DIFF Online Event. Monday 15th of August at 7pm.

This year, an esteemed jury of industry professionals evaluated a shortlist of the brightest stars in the Irish film industry. From this pool of incredible talent, these four individuals were selected as the 2022 Aer Lingus Discovery Winners: Colm Bairead, Kate Dolan and Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair. All three filmmakers had films screened in our 2020 festival and we will catch up with them to find out how the films have fared since then and what they are working on now.

In the second half of this session, we will chat with Tarek Shoukri – festival manager of acclaimed US based sales agents Visit Films about what they look for in films for acquisition, the best ways to launch films in the current landscape and how to devise the best film festival strategy. We will be joined by two Irish producers to discuss the basic essentials for applying to festivals and how to connect with sales agents.

We will be joined by Irish filmmakers Cara Holmes and John Connors to discuss what to do to maximise your festival strategy.

To coincide with this online session, we are offering five 45minutes one-on-one film consultancies for filmmakers to discuss their festival strategies, marketing materials and launch plans with Grainne. This is available for shorts, documentaries and features and can be attended by producers and directors.

To join us on August 15th at 7pm, simply register here for an educational evening at DIFF.

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Part #1

Discovery Award Winners

Writer/ Director Kate Dolan graduated from the National Film School, IADT in 2012.  

Along with directing many commercials and music videos over the years in 2014 Kate was selected for Berlinale Talents, where she wrote and directed short film Little Doll. The film premiered at the Berlinale in 2016.  

Catcalls, Kate’s next short film funded by Screen Ireland in 2017 premiered at many of the leading international festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and Fantasia Film Festival, winning Best Short Film at the Young Director Awards Ireland 2018. In 2016, Kate was chosen to take part in the Guiding Lights, the UK's leading mentoring scheme for filmmakers and in 2019 was listed as one of Ireland’s leading emerging creatives under 30. Kate's debut feature film You Are Not My Mother was released in early 2022. It was nominated for six IFTAs including Best Script and Best Director. Kate was also nominated for the Rising Star Award. 

Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair

Born in Dublin, Rioghnach creates high-concept film and tv projects from a subversive female perspective in a genre mould. She has a background in film and tv development, working as an executive for Blinder Films and Samson Films. Her films include Break Us (2019), Neon (2017) and more recently Do I Know You (2020) and Don’t Go Where I Can’t Find You (2021). She is also the lead writer on The Lido (TV) which is in development with RTE and Northern Ireland Screen. Break Us (2019) went to over 30 international festivals including 
Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival. Don’t Go Where I Can’t Find You (2021) premiered September 2021 at Vienna’s Slash Fantastic Film Festival and won Special Mention at Dublin Film Festival, where also won the Aer Lingus Discovery Award 2022. It has also screened at SXSW Festival 2022 in Austin, Texas. 

Colm Bairéad is a director and writer, known for the Irish language international sensation The Quiet Girl (2022), Lorg na gCos: Súil Siar ar Mise Éire (2012) and Frank O'Connor: Idir Dhá Shruth (2016).

Part #2

Tarek Shoukri is the Director of Festivals and Non-Theatrical for Visit Films, a worldwide boutique film sales company, and Monument Releasing, a NY-based distribution company. Working with hundreds of venues annually, he is responsible for forming and executing the global festival strategy for titles that have gone on to win top prizes at major festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Locarno, in collaboration with a roster of first-rate filmmakers including Joanna Hogg, Josephine Decker, Carlos Reygadas, Kogonada, Amalia Ulman, Mark Cousins and Theo Anthony. Tarek first developed his passion for film in college, heading the Ivy Film Festival, the world's largest student film festival, and founding the Brown University Film Forum, a weekly screening series. Since moving to New York, Tarek has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival and Indiewire, and served as a programmer for the inaugural edition of TIDE Film Festival, celebrating the work of filmmakers of color.