Irish Film NY (IFNY) executive director Niall McKay is an Emmy award-winning independent producer and director. He has produced documentaries for PBS and RTÉ (Irish TV), commercials for Lego, educational soap operas for Canal Cl@se (Venezuelan TV) and interactive augmented reality games featuring Bill Nye (The Science Guy) for Chabot Space and Science Museum. Niall produced Irvine Welsh’s first short film Nuts. He also wrote and produced a short film called The Recipe in the Philippines. McKay has managed budgets from $30K-$500K, fostered international co-productions and overseen projects from original conception & development to production, editing and post-production. As a former journalist, McKay’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Irish Times, Wired Magazine and The Economist. His radio work has aired on NPR, BBC World Service and RTÉ and he also reported on air for PBS’ Frontline World on the Northern Ireland peace process. He is the founder of Irish Film New York and the founder of the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and co-founder of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival.
Aisling is a first class honours graduate in Business and Arts management. She has worked as a freelance producer in Ireland on short films, web video, and corporate video. She also spent some time, working as an account manger in a full service creative agency, actualizing projects from initial concept to a multitude of deliverables (TV, radio, press, print, mobile, social, experiential etc).
Formerly, Aisling classically trained as an actress at the London school of dramatic art and worked professionally in Ireland, appearing in award winning TV show LOVE HATE, (Emma) and Irish features, Death of a Superhero, Jack and Ralph Plan a murder.
Aisling is new to Bright lights of New York City and excited to be part of bringing Irish film to New York.
Amy Mulcair has over 18 years of PR experience in the broadcast industry, working for the BBC, both in the U.S. and UK. She has created and led on a number of high profile publicity campaigns for such shows as Doctor Who, Top Gear and Frozen Planet as well as advising high profile talent including Gordon Ramsay, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Attenborough and Idris Elba. She has gained significant coverage for her clients and shows including The New York Times, NPR, The Today Show, Entertainment Weekly and Vogue. Most recently she has lived and traveled throughout Mexico to further her Spanish studies as well as writing a number of travel stories for the BBC. She is currently working with The Sundance Channel.
Paul has been involved in Irish film since the early 1990s with Galway-based production company Power Pictures. For six years he was MoMA’s film publicist and as a film and arts journalist he has written for Variety, the Irish Times, the Village Voice, and indieWIRE. He was also editor of Film Ireland, Ireland’s national film publication.
Lynn Holst – Screening Committee Chair
Lynn is a creative producer, development executive, and story editor in film and television. She began her career as Literary Manager for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival; worked in independent film, and public television as VP of Development for American Playhouse, and was most recently Sr. V.P. of Development for RHI Entertainment. She has served on a number of prestigious awards juries including The Sundance Film Festival (Best Latin American Film; Best Short Film) and The Hamptons Film Festival ( Best Dramatic Feature). She has been on a selection panelist for the Irish Television and Film Award; and a market consultant for the Galway Film Fleadh.
Roisin Geraghty – Festival Coordinator
Roisin holds a BA in Media Studies and Irish from NUI Maynooth, as well as a Master in Multimedia from Dublin City University. Before coming to New York, she worked with various festivals and independent production companies in Ireland, including The Darklight Film Festival and Blinder Films. Since arriving in the US, she has worked at Tribeca Film Festival, as well as an array of independent films and documentaries in New York City.