Programming 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 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 seaons 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 Ahern - Fantastic Flix (Family Films) & Short Film Programmer and Projects Manager

Sarah Ahern - Fantastic Flix (Family Films) & Short Film Programmer and Projects Manager

Sarah Ahern is a Programmer and Projects Manager for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival and has been with the Festival fulltime since 2014.

Before ADIFF, Sarah 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 - ADIFF celebrates experiences, cultural cinema and entertainment, the film lovers and the film-makers.

Liam Ryan - Short Film Programmer & Industry Programme

Liam Ryan - Short Film Programmer & Industry Programme

Liam has worked with the Audi Dublin International Film Festival since its first edition in 2003. 

His career with the Festival began as 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 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 some films which he has brought to various festivals.