FNI Unmasked

FNI Unmasked

Sep 24, 2022 09:00 (IST) - 21:00


Griffith College S Circular Rd Saint Catherine's Dublin 8 D08 V04N

Event details

FNI (WeAreFni.com) is VERY EXCITED to announce our event on the 24th of September.

This event is supported by Screen Ireland through their skills development events initiative.

We are also sponsored by;

Griffith College and the Creative Arts and Screen Media faculty,

The Dublin City Brewing Company 

Film Equipment Store

Phillips Workwear

and the very cheeky chaps at Hairy Baby will be working on something awesome with us on the day!


We will be announcing a more detailed line up of speakers and running order over the run up to the Day. We'll also have a special https://www.buymeacoffee.com/fni Members only social on the Evening from 9:30pm to close at Northern Soul


This is our first in person event in over two and a half years. After our last sold out in person event in The Five Lamps Brewery Camden Street and our many online free networking events during the pandemic which were supported also by Screen Ireland. 


Let's get the band back together! 🎥 


We are SoooooOooOoO excited to see you all again in person!


Save the date, bring a date, bring a Film and tv friend. Reach out to and invite them along, its been ages... 


We're back with a BANG!

What can we expect on the day?





We have two identical spaces. 1&2, serving different purposes on the day. 

9:00am Opening address/Welcome to Griffith College, Speed Networking!!!! Space one. 

Paul Butler Lennox, Ray Mongey, Mia Mullarkey, Paul Webster and Griffith College staff discuss FNI and potential Upskilling opportunities at Griffith College at their Griffith’s Faculty of Creative Arts and Screen media department. 

Speed Networking!!!! Yes you read that correctly. A speed networking session to socially engage our wonderful audience and get to know each other for the rest of the day (and night)

9:45am – 10:15am: Mark O’Connor Pushing Boundaries. (Space one)

Mark O’Connor chat’s about how to get ahead in the independent film and tv Area and get films across the line. 

10:15am – 10:45am: Irish Equity Conversion (Space two) 

11:00am – 12:00am: Documentary: Paul Webster (Space one) (Writer, Director, Producer, Podcast host) and Kim Bartley (Pure Grit) Gavin Fitzgerald (As it was, Notorious) Maurice O’Brien

12:00pm (Noon) – 12:30pm Northern Irish Film and Tv development (Space two): Hosted by Keith O’Grady (Actor, Director, Producer). Gerry Maguire (Irish Film London) Ursula Devine (Screen NI), and Paul Kennedy

12:30pm to 12:45 Sinead Cassidy Hoult: Intimacy Coordination on set.

12:45pm- 2:00 pm Lunch Break/Networking 

2:00pm – 2:45pm:

Working class barriers to opportunity (Space one): Tania Notaro and Mary Murray. 

2:45 – 3:00pm: Break.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Diversity and Inclusion (Space two): Hosted by Gaze Film fest Director Greg Thorpe (TBC) and panel talk about inclusivity and fairness and how LGBTQ+ Cinema is developing in irish society and how it’s reflected in modern Irish Film and Tv. 

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Irish Language on Film (Space 1): with Keith O’Grady and guests, Cúán Mac Conghail (Róise and Frank), and Dathaí Keane (Smother, An Klondike)

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Cinematographer or DoP - whatever you're having yourself (Space two)

JJ ROLFE (Confirmed) (James Mather) 

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Animation in Ireland (Space one): Hosted by Stephen Fagan and Ray Mongey with special guest Paul O’Flanagan. Stephen is an animation producer and Managing Director of Studio Meala, and Paul is a Director with Boulder Media. 

4:00pm – 4:30pm: The West is Best (Space two): Filmmaking in the West of Ireland. Chaired by - Emily O’Callaghan Festival Director at Achill Island Film Festival. Eibh Collins (Ardan, Galway Film Fleadh), Shannon Corrigan O’Malley, and Stephen Fagan

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Upskilling and Opportunities in Screen craft (Space one): Screen Skillnet, Orla Clancy (Creative Europe), and Shimmy Marcus (Bow street)

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Producing in Ireland (Space two): David McLoughlin (Metropolitan Films) and Aaron Farrell (Shinawil). 

5:00pm – 5:30pm: Screen Wexford; Framing The Sunny South East (Space one). Fiona Kinsella, Laura Way, Paul Walker. 

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Moe Dunford Chat with Paul Webster and Paul Butler Lennox (Space two)

6:15pm – 6:45pm: Comedy in Film and Tv Ireland: (Space one) Hosted by  Cian McGariggle; Ger Walsh (CONFIRMED) Joe McGucken; and Darren Conway

6:45pm – 7:15pm: Dublin City Brewing Company Chat with DCBC Master Brewer Fergal Murray. 

