Vanessa Gildea works as a freelance filmmaker as well and a college lecturer (iadt) but previously worked as Head of Training in Filmbase for seven years and in Loopline Films for five years. In Loopline she produced numerous feature documentaries and television series including ‘John Ford – Dreaming The Quiet Man’ and ‘Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien’, winner best film at the Sacramento Film Festival.

She wrote and directed the Arts Council project award film ‘The Abandoning’, winning ‘Best Short Film’ at the Sky Road Film Festival and received a ‘Special Mention’ at the IndieCork Film Festival & a Highly Commended at the Belfast Film Festival. Vanessa also wrote and directed a short documentary called ‘The Beast’ for award winning production company Venom Films, produced by Andrew Freedman. 

She has received four IFTA nominations including the short film ‘The White Dress’; ‘Dambé – The Mali Project’ a feature length music documentary shot in Mali, West Africa which was nominated for an IFTA in the Best Feature Documentary category and ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ and ‘The 34th.   ‘The White Dress’ won best short film awards at the Foyle, Belfast, & Geneva Film Festivals, and awards at Galway Film Fleadh, Kerry Film Festival and a nomination for an IFTA, it has been purchased / screened by RTÉ, Swiss, French and Italian Television.  Most recently Vanessa worked on the feature doc ‘The 34th (as co- Director & Producer) about the Marriage Equality organisation in Ireland (Winner Audience award & Spirit of the Festival at GAZE 2017). ‘The 34th was subsequently acquired and screened by Netflix.

As a freelance producer, Vanessa regularly works for RTE and was most recently part of their ‘Culture Night’ team. 

Vanessa was the first recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Film Bursary award and has also received the Arts Council Film Bursary.