2014 Symposium Highlights

Ford Directors Hub


Venue: Gresham Hotel


Date: Saturday, 7th June 2014

Time: 12 noon

Ford Director’s Hub in association with the Irish Film Board

The Ford Director's Hub brings together a unique panel of diverse filmmakers who will discuss the ‘job of work’ of Directing and examine some of Ford's incredible masterpieces which are still a strong influence on modern-day filmmakers. Lively discussion, debate and insight into Ford's unique skill and legacy. Guest Speakers include Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), acclaimed UK director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers), IFTA nominated Kieron J. Walsh (When Brendan Met Trudy, Jump) and Vikings director Ken Girotti. Award-winning Irish Drector Neasa Hardiman will chair this Discussion.  



The line-up of directors includes;

Whit Stillman

Academy Award nominee, director and screenwriter, Whit Stillman is one of American independent cinemas most distinctive and unique filmmakers, best known for his films Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco, Barcelona and Damsels in Distress.

Ben Wheatley


Wheatley has directed some of the most acclaimed UK films of recent years including Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England winning comparisons to film masters such as Stanley Kubrick and Mike Leigh.

Kieron J Walsh


IFTA nominated director of When Brendan Met Trudy and Jump, co-founder of Blinder Films.




Ken Girotti

Award-winning director with over thirty years experience, Girotti has directed some of the most successful television dramas in recent years including Emmy winning series 24, Damages, Stargate SG-1, Vikings and Orphan Black


 Neasa Hardiman (Chairing the Discussion)

 Award winning director and writer Neasa Hardiman will Chair this roundtable discussion






                                               The Directors Panel is part of the Industry Hub, presented

in association with the  Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann





 For the Ford Producers Panel click here