Founder

One of Britain's most acclaimed directors, John Boorman is also known as one of the commercial mainstream's most independently-minded directors. He has been quoted as saying "filmmaking is the process of turning money into light and then back into money again," an epigram whose simplicity has in many ways defined the trajectory of his career. Boorman has also produced most of his own films and is regarded by film bonders as a highly responsible producer who always brings a film in on - or more usually under - budget with very high production values.

 

Hollywood Debut

Boorman's Hollywood directing debut was with cult classic Point Blank (1967), which The Sunday Times has named as one of the ten best thrillers of all time. His first nomination at the Cannes International Film Festival was for Best Direction on Leo the Last (1970). Boorman’s Deliverance (1972), nominated for three Oscars, quickly became a classic. Other well-known works by John Boorman include Zardoz (1973; starring Sean Connery), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), The Emerald Forest (1985) and the acclaimed Excalibur (1981).

 

Best Direction Award

With Hope and Glory (1987), Boorman’s incredible narrative strength came back to the forefront. A surprisingly gentle, semi-autobiographical account of a boy's experiences during the London Blitz, it was hailed for its unforced exuberance. The General (1998) – which told the story of legendary, real-life Irish crime lord Martin Cahill – won the Best Direction award at Cannes. In 2004, John directed In My Country starring Samuel Jackson and Juliette Binoche, which won the peace award at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival.

 

Recent Features

Boorman's most recent picture, Queen & Country (2014), premiered at Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes International Film Festival and was released as a commercial success across the US and Europe in 2015.

 

Published Author

Boorman is also a published author and has been a contributor and editor to thirteen annual editions of Projections, a series of books published by Faber & Faber (UK), in which filmmakers write about their craft. Boorman is also the author of “Money into Light: The Emerald Forest Diary”, which chronicles the three year journey Boorman took to make the film.

 

Fellowships

In 2013, the British Film Institute bestowed its highest honour to John Boorman with a presentation of a BFI fellowship.

In 2004, Boorman was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts “in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image”.

 

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Kieran Corrigan is a chartered accountant and barrister. Kieran also lectured in Tax Law in the Trinity College Dublin Law School and University College Dublin Law School.

 

Film Producer and Financier

Kieran has collaborated with both John Boorman and Roger Corman for over 25 years. He has produced and arranged the financing for a significant number of international motion pictures including Country of My Skull (2004; starring Samuel L Jackson & Juliette Binoche); Evelyn (2002; starring Pierce Brosnan & Julianna Margulies); The Tiger’s Tail (2006; starring Kim Cattrall & Brendan Gleeson); The Tailor of Panama (2001; starring Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis & Daniel Radcliffe); The Serpents Kiss (1997; Ewan McGregor, Richard E. Grant & Greta Scacchi); Journey to Knock (1991; starring John Hurt, David Thewlis), The Treaty (1991 starring Brendan Gleeson) and The General (1998; starring Brendan Gleeson & Jon Voight).

 

Cannes Premier

A recent production, Queen and Country (2014; starring David Thewlis and Richard E. Grant), written and directed by John Boorman and released in 2015, premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2014 to wide acclaim.

 

Animation Films

Kieran also financed two major animation features Thumbelina (1994) and Pebble and the Penguin (1995).

 

Recent Features

Most recently, Kieran was Executive Producer on Supervized (2018), starring Tom Berenger and Beau Bridges and directed by Steve Barron, as well as We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), developed by Michael Douglas’ production company, and starring Crispin Glover and Sebastian Stan.

 

Tax Expert

In addition to his experience in the areas of film production and film financing, Kieran is an expert in international tax law and has run a successful accountancy and corporate finance practice for many years. Total funds raised by Kieran for film projects to date have exceeded €150million.

 

Film Studio

Kieran established, in conjunction with Roger Corman, film studios in Galway, Ireland, which produced a significant number of films and which was responsible for training a large number of individuals who now form a significant core element of the Irish film industry.

 

Directorships

Kieran was also a director of Alliance Communications and Don Bluth Studios in Ireland. He formerly held the positions of member of the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the State-owned agency responsible for attracting multi-national investment into Ireland, for ten years, Chairman of the National Building Agency, the State-owned building agency, and a member of the State-controlled Custom House Docks Development Authority which established the Irish Financial Services Centre in Dublin.

Development and Production Manager

A Film Studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Kate assisted in coordinating the pre-production of John Boorman’s 2014 film Queen and Country and later was Associate Producer on Steve Barron’s comedy film Supervized (2018).

