Festival Team 

Susan Liddy – Festival Director / Programmer

Vanessa Gildea – Festival Director / Programmer 

Advisory Committee

Mark O’Halloran is an award winning Irish scriptwriter and actor from Ennis, Co. Clare. He has written the screenplays for the much celebrated films Adam & Paul, Garage, Viva, the RTÉ mini-series Prosperity and most recently Rialto.

Maeve McGrath is an actress, producer and programmer. Recent work includes: Producer for the Arts Council, Change Makers Conference, Artistic Director at the Kerry Film Festival; Producer at the Carlow Arts Festival. Maeve has produced short films, PADDY, Medjugorje Man, The Big House and Vanner

Liz Gill is a feature film and TV drama director, screenwriter and producer, best known for her film Goldfish Memory (2003), which won sixteen film festival awards and 9 IFTA nominations, including best film, director and script. Her producing credits include Tomato Red and Vikings.

Zélie Asava: Film Lecturer/Classifier/Author
Dr Zélie Asava is an Independent Scholar and Classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office. She is the author of Mixed Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamics in America and France (Bloomsbury, 2017) and The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television (Peter Lang, 2013).

Jury 2020

Marissa Aroy works as a producer/director/editor primarily in documentary. She received an Emmy for the documentary Sikhs in America which she produced and directed.

She produced and directed Little Manila for PBS and produced An Uneasy Peace and Sounds of Hope for PBS’s Frontline World. She also produced, directed and edited a PBS programme on Filipino American history The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. In drama, her work includes directing the educational soap opera series Grand Cafe (2008) and a Filipino language short The Losing Cock. Marissa Aroy is deputy director of Irish Screen America.

Barry Dignam studied Drama at Trinity College Dublin and Film at the National Film School IADT.

As a filmmaker, He has made many multi-award winning shorts including ‘Chicken’, ‘Dream Kitchen’ and ‘A Ferret Called Mickey’. He’s had been nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes and a Berlin Bear. ‘Monged’ a feature he co-wrote with Gary Duggan premiered in 2015. His films have been presented in official selection at over a hundred and fifty international film festivals. They have been screened by top broadcasters including Film Four, PBS, Canal+ and been released on DVD and theatrically in Europe, the US and beyond.

As an educator he is Programme Chair of Film & Television at the Irish National Film School at IADT. He was the Irish Course Director of Viewfinder, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Art in Cinematography. He has over twenty years experience in teaching, academic strategy and quality assurance.

Timara (aka Tim) Lawless DOP has been working since 1985, and engaged by RTÉ since 1989, as a freelance lighting Cameraman, on Current Affairs, Sport, Fashion, Music, Drama, etc. including flagship programs like Glenroe, The Price, Off The Rails, Would You Believe, Fanning Profiles & the Last Broadcast, The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne, & Fair City…. Other Clients included, BBC underwater film unit, BBC Drama, Ch4, ARTE, UTV, HTV, ABC, etc. And lived & worked in London, New York & LA, not to mention travelled the globe. 

Timara attained an MA in Film Theory & was DOP on Brendan O’Carrolls ‘Sparrow’s Trap’, additional unit on ‘The Boxer’, ‘Ordinary Decent Criminal’ amongst others… She has produced documentaries such as ‘Between the Notes’, Shot several commercials as DOP & a partner in The Concept Partnership. Timara was one of the first Steadicam Operators in Ireland having trained under the legendary Ted Churchill in London. She currently works as DOP, & is writing her first Novel, taking time out to assist aspiring Directors with screenwriting for the small screen.


Awards will be made in the following categories:

– Best Irish Short Film 
– Best International Short Film 
– Best Documentary Short Film  
– Best Student Short Film
– Spirit of the Festival Award 
– Jury Special Mention Award

Spirit of the Festival is awarded to a film, or films, that captivate us while effectively articulating the themes and characters that our festival seeks to champion in productions that support gender equality, diversity and inclusion.