Festival Director

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David Desmond

David has worked with numerous arts festivals in Ireland over the past ten years, including Dublin International Film Festival and Cork Film Festival.  He started Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival out of a love for the genre and in the hope of bringing a greater wealth of international and Irish sci-fi to the big screen in Dublin.


Project Manager & Designer

Sarah Ahern

When not working for Dublin Sci Fi Film Festival, Sarah Ahern programmes short films and the young people’s strand, Fantastic Flix, at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) and has been with Festival full time for 3 years. Before that she worked in Film & TV Production and Graphic Design. Sarah’s role at ADIFF is integrated closely with the programming team and spreads across projects management, audience development, industry engagement and key festival relationships with partners and funders.


Shorts Selection Committee

Sarah Ahern

Sarah Ahern

Christopher Murphy

Christopher Murphy

Conor Bent

Conor Bent

Jack Conroy

Jack Conroy

 
Linda Conroy

Linda Conroy

Andrew Hanley

Andrew Hanley

 

Features Jury

Bob Gallagher Bob Gallagher is a film director and visual artist based in Dublin. Exploring dark subject matter often with a surreal aesthetic and comedic edge he's created award winning music videos for a number of Irish artists including Girl Band, SOAK and James Vincent McMorrow. In 2017 Bob was selected to join acclaimed director Werner Herzog on a 10 day workshop in Cuba where he accepted the charge to be a 'good soldier of cinema'. 

Bob Gallagher

Bob Gallagher is a film director and visual artist based in Dublin. Exploring dark subject matter often with a surreal aesthetic and comedic edge he's created award winning music videos for a number of Irish artists including Girl Band, SOAK and James Vincent McMorrow. In 2017 Bob was selected to join acclaimed director Werner Herzog on a 10 day workshop in Cuba where he accepted the charge to be a 'good soldier of cinema'. 

Don O'Mahony Don O’Mahony is Senior Programmer with Cork Film Festival, an organisation he has been with since 1999. Over the years Don has been part of the features programming team but currently oversees Irish and International shorts programming as well as Irish documentaries and features. Since 2004, he has also programmed the ‘Free Radicals’ experimental film strand for the Festival. He is excited to participate in the inaugural Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival and to boldly go where no man has gone before…

Don O'Mahony

Don O’Mahony is Senior Programmer with Cork Film Festival, an organisation he has been with since 1999. Over the years Don has been part of the features programming team but currently oversees Irish and International shorts programming as well as Irish documentaries and features.

Since 2004, he has also programmed the ‘Free Radicals’ experimental film strand for the Festival.

He is excited to participate in the inaugural Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival and to boldly go where no man has gone before…

Niall Murphy Niall Murphy is the founder and managing editor of Irish film website Scannain. Passionate about Irish film he can usually be found spending time with family or in the dark of a cinema. Despite living in the big smoke he’ll always be a culchie at heart.

Niall Murphy

Niall Murphy is the founder and managing editor of Irish film website Scannain. Passionate about Irish film he can usually be found spending time with family or in the dark of a cinema. Despite living in the big smoke he’ll always be a culchie at heart.


Shorts Jury

Luke Dunne Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans to see and do in his home county. A former writer for the Irish website FilmFixx and the pop culture website the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin in the summer of 2016 so that he and his team could let everyone know about all the latest happenings in 'the fair city of film'.

Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans to see and do in his home county. A former writer for the Irish website FilmFixx and the pop culture website the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin in the summer of 2016 so that he and his team could let everyone know about all the latest happenings in 'the fair city of film'.

Eibh Collins Eibh is a short film programmer and film festival manager. She began working with The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 . After training in theatre, the Arts, and LGBTQ, documentary and feature film festivals domestically, she began working on the International Irish Film Festival circuit. Eibh currently runs festivals in Ireland, such as IndieCork, international festivals including Irish Screen America and Irish Film London, while curating and touring short film programmes for Fleadh as well as a variety of festivals in LA, Moscow, New York, London, Malta, Canada and Luxembourg.

Eibh Collins

Eibh is a short film programmer and film festival manager. She began working with The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 . After training in theatre, the Arts, and LGBTQ, documentary and feature film festivals domestically, she began working on the International Irish Film Festival circuit. Eibh currently runs festivals in Ireland, such as IndieCork, international festivals including Irish Screen America and Irish Film London, while curating and touring short film programmes for Fleadh as well as a variety of festivals in LA, Moscow, New York, London, Malta, Canada and Luxembourg.

Conor Maloney From the age of six, Conor was making movies and taking photographs. His need to create visually engaging work has led him to become one of Ireland’s most exciting up and coming directors. To date, he has directed campaigns for Renault, Toyota, The Irish Cancer Society, Nokia, T-Mobile, Just-Eat and numerous music videos. Conor’s debut short film “Blink” premiered at the Montreal International Film Festival alongside only ten other films in the World Competition. Recently, Conor has finished working on a proof of concept sci-fi piece “Ayamé” featuring John Hurt.

Conor Maloney

From the age of six, Conor was making movies and taking photographs. His need to create visually engaging work has led him to become one of Ireland’s most exciting up and coming directors. To date, he has directed campaigns for Renault, Toyota, The Irish Cancer Society, Nokia, T-Mobile, Just-Eat and numerous music videos. Conor’s debut short film “Blink” premiered at the Montreal International Film Festival alongside only ten other films in the World Competition. Recently, Conor has finished working on a proof of concept sci-fi piece “Ayamé” featuring John Hurt.