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Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson is an award-winning playwright. Her debut play, GirlPlay, won “Best Digital Experience” at Stockholm Fringe 2020 before being selected for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe in Edinburgh 2022. Her one woman show, Sun Bear, was developed in a residency at Gothenburg Fringe 2023, where the production won the “Simply the Best” award. Sarah was recently awarded the DYCP grant for the development of her new play, Daisy Chains, which won the runner up prize for The Ambassador Theatre Group Playwright’s Prize in association with Platform Presents 2023.

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Leon Oldstrong

Leon Oldstrong founded Solaris2 Media to create the films and TV programmes he wanted to see growing up. A self-taught, passionately humane writer and film maker, Leon is committed to telling authentic, unapologetic, stories about underrepresented groups. As versatile as he is creative, he writes across genres and his poetic imagination and unique voice have won him many awards. His current project in development is a dramedy series, set against a London dreamscape, executive produced by Cush Jumbo.

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Thomas Ryan

An accomplished, innovative and collaborate director, best known for his critically acclaimed feature films TWICE SHY and TRAMPOLINE, as well as his award-winning short comedy POGNOPHOBIA.

Thomas recently became one of the first filmmakers in Ireland to work with virtual stage production, the same technology used on ‘The Mandalorian’.

With years of industry experience, Thomas has directed TV and commercial content alongside his feature projects. He has also directed animated content for both broadcast TV and commercials and has written and directed an Irish language educational series for the BBC.

In addition to his creative work, Thomas has worked with a variety of corporate clients, including The White House, Speedo, Amazon, Canterbury, Unreal, Adobe, DK, Scholastic, and NASA.

With a unique perspective on the filmmaking process and a proven track record of success, Thomas is sure to continue making waves in the industry for years to come.

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Andrew Lynch

A writer passionate about creating stories that centre on marginalised and underrepresented groups – stories that not only entertain but also spark debate and conversation. Andrew began his career in theatre, with his first play DEATH ROW COWBOY transferring from Dublin to London. Moving to film, Andrew co-produced and wrote the multi award-winning short film BRENDA, and created the minidocumentary REBIRTH, both of which aired on RTÉ. Supported by Screen Ireland on the Spotlight Development Scheme, he developed his feature film FISHSCALE and recently completed the BBC Writersroom Voices programme where he developed the TV series ROUTE ’94. Andrew is currently working with Yellow Film & TV, who have optioned his original TV series.

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Cal McGhee

Award-winning Irish LGBT screenwriter and development executive with a passion for genre-skewed works. Cal’s work ranges from dark drama and psychological thriller to elevated horror, grounded sci-fi, comedy and even children’s stories. Cal enjoys writing bold, fun, offbeat content that pushes boundaries and reflects salient contemporary issues, often through a genre lens. Cal has been a development executive at Tailored Films in Dublin for 5 years and currently manages a lean slate including feature films and scripted TV series. Cal’s first series in funded development, YESTERDAY’S GIRL, is financed in development with TG4 and Creative Europe.

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Eve Connolly

Eve is a writer and actor from Kildare. She has worked in film and television since graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2016. Her writing focuses on the relationships between women. She writes character-driven scripts that strive to capture the complexities of our most intimate relationships. She recently graduated from Atlantic Technological University with a first-class Honours Degree in Writing & Literature and is currently developing a number of projects for both film and television. ONE DAY YOU’LL THANK ME is in development with Port Pictures (EP Martina Niland).

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Kevin Walls

Kevin’s first short film, IDENTICAL, won a British Academy Scotland New Talent Award in 2015. He is a graduate of the MATV Fiction Writing programme at Glasgow Caledonian University with a scholarship from Warner Bros. Creative Talent. Kevin was also a part of the inaugural BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices Group.

His short film WHEN ABBIE MET EMMY premiered at BFI Flare in 2019 and DOUBLE WORD SCORE was selected as part of the DepicT! 2020 programme at the Encounters Film Festival. Kevin is currently writing for the BBC Scotland continuing drama, RIVER CITY.

Recent credits: THE CONSCIOUS CLOSET – BBC Scotland; EAT THE TOWN – BBC Scotland; WHEN ABBIE MET EMMY – Sonorous Films;  IDENTICAL – Sonorous Films; WHEN PISH COMES TO SHOVE – BBC Writersroom.

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Sinead O’Loughlin

2022: LAMB – Screen Ireland Focus Short; Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival 2022; Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2022; Nominated for 2023 IFTA Award for Best Short Film; 2016: HOMECOMING – Winner of Best Narrative Short Film at Kerry International Film Festival 2016. 2023: VOCATION – Feature Film Screenplay in development with Screen Ireland and Coper Alley Productions.

