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25 new mentorship pairings announced for the Screen Ireland Screen Mentoring Scheme
15 Dec 2022 : News Desk
Screen Ireland's Screen Mentoring Scheme
Screen Ireland has announced that 25 mentorship pairings have been selected for the fourth iteration of the Screen Mentoring scheme following this year's competitive selection process.

The selected mentees have each been matched with a highly experienced industry mentor from a panel that includes An Cailín Ciúin executive producer Dearbhla Regan, Aisha director Frank Berry, Kin writer/executive producer Peter McKenna, and Joyride director Emer Reynolds. The mentors will offer their mentees practical, tailored advice and guidance based on their professional experience, on a one-to-one basis. 

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

  • Kim Bartley (Director) – Frank Berry (Director, AishaMichael InsideI Used to Live Here
  • Ciaran Charles O’Chonghaile (Producer) – Catherine Magee (Producer, Conversations with FriendsNormal PeopleResistanceRebellion
  • Jeda de Brí (Director/Writer) – Emer Reynolds (Director/Editor, JoyrideSongs for While I’m Away, The Farthest
  • James Doherty (Director) – Aisling Walsh (Director/Writer, MaudieSong for a Raggy BoyElizabeth is MissingFingersmith
  • Brian Durnin (Director) – Neasa Hardiman (Director/Screenwriter, Sea FeverHit and RunJessica JonesHappy Valley
  • Jonathan Farrelly (Director/Head of Development) – Leena Pasanen (Festival Director, current Director of Mente Locale, former Director of DOK Leipzig, Biografilm and the European Documentary Network) 
  • Olivia Fitzsimons (Writer) – Chelsea Morgan-Hoffman (Development Producer/Head of Development/Script Editor, Normal PeopleConversations with FriendsHerselfThe Wonder
  • Dónal Foreman (Director) – Lenny Abrahamson (Director, Conversations with FriendsNormal PeopleRoomFrank
  • Megan K. Fox (Director/Writer) – Lisa Mulcahy (Director, Ridley RoadYears and YearsRed RockThe Legend of Longwood
  • Mary Fox & Marty Thornton (Screenwriters) – Peter McKenna (Writer/Executive Producer, KinHidden AssetsThe Last KingdomRed Rock
  • Vincent Gallagher (Producer/Director) – David Freyne (Director/Writer, Dating AmberThe CuredThe First Wave
  • Richard Keane (Writer/Director/Producer) – Ruth Treacy (Producer/Director, Let the Wrong One InThe Winter LakeThe Lodgers
  • Fiona Kinsella (Producer/Head of Production) – Jac Kerrin (Producer, WistingNever Grow OldShe’s Missing
  • Sheena Lambert (Screenwriter) – Malcolm Campbell (Writer/Executive Producer, HerselfWhat Richard DidShamelessAckley Bridge
  • Sharon Lawless (Producer/Director) – Linda Green (Director at Leading Creative Talent, former Head of BBC Creative Leadership Programme & BBC Planning team) 
  • Cara Loftus (Writer) – Ailbhe Keoghan (Writer, Bad SistersJoyrideSunlightRun & Jump
  • Anna Mannion (Producer) – Teresa McGrane (Deputy CEO of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland) 
  • Clare Monnelly (Writer/Actor) – Lauren MacKenzie (Screenwriter/Story Producer/Series Producer, Red RockHidden AssetsThe Daisy ChainThe Clinic
  • Tom Moran (Screenwriter) – Paul Howard (Writer, Bad SistersRoss O’Carroll-KellyIrish Pictorial WeeklyThe Mario Rosenstock Show
  • John Morton (Writer/Director) – Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Director, The Miracle ClubCitizen LaneHidden AssetsSilent WitnessOrdinary Decent CriminalDecember Bride
  • Aoife O’Kelly (Director) – Cathy Brady (Director/Writer, WildfireCan’t Cope Won’t CopeGlue
  • Laura O’Shea (Director) – Paddy Breathnach (Director, The DryRosieVivaI Went Down
  • Stevie Russell (Director) – Dearbhla Walsh (Director, Bad SistersFargoThe Handmaid’s Tale
  • Pierce Ryan (Screenwriter) – Michael Zam (Screenwriter/Producer, Feud: Bette and JoanKateGrace, Vivling)
  • Shannon Welby (Screenwriter) – Dearbhla Regan (Executive Producer credits include An Cailín CiúinDating AmberIt Is In Us AllPapi Chulo; and Mr Malcolm’s List

Speaking about the mentor progrmme, Screen Ireland’s Chief Executive Desiree Finnegan, said: “We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s Screen Mentoring scheme, now running in its fourth iteration. This key skills initiative from Screen Ireland offers upcoming Irish talent the unique opportunity to develop their careers further under the guidance and support of leading industry professionals. We wish the participants every success and look forward to seeing their progress.”

Click here for more information about the Screen Mentoring scheme.

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