Maya Derrington

Documentary + Film Director


  • Frida Think
    2018 — Short Film — 4 mins
  • Pyjama Girls
    2010 — Documentary — 70 mins

Maya Derrington is a director and producer who has worked in television and film since 1999. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1994 and worked at Bloomsbury Publishing until she moved to Dublin in 1997.

Maya co-founded Still Films in 2006 and in 2010 she was nominated for an IFTA for her critically acclaimed directorial debut Pyjama Girls, which sold out its opening run at the Irish Film Institute. She produced Seaview, an IFTA-nominated feature length observational documentary which premiered at Berlinale in 2008 and produced 2011 feature release Build Something Modern.

Maya’s short film ‘Frida Think’ was awarded funding as part of the Irish Film Boards Short Stories scheme and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2018.

Maya developed and produced two series for RTE Young People’s for Still Films: Sweded TV, which was selected for Input, which celebrates honest, innovative, provocative, courageous and challenging public television broadcasting, as well as StereoSwipes, which was selected for the Galway Junior Film Fleadh. She is currently developing an observational documentary for RTE Factual and a film about Dublin street style as director and is in the early stages of production of an IFB-funded documentary about homelessness as Executive Producer.

Before forming Still Films, Maya worked with Tyrone Productions, Blueprint Pictures and the BBC. Maya produced prime time series The Master’s Apprentice for RTÉ ONE and music series, Blastbeat for RTÉ TWO and other credits include Imperfect Day – an arts documentary about James Joyce’s Ulysses for RTÉ ONE, which won Best Documentary Celtic Film Fesival, the Gold Hugo Award Chicago Intercom Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary Santa Monica Film Festival and was shortlisted for Prix Italia and Canadian Film Board Best Feature Documentary.

In 2010, with her Still Films colleagues Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley, Maya won the Dublin Film Critic’s Circle Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for new talent.

(Still Films)