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Louise Ní Fhiannachta

Documentary + Film Director
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Filmography
  • Flatmates
    2019-2021 — TV Series 9 × — 28 mins
  • Dead Leaf Moth
    2017 — Short Film
  • Ros na Rún
    2016-2019 — TV Series 47 ×
  • Eipic
    2016 — TV Series 6 ×
  • Scéal
    2014 — TV Series 1 × — 30 mins
  • Rúbaí
    2013 — Short Film — 12 mins
  • Páidí Ó Sé– Rí an Pharóiste
    2013 — Documentary
  • Lá Breá Chuige
    2013 — Feature Film
Awards
  • 2018 — Winner
    Oireachtas na Gaeilge Awards — Best TV Series. Eipic
  • 2018 — Winner
    SDGI — Outstanding Achievement in Irish Language Film. Eipic
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Celtic Media Awards — Best Drama Series. Eipic
  • 2016 — Winner
    The Irish Times Women's Podcast — Woman to Watch Award. Eipic
  • 2016 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Director Soap & Comedy. Eipic
  • 2016 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Children's & Youth, Best Irish Language Programme. Eipic
  • 2015 — Winner
    Babel Film Festival — Best Short – Jury Award. Rúbaí
  • 2015 — Winner
    Celtic Media Festival — Spirit of the Festival Award. Páidí Ó Sé-Rí an Pharóiste
  • 2015 — Winner
    Cleveland International Film Festival — Programmer's Choice Award . Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    Alé Kino Children’s International Film Festival — Best Short – Children’s Jury. Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival — Best Short - Audience Award. Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    Belfast Film Festival — Best Short. Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival — Best of Fest & Best Drama. Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Runner-Up
    Emden- Norderney Film Festival — Best Short. Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    Foyle Film Festival — Best Irish Short . Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    IFTA — Best Sports Documentary. Páidí Ó Sé-Rí an Pharóiste
  • 2014 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Short. Rúbaí
  • 2014 — Winner
    Oireachtas na Gaeilge Media Award — Best TV Programme. Páidí Ó Sé-Rí an Pharóiste
  • 2014 — Nominee
    TriBeCa Film Festival — Best Narrative Short. Rúbaí
  • 2013 — Winner
    Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival — Best Irish Short. Rúbaí
  • 2013 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best First Short. Rúbaí

Born in the Rebel County, raised in The Kingdom and now living wherever the work is, Louise was always destined to have an identity crisis, a theme that’s been strongly threaded through her work.

Louise most recently received funding from Screen Ireland’s Director Conceptual Development Fund to develop her feature ‘Skinfull’—a blackly comic and visceral take on a girl’s decision to get sober. Also supported by Screen Ireland was her first feature script, ‘Daniella’, a black comedy about the double life of a transgender farmer in West Kerry.

In 2021, she was lead director on the comedy-drama series, ‘Flatmates’, currently streaming on BBC iPlayer. She also directed 5 episodes of season 1. The series follows the lives and aspirations of twenty somethings in Manchester as they negotiate the world of adulting.

“Frenetic and funny, touching and blunt. But it’s also Louise Ní Fhiannachta’s direction that’s the star. The tone, pace, soundtrack and creative choices throughout bristle with an energy that’s been missing from a lot of Irish drama.” This is how The Irish Times described her comedy-musical-drama series, ‘Eipic’, which earned her an IFTA nomination for Best Director in 2016.

Her multi-award-winning short, ‘Rúbaí’, was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival during which time Louise featured in Indiewire’s Meet the Women Directors series. Other credits include the black comedies ‘Lá Breá Chuige’ (TG4) and ‘Dead Leaf Moth’ (The Lir); ‘Ros Na Rún’ (TG4), two commercials for Its4Women; her IFTA-winning creative documentary, ‘Páidí Ó Sé-rí An Pharóiste’ (TG4); ‘Finné: Louise Hannon’ (TG4) and ‘Finné: Peter Mulryan’ (TG4), the latter being about a survivor of the Tuam Mother & Baby Home.

Having started her career as a writer, her credits include the drama series ‘Seacht’ season 1 (BBCNI/TG4), ‘Ros Na Rún’ (TG4), and the RTÉ/Filmbase short, ‘Cured’. Richly complex characters and new ideas excite her. She’s deeply passionate about getting to the heart of a story using a fresh, sometimes blackly comic, lens. It’s a joy for her to connect with actors and to explore with them a character’s journey, to reach and reveal the magic at the heart of everything.