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Maureen O’Connell

A graduate of RADA, with a BA in Acting and a Film Production Diploma from Ballyfermot College, Maureen (Mo) O’Connell has made several award-winning shorts and an award-winning, micro-budget, slacker comedy feature film, SPA WEEKEND.

Some credits include – 2022: HAVEN (multi-award-winning) Semi-Finalist Flickers Rhode Island Intl Film Fest 2023 and Best Short Film B3 Biennale 2023 – 2022: BRUISE (multi-award-winning) Official Selection Galway Film Fleadh 2022 and Best Arthouse Fastnet Film Festival 2023 – HUM (multi-award-winning) Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Emerging Lens Film Festival 2021 – 2019: SPA WEEKEND (multi-award-winning feature) Winner of Best International Feature at Polish International Film Festival 2020 and Winner of SHE IS ON FIRE Award Berlin Female Filmmakers Film Fest 2019.

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Sam Atwell

Sam has produced the six-part drama NORTHERN LIGHTS for Lionsgate and Deadpan and was then Head of Development for Deadpan. Prior to this he was the Drama Development Executive for RTÉ where he worked on HIDDEN ASSETS, SMOTHER and NORTH SEA CONNECTION as well as their development and production slate. He Executive Produced the three storyland titles, MUSTARD, EVERY FIVE MILES and BALOR HALL and the short films, PICTURE DAY, FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE and THE WALL. Has been the inhouse story-editor for animation company, JAM Media and Script Producer for RTÉ’s, FAIR CITY where he directed multiple blocks. He has written, directed and script edited for ATN Seven’s HOME AND AWAY in Sydney and currently has multiple shows in development. 

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Mary Kate O Flanagan

Award-winning writer, journalist and story consultant working in the film and television industry. She has designed and delivered training in Storytelling On The Screen across the world and works as a credited co-writer and an uncredited script doctor. Several of Mary Kate’s projects have been award Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland development funding, including SPARTACUS RISING, a television series co-written with Gavin Ryan; HEART OF DARKNESS, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novella; and the original feature screenplays for MY HUCKLEBERRY FRIEND, AIRLIFT TO BIAFRA (an adaptation of the true life story of Father Tony Byrne) and KICKING THE HABIT. Mary Kate was Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam. You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour – https://themoth.org/stories/carry-him-shoulder-high – and on Tik Tok, where it has amassed over one million views – https://www.tiktok.com/@mothstories/video/7245791769315609899.

Mary Kate has turned her true-life stories into a piece of theatre, MAKING A SHOW OF MYSELF, which received standing ovations and rave reviews in its sellout run during November/December 2023 and beyond – find out more here www.makingashowofmyself.com.

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Sinead O’Loughlin

2022: LAMB – Screen Ireland Focus Short; Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival 2022; Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2022; Nominated for 2023 IFTA Award for Best Short Film; 2016: HOMECOMING – Winner of Best Narrative Short Film at Kerry International Film Festival 2016. 2023: VOCATION – Feature Film Screenplay in development with Screen Ireland and Coper Alley Productions.

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Mary Kate O Flanagan

Mary Kate O Flanagan is an award-winning writer, journalist and story consultant working in the film and television industry.  She has designed and delivered training in Storytelling On The Screen across the world.  Mary Kate works as a credited co-writer and an uncredited script doctor.

Several of Mary Kate’s projects have been award Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland development funding, including SPARTACUS RISING, a TV series co-written with Gavin Ryan; HEART OF DARNESS, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novella; and the original feature screenplays MY HUCKLEBERRY FRIEND, AIRLIFT TO BIAFRA and KICKING THE HABIT.

Mary Kate was Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam. You can hear one of her stories CARRY HIM SHOULDER HIGH on The Moth Radio Hour: https://themoth.org/stories/carry-him-shoulder-high – and on Tik Tok, where it has amassed over one million views – https://www.tiktok.com/@mothstories/video/7245791769315609899

Mary Kate has turned her true-life stories into a piece of theatre, Making A Show of Myself, which she is currently rehearsing for a national tour.

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Conor McMahon

2022: NO WORRIES IF NOT – TV sketch series for RTE Television; 2021: LET THE WRONG ONE IN – Comedy Horror – Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Anthony Head funded by Screen Ireland; Winner of Jury Prize at Screamfest. 2021: Nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2023. 2014: FROM THE DARK – Horror Feature Film written by Damian Fox and Conor McMahon, directed by Conor McMahon and Starring Niamh Algar; premiered at Fantastic Fest 2014. 2012: STITCHES – Comedy Horror – Feature Film written by David O’Brien and Conor McMahon, directed by Conor McMahon and starring Ross Noble; Winner of the Carmel Jove Jury Award at Sitges 2012. 2009: THE DISTURBED – Horror Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Carla McGlynn; premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2009. 2004: DEAD MEAT – Comedy Horror Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Marian Araujo.