 

Global Learning

Kate previously worked at an international group in London which specialised in professional educational courses and conferences. She had direct responsibility for researching, designing and coordinating a number of high-level international conferences. Kate previously spent a year working with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland to promote global learning in Japan.

Director of Education

A law postgraduate of the University of Law, London and a graduate of Swansea University, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Lisa has worked in the education sector for more than twenty years, with a number of international businesses in Ireland, Russia and the UK.

 

Course Development

She had direct responsibility for designing and developing both online and classroom based courses for multi-national corporate clients.

Chief Financial Officer

Joe Binchy is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Price Waterhouse Cooper and has worked in the film industry for over twenty years.

 

Film Production Accountant

He has been a financial consultant and supervising accountant on a number of film productions, including Supervized (2018), We Have Always Lived in The Castle (2018), Queen and Country (2015), The Tiger’s Tail (2006) and The General (1998).

 

Film Financier

Joe has arranged finance for a number of productions under both the Irish Section 481 tax relief scheme for film investment and under a variety of international co-production structures.

Filmmaking Lead Tutor

John Boorman leads the IFS Filmmaking course.  John is supported by a team of professional film industry crew. 

 

Famous Feature Films

John is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, The General, The Tailor of Panama and Queen and Country

 

Published Author

John is a published author and has been a contributor and editor to numerous editions of Projections, a series of books published by Faber & Faber (UK) which presents filmmakers reflections on their craft.

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Awards

John has directed 22 films and been the recipient of 5 Academy Award nominations, twice for Best Director (for Deliverance and Hope and Glory). He is also credited with creating the first Academy Award screeners to promote The Emerald Forest. John received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

 

Merlin Films

John is a Director of Merlin Films, a leading independent Irish film production company. Merlin Films has been involved in the production of numerous major feature films for international markets since its inception.

 

Career Influencer

At Merlin Films, John has worked with international talent for over two decades, including Samuel L Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Brendan Gleeson, Ewan McGregor, Richard E. Grant, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Hurt and Jon Voight.

 

 

Film and TV Production Lead Tutor

Tom Kane leads the IFS Film and TV Production course.

 

Experienced Instructor

Tom has taught film and television production to hundreds of students from all over the world. He created "The Line Producer, UPM, AD Workshop" for The International Film & Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine, where he taught for 12 years.

 

Film and Television Producer

Tom produced two television series, Fortune Dane, followed by the critically acclaimed Sledgehammer! both for ABC-Television. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Vice President of Production for the Weintraub Entertainment Group, overseeing all production. Immediately following, he produced for TNT, Riders of the Purple Sage (Ed Harris), Last Stand at Saber River (Tom Selleck), The Day Lincoln Was Shot (Rob Morrow), and Crossfire Trail (Tom Selleck). Tom most recently served as Producer on the Hallmark Hall of Fame production Brush with Fate, which is based on the best selling novel ‘Girl In Hyacinth Blue’, and filmed in The Netherlands. The film aired on CBS and starred Glenn Close, Ellen Burstyn and Thomas Gibson.

 

 

Clients

Tom Kane has had a long and distinguished career in the film and television industry. As a Producer, Production Manager and Assistant Director, his clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, Warner Bros., ABC Motion Pictures, Turner Network Television, CBS, NBC, ABC-TV and Hallmark Entertainment, among many others.

 

Famous Features

Tom began his career in New York City working on numerous box office successes such as Prizzi's Honor, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, academy award-winning Kramer vs. Kramer, An Unmarried Woman, The Turning Point, Night Hawks, Swimming to Cambodia and The Flamingo Kid.

 

Distinguished Directors

Tom has worked alongside distinguished directors that include John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Robert Benton, Paul Mazursky, Herb Ross and Garry Marshall.

 

Career Influencer

Tom has worked with such notable actors as Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Ed Harris, Glenn Close, Elijah Wood, Pierce Brosnan, Sylvester Stallone, Spaulding Gray and Matt Dillon.

 

Directors Guild of America

Tom currently freelances as a Producer and/or Production Manager and is a long-time member of the Directors Guild of America.

 

Business of Film Lead Tutor

Kieran Corrigan leads the IFS Business of Film course. Kieran is supported by a team of qualified business professionals with experience of working in the film industry.

 

Experienced Instructor

Kieran has lectured in Tax Law in the Trinity College Dublin Law School and University College Dublin Law School.

 

Published Author

Kieran is the published author of a two volume publication “Revenue Law” from Round Hall that examines - in detail - the concepts, principles and practice underlying the Irish revenue law system.

