Donegal Film Office Bursary Awarded

Monday May 29, 2023

Donegal Film Office at Donegal County Council is delighted to announce Re-Act Productions is the recipient of the 2023 Donegal Film Bursary funded by Creative Ireland.  

Aideen Doherty, Donegal Film Office, commented: “Donegal Film Office is committed to developing the sector within the county so It is great news that a Donegal Duo are the recipient. This production will afford Donegal talent, crew and services the opportunity to participate. I am delighted for Re-Act productions and am looking forward to seeing what they deliver.”

Re-Act Productions is a Dungloe-based film production company founded in 2018 by two childhood best friends, Ciarán McCann and Shaun Doogan.  Ciarán and Shaun both studied and graduated in Animation at ATU Letterkenny.

Before starting Re-Act Productions, Shaun and Ciarán used to make their own videos and short films together before turning their talent into a business. This experience with creative filmmaking and their background in Animation has allowed Shaun and Ciarán to push the boundaries of what’s expected and to bring fresh, engaging content to audiences.

Both Ciarán and Shaun have had small roles in film crews on various productions across Ireland, including ‘Game of Thrones, ‘In the Land of Saints and Sinners’ and ‘Four Letters of Love’. This experience, along with their passion for filmmaking has inspired them to dive into creating their own shorts and, maybe one day, feature films.

Their first short film/music video, ‘Night of the Daniels’ won the ‘Silver Award’ for ‘Best Short’ at the Sandbar International Film Awards. It was officially selected for the Achill Island Film Festival and the 14th Underground Cinema Film Awards.

Commenting on the news Re- Act Productions added: “We’ve always felt that Donegal is a candy shop for filmmakers and it’s fantastic that we’re seeing Donegal on the big screen more and more in recent years. This is in no small part to the huge amount of effort and work put in by the Donegal Film Office to promote and foster filmmaking in this wonderful part of the world. We’re extremely excited to receive the Donegal Film Bursary. With it, we’re hoping to make something that you’ve never seen before, with our rich seaside heritage and stunning locality serving as the perfect backdrop for our short film. 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Donegal Film Office for supporting us.”

The film office was delighted with the number and quality of the applications submitted.

Applicants for the bursary were required to show significant accomplishment in their field or display a high degree of promise in their ability to sustain the industry in the county. An independent expert panel assessed all submissions.