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Dr Annie Doona

Acting Chair

A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Annie completed achieved her Doctorate in Education in the School of Continuing Education at the University of Nottingham, where her research addressed lifelong learning policy in Ireland. In 2007, Annie became President of IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) Dun Laoghaire in Dublin in 2011, having previously been Registrar for four years.

She has extensive experience in educational leadership, curriculum design and delivery, quality assurance, academic planning and student support. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership and management, lifelong learning, equal opportunities and diversity, and curriculum design. Annie has extensive experience in developing national strategies for Further and Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. She is a member of the Board at the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), a Board member of Institutes of Technology Ireland, and a Board Member and Associate Fellow of Gradcam (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media).

Seamus Deasy

Seamus Deasy, DoP, has worked in the film and television industry for over 40 years.

The early part of his career he worked mainly with RTÉ and BBC on news, current affairs 

and documentaries.  In 1983 he rejected the security of an RTÉ contract in order to concentrate on dramatic works.

He has since worked mostly on feature films and TV drama from the first Irish language feature film shot in colour "Poitin" to the first black and white film shot in cinemascope "The General".  He has been nominated six times for the Irish Film and Television Awards, winning once for "The Tiger's Tail" in 2006. Other accolades include Runner-up in the 1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Awards and the 1999 National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA.  He continues to work in feature film, TV drama and independent documentaries.

Katie Holly

Katie Holly is Managing Director of Blinder Films where she has produced award-winning films which have screened at international festivals including Edinburgh, Seattle, Slamdance, Rotterdam, London, Toronto and SXSW. Her debut feature One Hundred Mornings received a Special Jury Award at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival, an IFTA for Best Cinematography and won the inaugural Workbook Project Discovery & Distribution Award. Feature credits include Sensation, which premiered at Toronto; Come on Eileen; and Citadel, which won the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW, has gone on to win multiple awards and sold internationally.  

Katie recently completed The Perverts Guide to Ideology directed by Sophie Fiennes with the BFI, Film4 and IFB, and, as Executive Producer, JUMP, directed by Kieron J. Walsh.  Katie also produces The Savage Eye, which won the Celtic Media Award for Best Entertainment last year, has been twice-nominated for an IFTA and is now on its fourth series.  She is a graduate of EAVE, and is on the Board of the Dublin Dance Festival.

Kate O'Toole

Kate O'Toole is an Irish actress. Among other films she has appeared in: Dancing at Lughnasa, Eden, 32a, Hideaways, Man on the Train and John Huston's last film, The Dead.  Her stage work includes Terry Johnson's Dead Funny with Rough Magic Theatre Co. (Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination for Best Actress) and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast (awarded Best Actress UK at the British Arts Council/TMA Theatre Awards).

She starred opposite Albert Finney in Ronald Harwood's Reflected Glory in London's West End where she has also performed leading roles in plays ranging from Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife to Molière's Don Juan and Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams.  She has toured Ireland extensively with Field Day Theatre Co. and in numerous productions with Druid Theatre Co. Her most recent stage performance was as Mrs Leaf in The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Television credits include Showtime's The Tudors, BBC sitcom Get Well Soon, RTE's Glenroe and Titanic: Blood and Steel.  She was a regular panelist on RTE's flagship arts programme, The View. Kate is Board Chairwoman of the Galway Film Fleadh. Her parents are the actors Siân Phillips and Peter O'Toole.

John Rice

John Rice is a BAFTA and IFTA winning producer, co-founder and CEO of JAM Media, an award winning animation company which creates, develops and produces its own entertainment brands. Mr Rice began his animation career in feature film working at 20th Century Fox in the US working as an animator on films such as Anastasia and Titan AE.  This was followed by a stint at MTV in New York where he spent two years as a character designer on a number of well-known projects. To date, JAM's entertainment brands have been licensed to over 110 territories translated into 23 languages and can be seen by over 120 million people.

Maurice Sweeney

For the last ten years, Maurice Sweeney has been regarded as one of Ireland's leading documentary filmmakers. Having worked on diverse films from drama documentaries such as Cromwell In Ireland, poignant films such as The Forgotten Irish, to creative portraits of Irish writer Flann O'Brien and crime writer John Connolly.  Mr Sweeney has just finished his first major drama feature, Saving The Titanic to wide critical acclaim.  As a director, Mr Sweeney won his fifth IFTA for directing WB Yeats: No Country For Old Men.

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