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Screen Ireland announce recipients of fifth round of Screen Mentoring scheme
03 Jan 2024 : News Desk
Screen Ireland
Screen Ireland has announced that 25 screen professionals based in Ireland have been selected as mentees for the fifth round of the Screen Mentoring scheme.

The selected mentees have each been matched with a highly experienced industry mentor from our panel, with Maudie writer/director Aisling Walsh, The Miracle Club producer Larry Bass, Northern Lights producer Ailish McElmeel, North Circular director Luke McManus and Bad Sisters director Dearbhla Walsh, among those who will mentor upcoming talent in this round of the scheme. The mentors will offer their mentees practical, tailored advice and guidance based on their professional experience, on a one-to-one basis. 

“Screen Ireland is committed to supporting the skills and talent required for the future success of the Irish creative screen industry,” said Désirée Finnegan, Chief Executive at Screen Ireland. “The Screen Mentoring scheme provides a unique opportunity for Irish screen professionals to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to advance their careers. We hope that mentees will benefit from this scheme by being encouraged, challenged and supported to develop their careers to the next level. We wish the selected participants all the best as they commence their mentorships in the forthcoming year. We’d also like to thank all of the mentors for giving their time so generously.”

The full list of selected mentees and their respective mentors are as follows:  

  • Sarah Ahern (Writer/Director) – Malcolm Campbell (Writer/Executive Producer, Herself, Ackley Bridge, What Richard Did, Shameless
  • Rosie Barrett (Director) – Frank Berry (Director/Writer, Aisha, Michael Inside, I Used to Live Here
  • Lena Byrne (Co-founder/Producer, Sow Your Entertainment) – Ailish McElmeel (Producer, Northern Lights, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Dead Still, The Last Right
  • Louise Byrne (Producer) – Julianne Forde (Producer, Bring Them Down, Der Irland-Krimi, Let the Wrong One In, The Lodgers
  • Michael Carolan (Writer/Director) – Brendan Muldowney (Director, The Cellar, Pilgrimage, Love Eternal, Savage
  • Grainne Carroll (Producer) – Katie Holly (Producer/Executive Producer, The Gone, Sunlight, Pray for Our Sinners, Mr. Malcolm’s List, Extra Ordinary
  • Daire Collins (Director) – Emer Reynolds (Director/Editor, Joyride, Songs for While I’m Away, The Farthest
  • Joseph Coveney (Co-founder, Studio 9) – Alix Wiseman (Senior Vice President Distribution & Acquisitions, 9 Story Media Group) 
  • Tony Doyle (Actor/Writer/Director/Producer) – Aileen Docherty (Head of Development, Treasure Entertainment) 
  • Paul FitzSimons (Producer) – Dominic Wright (Producer, The Last Rifleman, Wisting, Never Grow Old
  • Emma Foley (Director) – Aisling Walsh (Director/Writer, Maudie, Song for a Raggy Boy, Elizabeth is Missing, Fingersmith
  • Robert Higgins (Writer/Director/Producer) – Dearbhla Walsh (Director, Bad Sisters, Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Margaret Kane-Rowe (Writer/Director) – John McDonnell (Producer/Executive Producer, You Are Not My Mother, Arracht, Sea Fever, Vivarium
  • Dean Kavanagh (Director) – Paddy Breathnach (Director, The Dry, Rosie, Viva, I Went Down
  • Laura Kavanagh (Writer, Director) – Lenny Abrahamson (Director, Conversations with Friends, Normal People, Room, Frank
  • Suzie Keegan (Director/Producer) – Anna Rodgers (Director/Producer, How to Tell a Secret, When Women Won, Somebody to Love
  • Dale Longmore (Screenwriter) – Paul Walker (Writer, North Sea Connection, Call the Midwife, The Professionals, Eastenders
  • Aisling Magill (Producer) – Teresa McGrane (Chief Operating Officer, Wild Atlantic Pictures) 
  • Colin Murphy (Screenwriter) – Brock Norman Brock (Writer, The Mustang, Yardie, Bronson
  • Maureen O’Connell (Director/Producer/Actor) – Neasa Hardiman (Director/Screenwriter, Sea Fever, The Power, Hit and Run, Jessica Jones, Happy Valley
  • Cóilín Ó Scolaí (Director) – Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Director, The Miracle Club, Citizen Lane, Hidden Assets, Silent Witness, Ordinary Decent Criminal, December Bride
  • Patrick O’Shea (Writer/Director) – Luke McManus (Director/Producer, North Circular, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Jump Girls, I Am Immigrant
  • David Prendeville (Writer/Director/Producer) – Ruth Treacy (Producer/Director, Der Irland-Krimi, Let the Wrong One In, The Winter Lake, The Lodgers
  • Ruairi Sparks (Producer) – Larry Bass (Producer, The Miracle Club, Clean Sweep, Dancing with the Stars, The Apprentice
  • Colin Thornton (Writer/Producer) – Lesley McKimm (Executive Producer, The Hardacres, Sunlight, Nothing Compares, Float Like a Butterfly




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