Discovery Award

Renamed, the ADIFF Discovery Award in 2016, the festival has focussed a spotlight on emerging Irish talent since 2008. The programme now offers unique mentoring opportunities with Festival guests as well as networking opportunities.

2018 Discovery Award Nominees

Ryan Lincoln

Actor: Kissing Candice
Other credits include Michael Inside and Cardboard Gangsters

Jessie Buckley

Actor: Beast
Other credits include Taboo

TJ O'Grady Peyton

Actor/Director: Wave
Other credits include The Judas Iscariot Lunch

Mia Mullarkey

Director/Documentary: Mother & Baby
Other credits include Throwline and Feats of Modest Velour

Louise Bagnall

Director/Animation: Later Afternoon
Other credits include Loose Ends and Donkey

Rory Fleck Byrne

Actor: Inbox
Other credits include The Foreigner and Night of the Lotus

Liz Quinn

Director/Writer/Actor: The Date
Other credits include Sanctuary and My Bonnie

Sharon Cronin

Producer: Acorn
Other credits include Lily and Poison Pen

Trevor Whelan

Director/Cinematographer: Bordalo II: A Life Of Waste
Other credits include Bridie & Arthur

Rua Meegan

Director/Cinematographer: Bordalo II: A Life Of Waste
Other credits include Man to Man

ADIFF Discovery Award recipients to date

TJ O'Grady Peyton
2018

TJ O'Grady Peyton

Trevor Whelan
2018

Trevor Whelan

Rua Meegan
2018

Rua Meegan

Mia Mullarkey
2018

Mia Mullarkey

John Connors
2017

John Connors

Niamh Algar
2017

Niamh Algar

(Actress)

Vincent Gallagher
2017

Vincent Gallagher

(Director)

Barry Keoghan
2016

Barry Keoghan

(Actor)

Jack O’Shea
2016

Jack O’Shea

(Director/Animator)

Kathryn Kennedy
2016

Kathryn Kennedy

(Producer)

2014

Donal Foreman

(Director)

2012

Pat Collins

(Director)

2012

Brian Byrne

(Film Composer)

2012

Ian Fitzgibbon

(Director)

2011

Juanita Wilson

(Director)

2011

David O’Reilly

(Animator)

2011

Aidan Gillen

(Actor)

2010

Darren Healy

(Actor)

2010

Conor Horgan

(Director)

2010

Kate McCullough

(Cinematographer)

2009

Cartoon Saloon

(Irish Animation Company)

2009

Margaret Corkery

(Writer/Director)

2008

Ken Wardrop

(Director)

2008

Margo Harkin

(Producer)

2008

Tim Fleming

(Director of Photography)