Galway Film Fleadh welcomes three new members to Board

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The Galway Film Fleadh has announced that its Board will be joined by three new members, including a new chairperson Dr. Annie Doona, Emeritus President of IADT.

Garry McHugh, National Director of Young Irish Filmmakers, and Ronan McCabe, CEO of Animation Ireland, will also join the four existing members in the Film Fleadh’s Board.

Dr. Annie Doona

CEO of the Galway Film Fleadh Miriam Allen said that she is thrilled to welcome three such distinguished new members to the Board.

“Each one brings a wealth of experience, area of expertise and skills to bear and will be a marvellous addition to our existing Board,” said Miriam Allen.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome Dr. Annie Doona in the role of Chairperson. I would like to thank outgoing Board members, Redmond Morris, Brendan McCaul and Steve Woods for their longstanding service and commitment to the Fleadh.”

Incoming Chairperson Dr. Annie Doona said that the Fleadh plays an important role in the Irish Film industry, bringing together audiences and filmmakers from around the world to Galway every Summer to celebrate film and to connect industry and Irish filmmakers.

“The Fleadh also plays a key role in nurturing young filmmaking talent,” said Dr Doona.

“I hope that my skills and experience as a board chair and my background in education will enable me to make a contribution to the important work of the Fleadh within a thriving film industry in Ireland.” 

Ronan McCabe, CEO Animation Ireland, said of his new position, “The Galway Film Fleadh has been a long-standing supporter of the Irish Animation industryand I hope to continue and strengthen this relationship by joining the Board. I’m looking forward to working with Miriam and the team.” 

Garry McHugh

Garry McHugh, National Director, Young Irish Filmmakers, said that he is both honoured and excited at the opportunity to serve on the board of Galway Film Fleadh.

“The festival has been a shining beacon in the film landscape in Ireland and beyond for over thirty years now and I feel privileged to support the work of the great team at the Fleadh,” he said.

“I hope to bring my experience working with other national boards to the role as a trustee of this stellar event.

“Junior Fleadh will be of particular interest to me as this is the breeding ground for future talent and offers young filmmakers the opportunity to screen their work and guide the festival in the years to come.”

The 2021 edition of the Galway Film Fleadh & Fair will take place from July 20 – 25.