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John McDonnell - Head of Production and Company Manager

John McDonnell

John McDonnell is co-owner of Fantastic Films, with Brendan McCarthy, and oversees all aspects of production and post-production of Fantastic Films’ slate and co-production opportunities.

Production credits include the CHERRY TREE, directed by David Keating, the festival hit THE HALLOW, directed by Corin Hardy, which screened at Sundance (2015) and the multi award-winning LET US PREY, directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna McIntosh, all due for release in 2015. Previous titles include, LAST DAYS ON MARS (Dir: Ruairí Robinson- Directors’ Fortnight, 2013), STITCHES (Conor McMahon, 2012) and EK THA TIGER (Dir: Kabir Khan, 2012).

McDonnell recently executive produced the Sundance awarding-winning documentary THE SUMMIT, written by Mark Monroe and directed by Nick Ryan and BEAT GIRL a transmedia series, available on several platforms, including TV, the web, smart phone app, a novel and now a feature film.

Nominated as Irish “Producer on the Move” in Cannes in 2006, McDonnell is an active participant in the ACE Producers Network, a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy, a regular juror for the Irish Film & Television Awards and a recent participant on the prestigious producer course Inside Pictures.

In 2008, McDonnell received his Hons MA in Screenwriting from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) and regularly designs courses for Screen Training Ireland. He has also lectured in Film at Trinity College, Dublin and DLIADT, Dublin.