(Space One)

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Diarmuid Goggins and James Maher (Space one)

Paul Webster, Mia Mullarkey and Paul Butler Lennox host. 

8:30 – 9:15pm: Son of a Pitch. Pitching for Film and Tv, Your chance to pitch your film, or Tv/Comedy Drama idea to an industry audience. 

After Party

9:30pm- 11pm Social event at Northern Soul, 6 Ormond Quay, D.7. 

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/NT1CJgKbUDmP3H327

https://www.northernsoul.ie/ Free Dublin City Brewery Draft Bar from 9:45 to 10:30pm

11:30pm to 12:30am, 2 Euro Pints. 12:30pm to close 3 Euro pint promotion. 



Paul Butler Lennox (Actor, Writer, Director, Voiceover) and Ray Mongey (Creative Director at Glue VFX) are the co-founders of FNI.

Paul Webster is a Podcast host with FNI Wrapchat, as well as an award-winning writer and director of both documentary and drama. 

Mia Mullarkey is an award-winning film director and founder of Ishka Films. 

Mark O’Connor is an award-winning writer and director of over 30 short films, and the Founder of Stalker Films. 

Stephen Fagan is an Animation producer, and the Managing Director of Studio Meala, whose work includes an Animated Special for the Emmy nominated Pen15. 

Paul O Flanagan is a Director of Boulder Media, one of Ireland’s largest animation studios. Shows they have worked on have garnered several awards and countless more nominations including BAFTAs, EMMYs, ANNIEs, IFTAs, British Animation Awards, Cartoons on the Bay, Irish Animation Awards and more. 

Kim Bartley is a multi-award winning Writer, Director, and Cinematographer who founded and manages Frontline Films. 

Gavin Fitzgerald is an award winning director, whose first feature film - Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017) - was the highest grossing Irish documentary of all time. 

Maurice O’Brien is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, and cameraman. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Lifeblood Films. 

Keith O’Grady is an educator, producer, and director of Dramas, Documentaries, and Music videos. His work has been screened and awarded by festivals across the globe. 

Gerry Maguire is a Festival Director and the Head of Irish Film London. He has worked on BAFTA nominated pictures such as ‘I Am Nasrine’ and has his own production company - Pins and Needles. 

Ursula Devine manages schemes for emerging talent and is responsible for the Development slate at Northern Ireland Screen. Prior to this, she had a successful career in film production in the US, and worked for an international film distribution company based in Los Angeles. 

Paul Kennedy is a much-awarded actor, scriptwriter, and director. He has also produced a one–shot feature film - Nightride - which was released on Netflix. 

Nick Dunning is an actor and writer, perhaps best known for his work in Alexander, The Tudors, and The Iron Lady. He has also had a strong and successful stage career, and has been awarded by IFTA and The Irish Times Awards on multiple occasions. 

Tania Notaro is an actor, screenwriter, director, and Programmer at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. She has received nominations, awards, and commendations from a series of bodies, and is committed to diversity in cinema. 

Mary Murray is a much loved Irish film, television, and stage actress, known for roles in Adam & Paul, Love/Hate and The Magdalene Sisters. She is also director of Visions Drama School.  

Katie McNiece is a multi-award winning Writer & Director of films with a focus on sexuality, gender, and identity, and the mastermind behind Hardback Films. 

Greg Thorpe is Festival Director with GAZE LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, now entering its 30th year. He has also worked as a Writer, Curator, and Creative Director for Superbia by Manchester Pride.  

Cúán Mac Conghail is an Editor, Producer, and Director with titles including Studs, Monster, and Róise & Frank

Dathaí Keane worked as an Editor before moving into Writing and Directing. He has written a number of award-winning documentaries, and has been recognised by the IFTAs and SDGI. His more recent work includes The Irish Language feature Finky, the brilliant an Klondike and more recently Smother for Rte. 

JJ Rolfe is a Cinematographer and Producer, known particularly for his work on Line of Duty, Hill Street, and Harry Wild.  

Emily O’Callaghan is both a freelance Filmmaker with Gold Productions and Festival Director with the Achill Island FIlm Festival. 

Eibh Collins is a central figure in the Irish Film Festival circuit, with roles in the past at IndieCork Festival, and currently at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Kerry International Film Festival, Irish Screen America, and more recently Ardán in Galway. . 

Shimmy Marcus is an award-winning filmmaker, and industry figurehead. He is the Director of Bow Street Academy, and a co-founder of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. 

Orla Clancy is the Head of CREATIVE MEDIA EUR Office Dublin. With over 16 years of experience in the Irish Audiovisual industry, she has unique insight and connections with a number of stakeholders in the sector. 

David McLoughlin’s career as a Producer spans over twenty five years. Based on his experience working with a number of leading Irish production companies on major feature films (including The Boxer and Dancing at Lughnasa) he was appointed Head of Production with Irish Screen. He co-founded and chaired the Dublin International Film Festival for the first five years, and was more recently appointed to the Film and Television Drama Committee of Screen Producers Ireland. 

