A CLONAKILTY man is the new head of film & television at the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA).
Former Clonakilty Community College student Gar O’Brien, who holds a master’s degree in film, society and culture and is a graduate of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUIG Galway, has extensive knowledge of and passion for Irish cinema, drama and Irish creative talent.
‘I’m beyond thrilled to join the wonderful IFTA Academy team as it embarks on this exciting new phase of growth and development and to work closely with its CEO Áine Moriarty,’ said Gar.
‘Over the last 15 years, I have watched the Academy work tirelessly to help grow this industry and to inspire, encourage and recognise Irish talent and achievements. I relish the opportunity to be working with them and to be bringing a fresh perspective to the next five years of growth and development.’
Gar was the programme director of the Galway Film Fleadh from 2010 to 2018, breaking records and growing the box office by 25%. More recently he was the industry manager for the 2019 Galway Film Fair.
At IFTA, Gar will drive the implementation of the academy’s new five-year strategic development plan (2020-2024) to be launched in the coming week. His appointment comes at a time when the Irish screen industry is experiencing unprecedented growth and success.