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Alan Maher to Step Down as Irish Film Board Production Executive in July
After six years as Production Executive with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB), it was announced today that Alan Maher will leave his position in mid-July when his contract expires. He will continue to work on projects he is managing which are currently in receipt of production funding until the end of 2012.
James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB) said "Alan has spent six very productive years with the Board during which time he has made a huge contribution to the Production Department and the Irish film industry especially his work with documentaries. He has been a valuable and a highly regarded member of staff so it is with the warmest personal regards that we wish Alan every success in his new endeavours".
During his employment with the IFB, Alan has managed documentary and live action feature projects which have scored highly with Irish audiences including HIS & HERS, WAVERIDERS and KNUCKLE. His projects have had a very high rate of selections, and generated significant sales, at some of the world's most prestigious festivals such as Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin and SXSW. These films have included COLONY, THE PIPE, DREAMS OF A LIFE, WAKE WOOD and GRABBERS.
Alan also steered the highly successful low budget scheme, CATALYST PROJECT, the aim of which was to develop new filmmaking talent. The scheme produced a number of theatrically released feature films including the acclaimed ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS.
Speaking about his departure Alan said, "I have had a very rewarding six years at the Board and will miss working with my talented colleagues, both inside and outside the organisation. I am also tremendously excited about pursuing new opportunities and contributing to the industry from a different perspective."