Screen Skills Ireland announces mentee and mentor selections for the Screen Mentoring Scheme
Screen Skills IrelandScreen Skills Ireland is the national training and development resource specifically created for Ireland’s film and television industry. More, the skills development unit within Screen IrelandFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., has announced the 25 screen professionals selected to be mentees in the first iteration of the Screen Mentoring scheme. The selected mentees have been matched with a highly experienced industry mentor from our panel, with Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson and producer Ed Guiney; Years and Years director Lisa Mulcahy; and Blinder Films Managing Director Katie Holly among those who will mentor upcoming talent as part of the scheme.
The mentors will offer their mentees practical, tailored advice and guidance based on their professional experience, on a one to one basis. The mentoring will take place remotely online due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19.
Due to a high volume of strong applications, the selection process was very competitive. The mentees and mentors are:
Claire Byrne (director) – Paddy Breathnach (director, Viva, RosieRosie is a contemporary drama directed by Paddy Breathnach from a script by Roddy Doyle, and starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford. More, I Went Down)
Katie McNeice (writer/director/producer) – Ruth Treacy (director/producer, Stitches, The Lodgers)
Cara Holmes (editor/director) – Emer Reynolds (editor/director, The Farthest, Here Was Cuba, Shameless)
Ray Sullivan (writer/director) – Brendan Muldowney (writer/director, Pilgrimage, Love Eternal, Savage)
Paul O’Flanagan (senior TV director) – Ronan McCabe (CEO of Animation Ireland/Producer, Zig and Zag, Podge and Rodge)
Edwina Casey (director) – Lisa Mulcahy (director, Years and Years, Blood, Red Rock)
Mia Mullarkey (director) – Lenny Abrahamson (director, Normal People, Room, Frank)
Brian Deane (writer/director/producer) – Morgan Bushe (producer/director/writer, Jihad Jane, The Belly of the Whale, The Other Side of Sleep)
Mark Noonan (writer/director) – Peter McKenna (writer/producer, Red Rock, EastEnders, The Clinic)
Matthew Roche (screenwriter) – Malcolm Campbell (writer/executive producer, Herself, What Richard Did, Ackley Bridge)
Charleigh Bailey (actor/writer) – Eilish Kent (producer/development executive, Under The Clock, Stella Days, Love is the Drug)
Sean Smith (writer) – Paul Walker (writer/producer, Fair City, Stardust)
Denise Deegan(screenwriter) – Lauren MacKenzie (writer, Red Rock, The Clinic, The Daisy Chain)
Niamh O’Connor (writer) – Rachel O’Flanagan (script editor/development executive, Papi ChuloJohn Butler's third feature, Papi Chulo, is the story of a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker. More, Viva, Handsome Devil)
Roisin Geraghty (writer, director) – Ed Guiney (producer/co-founder of Element PicturesElement Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More, Normal People, The Favourite, The Lobster)
Rob Davis (producer) – Rory Gilmartin (producer, Herself, Calm With Horses, Brooklyn)
We are pleased to offer 25 screen professionals the opportunity to be supported by a mentor to learn and grow professionally. Identifying and nurturing upcoming talent is integral to the work of Screen Skills Ireland and we look forward to seeing what the mentees achieve under the guidance of their mentors over the course of the next 12 months.
Gareth Lee, Manager – Screen Skills Ireland
A further call for mentees to apply for mentoring support will be announced in the autumn, with details shared via the Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Mentoring websites. For more information about Screen Mentoring, please visit the website.