Aaran Farrell is Head of Drama at Shinawil. Previous projects include Vikings (with Michael Hirst), The Borgias (with Neil Jordan), Calvary (with John Michael McDonagh) and Tomato Red (with Oscar nominee Juanita Wilson). 

Fiona Kinsella has over twenty-five years experience in the Irish and International Film and Television Industry. She joined Tile Media as Head of Production in December 2020 to oversee their slate of Feature Films and TV Series. In 2009, Fiona established Jumper Productions, which has produced brand content (for Carlsberg, Jameson, and 02), production services for artists including Rihanna and One Direction, and a number of award winning short films. 

Laura Way is an award-winning director, who has worked on Eastenders, Red Rock, and most recently Blood. Her work has been included in and awarded by festivals in the US, Spain, and Ireland. She has also received acclaim for the EastEnders 'Consent' episode she directed, which was nominated for Best Single Episode at the British Soap Awards.

Paul Walker is a Scriptwriter and Producer who works across various media. His work includes North Sea Connection, Call the Midwife (Season 9), Red Rock (for which his work was recognised by both IFTA and the Writers’ Guild of Ireland). He also co-wrote An Bronntanas for TG4, which premiered at the 2014 Galway Film Festival, was IFTA nominated in 2015, and was Ireland’s entry for the Foreign Language category of the 2015 Academy Awards. 

Moe Dunford is an IFTA nominated actor, known for his work in Vikings, The Tudors, and Game of Thrones. He has also appeared in a number of successful cinema works including Black 47 and Terry McMahon’s St. Patrick’s Day.

Cian McGarrigle is a comedy screenwriter from Mayo, now based in Kilkenny. He studied film at GMIT and the National Film School, IADT. Cian created the award-winning RTE Storyland series Burning Wishes and co-wrote episodes of Nowhere Fast and Red Rock for Deadpan Pictures and Element Pictures respectively. 

Ger Walsh is a filmmaker and Director who has produced 3 features films which had the unique honour of selection for the Galway Film Fleadh, a diverse talents his talent extends to music videos, adverts and other brand content in a career lasting over a decade so far. Recently, he has co-written and directed ‘Darren & Joe’s Free Gaff’ with Darren Conway and Joseph McGucken, which is featured on the RTE Player. 

Diarmuid Goggins is an IFTA nominated Director for Film and TV Drama. Credits include Casualty, Hollyoaks, Red Rock, Silent Witness, and Kin for Bron Studios and AMC+. 

Master Brewer Fergal Murray was Master Brewer and global brand ambassador with Guinness for 33 years. As the Guinness Master Brewer Fergal has had an extraordinary journey. It has taken him across the globe and built his reputation as a leader in the brewing industry. As custodian of the myth and magic of making great beer he’s picked up a number of behind the scenes stories meeting and pouring pints for some of the most influential people in Film and tv and popular Culture, from Tom Cruise to the Queen of England to Jimmy Fallon.

On the day will be joined by some of Irelands Brightest Talent:

Moe Dunford.

Moe worked on some of television’s finest dramas including The Tudors and Game of Thrones, The Dublin Murders, Redemption and the upcoming The Dry. 

In 2014, Moe received his first IFTA nomination and first win for his breakout performance in Terry Mcmahon’s St Patrick’s Day. Two nominations and another win later, Moe is one of Ireland’s busiest actors starring in top Irish films such as Handsome Devil, Michael Inside and The Texas Chainshaw Massacre, Black 47

In 2016, Moe received his second IFTA Award, this time for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama for his role in Vikings as Aethelwulf. In 2022, he won the IFTA Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role - Film for Nightride.

Diarmuid Goggins , Directing KIN plus guests.

Diarmuid is an award winning director eager to excite and engage with the audiences imagination. He is focused on exploring and creating authentic performances, compelling narratives and weaving these strands together with his instinctual visual flair.

Diarmuid is hugely passionate about direDiarmuid recently directed all four parts of WITNESS NO.3 for Story Films, having set up the series KIN for Bron Studios and AMC+. The show did incredibly well at this year’s IFTAS, with 13 nominations and wins in all four acting categories.

Diarmuid’s credits include BULLETPROOF Series 2 as Lead Director having previously been Lead Director on SILENT WITNESS. Other recent credits include Lead Director on series 3 of Dublin-set police drama RED ROCK for Element Pictures/TV3/BBC. His early credits include directing on CASUALTY, HOLLYOAKS.

Darren Conway, Joe McGucken and Director Gerard Walsh.

Darren and Joe’s free Gaff creators.

Co-creators Darren Conway, Joseph McGucken and Gerard Walsh bring their surreal and experimental comedy style to our stage and chat about how their hugely popular podcast, sold out live shows and following have grown over the last years. 

