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Neasa Ni Chianain

Documentary Director
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Filmography
  • Young Plato
    2021 — Documentary — 102 mins
  • School Life
    2016 — Documentary — 99 mins
  • The Stranger
    2014 — Documentary — 84 mins
  • Dorn Lan Duil
    2008 — Documentary
  • Fairytale of Kathmandu
    2007 — Documentary — 60 mins
  • Ri Na Gcnoc
    2007 — Documentary
  • The Poet, The Shopkeeper and Babu
    2005 — Documentary
  • Little Soldiers of Irish
    2005 — Documentary
  • Brian Ag Bru
    2004 — Documentary
  • Frank Ned & Busy Lizzy
    2004 — Documentary — 68 mins
  • Gods, Faeries & Misty Mountains
    2003 — Documentary
  • No Man's Land
    2001 — Documentary — 52 mins
Awards
  • 2022 — Nominee
    Cleveland International Film Festival — Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award. Young Plato
  • 2022 — Winner
    Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival — Special Jury Award. Young Plato
  • 2022 — Nominee
    Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival — Golden Alexander. Young Plato
  • 2017 — Winner
    DocAviv Film Festival — Best International Documentary. School Life
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Krakow Film Festival — Best Feature-Length Documentary. School Life
  • 2017 — Special Jury Recognition
    San Francisco International Film Festival — Best Documentary Feature. School Life
  • 2017 — Winner
    Visions du Réel Festival International de Cinema Nyon — Prix du Public - Grand Angle Section. School Life
  • 2014 — Nominee
    Locarno International Film Festival — Critics Week Award. The Stranger
  • 2009 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Special Irish Language Award. Fairytale of Kathmandu
  • 2008 — Winner
    Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival — Best Documentary. Fairytale of Kathmandu
  • 2008 — Winner
    Ourense Independent Film Festival — Best Director. Fairytale of Kathmandu
  • 2007 — 2nd Prize
    Madrid International Documentary Film Festival — Best Feature-Length Documentary. Fairytale of Kathmandu
  • 2004 — Winner
    Best Irish Language Documentary Award — . Little Soldiers of Irish
  • 2003 — Winner
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Best Feature Documentary. Frank Ned and Busy Lizzy
  • 2003 — 2nd Prize
    Galway Film Fleadh — Documentary Competition. Frank Ned and Busy Lizzy
  • 2001 — 3rd Prize
    Galway Film Fleadh — Documentary Competition. No Mans Land

Neasa Ní Chianáín, trained at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, and worked as a freelance Art Director on Irish feature film and television projects, before switching to docs in 2001.

She has directed 9 single docs (5 of which are feature length) and one tv series. The docs include ‘Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie’, which won Best Feature Doc at The Celtic Film Festival 2004, and was sold around the world, including ZDF, ARTE and YLE. ‘Fairytale of Kathmandu’ world premiered at IDFA 2007, in competition. The film won 3 Best Documentary/Director awards and screened on YLE and Canvas. ‘The Stranger’, had its world premiere Locarno Film Festival. Her last film, ‘In Loco Parentis’ (aka ‘School Life’), has been a world-wide success, premiering at Sundance 2017. It won the Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the Prix du Public at Visions du Reel in Nyon.

Neasa is currently in post-production on a new feature documentary, ‘The Alexander Complex’, and has just completed production on Young Plato, a feature length documentary set in a boys school in Belfast, world premiering at Doc NYC, in competition.

Neasa has regularly guest lectured at Coleraine University, Maynooth University and DKIT. She has also been a Juror at IFTA, Cork Film Festival and Docville.