30th Galway Film Fleadh 10th – 15th July 2018 | 22nd Galway Film Fair 12th – 15th July 2018 | 24th Junior Film Fleadh November 2018
Ms. Siún Ní Raghallaigh
Siún Ní Raghallaigh has over 20 years’ experience in the film and television industry, working in broadcasting, production, marketing and sales. She started in 1994 with the start-up of TG4. Siún was centrally involved in the setting up of the Irish language television service and in 1999 was responsible for the rebranding of the channel to TG4. She progressed to the position of Managing Director and left the station in 2001.
Siún was appointed Chairperson of the Board of TG4 in 2012 and will serve in this role until 2017.
Prior to taking up her current position as CEO of Ardmore Studios, Siún held the position of CEO with Tyrone Productions for a number of years and later established her own independent production company, Ikandi Productions. She continues to maintain a presence in independent production of documentary films. She is also a director of Moetion Films, an animation company, recent credit includes Executive Producer of the successful animated feature film Two by Two.
Siún has been CEO at Ireland’s premier film studios, Ardmore Studios, since 2012 and under her stewardship the studios have continued to grow and to expand to meet demand.
Mr. Steve Woods
Steve Woods has worked in film since 1988, first in animation then live action both as a director and a producer.
Steve has curated for a number of Irish and international film festivals notably the Irish showcase at the Annecy International Animation Festival in 2015. He has held many workshops in film making again at home and internationally in Palestine in 2008 and Portugal 2014.
As well as being on the board of the Galway Film Fleadh and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Steve was on the board of Filmbase and on the Academic Council of the Institute of Art Design Technology, Dun Laoghaire. In IADT Steve teaches Experimental Animation at the National Film School.
Steve has returned to animation production directing a short for TG4 through the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Visions scheme.
Mr. Redmond Morris
Film Producer Redmond Morris is a native of Spiddal, Co. Galway and his initial interest in film was fuelled by a family connection with John Ford, who was also of Spiddal descent.
During a distinguished career he has worked on many films in various capacities culminating in a relationship with Neil Jordan during his most fruitful years – The Miracle, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins and The Butcher Boy, which Redmond produced.
In 2009 he received both an Oscar and BAFTA nomination as one of the Producers of The Reader.
Ms. Kate O'Toole (chair)
Kate O’Toole is an Irish actress. Her film work includes: Dancing at Lughnasa, Eden, 32a, Property of the State, Man on the Train and John Huston’s last film, The Dead. Her stage work includes Dead Funny with Rough Magic Theatre Co. (Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination for Best Actress) and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast (Winner: Best Actress UK at the British Arts Council/TMA Theatre Awards). She starred opposite Albert Finney in Ronald Harwood’s Reflected Glory in London’s West End where she has also performed leading roles in plays ranging from Vanbrugh’s The Provok’d Wife to Molière’s Don Juan and Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams. She has toured Ireland extensively with Field Day Theatre Co. and in numerous productions with Druid Theatre Co. Her most recent stage performances were Mrs Leaf in The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Connie Fairchild in Pat McCabe’s The Big Yum Yum for Corcadorca Theatre co.
Offstage, Kate has served on numerous international film festival panels and juries. She enjoyed a two year tenure as a senior judge for Listowel Writers’ Week, was a regular panelist on RTE’s flagship arts programme, The View, and is a board member on the Irish Film Board.
Mr. Brendan McCaul
Film Distributor [Retired]. Former Northern Ireland Area Representative for Rank/Universal, General Manager [Ireland] Walt Disney Productions Ltd., General Manager 20th Century Fox Film Company Ltd.,
Vice President Buena Vista International [Ireland] Ltd. with a specific brief to acquire indigenous films for distribution. Winner of ‘Spirit of Disney’ Award 2002, Winner Lifetime achievement Award IFI 2004, and ‘Career Achievement Award JDIFF 2007.
Currently doing the odd bit of consultancy – “if the phone rings I’ll answer”