Festival — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    Chico Short Film Festival — Judge’s Choice Best Short Film, Audience Choice Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    Indie Film Awards, LA — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    International Short Film Festival Beveren — Best International Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    Disappear Here Film Festival — Best Irish Short. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Filmmatic Filmmaker Awards — Short- Drama/Action. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    Antwerp Moving Pictures Festival — Best International Short. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Nominee
    The Richard Harris International Film Festival — Jury Prize. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Short+Sweet Film Festival — Best Short . A Short Film About Fear
  • 2017 — Winner
    Shortz! Film Festival — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Winner
    Top Indie Film Awards — Best Short. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Top Indie Film Awards — Best Humor. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Nominee
    US Hollywood International Film Festival — Best Foreign Film. Saving Santa
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Waterford Film Festival — Best Short Film. Saving Santa
  • 2014 — Nominee
    Shortz! Film Festival — Best Short Film. A Short Film About Fear
  • 2014 — Runner-Up Prize
    Chico Short Film Festival — Judge's Choice. A Short Film About Fear
  • 2014 — Nominee
    Toronto International Film Awards — Best Narrative Short. A Short Film About Fear
  • 2015 — Nominee
    Irish Independent Film Awards — Best Short Film. A Short Film About Fear
  • 2014 — Nominee
    Irish Language Media Awards, Oireachtas — Best Film of the Year. Vótaí Do Mhná

Keith O’Grady was born in Derry in the North of Ireland. He graduated with a BA degree in Media & Cultural Studies from the University of East Anglia, and then trained as an actor in Dublin, and got work in theatre and film. He then did a Masters Degree in film production from the University of Ulster in 2009.

He is a skilled educator at University level with a PGCFHE (Distinction) in 2010 from the University of Ulster, and has trained youths at various community groups in film production.

Primarily a director, he is also a writer, and at times a producer. He has directed the short fiction films Jam (2009), Not Normal (2010), and the award-winning ‘A short film about fear’ (2014).

His short drama ‘Saving Santa’ (2017) has won multiple awards in the US, Canada and throughout Europe. He made the documentary films ‘Buile Bhaloir’ (2007), about the future of teenagers lives on Tory Island, and the hard-hitting ‘Tubaiste Bhaile Mhanais’ (2011) – about the Ballymanus Mine Disaster in Donegal in 1943, in which 19 young men and boys lost their lives when a sea mine washed up and exploded. His biographical film about the life and inspiration of Bram Stoker – the critically lauded ‘Bram Stoker & Dracula’ (2011), has screened at multiple festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. He made the landmark film, ‘Ballaí Dhoire’ (2013), for the BBC and TG4, a documentary about the 400 year history and developing meaning of the Derry Walls.