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Michael Kinirons

Award-winning Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. He has had projects selected for the Torino Film Lab, the Britlist, eQuinoxe, EAVE and is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni. Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, STRANGERLAND, an Australian set mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joe Fiennes, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. THE SPARROW, Michael’s feature film debut as writer/director, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2022 where it won Best First Irish Feature. Subsequently, it won the meeting point audience award at Valladolid Film Festival and has been nominated for two Irish Film and Television Awards.

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Michael Kinirons

Award-winning Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. He has had projects selected for the Torino Film Lab, the Britlist, eQuinoxe, EAVE and is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni. Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, STRANGERLAND, an Australian set mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joe Fiennes, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. THE SPARROW, Michael’s feature film debut as writer/director, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2022 where it won Best First Irish Feature. Subsequently, it won the meeting point audience award at Valladolid Film Festival and has been nominated for two Irish Film and Television Awards.

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Caroline Grace-Cassidy

Caroline is The Irish Times bestselling author of nine novels and has been translated into various languages. She is also a Screenwriter and Creative Director of Document Films. As a Screenwriter she has written and directed seven successful short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including a Galway Film Fleadh winning short and she was also the recipient of the Cineuropa award.

Caroline has co-written her first feature film, BRIDE SQUAD, optioned by Vico Films, IRL and Myriad Pictures, US. Her second feature THE QUIET WOMAN is being developed with support from Screen Ireland. Caroline is currently writing her first TV drama, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME – again with development funding from Screen Ireland. She adapted her novel, THE WEEK I RUINED MY LIFE, for TV supported by the BAI & Canadian Media Fund. Caroline has also written for Irelands longest running soap, FAIR CITY. She is also a regular panellist on Ireland’s popular all female talk show ‘Midday’.

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Ben Conway

2023: In development SOMEWHERE IN NORWAY – Take Ten Productions. 2022: ONE WAY – Feature Film directed by Andrew Baird and starring Kevin Bacon and Travis Fimmel. International Sales by Highland Film Group. 2021: NIGHTRIDE – Feature Film directed by Stephen Fingleton and starring Moe Dunford. Winner of Best Actor Award (Moe Dunford) at Irish Film and Television Awards 2022); 2022: SIMON – Short Film written and directed by Ben Conway and Peter J McCarthy and starring Aaron Monaghan – premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2022 – won Best Drama and Best Irish Film at Fastnet Film Festival 2023; ; 2021: BUGALOO – Short Film written and directed by Ben Conway and Peter J MCarthy and starring Moe Dunford; premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2021.

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Paul Burke

Paul has written some of the UK’s favourite and best known TV and radio commercials. He has won various awards for his writing including: D&AD, Creative Circle and the Aerials. He was also presented with a Radio Academy Fellowship at the House of Lords. In 2001, his first novel FATHER FRANK was published to great critical acclaim. He followed this with three more – UNTORN TICKETS in 2003, THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE in 2005 and THE LIFE OF REILLY in 2007. More recently, he has turned to screenwriting. He is currently adapting UNTORN TICKETS into a screenplay and has THE HUTS, a TV comedy drama, in development with the BBC. He has also adapted FATHER FRANK for the screen with Mallinson Television Productions.

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Mat McHale

Mat is a Producer whose grounding came at the BBC where he began as a 3rd AD working his way up to Senior Producer on a number of flagship programmes such as CASUALTY, EASTENDERS, PLAYING THE FIELD and, in 2023, he became Series Producer on SISTER BONIFACE MYSTERIES Season 3. Also in 2023, his episodes of CASUALTY won the BAFTA, Rose d’Or and RTS awards. His film work includes Michael Winterbottom’s JUDE, GO NOW (Revolution Films) and PRINCESS IN LOVE (Kushner-Locke).

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Roisin Agnew

Roisin Agnew is a writer and filmmaker based in London. She’s the recipient of Arts Council Ireland’s Next Generation Artist Award in Literature 2020/21 and she’s currently in development with HIT WHERE IT HURTS, her first feature film with Screen Ireland, attached as writer/director. Roisin’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, Elephant Magazine, Dazed & Confused, and Vice. She’s recently written an exhibition text for Jupiter Woods and has a forthcoming piece in Another Gaze.  Roisin is currently directing a documentary for Erica Starling Productions with the support of Northern Ireland Screen.  Roisin has also written for Playstation games and teaches screenwriting at the London Film School.