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Speakers at the annual GFC Seminar ‘Talking Documentary’.

daisywebDaisy Asquith

Daisy is an award-winning  documentary filmmaker and conveyor of the MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths. She has 20 years experience making films for the BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Irish Film Board and Sheffield Docfest among others. She has won many awards for her work including the Royal Television Society Best Documentary Series twice (‘The Decision’ and ‘15’), a Grierson, and a BAFTA nomination. She is currently also working on a feature documentary about the singer-songwriter John Grant.

Dieter Auner PHOTODieter Auner
Dieter is originally from Central Transylvania and made Galway his adoptive home in 1996. Since Dieter has build his reputation as a respected stills photographer and editor. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Leaving Transylvania. His second film Off the Beaten Track (2011) has a picked up major awards at European Festivals,an IFTA nomination for best feature documentary and was released in cinemas around France, Germany and Austria. Dieter latest feature documentary Dreams Of A Clown (2014) is currently touring on the international festival circuit, and picked up a Golden Panda Award at one of Asia’s most prominent documentary festivals.

Noted for their startling imagery, unforgettable characters and subversive stories, Dieter’s films are exact and penetrating, yet poetic and deeply moving.

pat_collinsPat Collins

Since 1999, Pat Collins has made over 30 films. His first film Michael Hartnett, Necklace of Wrens won the Jury Award at the Celtic Film Festival in 2000. He has directed documentaries on the Irish writers John McGahern, Frank O’ Connor, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Tim Robinson and the film-maker Abbas Kiarostami (co-directed with Fergus Daly) . He completed his first feature film Silence in 2012, which was released by New Wave Films in the UK. He is currently completing a short documentary film ‘Twilight’ which was funded by the Arts Council and a feature film on the singer Joe Heaney.

richard_curson_smithRichard Curson Smith

Richard Curson Smith is a freelance director, writer and producer who has made a wide range of single television films and series, across drama, documentary, comedy and performance. Richard has won two Scottish BAFTAs, and has BAFTA, EMMY, Rose d’Or, Grierson, RTS and Broadcast awards and nominations. In 2015, Richard directed TED HUGHES: STRONGER THAN DEATH for BBC.

Asif Kapadia_cropAsif Kapadia
Director / Writer / Producer Asif Kapadia first gained recognition for his student film THE SHEEP THIEF (Royal College of Art) which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Kapadia’s debut feature THE WARRIOR (Film4), won BAFTA awards for Best British Film & Best Debut Feature, as well as being nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language. Kapadia’s feature documentary SENNA (Universal Pictures / Working Title), the thrilling story of the Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, was a break out hit at the UK box office, the film won BAFTAs for Best Documentary and Best Editing, was nominated for Best British Film and won the World Cinema Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. AMY (Universal Music), world premiered in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of Amy Winehouse in her own words. The film has has been an international box office hit and is now the highest grossing UK documentary or all time. AMY has been nominated for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards and has received 5 nominations at the BIFA Awards, including for Best Film, Best Documentary and Best Director. Kapadia’s next film is ALI AND NINO, an adaptation of the epic novel by Kurban Said.

PaulaKehoe DirectorPaula Kehoe

Paula Kehoe is an award winning documentary filmmaker with a diverse background in the creative arts. She began her working life as a performer and producer in the music industry in Australia where she was born. In the early 1990s Paula moved to Ireland and fell in love with Sean Nós singing and the Irish language on the Aran Islands. She went on to study the language and began her media career with TG4 News. She has since worked in feature film production and radio in Ireland and Australia, and has produced and directed television programmes and series for RTÉ and TG4, BBC Scotland and Current TV in the US. Paula’s work in film is motivated and informed by an interest in social justice, the environment, language and culture.

Sean McAllister PictureSean McAllister

Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008), ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary‘ and his recent Sheffield Jury Prize winning A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.

Felim_McDermottFelim McDermott

Felim graduated from IADT where he specialised in Cinematography. Upon graduation, he worked as an Education Officer in the Cork Film Centre. He furthered his interest in Cinematography while in the Galway Film Centre, through his role as Education Officer, developing courses with figures like Slawomir Idziak (Three Colours Blue) and former president of the ASC, John Bailey (Ordinary People). With Declan McGrath, he co-authoured SCREENCRAFT: SCREENWRITING – which explores the craft of scriptwriting with some of its greatest exponents including Robert Towne, Paul Schrader, Suso Cecchi D’Amico and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. This book has been translated into French, Spanish, German and Japanese and is published in the US by Focal Press. In 2003, Felim and Declan ran the Visions of Kieslowski festival in Galway which celebrated the late Polish master’s legacy with many of his closest collaborators and members of the Irish filmmaking community. From 2006 to 2010, Felim was the Artistic Director of the Galway Film Fleadh, and had rare pleasure of overseeing the selection of Irish and International cinema for its patrons. From 2008 to present, Felim lecturers at GMIT’s Film and Documentary course.

PaulPauwelsBW2_1Paul Pauwels

Paul Pauwels is the Director of the European Documentary Network (EDN)



Keith_PotterKeith Potter

Keith Potter is a project manager at the Irish Film Board.



ken_wardropKen Wardrop

Ken is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices. He owns the category he works in, creating powerfully emotional pieces through his own unique style. If a story needs to standout and genuinely leave an impression on the viewer, he has the proven directorial vision to deliver. Ken’s work has won accolades from the European Academy Awards to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Some of his proudest achievements have been in his short form exploits most notably his Barnardos campaigns.

Ross_WhitakerRoss Whitaker

Ross Whitaker’s first feature film, the no-budget SAVIOURS, was theatrically released in Ireland and acclaimed as “best Irish film of 2008″ (Sunday Tribune). Ross made the multi-award winning short documentaries BYE BYE NOW (2009) and HOME TURF (2011). WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND (2012), garnered glowing reviews (“evocative, informative and wholly engaging,” Irish Indo) and won an IFTA in 2013. His other films include epic television documentary BLIND MAN WALKING in 2010 (“moving and powerful,” Irish Independent) the award-winning political documentary THE BAILOUT in 2011 (“superb… riveting,” Sunday Independent) and THE GAMBLER in 2013 (“an important piece of work,” Sunday Independent). His 2014 feature, UNBREAKABLE, was theatrically released in Ireland and the UK. Ross was Director of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival for three years.

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