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Naomi Sheridan


Screenwriting Master Class in Los Angeles

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Naomi Sheridan will lead a screenwriting masterclass at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on Saturday September 26th at 3pm.

Naomi Sheridan has been working in Film and Television for years in a wide variety of genres. One of her first screenplays was “In America” a film she co wrote with her father, Jim and sister, Kirsten. The screenplay was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy award, a Golden Globe, the WGA award and the Humanitas award. It went on to win the Critics Choice award and the National Board of Review award. Since then she has written teleplays and screenplays for Paramount, NBC Universal, The Weinstein Group, Tribeca Films, Miramax and Disney. She has adapted a number of novels, which include the hugely popular “Artemis Fowl”, the Stephen King novel “Rose Madder” and “Galway Bay”. Naomi is currently working on her original screenplay “38” with Gary Shore of Artcastle productions and the Irish Film Board.

She is also developing “In America” for television with HBO and Fox TV.

Cathy Brady


Directing Master Class in New York

Two time IFTA winner and European Academy-nominated director Cathy Brady will give a director’s master class at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House in New York on Saturday October 3rd at 2pm.

Cathy Brady is a two-time IFTA winner, having won Best Short in 2011 for her first film SMALL CHANGE, and again in 2013 for her short MORNING, which was also selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2012 and won the Short Film Nominee prize for the European Film Awards at Cork Film Festival. In 2011 Cathy was selected for Coming Up, making ROUGH SKIN for Channel4, starring This is England’s Vicky McClure and which was nominated for a BIFA. Her most recent short WASTED competed at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Last year Cathy directed on E4’s drama-thriller series GLUE, and is now in development with her debut feature as writer/director WILDFIRE, which Carlo Cresto-Dina (THE WONDERS, Cannes Grand Jury Prize 2014) will produce along with Cowboy Films. She is also developing a new TV comedy series, CAN’T COPE/WON’T COPE, with writer Stefanie Preissner for Dead Pan Pictures and RTE.


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"‘What we have witnessed this weekend is the extraordinary breadth of Irish talent both living and working in the US and Ireland – Irish Screen America is an incredible platform to share stories and at the same time have a lot of fun. Thank you to Niall and the ISA team - we know the hard work they put in and we wish ISA every success in building on an amazing launch.’"

− Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO of The Irish Film Board

"“Traditionally in Ireland the word “Meitheal” was used to describe the village coming together to bring in the harvest,” says Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York. “Well, this is what Niall McKay is trying to do with Irish Screen America, bring us all together to help Irish filmmakers get films made and noticed in the United States. Niall is asking us, rightly, to come together to promote this wonderful harvest of new Irish film talent for audiences in the US and I would ask everyone to help him in this important work."

− Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York