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 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 DIFF 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 DIFF 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.

Kate Cunningham - Marketing Manager

Kate Cunningham - Marketing Manager

Kate joined the team as Marketing Manager in October 2018.