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Round 9: The Producer

Hosted by: Naoise McGuinness

June 30th 2024

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Sinéad O'Riordan
 

Sinéad is an award-winning Irish actress, producer, and founder of ORion Productions. She holds an Honours Degree in Engineering (Electronic), an Associate Recital Diploma from LAMDA, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Producing with Screen Ireland.

In the new Irish feature film, 'SWING BOUT', she portrays a conniving boxing coach, marking her first lead role, for which she also served as a producer. This achievement earned her a prestigious Discovery Award Nomination at The Dublin International Film Festival 2024.

Among her notable film and TV credits are the multi-award-winning 'THE DRY' for Element Pictures (Actor), 'DEAD ALONG THE WAY' (Actor/Producer), 'SUCKING DIESEL' (Actor/Producer), and 'SIEGE OF PARIS' (Actor/Producer). Sinéad co-produced the Puttnam award-winning short film Wireless, which has been screened at OSCAR & BAFTA qualifying festivals and is currently featured on Aer Lingus Inflight Entertainment. Additionally, she produced the Screen Ireland-funded short film, Conversations With My Dead Father, which won Best In Cork at Fastnet Film Festival 2022.

Sinéad has also worked as an EPK Producer on major Netflix and AppleTV Films and TV Series such as 'LIFT' (Kevin Hart) and SWAGGER (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), among others.

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Emily Power
 

Emily Power is a commercial, music video & short film producer with the production company Heritage working with brands like: Codex Beauty, Irish Examiner, Microsoft, Atlantic Records LA, and SumUp Visa and many other international brands. Emily has also worked on several short films with HERITAGE in 2022, including Production Manager for the Virgin Media Discovers Winner ‘Unhinged’ as well as producing her first short with HERITAGE ‘Soulmate Wanted’ which hit the festival circuit last summer. ‘Soulmate Wanted’ was funded through the First Frames initiative with the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Emily was also the PM on the Screen Ireland Focus Short, ‘Two for the Road’ which was longlisted for the Oscars and is now IFTA nominated. In 2023 Emily won the Kinsale Shark for Best New Talent in the Producing Category. Additionally, Emily has recently been accepted into Screen Producers Ireland and National Talent Academy course, ‘Emerge’ and X pollinator the development and networking initiative which is supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland through the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme and Coimisiún na Meán, in association with Creative Europe Desk Ireland and TU Dublin School of Media.

 

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The Twins

Jamie Hooper & Conor Hooper
 

The Twins is a new production company founded by titular twins Conor and Jamie Hooper. With an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Las Vegas and Multimedia in DCU, respectively, Conor and Jamie have been writing, directing, and producing independent work ranging from zero-budget 48-hour challenges to funded shorts, music videos, and animation for over a decade. The Twins value a sense of play in their filmmaking, whether it’s an intimate drama or whimsical fantastic. They’ve won multiple awards, had their work screened at major festivals such as the Galway Film Fleadh and the Berlinale, and have had their work translated for hosting on TG4’s online platforms. 

Their work includes Spotless (dir. Emily Murray, 2016), Loving ALEX (dir. Jamie Hooper, 2019), The House of a Thousand Eyes (dir. Conor & Jamie Hooper, 2020), and Juniper (dir. Lakshika Serasinhe, 2022). In 2018, they produced a number of widely-acclaimed campaign pieces for Together For Yes and The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign.

Recently they directed and produced the music video for Babylamb's The Weapon and adapted Conor Montague’s Nothing to be Done (2022) as a short film.

Conor’s upcoming work includes Engine short Dadboy (dir. John Haugh, 2024), whilst together they have independent horror short Psychopomp (dir. Emmet Byrne 2024), and independent feature comedy Froggie (dir. Luke Morgan, 2024), with the Morgan Brothers, releasing shortly.

Conor is a co-founder of Big Shots Limerick and Jamie is the founder of The People’s Picturehouse Cork

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