About Us

Irish Screen America, formerly known as Irish Film New York, supports and guides Irish media-makers by showcasing their work and fostering partnerships in the two largest cities for the entertainment industry in the United States – New York and Los Angeles. The organization holds screenings, industry panels, discussions and master classes throughout the year.

In New York, the annual film festival will be held at New York University’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center. The Irish Screen America/Los Angeles film festival will be held at the Aero Cinematheque, Santa Monica.

Irish Screen America was founded by Irish filmmaker and producer Niall McKay and is produced out of his media production company, Media Factory.

 

 

“The IFB welcomes  the launch of Irish Screen America and we are delighted that the essential work already accomplished by Irish Film New York to support, showcase and celebrate Irish films and filmmaking talent will now extend to Los Angeles. We look forward to working with Irish Screen America in an effort to continue this work and build new networks, partnerships and audiences for Irish film.” said Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB)

 

Festival & Screening Info

Irish Screen America/New York
(formerly Irish Film New York)
Friday Sep 29 – Sunday Oct 1, 2017
New York University

Irish Screen America/ Los Angeles
Thursday Sep 21st – Sunday Sep 24th, 2017
Aero Cinematheque, Santa Monica

The Irish Screen America Team

Niall McKay

Executive Director and Programmer

Eibh Collins

Festival Manager and Assistant Programmer

Roisin Geraghty

Festival Assistant Manager

Clodagh Bowyer

Deputy Director

Rachel Rath

Associate Producer

William Fitzgerald

Press Representative

Marissa Aroy

Director

Shauna Farrell

Associate Director

Deborah Kohlar

Advisory Board

Deborah Kolar and Jan Kean are Managing Partners of Kean & Kolar Communications, a company formed in 2008 specializing in strategic guidance to the global screen industry. Credits range from award-winning films such as The Big Short, Selma, Noah, Nebraska, Flight, Hugo, True Grit, The Fighter, How to Train Your Dragon, Shutter Island, and Up in the Air, to documentaries and numerous, prestigious foreign language films. As film festival and media consultants, Kean & Kolar have not only represented many films participating in major international film festivals and markets, but the company also consults to film festivals globally.

Jan Keane

Advisory Board

Deborah Kolar and Jan Kean are Managing Partners of Kean & Kolar Communications, a company formed in 2008 specializing in strategic guidance to the global screen industry. Credits range from award-winning films such as The Big Short, Selma, Noah, Nebraska, Flight, Hugo, True Grit, The Fighter, How to Train Your Dragon, Shutter Island, and Up in the Air, to documentaries and numerous, prestigious foreign language films. As film festival and media consultants, Kean & Kolar have not only represented many films participating in major international film festivals and markets, but the company also consults to film festivals globally.

Irish Screen America Advisory Board

 

 

Eoin Egan, Vice President of Pinewood International
Eoin is originally from Limerick and started his career in the film industry as a trainee in the art department on various feature films shot in Ireland. After graduating with a business degree he worked in finance and business development roles in Luxembourg and New York. He relocated to London in 2007 to work in production management in commercials and music videos. He joined Pinewood Group in 2008 and has held positions in TV department in London, International sales in Toronto. In 2012 became VP of Pinewood International based in NY & LA. He currently holds company director positions at Pinewood Production Services Canada and the newly established Pinewood Productions Ireland Ltd. Pinewood International recent productions include: Crimson Peak for Legendary Pics, Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War for Marvel and Pixels for Sony Pictures.

Marcus J. Fox

Marcus J. Fox is a producer and director, known for The Osbournes (2002), Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica (2003) and Hardcore Pawn (2009).  He is an Emmy Award-winning producer & director who has also won an IFTA, a Peoples Choice Award, and five Telly Awards. Marcus’ short film will be screening in this year’s festival.

Tara Halloran

Tara Halloran began her career at Film Base Dublin, an organization dedicated to emerging filmmakers, as their Training and Information Manager. She then joined the newly established national film and television training institute, Screen Training Ireland, as a Senior Project Adviser. She moved to the UK to take on the role as Managing Director at Moonstone International, the European satellite of the Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford and British playwright/filmmaker the late John McGrath. After 5 years at the helm she joined Creative Skillset as their Screen Academy Manager, overseeing the development of industry focussed training at the UK’s top film schools. In 2008 she left London to go to the UK Film Council’s US office in Los Angeles and become Senior Executive, Industry Relations. When the UK Film Council closed in 2011, Tara was engaged by the newly established British Film Commission US Office as SVP, US Partnerships. Tara is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and post-graduate of University College Dublin and the UK National Film & Television School.

 


Special Thanks

Irish Screen America is built on the good work of  Los Angeles Irish Film Festival co-founder and director Lisa McLaughlin.  We are also grateful for the support and guidance of Pascal Ladreyt, of Elma.

Sponsors and Partners

Irish Screen America could not exist without the generous donations and support of our sponsors and partners in Ireland and the US.  Please go to our sponsorship page for more information.