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Kirsten Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1976. She studied Film & Television Production at University College Dublin before completing a Diploma in Film Production at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design, Ireland’s national film school, graduating with Distinction in 1998.
- 1995 The Bench with the Film-Base/RTE Short Script Award
- 1998 Patterns co-produced, wrote and directed
- 1998 The Case of Majella McGinty directed
- 1998 Honor Bright her first feature length screenplay
- 2000 Disco Pigs director
- 2003 In America co-wrote the original screenplay
- 2007 August Rush directed her US feature film debut
- 2009 Back to Jack, currently in production.
Patterns and The Case of Majella McGinty won many international film festival awards including, Worldfest Houston, Worldfest Flagstaff, Santa Clarita, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Aspen and Chicago. Patterens received an Academy Qualifying Run in a Los Angeles theatre.
Honor Bright won the Miramax Best Irish Screenplay Award in 1998.
Disco Pigs was selected as one of the three finalist in Europe for the Sundance/NHK International Filmakers Award which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2001 to critical acclaim. It won the Jury Prize at the Castelinaria Youth Film Festival. The Gold Medal at Giffoni Film festival. The Audience Award at the Youth European Cinema Film Festival. And the Grand Prize Best Film at the Ourense Film Festival.
In America was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Screenplay. It also was nominated for the Golden Globe, The Online Film critics Society Award, the Writers Guild of America Award and the Humanities Prize. In the Best Screenplay category it won the National Board of Review, The Christopher Award, and the Broadcast Critics Awards 2004
August Rush received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. August Rush premiered in New York’s Ziegfield Theatre in November 2007 and was a box office hit, staying in the top ten for four weeks straight and playing right through the holiday season accumulating more than $30 million at the US box office
Kirsten lives and works in Dublin, where she has her own film production company ‘Blindside Films’ and is the mother of two small children. As you can see Kirsten is a busy lady so you can imagine our delight when she took time out to participate in our 2009 festival. It was a wonderful experience for everyone who witnessed her interview with John Kelleher and her interaction with local kids at the Out Of Bounds Workshop. We look forward to her continued support of our festival.