Barney Whelan

Director, Chair

Former Director of Communications, Corporate Affairs, Brand Development and Marketing at An Post, former Public Relations Manager at ESB, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs and brand communications. Former Director of Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. Former board member of the National Concert Hall. Extensive experience in fundraising/PR, marketing, corporate governance and business management. Appointed Chairperson: 25/03/2020

Sean Angland


Treasurer, Director

Sean Angland is Chief Operating Officer of HIQA, a certified accountant, and the former Finance Director of Cork City of Culture 2015. Sean, from Newmarket, Co. Cork, sits on Cork City Council’s Audit Committee as an external member and has contributed as a board member and volunteer to a number of not-for-profit organisations. Appointed: 03/2017

Frank Berry



Frank Berry is an award-winning Irish Director with an expertise in community filmmaking and television. His first feature documentary, the critically acclaimed Ballymun Lullaby (2011) follows music teacher Ron Cooney as he produces music which gives a voice to the children of Ireland's only high-rise housing estate. It won the 'Director’s Finders Series' from the Directors Guild of America. Berry’s next film, I Used to Live Here (2014), a drama which explores suicide clusters among teenagers, won the Best First Feature Audience Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and was released in Irish cinemas to critical acclaim. His latest feature, Michael Inside (2017) is a prison drama which follows 18 year old Michael who becomes caught up in a drug bust and is sentenced to 3 months in prison where he struggles to adapt to the brutality of prison life. It picked up the award for Best Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh where its young star Dafhyd Flynn also claimed the Bingham Ray New Talent Award, and the Audience Award at Cork Film Festival 2017. Michael Inside was awarded the IFTA for ‘Best Film’ in 2018 and has garnered numerous five-star reviews. It is now available on Netflix. Frank is currently working on a new film, a love story about an asylum seeker and the Direct Provision system. Appointed: 06/2019

Rebecca Harte



Rebecca runs Farmgate Cafe in the English Market – a lively spot in the centre of Cork with a wide and democratic footfall. Collaborating with the local arts community has been at the heart of the cafe’s ethos since it opened in the Market in 1993, along with unashamed preference for and promotion of Cork’s finest ingredients and food products. Prior to her involvement in the cafe, Rebecca studies at TCD, City University London, and QUB. Appointed: 05/2015

Dave McArdle



RedFM radio presenter & music programmer Dave Mac Ardle is a Dundalk man whose long love affair with life on Leeside began in the 90s during a stint at UCC, where he graduated with an Arts degree in English & Philosophy. A freelance journalist, writing on film and music for various papers and publications, he spent a number of years presenting a music and film TV show for Irish Multichannel and later, during Cork’s reign as European Capital of Culture in 2005, researched and presented on RTE television’s ‘Capital Culture’ programme. That year he also hosted the opening night of the 50th Cork Film Festival. Further festival connections include queuing in the rain in the hope that some seats might become available for sold out closing nights in the mid-90s, to taking the role as jury liaison officer in 2006, as well as annually covering the festival across a range of media. Appointed: 01/2014

Nancy Hawkes

Head of Marketing, UCC


Originally from Nottingham, Nancy began her career in Cork as manager of Collins Bookshop. She quickly found her feet in the city and joined the staff of Cork University Press, Ireland’s oldest academic publishing house. She is currently Editor-in-Chief and Head of Marketing in University College Cork. A lifelong lover of cinema, she remembers the gift of a season ticket to her first Cork Film Festival in 1999 as a passport to a new world of ideas and inspiration. Appointed: 06/2020

Patrick O’Neill

MD, Wildcard Distribution


Patrick Is Managing Director of Wildcard Distribution and has over 20 years’ experience in the film industry, including seven years at the Irish Film Board where he managed their film distribution fund. In 2013 he set up Wildcard Distribution which has brought a wide mix of award-winning and critically acclaimed feature films and documentaries to Irish audiences including the smash hit comedy The Young Offenders, the bio-pic of Amy Winehouse Amy, and the Box Office successes Bobby Sands 66 Days and Cardboard Gangsters. Appointed: 05/2017

Sharon Brooks



Sharon Brooks is a qualified barrister in Ireland, New York, England and Wales. She also studied Documentary Filmmaking in New York City after which she worked with Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney to produce the series Death Row Stories for CNN. While in New York City she also worked to produce content for the David Lynch Foundation. Sharon was a recipient of the prestigious Marcie Bloom (Sony Pictures Classics) Fellowship in 2011. She currently practices as a barrister in Cork. Appointed: 06/2020

Scott Jevons

Business Consultant


Scott Jevons works in Ireland's largest business lobbying organisation, where he provides advice and representation on employment matters for business in Cork City and County. His qualifications are across business and legal, most recently between Dublin City University and the Law Society of Ireland. He has past board experience in a community welfare, not-for-profit, background from his time living and working in North Dublin. Scott is a native of Waterford, and has a lifelong affinity and love for movies and television. He spends weekends in his home in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. Appointed 08/2020

Cllr. Derry Canty

FG Councillor

Member only

Derry joined the board of the Cork International Film Festival in August 2019. First elected to Cork County Council in 1991 and serving as County Mayor in 2009, he had the honour of being elected to Cork City Council in 2019. As a full-time Councillor, he continues to serve the people of Cork.

Cllr. Paudie Dineen

Independent Councillor & Paramedic

Member only

Cllr. Seán Martin

ESB executive

Member only

Barry O’Hare

Finance Manager, CCC

Observer only