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Graham Cantwell is a multi award winning, IFTA nominated Irish director and writer, who achieved early acclaim when his short film A Dublin Story won several awards and was shortlisted for Academy Award nomination in 2004.

In 2006 he directed a sell out run of the European premiere of stage play Babylon Heights with writer Irvine Welsh. He also collaborated with the writer on a staged reading of A Letter from Death Row, a true life story about wrongful imprisonment, which featured Gary Lewis.

In 2008 he directed Anton (international title Trapped) which stars IFTA winner Gerard McSorley. The film was picked up for distribution at the Cannes Film Festival and has sold to over 40 territories worldwide. It has since been nominated for three Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, had a three week domestic theatrical release and hit the Top 10 in DVD sales charts at Christmas on its release in Ireland. The same year he collaborated with Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson on the Darklight feature film Dublin 26.06.08.

In 2010 he directed a two part pilot of The Guards for TV3, the first ever home grown single drama commissioned by the broadcaster, set in the dynamic world of the Irish police force.

His most recent feature film, romantic comedy The Callback Queen had a successful cinema release in Ireland and the UK, playing for three weeks. It has screened in Rome, Luxembourg, London and Galway, and in 2014 Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin hosted a run of screenings of the film at his Jean Cocteau cinema in Santa Fe. In 2016 the film was nominated for two Irish Film and Television Academy Awards. The film has been released on BluRay and DVD in Germany and is available on VOD on multiple platforms.

Graham co-wrote romantic comedy Poison Pen with Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer. He is also in development as director on an adaptation of a Jennifer Johnston novel, period drama Fool’s Sanctuary, with Parallel Films in Ireland and Kettledrum Films in the US, and as writer on the Northern Ireland Screen supported feature films Finn McCool, a children's fantasy epic, and Faraway Home, a story about the Kindertransports which took Jewish refugee children to safety during World War II.

His most recent film, LGBT short drama LILY, won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama at its premiere screening at The 2016 Galway Film Fleadh, qualifying it for Academy Award consideration. It won the Best Narrative Short Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival, where Graham also picked up a Courage in Cinema Award for his work promoting awareness of those marginalised by society. The film also won the Best Irish Short Award at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival and screened at the prestigious Savannah Film Festival amongst others. The film is currently nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy Award.

In 2002 Graham founded The Attic Studio, an organisation that ran free weekly workshop and networking sessions for writers, directors, producers and actors. The studio had a membership in the thousands and helped foster the careers of many of Ireland's leading lights in the film and television industries. He served as chairman of Filmbase, a not for profit organisation set up to support and develop the careers of budding filmmakers in Ireland, and he is co-founder of Film Venture, a successful training facility and film production company operating in London and Dublin.

For Graham’s IMDB page click on www.imdb.com/name/nm1531261/

Director Credits
LILY (2016) Short Film
The Callback Queen
(2014) Feature Film
The Guards (2010)
TV Drama
Exercise Caution
(2010) Short Film
The Letter
(2009) Short Film
Those Powerful Machines
(2008) Stage, World Premiere
Anton/Trapped (International Title)
(2008) Feature Film
(2008) Greg Pearle/Paul Brady Music Video
Dublin 26.06.08
(2008) Darklight Feature Film
One Careful Owner
(2007) Short Film
Primetime Inserts
(2007) RTE Current Affairs Program
The Coalboat Kids
(2006) Television Pilot
Babylon Heights
(2006) Stage, European Premiere
Melon Hunter
(2006) Short Film
A Letter From Death Row
(2006) Staged Radio Play
Camille O’Sullivan
(2002-2006) Live Events
The Waterboys
(2005-2006) Live Events
Failte go hEirinn
(2005) Filmbase/TG4 Short
Spoon Fed
(2005) Stage play
Who’s Your Daddy?
(2005) Short Film
Still Life
(2005) Short Film
Aideen O’Donnell @The Helix
(2005) Live Event
Past Pupil
(2005) Filmbase/RTE Short
Boys’ Life
(2005) Stage play
A Dublin Story
(2003) Filmbase/RTE Short
Damien Rice
(1997-2003) Live Events
(2003) Damien Rice Music Video
A Machine That Works
(2002) Short Film
(2001) Experimental Film
(2001) Irish/French language Short Film
The Package
(2001) Short Film
On a Clear Day
(1999) Short Film
(1998) Short Film

Writer Credits
Finn McCool (2017) Feature Film
Faraway Home (2017) Feature Film
(2016) Short Film
Duets (2015) Feature Film
Poison Pen (2014) Feature Film
The Callback Queen (2013) Feature Film
The Letter (2009) Short Film
Dublin 26.06.08 (2008) Darklight Feature Film
One Careful Owner (2007) Short Film
Fuascailt (2001) Irish/French language Short Film
Powertrip (1998) Short Film

Film Venture Co-founder and Director
The Attic Studio Co-founder and Director
Filmbase Board of Directors
Screen Directors Guild of Ireland
Founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy
Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild

European AudioVisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) Course Athens, Greece & Oulu, Finland
Big Stories on the Small Screen workshop with Michael Hirst STI Dublin
Judith Weston Directing Actors Masterclass STI Dublin
Jim Sheridan Director's Masterclass Irish Film Centre
Mira Nair Director's Masterclass Galway Film Fleadh
Stanley Tucci Director’s Masterclass Galway Film Fleadh
Agnieszka Holland Director's Masterclass Galway Film Fleadh
Mark Travis Directing techniques workshop The Attic Studio
Bruce Block Visual Structure Workshop STI Dublin
Judith Weston Script Analysis Masterclass STI Dublin
Qualified in Stage Combat Fight Proficiency Test Irish Dramatic Combat Academy
Directing Actors with Andy Hay STI Dublin
Directing for Television with Ciaran Donnelly STI Dublin
Conrad Pope Film Scoring Masterclass STI Dublin
Mediadesk PILOTS Script Development Weekend Galway
John Lynch Working for Television Masterclass Irish Writers' Centre
Gaiety School of Acting Certificate in Acting Studies
John Sherlock Scriptwriting Masterclasses Samuel Beckett Centre
B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics University College Dublin

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Graham at the 2009 IFTAs


Nominated for Irish Film and Television Academy Award 2017 - Best Short Film (LILY)

Best Irish Short Award (LILY) Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2017

Courage in Cinema Award - Santa Fe Film Festival 2016

Best Narrative Short Award (LILY) Santa Fe Film Festival 2016

Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama (LILY) Galway Film Fleadh 2016

2 IFTA Nominations (The Callback Queen) Irish Film & Television Academy Awards 2016

3 IFTA Nominations (Anton) Irish Film & Television Academy Awards 2010

Bronze award (One Careful Owner) 15 Second Film Festival 2008

Shortlisted for Academy Award Nomination (A Dublin Story) Academy Awards 2004

Special mention for Best International Short Film (A Dublin Story) Tirana International Film Festival 2004

Remi Bronze Award for Best Dramatic Original Short (A Dublin Story) WorldFest, Houston 2004

Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short (A Dublin Story) Foyle International Film Festival 2003

Kodak Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Film (A Dublin Story) Galway Film Fleadh 2003


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