Donal Foreman (born in Dublin, 1985) has been making films since he was 11 years old. He has written, directed and edited many short films which have screened at festivals around the world, and in 2013 he completed his first feature film, Out of Here. The film was released theatrically in Ireland in 2014, receiving four star reviews from most major newspapers and film blogs. The Irish Times called it"profound, humorous and touching" featuring "note-perfect performances".
An alumnus of the Irish National Film School and the Berlinale Talent Campus, Donal's work has been supported by the Irish Film Board and the Irish Arts Council among other institutions. At age 17, he won the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year at the Fresh Film Festival in 2003, and more recently he has been awarded the Michael Dwyer Discover Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle and the CineTalent Award from the Dublin International Film Festival, in conjunction with Universal Pictures and Screen International.
As a freelance film critic, Donal has been published in Cahiers du Cinema, the Brooklyn Rail, Filmmaker Magazine, Paste Magazine, Film Ireland, Experimental Conversations and Estudios Irlandeses. As a teaching artist, he was worked for the Tribeca Film Institute with public middle school and high school students across New York City. In Ireland, he has taught undergraduate film students at the Dublin School Business School, and guest lectured at third level institutions including Trinity College Dublin, the National Film School, the Huston School of Film, Dublin Institute of Technology, and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He's also a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a board member and organizer of the Fresh Film Festival, and a founding member of Dublin's Experimental Film Club.
Donal is the son of the late American documentary filmmaker, Arthur MacCaig (aka Arthur McCaig), and holds the rights to most of MacCaig's filmography. Several of the films can be rented or purchased in North America from Icarus Films but none of the films currently have distribution elsewhere.
You can download Donal's CV here and he can be contacted by the email address written at the bottom of this page.
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The Arts Show, Near FM (22 minutes in)
"The State of the Art" podcast (53 minutes in)
OUT OF HERE REVIEWS
The Irish Times (Donald Clarke)
The Irish Times (Tara Brady)
The Sunday Business Post
The Irish Mail on Sunday