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Dr Annie Doona
Dr Annie Doona is President of IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) Dún Laoghaire. She has extensive experience in strategy development, educational leadership, curriculum design and delivery, and equality and diversity.
Dr Doona has been involved in developing national strategies for Further and Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. She is a Board member of THEA, the Technological Higher Education Association Ireland, an Associate Fellow of Gradcam (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media). She is an accredited ENQA reviewer and has experience as a member and chair of, quality assurance review panels, validation panels, programmatic and institutional reviews in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Dr Doona is a frequent visitor to Lithuania where she has been a member or chair of Institutional Review and Programmatic review panels.
Katie Holly is the Managing Director of Blinder Films, where she has produced several award-winning and critically acclaimed features including One Hundred Mornings (2009), Citadel (2012) and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012). Katie also produced Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship which premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 and enjoyed extended releases at both US and UK box offices.
Another recent release is The Queen of Ireland, a feature documentary about accidental LGBT activist Panti Bliss, which went on to secure the highest opening box office of any Irish documentary to date. Katie’s other recent documentary credits include Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, a documentary on the musical and fashion icon, directed by Sophie Fiennes.
Her TV credits include Striking Out, which broadcast on RTÉ in January 2017 alongside the award-winning The Savage Eye and Irish Pictorial Weekly also for RTÉ.
She is a graduate of EAVE, Inside Pictures, was a former Producer on the Move at Cannes, and is also board member of the Irish Film Institute.
Larry Bass established ShinAwiL Productions Ltd. in 1999 and has executive produced the Irish versions of the multi-award-winning series, The Apprentice that won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef Ireland and most recently the hugely successful Dancing with The Stars. Other recent productions include Home of the Year and What Are You Eating? alongside previous credits such as Popstars, You’re A Star and The Voice of Ireland.
In 2000, Larry was elected to the national Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI), serving as Deputy Chairman from January 2003 to February 2004, and as Chairman from February 2004 to February 2005. He was reelected to the board in 2015. He also was the Irish member of CEPI from 2003 to 2006.
Larry is an advisory board member of FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Entertainment Masterclass. He has also sat on a jury for the International Emmys, Rose d’Or, BANFF and Real Screen Television Awards.
Larry has guest lectured at DIT Dublin, IADT Dublin, MipTV and MIPCOM, SPAA Australia and Entertainment Masterclass.
Larry also served on the Board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2010 to 2015.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment, Mark spent over 21 years in international financial services, primarily outside Ireland (including 9 years in London and 5 in Paris). In 2016, he founded MASF Consulting Ltd, a specialist advisory focused on delivering the power and influence of the Inclusion of Diversity within the public and private sector.
Mark has extensive governance experience, with over twelve years in internal and external audit and several years of executive Board membership within the corporate (AXA) and not-for-profit (Network Irlande) worlds. Recently re-located back to his home town of Dublin with a young family, Mark is also heavily involved in local initiatives including chairing a taskforce to increase business attraction in the Blackrock area.
Rachel Lysaght is a multi-award-winning creative film producer at Underground Films. Her passion is creating movies with a conscience, through emotionally engaging storytelling. Rachel is Chair of Women in Film & Television in Ireland and she also sits on the Board of the Irish Film Institute and the Irish Film Board.
Kate McColgan is the Managing Director and Producer at Calico Pictures, as well as a consultant for MPI Media. She has previously held roles in Element Pictures, MTV Arabia, the Weinstein Company and Parallel Films. As a freelance technician she has worked for Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal and Paramount Pictures across a number of films in various locations around the world, including Snow White and the Huntsman and Troy.
Calico Pictures' credits include: From the Dark (for US Distributor MPI Media), which secured a multi-territory deal with Netflix and was selected for competition at Fantastic Fest and Sitges; Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language project for Venice 70: Future Reloaded as part of Venice Biennale: a narrative-driven music video The Meetings of the Water for Fionn Regan starring Cillian Murphy; US feature Paper Anchor to be released on Netflix later this year; IFB project The Drummer and the Keeper, written and directed by Nick Kelly.
Marian Quinn is a director of Janey Pictures where she writes and directs. She started out acting in film and theatre, winning an OBIE award for Ecstasy by Mike Leigh in New York. She is a graduate of the Piven Workshop in Chicago, has attended the Moonstone Filmmakers Lab and Screenwriters Lab in the UK, and held residencies in Annamakerrig and the Model in Sligo.
She won the Tiernan McBride Screenwriting Award for her debut feature, the multi-award winning 32A. Winning Best First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh and nominated for six IFTAs, 32A won for Cinematography. 32A was selected for the Berlinale ‘08 and over 100 festivals worldwide, selling across Europe, the UK, Latin America, South America, Canada, Africa and the US. She has experience in distribution and exhibition having been an active board member of Cinema North West where she curated several of its festivals. Marian lectures on directing in DKIT. She was a board member of the Model in Sligo. An active member of Screen Directors' Guild of Ireland, she was chair of the Equality Action Committee of the joint guilds until 2017.