Board of Directors

Gaby Smyth (Chairman)

Gaby Smyth (Chairman)

Gaby Smyth is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and is partner of Gaby Smyth & Company, Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditor.

The firm has been in practice for almost twenty years, specialising in the literary, music, film and theatre arts – representing and advising many of the major Irish practitioners in these areas. Gaby has also been involved with many arts organisations in Ireland; he has been the chairman of the boards of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Corn Exchange Theatre Company, and TEAM Educational Theatre Company; and is just completing a five –year term as the first independent chairperson of Screen Producers Ireland. Gaby is a founding director of the Dublin International Film Festival, and has been Festival Chairperson since 2013. 

Sue Bruce-Smith

Sue Bruce-Smith

Sue Bruce-Smith started working in film at Palace Pictures in 1985, initially as Print and Bookings manager and then as Marketing and Distribution Manager.

In 1989 she joined the British Film Institute’s production division as Head of Sales and after 4 years there moved to BBC where she was responsible for determining  BBC Worldwide’s strategy with regards investment in feature film production, working closely with BBC Films on titles such as Mrs Brown, The Snapper, Persuasion and Brothers in Trouble. She joined Film4 in 1997 as Film Sales Manager and became Director of International Sales and Marketing overseeing such titles as East Is East, Sexy Beast and Charlotte Gray. Four years later she left Film4 to move to Dublin with her family joining independent production company Little Bird. Whilst there, she executive produced Marc Evans’ Trauma and Brad McGann’s In My Father’s Den. In September 2004, she re-joined the new incarnation of Film4 as Head of Commercial Development, tasked with helping to steer the financing and distribution strategies for Film4 films She was an executive producer on Miranda July’s second feature film The Future and more recently Roger Michell’s Le Weekend. Her title recently changed to reflect her increasing responsibility for managing the future commercial and brand strategy for the division. Sue is currently a board member of Protagonist Pictures, The Dublin International Film Festival and a governor of the London Film School.

Hugh Linehan

Hugh Linehan

Hugh Linehan is Culture Editor at The Irish Times. Previously, he held the position of Features Editor, and prior to that was the first editor of the newspaper’s weekly entertainment supplement, The Ticket. 

He was previously a film and television critic, and editor of the magazine Film Ireland. Prior to that, he spent five years in film and TV production, working on feature films including The Dead, The Commitments and Into the West

David McLoughlin

David McLoughlin

David McLoughlin is the Chief Executive and Head of Development of Wexford Festival Trust, a position which involves overall executive responsibility for the World renowned and critically acclaimed Wexford Opera Festival;

incorporating Wexford Opera House (Ireland’s only purpose-built opera house and one of the country’s most modern multi art-form receiving performance centre); and the Wexford Festival Foundation: (the organisation’s philanthropic fundraising arm, whose directors include Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Peter Sutherland, and the Trust’s President, Sir  Anthony O’Reilly). The Foundation has to date raised over €5.3m from individual philanthropists towards the capital redevelopment costs of the 7,000 m² dual auditoria 12-month-per-year multi performance art form Opera House and Cultural Centre.

Wexford Opera House, which has, since its official opening in 2008, showcased productions in numerous performance art-forms including opera, drama, dance, orchestral, choral, ballet etc. in the multi art-form receiving performance centre. Prior to this David occupied various senior positions in the Irish film and television industry including CEO of Dublin Film Festival, Head of Production with Irish Screen, Director of his own production company: Distinguished Features Ltd, CEO of Screen Producers Ireland and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Dublin International Film Festival.

Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly is a solicitor and head of the media and finance practices of law firm Philip Lee. 

His professional involvement in the film and television industries spans more than twenty years and his clients now include many producers, banks and other financiers. He also works extensively in the area of PPP and project finance. Jonathan is a member of the main board of educational charity Camara Education. He joined the board of the Dublin International Film Festival in 2007.

Anne-Marie Curran

Anne-Marie Curran

Appointed Managing Director of Drury Porter Novelli in June 2010, Anne-Marie has over 15 years’ experience in the public relations industry. Anne-Marie combines her management role with strategic client support across a range of publicly quoted companies, blue chip corporates and public sector clients.

A graduate of University College Dublin (U.C.D) with a B.A.  International in French and German, Anne-Marie has an MA in Public Relations from the Dublin Institute of Technology. In 2007, she graduated with a Diploma in Legal Studies from King’s Inns and in 2009 completed a diploma in Executive & Business Coaching. Prior to joining Drury Porter Novelli, Anne-Marie was with Fleishman-Hilliard for five years. Anne-Marie is a guest lecturer in Public Relations at DIT and the Smurfit Business School. She sits on the board of Orbis Ireland and the Irish Heritage Trust and has been involved with the Oesophageal Cancer Fund’s Lollipop day for over a decade.

Suzanne Noble

Suzanne Noble

Suzanne Noble is a leading film publicist and communications professional and has been the Head of UK Publicity and Corporate Communications at STUDIOCANAL in London since 2009 spearheading strategic campaigns for titles such as TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, FOUR LIONS, RUSH, ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA, LEGEND, PADDINGTON and SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE.

 Previously VP International Publicity at The Weinstein Company and Head of Publicity for Icon with 20 years of industry experience. 

Mark O'Halloran

Mark O'Halloran

Mark O‘Halloran is a writer and actor from Co. Clare, Ireland. On screen, he has appeared in numerous films, most notably as one of the eponymous heroes in Adam & Paul for which he also wrote the screenplay and the lead role of MP in History’s Future directed by Fiona Tan for which he was nominated as Best Actor at IFTA awards 2017. He also appears in The Guard, Viva and Calvary.

Mark‘s screenwriting credits include the multi-award-winning film Garage, Viva and the television series Prosperity. As an actor, he has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland, most recently in the acclaimed production of The Importance of Nothing with Pan Pan Theatre and The Shadow of a Gunman with The Abbey Theatre Dublin.