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Gridlock Press Kit

IAN HUNT DUFFY – DIRECTOR

IAN HUNT DUFFY

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.

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