Cork Film Festival’s inaugural Focus: Filmmaker Forum offers attending filmmakers the opportunity to take part in an informal networking event comprising a series of round table sessions, aimed at guiding participants through the process of developing their first feature from development and financing, through production, festival strategy and distribution.

Participants sign up for five 15-minute sessions, where key Irish and international film industry players will take questions and advise on making the transition from short to feature filmmaking, and how to efficiently produce and exploit your film.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Table 1: Development

  • Heather Browning – Development Executive, Deadpan Pictures
  • Eimear Markey – Development Executive, Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland

Table 2: Financing

  • Sarah Dillon – Development Manager, the WRAP Fund
  • James Hickey – Chief Executive, Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland

Table 3: Production

  • Siún Ní Raghallaigh – CEO, Troy Studios & Ardmore Studios
  • Liam Ryan – Production Freelancer

Table 4: Distribution

  • Patrick O’Neill – Managing Director, Wildcard Distribution
  • Audrey Sheils – Head of Distribution, Element Pictures

Table 5: Festival Strategy

  • Sharon Badal – Vice President of Filmmaker Relations / Short Film Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Don O’Mahony – Senior Programmer, Cork Film Festival