Dingle Pow-Wow, supported by Screen Training Ireland, is back for its second year with an outstanding line-up of industry experts and stars. With a combination of seminars and a networking lunch, this event is essential to learn about the exciting film and television industry.

On 24 March 2018 in the Blasket Centre, our annual Dingle Pow-Wow will bring together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers. Dingle Pow-Wow provides a unique and inspiring opportunity for enterprising filmmakers to gain insight and knowledge about the global film and television industry. The guest speakers are some of the best in the business and will present their challenges and successes in film and television for this unmissable event. The event includes lunch and a shuttle bus to and from the event, leaving Dingle Marina at 10am and returning to Dingle at 5.30pm.

Our exciting line up includes:

Barry Keoghan – Actor

IFTA-award winning, Barry Keoghan appeared in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film Dunkirk and had a fantastic performance in the psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He earned parts on U.K and Irish television including the hugely successful Love/Hate (2010-2014).

Paul McGann – Actor

Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer. He later starred in the 1987 dark comedy Withnail and I, and as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film, a role he reprised in more than 70 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode The Night of the Doctor. McGann is also known for playing Lieutenant William Bush in the Hornblower TV series.

Michael Uppendahl – Director

Michael is an American television and film director. Since 2008, Michael has been a recurring director on many of the most beloved American television shows in history, including: Mad Men (2008-2015); American Horror Story (2011-2016); Glee (2012); Ray Donovan (2013-2015); The Walking Dead (2013); Daredevil (2015); Legion (2017) Fargo (2014—). Michael also made his feature film directorial debut with Quad (aka Grounded) (2013), about a hard-living salesman who becomes a quadriplegic after an accident.

Paula Malcomson – Actor

Paula Malcomson is an extremely prolific film and television actress. Malcomson began her career in the early 1990s with small parts primarily in film before scoring higher-profile roles in the Oscar-nominated film The Green Mile (1999) and A.I Artificial Intelligence (2001). Malcomson made appearances in many high-profile series. She was cast in the role of Katniss’ mother in the blockbuster adaptation of The Hunger Games (2012). After the release of that film, she also filmed the pilot for Liev Schreiber’s Showtime series Ray Donovan (2013-2017).

Jill Eikenberry  – Actor

Jill Eikenberry has a long list of theatre, film and television credits.  She is  best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series  LA Law, which earned Jill four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award.  Most recently, she appeared in  Something Borrowed and  Young Adult. Jill co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC entitled  Destined to Live,  which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery.  

Michael Tucker  – Actor

 A veteran stage, film and television actor, Michael Tucker is  best known for his role as Stuart Markowitz in the hit series,  L.A. Law, which brought him three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe  nominations.  Michael’s film credits include Woody Allen’s  Radio Days  and  The Purple Rose of Cairo. Jill and Michael produced a documentary film,  EmileNorman – By his Own Design, which aired on PBS.  It has become a perennial during Gay Pride every June on PBS stations across the nation. 

Dónal Ó’ Céilleacheir – Director – The Camino Voyage

Dónal Ó Céilleachair is an Irish filmmaker who lives between New York & Ireland.

Dónal’s wide-ranging international experience, from across the independent film landscape includes over 50 fiction, documentary and experimental films in a diversity of roles over the past 25 years.

The Camino Voyage/ Iomramh an Chamino opens Dingle IFF.

Nuala O’ Connor – Director/Writer/Producer – Keepers of the Flame

In 1987, Nuala established Hummingbird Productions with Philip King to produce high quality music and arts documentary films. Nuala won a Prime-Time Emmy Award for writing a one-hour version of Bringing It All Back Home for the Disney television channel in the US.

The world premiere and gala presentation of Nuala O’Connor’s directorial debut, Keepers of the Flame, will close the festival.

Diarmaid Ferriter  – Historian and University Lecturer  

Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His most recent book, A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 publishedMarch 2015. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.

Katrina Costello – Director – The Silver Branch

Katrina Costello and husband Ken O’Sullivan set up Sea Fever Productions in 2006 to produce wildlife and creative documentaries. In 2014, they produced Ireland’s Ocean, a four-part Irish wildlife series for RTÉ documenting dolphins, sharks, stingrays and the myriad of wonderful and colourful creatures in the temperate seas around Ireland.

Philip King – Filmmaker and Broadcaster  

Philip King has been closely involved with the arts in Ireland as a filmmaker and musician for over 30 years. He has presented a number of radio programmes, including “An Droichead Beo”, “The Green Groves” and the RTÉ Radio 1 programme, “The South Wind Blows”.

Mark McGann – Director

Mark is a professional director, actor, scriptwriter, producer and published songwriter. He has appeared as an actor in many leading roles in Theatre, TV and Film productions, as well as receiving commissions to write and direct original productions for a wide variety of professional organizations.  In 2007, McGann formed the multi-media production company Drama Direct Ltd.

Clare Cahill – Producer

Clare Cahill is an independent producer who has a wealth of production experience in independent film. Since 2009, Clare has worked on more than 23 independent feature films and 15 short films, including Love Tomorrow, The Ninth Cloud and White-Collar Hooligan. Clare is also a senior lecturer in Film Production at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Katie Mc Cullough and Ian Bignell

Festival Formula Ltd. is a consultancy company helping filmmakers navigate the worldwide festival circuit. They create personalized festival strategies considering length, production values, genre, stories in front and behind the camera, and budget limitations. Founder Katie McCullough has over 13 years plus experience and creates the strategies for each client. Ian Bignell is the resident submissions coordinator. The company was recently a co-sponsor of Screen International Events at Berlinale and Cannes 2017.


Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breath-taking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, part of The Wild Atlantic Way. The festival takes places annually in March. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival. Dingle IFF actively promotes and platforms Irish film, Irish filmmakers and Irish animation, whilst also playing host to major industry players both from Ireland and abroad. Dingle IFF is an established date on the film festival circuit and is now actively promoting Irish film and animation products in the world market.

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