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.


Creative Producer

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.


Press and Marketing Officer

Aoife McMahon

Aoife works in Music & Event Marketing. She has worked on numerous marketing campaigns and helped to develop many events and festivals with the Improvised Music Company. She is also a piano & guitar tutor, musician, radio-presenter, and regular cinema-goer in her spare time.


Features Jury 2018

  Emer Reynolds   Emer Reynolds is an Emmy and Grierson nominated, multi-award winning director and feature film editor, based in Dublin. Her second feature documentary as director, ‘THE FARTHEST’ - which tells the epic story of the iconic Voyager spacecraft - was described as ‘Dazzling’ by The New York Times,  “Exactly what the World needs right now”  by The L.A Times and ‘Awe-inspiring’ by Variety; won the Audience Award at ADIFF 2017 and Best Feature Documentary at IFTA 2018. It follows ‘HERE WAS CUBA’, the nerve-wracking story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which she co-directed with John Murray. Over the last two decades, Emer's editing work has spanned feature films, TV drama and documentary.

Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds is an Emmy and Grierson nominated, multi-award winning director and feature film editor, based in Dublin. Her second feature documentary as director, ‘THE FARTHEST’ - which tells the epic story of the iconic Voyager spacecraft - was described as ‘Dazzling’ by The New York Times,  “Exactly what the World needs right now”  by The L.A Times and ‘Awe-inspiring’ by Variety; won the Audience Award at ADIFF 2017 and Best Feature Documentary at IFTA 2018. It follows ‘HERE WAS CUBA’, the nerve-wracking story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which she co-directed with John Murray. Over the last two decades, Emer's editing work has spanned feature films, TV drama and documentary.

  David Turpin   David Turpin is a screenwriter, musician and academic.  As a recording artist, he released three critically acclaimed albums between 2008 and 2013.  His first feature as screenwriter, the Gothic fantasy The Lodgers, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.  His next, The Winter Lake, shoots in 2018 with award-winning director Phil Sheerin.  His third, the allegorical sci-fi Black Unicorn, is in development with Tailored Films and the Irish Film Board.  David has taught at Trinity College, UCD and IADT.  He is a member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle, serving on the jury of the Dublin International Film Festival.

David Turpin

David Turpin is a screenwriter, musician and academic.  As a recording artist, he released three critically acclaimed albums between 2008 and 2013.  His first feature as screenwriter, the Gothic fantasy The Lodgers, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.  His next, The Winter Lake, shoots in 2018 with award-winning director Phil Sheerin.  His third, the allegorical sci-fi Black Unicorn, is in development with Tailored Films and the Irish Film Board.  David has taught at Trinity College, UCD and IADT.  He is a member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle, serving on the jury of the Dublin International Film Festival.

  Colm McAuliffe   Colm McAuliffe is a writer, curator and academic based in London. He has devised and curated festivals and events with Arts Council England, Anthology Film Archives New York, British Film Institute, Live Cinema UK, Cork Film Festival and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Sight and Sound, New Statesman, Frieze and many more.

Colm McAuliffe

Colm McAuliffe is a writer, curator and academic based in London. He has devised and curated festivals and events with Arts Council England, Anthology Film Archives New York, British Film Institute, Live Cinema UK, Cork Film Festival and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Sight and Sound, New Statesman, Frieze and many more.


Shorts Jury 2018

  Olivia Fahy   Olivia Fahy is the Chief of Operations for Geek Ireland and also works for Dublin Comic Con as their PR manager. An avid film buff, Olivia has worked in the industry since childhood both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Her favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy film is Star Wars (episode 5 to be exact) but also enjoys Ex-Machina and everyone's favourite alien with no signal, E.T.

Olivia Fahy

Olivia Fahy is the Chief of Operations for Geek Ireland and also works for Dublin Comic Con as their PR manager. An avid film buff, Olivia has worked in the industry since childhood both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Her favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy film is Star Wars (episode 5 to be exact) but also enjoys Ex-Machina and everyone's favourite alien with no signal, E.T.

  Anthony Straeger   Anthony hails from God’s County (Yorkshire) and completed his BA in English and Drama at York University. As an actor and filmmaker he has been in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. His production company, Quid In Shrapnel Productions, has produced a number of films, from shorts to documentaries and features, including his first, Call of the Hunter, a low budget, but relatively successful movie. Currently the Berlin-set Fotoautomat Man is in post-production. Anthony recently wrote a book and course entitled Manage Your Time and Become Happier.  “As a lover of both Horror and Sci-Fi, it's truly amazing to see the way new technology has allowed people to create such high quality on almost no budgets. I'm delighted to be invited on to the shorts jury for Dublin Sci-fi Film.

Anthony Straeger

Anthony hails from God’s County (Yorkshire) and completed his BA in English and Drama at York University. As an actor and filmmaker he has been in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. His production company, Quid In Shrapnel Productions, has produced a number of films, from shorts to documentaries and features, including his first, Call of the Hunter, a low budget, but relatively successful movie. Currently the Berlin-set Fotoautomat Man is in post-production. Anthony recently wrote a book and course entitled Manage Your Time and Become Happier.  “As a lover of both Horror and Sci-Fi, it's truly amazing to see the way new technology has allowed people to create such high quality on almost no budgets. I'm delighted to be invited on to the shorts jury for Dublin Sci-fi Film.

  Liam Ryan   Liam Ryan is an award winning Producer, freelance Production Manager and one half of the Short film programming team at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Liam was part of the IFTA winning team for the 2017 best short film “Heartbreak” and is Associate Producer on the upcoming feature “Dublin Oldschool” which is currently in post production.

Liam Ryan

Liam Ryan is an award winning Producer, freelance Production Manager and one half of the Short film programming team at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Liam was part of the IFTA winning team for the 2017 best short film “Heartbreak” and is Associate Producer on the upcoming feature “Dublin Oldschool” which is currently in post production.