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Having graduated from The National Film School in Ireland with a BA in Film
and Television Production, Ian set up his own production company in Dublin called Fail Safe Films. Over the last 6 years, Fail Safe has established itself as one of the leading producers of online video content in Ireland, while also gaining a reputation for award-winning short films and music videos. Having originally trained as a director, Ian brings a drive and creative flair to each production.

In 2012, Ian produced the Filmbase/RTÉ short film ‘Small Time’, starring Alan
Stanford and Charlie Murphy, which won numerous awards at home and abroad, including the Best Comedy Award at the Fastnet Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival in Seattle. At that time Ian also directed the online comedy series ‘Talk It Out’ as part of RTÉ Storyland, starring Mark Doherty, Bernard O’Shea and Peter Coonan; while another Fail Safe short, ‘The Note’, starred Aidan Gillen and Ruth McCabe and was officially selected for the prestigious Raindance Film Festival and Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2013.

In 2015, Ian produced the IFTA Nominated and Academy Award® long-listed ‘Love is a Sting’ for Filmbase and RTÉ. Narrated by Ciarán Hinds and written by Academy Award® winner Benjamin Cleary, the film is an ambitious mix of live action and animation that won the Grand Prix Irish Short at the Cork Film Festival in 2015, along with the Best Foreign Film Award at the LA Shorts Fest and the Transcedence Award at the Savannah Film Festival in 2016.

Ian’s latest short film is ‘Gridlock’, a thriller he directed starring Moe Dunford and Peter Coonan that has won the Grand Prix Irish Short Award at the 2016 Cork Film Festival and the Best Irish Short Award at the Foyle Film Festival, placing it on the long-list for the Academy Awards® in 2018.

Technical Information

Completion Date: March 2016

Duration: 19min 45secs

Country of Origin: Ireland

Country of Production: Ireland

Production Budget: €18,000

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Sound: 5.1. Surround Sound


Language: English

Screening Format: DCP, ProRes

Moe Dunford

Moe Dunford appears as the recurring lead role of Aethelwulf opposite Linus Roache and Travis Fimmel in the hit TV series VIKINGS for History Channel/MGM. Moe was awarded the IFTA for Best Supporting Actor, TV Drama 2015 for his work across three seasons of VIKINGS. Season 5 of VIKINGS will appear in late 2017.

Moe is currently appearing in John Butler’s feature film HANDSOME DEVIL opposite Andrew Scott, directed by John Butler and produced by Treasure Films. Moe recently appeared on THE FLAG with Pat Shortt, directed by Declan Recks and produced by Treasure Films for release in 2017. He will soon appear in Frank Berry’s feature film MICHAEL INSIDE, in THE LODGERS directed by Brian O’Malley for Tailored Films and in BLACK 47, directed by Lance Daly for Fastnet Films and starring Hugo Weaving and Jim Broadbent – all due for release in 2017.

Moe was awarded the IFTA 2015 for Best Lead Actor for his role as Patrick in PATRICK’S DAY directed by Terry McMahon. He was nominated for the prestigious Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014 for his work on this movie which won the Best Feature Award at the same festival and Moe was chosen as a Shooting Star for Ireland at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015. Moe also won the award for best actor at the Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival in Michigan amongst several other international awards and nominations. Moe also picked up Best Actor for his lead role in PATRICK’S DAY at the 11th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

Peter Coonan

Peter’s film and television credits include the role of Toss in the feature film THE DRUMMER AND THE GOALKEEPER directed by Nick Kelly, Seán in the TG4 series WRECKING THE RISING, Ian Power’s feature film THE GUARANTEE, the role of Brendan Boyle opposite Gabriel Byrne in the BBC’s three-part mini-series QUIRKE, the lead role of Alex in the feature GET UP AND GO alongside Killian Scott, and his regular and extremely popular role as Fran on the critically-acclaimed RTÉ drama LOVE/HATE. Peter won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television in 2014 for his portrayal of Fran.

Steve Wall

Steve Wall’s credits include: the role of Detective Coleman in the major RTE drama series REBELLION set against the backdrop of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. He played the smooth baddie Dominic Fitzroy in the first two episodes of season three of the global crime drama CROSSING LINES starring Donald Sutherland. For the BBC he completed SILENT WITNESS, aired in January 2015, in which he plays a major role. In VIKING” he played the scheming Einar in seasons two, three and four and he played the original Mountie, Sam Steele, in two seasons of AN KLONDIKE for TG4, now on Netflix as DOMINION CREEK. Steve landed a significant, recurring role as Danny Moone in all three series of the Chris O’Dowd comedy MOONE BOY for Sky Television and completed the horror film DARK TOUCH (2013) by the French director Marina de Van. In Sept 2015 he won Best Actor in a Leading Role at the San Diego Horror Film Festival for his role as Peter in the short film GHOST TRAIN (2013) along with starring in the horror film NAILS to be released theatrically in June 2017.
Steve is also known as the lead singer and songwriter with legendary Irish bands THE WALLS and THE STUNNING.

Amy De Bhrun

Amy can be seen in Paul Greengrass’ latest movie JASON BOURNE opposite Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones.

