Bergmann gets IFTA nod and other news

Delighted to say that the IFTA Short film nominations were announced last night and among them was a nod for The Last Days of Peter Bergmann. Coupled with last weeks nominations its been a pretty amazing week. Also among those nominations is a nod for Rubai which was directed by ‘Páidi Ó’Sé…‘ director Louise Ni Fhiannachta, so I was delighted for her as well.

As you may know Bergmann played at Sundance earlier this year and after one of the screenings director Ciaran Cassidy took part in a Q&A which was filmed and you can watch below.

Bergmann also played last week at the True/False festival in Michigan

In other festival news.
‘When Ali Came to Ireland’ played at the Toronto Irish Film Festival last weekend and went down a storm apparently

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The Short Film ‘The Weather Report’ which was directed by my brother Paul and which I had the great pleasure of editing has been selected to have its world premiere at the upcoming Belfast Film Festival at the start of April which is great news.

The documentary ‘One Ocean:No Limits’ that I co-edited last year with filmmaker Sarah McCann screens this coming Sunday in San Francisco as the closing film of the Ocean Film Festival. It also has a few more festival screenings in the next few months before its screening on RTE later this year.

The US Version of ‘Men at Lunch’ which I did some work on also screened in San Fran this week as part of the Irish American crossroads festival

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The aforementioned ‘Páidi Ó’Sé: Rí an Phároiste’ will screen as part of the Dingle Film Festival this St.Patricks day weekend. I’m planning on making it down for this years event for what should be a special screening. The film is showing at 8:00am on our national holiday right after the country’s earliest parade. There is also talk of an Irish breakfast happening before, after or during the screening. I’m hoping for all three options. ‘Bergmann’ is also playing at this festival.

Thrilled with the IFTA nominations announced!


The IFTA nominations were announced this morning and I’m absolutely thrilled that the 3 tv programmes I cut last year have all been nominated in various categories. The six nominations are really exciting and while I’m proud of this achievement I’m also aware that I have very lucky last year to work on such great projects. That doesn’t always happen and I’m really grateful that the shows have been recognised. Working in this industry you are constantly meeting new people and forging new friendships. So it is great that the new friends I’ve made have racked up these nominations.

I’m also delighted for all my friends at abu media for their 4 nominations and Mick Mahon for his 2 nominations, surely Mick has to get one this year!

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Ceoldrama – Insceal -Dir: Colm Bairead

Absolutelty thhrilled that Ceoldrama was nominated in 3 categories. ‘Childrens/Youth’, ‘TV Director’ and ‘Irish Language’. I love this series and hopefully it’ll pick up a gong on the big night

An Ceoldrama
Doc McStuffins

Irish Language
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An Ceoldrama
Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste

Director TV
Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love
Colm Bairéad, An Ceoldráma
Tom Johnston, Áine Lawlor: Facing Cancer
Maurice Sweeney, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Blian In Arainn Mhor – Power Pictures – Dir: David Power

I’m delighted that ‘Blian in Arainn Mhor’ got nominated in the prestigious doc series category. It would be great if David Power, the perennial IFTA bridesmaid finally got his hands on a gong. His body of work certainly deserves it and I was thrilled to work on this lovely popular series.

Documentary Series
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
Bliain in Árainn Mhór
The Estate
John Lonergan’s Circus

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Its fantastic that ‘Paidi O’Se:Ri an Pharoiste’ also recieved some nominations. This crittically acclaimed series was one of TG4’s most popular shows of last year and I loved working on it and I’m delighted for Louise, Laura and Paddy that they got nominations in ‘Sports’ and in ‘Irish Language’ categories

Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste
R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story
We Got Game

Irish Language
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
An Ceoldrama
Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste