Team

Grainne Humphreys – Festival Director

Grainne Humphreys – Festival Director

Grainne Humphreys has worked in film programming for over twenty years, she started her career working with young audiences with the Junior Dublin Film Festival in 1994. In 1995, she joined the IFI as Education Officer and expanded her role to include programming seasons on Andy Warhol, Agnes Varda  and Harold Pinter.

She was became Assistant Director in 2001 and programmed both the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival and the Dublin French Film Festival from 2002- 2007. Among other project, she co-edited Ireland into Film, a series of publication on a number of key Irish films. She has served as a jury member on a number of international film festival and has coordinated a number of Irish film seasons at international events. She is a Board Member of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and has been Festival Director of the Dublin International Film Festival since 2007.

Sarah Sharkey – Managing Director

Sarah Sharkey – Managing Director

Sarah Sharkey joined the Festival team in July 2016 as Sponsorship Manager before taking up the position of Managing Director in May 2017, drawing on two decades of experience in senior roles in the film, finance and advertising industries.

Sarah Sharkey began her career at Opera Theatre Company before moving to McConnells Advertising and spent a decade working at various agencies, most recently at the DDFH&B Group as an Account Director on the Vodafone account. In 2007 she joined Ulster Bank as Marketing Communications Manager where she oversaw the communications programme for the merger of First Active and Ulster Bank and was part of the team that created the new brand platform Help For What Matters. After 4 years in finance, Sarah made the move to Warner Bros. Pictures as Media Manager where her passion for film informed media strategies for blockbuster franchises, genre films, small-scale productions and family pictures. Sarah Sharkey joined the Festival team in July 2016. In her role as Sponsorship Manager, she was responsible for developing and implementing the festival sponsorship strategy and managing relationships with key partners across the industry.

Sarah Ahern – Projects Manager, Fantastic Flix & Shorts Programmer

Sarah Ahern – Projects Manager, Fantastic Flix & Shorts Programmer

Sarah Ahern is Projects Manager for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival and has been with the Festival full-time since 2014. Before that she worked in Film & TV Production and Graphic Design. Sarah's role at ADIFF is integrated closely with the programming team and spreads across Shorts, Fantastic Flix, audience development, industry engagement and key festival relationships with partners and funders.

A huge part of Sarah's work with ADIFF is being a part of how it engages its artform with diverse communities through its programme and events, with Dublin as its hub - DIFF celebrates experiences, cultural cinema and entertainment, the film lovers and the film-makers.

Liam Ryan – Production & Industry Manager, Shorts Programmer

Liam Ryan – Production & Industry Manager, Shorts Programmer

Liam has worked with the Audi Dublin International Film Festival since its first edition in 2003.  His career with the Festival began as a Volunteer, working Front of House, and from there worked across different roles in the Organisation including Venue Management, Administration and Volunteers Management.

He is now the Festival's Production & Industry Manager as well as being the Short Film and Industry Programmer. Liam's background is Film & TV Production, freelancing for several years as an Assistant Director and Production Manager on a multitude of projects as well as producing films which he has brought to various festivals. 

Eoghan Cunneen – Immersive Stories Curator

Eoghan Cunneen – Immersive Stories Curator

Eoghan Cunneen is a Senior Software Engineer at Lucasfilm Ltd’s Advanced Development Group, an innovation group within Lucasfilm Ltd focussing on real-time and immersive entertainment. The Advanced Development Group works closely with ILMxLAB to create groundbreaking, immersive consumer experiences.

At the Advanced Development Group, Eoghan has worked on ILMxLAB’s experimental experience, Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine (2015) and Alejandro Iñarritu’s highly acclaimed Carne y Arena (2017), which was the first virtual reality experience to be included at the Festival de Cannes in May, 2017.

Previously, Eoghan was a software engineer at Framestore, an Academy Award winning visual effects studio headquartered in London. While at Framestore, Eoghan worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (David Yates, 2010), Clash of the Titans (Louis Leterrier, 2010) and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013). In early 2013, Eoghan relocated to Montreal to assist in Framestore’s studio expansion where he worked on Robocop (José Padhilla, 2013), Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014), Jupiter Ascending (Lana & Lilly Wachowski, 2015) and Paddington, (Paul King, 2014).

Eoghan is also the co-founder of the Irish VFX + Animation Summit (www.vfxsummit.com), a Dublin based event celebrating visual effects and animation and to promote the industries in Ireland. The Irish VFX + Animation Summit was held in 2013, 2014 and 2015, welcoming between 350 and 400 delegates each year.

Over the three years, The Irish VFX + Animation Summit included screenings and keynote presentations on Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013), Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014) and Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2014), all of which later went on to win visual effects awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Academy Awards. Eoghan lead the curation of the Irish VFX + Animation Summit, choosing the most relevant visual effects and animation productions to be discussed, with careful attention was paid to promote the work created by Irish based studios.

Eoghan holds a BA(Mod) and MSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.