Ger Walsh specializes in directing socially conscious content and Comedy, crafting stories and documenting events that reflect how we see the world today. Gerard has directed three feature films, all selected for competition at the Galway Film Fleadh, amongst many other festivals . His short format documentaries have generated millions of views for important social causes and is an all round self made, independent success story.

Cian McGarrigle and guests will host a chat about their road from internet success to RTE television production, What it takes to get a project over the line and how to develop a project for broadcast, and being so determined to succeed that if you’re so good they can’t ignore you.

Tania Notoro and John Connors. Barriers for Working class, Marginalised Creatives. 

Tania Notaro is an Actor, screenwriter and director from Dublin. She has appeared in TV shows such as AMC’s Into The Badlands, CBS’ Evidence of Evil and feature films such as Mark O’Connor’s Cardboard Gangsters, along with a plethora of award-winning short films. She is a graduate of Bow Street Actors Academy, The Gaiety School of Acting and Momentum Studios where she studied Meisner. As an actress, she became incredibly disappointed with the lack of diverse roles for working-class women so she wanted to create her own. She has a 1st class Master's degree in Screenwriting for Film & TV from The National film school, IADT, and Warner Brothers offered her a scholarship to do so. Last year she was inaugurated into the Warner Brothers Creative Talent team as an exceptional artist and one-to-watch. Her first script Boxed won her the John Boorman Scholarship at Irish Film School and she got to direct with Boorman himself. She is the winner of The Ronan Phelan Writers Award at IndieCork, 2019. Her feature screenplay Elephant earned her one of 10 places on the Nostos Screenwriting retreat in Italy and it also earned her a place on the X-Pollinator Elevator programme. She is the recipient of the Dublin Artist Award 2021 from the Dublin Arts Council and the recipient of the Artist Resilience Award 2021 from South County Dublin Arts Council. She was also the recipient of the Agility Award from the Arts Council 2021 and the recipient of the Actor As Creator Scheme from Screen Ireland 2022. She is one of 12 writers selected from all over Europe to participate in the Eureka Series programme at the Series Manie Institute in Lille, France. Her TV show Cabaret Cartell is currently in development with Screen Ireland under the Spotlight scheme. She is hoping to make socially conscious films from a female perspective. Tania also works as a programmer for the Dublin International Film festival. 

John Connors 

John Connors is an Irish Traveller Actor, Screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker and playwright best known for his role as Patrick Ward in the Irish crime drama series Love/Hate, for which he was nominated for best-supporting actor at the 2016 Irish film and television awards, and for Cardboard Gangsters, for which he won Best Actor at the 2018 Irish film and television awards.


He is a former three-time Irish boxing champion and a four nations boxing gold medalist and was picked by the Herald newspaper for their ‘Future Star’ segment at fifteen years old.[citation needed]


In 2017 he was named in the fifty incredible people who are shaping Ireland by the Irish Independent and he was also named as one of the 'twenty twenty-somethings that could influence Ireland and the world' by The Irish Times.[3] Connors won the 2018 IFTA for best actor for his performance in the film Cardboard Gangsters, which Connors also wrote. In his victory speech, Connors criticised the Irish Film Board for not supporting the film, before he talked about his battle with mental health and how acting saved his life. He dedicated the award to his late father. The speech went viral, gaining millions of hits online. Three months later his documentary series, John Connors: The Travellers, won the 2018 IFTA for best documentary series. Most recently he played Wallace in Paddy Slattery's feature Broken Law (available on Netflix)He is working on a variety of projects with his own production Company Cluster Fox Films. 

More Announcements coming VERY SOON!!!!

This is your film and tv Expo event in Dublin. Make the most of it. 





With Previous Event/Class guests supported by Screen Ireland over the last couple of years, we were joined by amazing Artists such as Ewen Bremner, Lenny Abrahamson, Frank Berry, Emma Donoghue, The Cork International Film Festival, The Dublin International Film Festival, Irish Equity and many many more.


On the day we will be recording episodes of our Podcast FNI Wrapchat, adding to our catalogue of 170 podcasts and industry insightful chats. This is going to be a standout and hopefully regular event in our calendar.


ALSO Joining on the day for Discussions will be DISF (The Dublin International Screenwriting festival) Irish Film London, The Writers Guild of Ireland, the Podcast Studios, Creative Europe Media Ireland, Screen Skillnet Ireland, Screen Wexford, The Dublin International Film Festival, Irish Equity. We’ll also have a panel from Northern Ireland discussing the development process of Films with Screen Northern Ireland. 


If your organization or film and tv business would like to present yourself on the day to the most active Film, Tv and Animation demographic in Ireland we’d love to talk to you about potential opportunities on admin@wearefni.com (There’s still time)

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