As well as playing the lead role of Ellen Barethon in Arrowstorm Entertainment’s THE CROWN AND THE DRAGON, she has also starred alongside Andre 3000 in the Jimi Hendrix biopic ALL IS BY MY SIDE, Ingregird in The History Channel’s epic VIKINGS, Rachel in the Irish comedy Feature Film THE STAG (THE BACHELOR’S WEEKEND in USA) and most recently Showtime USA new series PENNY DREADFUL.

Narayan Van Maele- Director of Photography

Born 1986 in Luxembourg, Narayan moved to Ireland 16 years later, and has lived there ever since. He graduated from the Irish National Film School in 2009 with a First Class Honours in Cinematography. Equipped with his own Alexa camera, Narayan shoots feature films, short films, commercials, music videos and documentaries. He is currently working on Gutland, his second feature film as a Director of Photography.

Editor – Eoin McGuirk

Eoin has been working in the industry as an editor for the last 16 years, working on television series such ‘Misfits’, ‘Vikings’ ‘Into the Badlands’ ‘Southcliff’ and ‘Penny Dreadful’, and feature films such as ‘Grabbers’; ‘The Lobster’ and ‘Get Up And Go’.

Nikki Moss- Sound Designer

Nikki Moss is a professional sound designer based in Ireland, but works worldwide. He specializes in sound design for film, television, commercials and more. Nikki is a 4 time IFTA Award nominee for Best Sound and Best Sound in a Film/TV Drama, winning the award in 2015 for his work on the feature ‘Patrick’s Day’.

Gareth Averill- Composer

Gareth Anton Averill is an award-winning composer and musician from Dublin, Ireland, composing scores for such feature films as ‘Lost in the Living’ and ‘Hill Street’. Though primarily working in film and television, Gareth is active in many other areas such as installation work and live electronic music.

Mark Kilbride- Production Design

Mark Kilbride is a production designer based in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked on numerous award winning short films such as ‘Ernestine & Kit’ and ‘Cutting Grass’ along with feature films ‘Kill Ratio’, ‘Stitches’, ‘From The Dark’ and ‘In View’.



Simon Doyle is a producer and founder of Fail Safe Films, a Dublin based production company. His expertise lies in discovering new and emerging writers and directors and guiding them through the development of short and feature films from script to screen. Over the years Simon has produced numerous award-winning short films, screening all over the world. Most recently Simon won the top prize at two Academy Award Qualifying film festivals with the film Gridlock, winning the Best Irish Short Award at the Foyle Film Festival and the Grand Prix Irish Short at the Cork Film Festival for the second year in a row, having previously won it with the IFTA nominated and Oscar long-listed Love is a Sting.

In 2015, Simon produced his first feature film In View, written and directed with long-time collaborator Ciaran Creagh. The film had a successful festival run, screening at acclaimed film festivals such as Rhode Island, Mannheim Heidelberg, and Tallinn Black Knights to name a few. Building on this success, Simon received funding from the Irish Film Board for Ciaran’s next feature film, which will be a co-production with Poland. Simon has a slate of three additional features that he is developing with some of Ireland’s most exciting talent, with a view to defining Fail Safe Films as one of Ireland’s leading film production companies.


Winner Best Short Film- Foyle Film Festival, Ireland 2016

Winner Grand Prix Irish Short- Cork Film Festival, Ireland 2016

Winner Best International Short Film Award- DC Shorts, USA 2017

Winner Best Film- Short of the Year, Spain Summer 2017

Winner Best Short Film- Bull City Film Festival, USA 2018

Winner Audience Award- Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival, USA 2017

Winner Most Inspiring Short Film Award- Irish Film Festival Boston, USA 2017

Winner Best Live Action Short- Irish Film Festa, Italy 2017

Winner Best Newcomer Award- Fingal Film Festival, Ireland 2017

Finalist- 60 th CINE Golden Eagle Awards, USA 2017

Winner Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film- Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA 2016

Young Director Award Winner (YDA)- Cannes, 2017

Film Festivals

Galway Film Fleadh 2016 (Ireland)
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2016 (USA)
LA Shorts Fest 2016 (USA)
Waterford Film Festival 2016 (Ireland)
Kerry Film Festival 2016 (Ireland)
Clones Film Festival 2016 (Ireland)
Cork Film Festival 2016 (Ireland)
Foyle Film Festival 2016 (Ireland)
Dublin International Film Festival 2017 (Ireland)
Irish Film Festival Boston 2017 (USA)
Irish Film Festa 2017 (Italy)
Irish Short Film Festival Malta (Malta)
Belfast Film Festival 2017 (Ireland)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Newport Beach Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Nashville Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 (Japan)
Underground Film Festival 2017 (Ireland)
60 th CINE Golden Eagle Awards 2017 (USA)
Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Fingal Film Festival 2017 (Ireland)
DC Shorts Film Festival 2017 (USA)
San Francisco Irish Film Festival 2017 (USA
Helsinki International Film Festival 2017 (Finland)
Irish Reels Film Festival Seattle 2017 (USA)
Edmonton International Film Festival 2017 (Canada)
San Diego International Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Heartland Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival 2017 (Switzerland)
Sante Fe Independent Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Tallgrass Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Naples International Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Pittsburgh Shorts 2017 (USA)
Savannah Film Festival 2017 (USA)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 (UK)
Et Cultura, 2017 (USA)
Bull City Film Festival 2018 (USA)

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