 

 

Merlin Films

Kieran is a Director of Merlin Films, a leading independent Irish film production company. Merlin Films has been involved in the production of numerous major feature films for international markets since its inception.

Independent work produced by Merlin includes The Treaty (1992), Angela Mooney (1996) and The General (1998), the latter of which won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. Our other major releases include The Tailor of Panama (2001), Evelyn (2002), In My Country (2004), The Tiger’s Tail (2006) and Queen and County (2014).

 

Recent Feature Films

Recent films include Supervized (2018), starring Tom Berenger and Beau Bridges and directed by Steve Barron, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), developed by Michael Douglas’s production company and starring Crispin Glover, Alexandra Daddario and Sebastian Stan.

Smart Filmmaking Lead Tutor

Roger Corman leads the IFS Smart Filmmaking course. 

 

Famous Feature Films

Roger is revered in the film industry for his ground-breaking work in the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction. He has written, directed and produced hundreds of films during his career to date

His best-known features include Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Intruder (1962), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and Frankenstein Unbound (1990).

His latest film, the genre mash up Death Race 2050 was released in 2016.

 

Published Author

Roger is the author of the bestselling, hilarious autobiography “How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime”.

 

Academy Award

Corman was the youngest filmmaker to have a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française, as well as the British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. He was the co-founder of New World Pictures, a prolific multimedia company that helped to cement Fox as a major American television network, and is a long-time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for "for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers."

 

New Horizons

Roger and his wife Julie Corman formed New Horizons Pictures in 1983 after selling New World Productions the previous year. Producing some of the most beloved cult classics of their era, New World also proved to be a training facility for a generation of the greatest film talent of all time.

New Horizons in the last decade has partnered with SyFy, Sony, Netflix, and most recently Universal Pictures to create fast-paced, youth-oriented content for the next generation of film lovers.

 

Career Influencer

Corman mentored and gave a start to many young film directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, and James Cameron and was highly influential in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 70s. He also helped to launch the careers of actors like Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Sylvester Stallone, Diane Ladd, and William Shatner.

VFX Lead Tutor

Jahirul Amin of DNEG leads the Visual FX course.

DNEG is a visual effects and computer animation company that was founded in 1998 in London. It is one of the leading companies today in the field of Visual Effects.

 

Experienced Instructors

DNEG deliver “Greenlight”, in-house VFX and animation graduate training programmes, and are highly experienced instructors. The Greenlight programme is delivered in-house at their offices in London, Vancouver and Montréal.

 

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Doctor Who

DNEG became the primary visual effects team for Doctor Who in that show's eleventh series.

 

Academy Awards

The company has received four Academy Awards for their work on the films Inception, Interstellar, Ex Machina and Blade Runner 2049. In addition, DNEG has received Visual Effects Society awards for films such as Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Interstellar and Dunkirk, as well as BAFTA awards for Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Interstellar and Blade Runner 2049.

 

In-Production Projects

DNEG are currently working on a large number of film projects which include:

  • Deadpool 2
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • Venom
  • First Man
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • The Kid Who Would Be King
  • Godzilla: King of Monsters
     

Career Influencers

DNEG is a rapidly expanding business and is actively seeking new talent to join their team.

With openings in VFX, animation, technology and intern apprenticeships this is a sector that offers real career opportunities.

DNEG’s in-house Greenlight programmes deliver intensive dedicated training, live production experience and mentoring with existing DNEG artists and supervisors. Greenlight has been designed to offer the support and expertise to fully realise the potential of the next generation of VFX artists.

Film Production

Merlin Films is a leading independent Irish film production company, which was founded in 1989. Its directors are Kieran Corrigan, one of Ireland’s leading film producers, and John Boorman, the renowned film director. Based in Dublin and with offices in London, Merlin Films has been involved in the production of numerous major feature films for international markets since its inception.

 

Best Director Award

Independent work produced by Merlin includes The Treaty (1992), Angela Mooney (1996) and The General (1998), the latter of which won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. Other major releases include The Tailor of Panama (2001), Evelyn (2002), In My Country (2004), The Tiger’s Tail (2006) and Queen and County (2014).

 

Recent Releases

Recent films include Supervized (2018), starring Tom Berenger and Beau Bridges and directed by Steve Barron, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), developed by Michael Douglas’s production company and starring Crispin Glover, Alexandra Daddario and Sebastian Stan.

 

International Talent

Merlin Films has worked with international talent for over two decades, including Samuel L Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Brendan Gleeson, Ewan McGregor, Richard E. Grant, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Hurt and Jon Voight.

 

Great Point Media

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