Emer Reynolds appointed as the Arts Council Film Artist in Residence at UCC for 2024

1 Dec 2023

The Film Artist in Residence role, based in the School of Film, Music and Theatre, is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC and is now celebrating a decade of successful residencies. The scheme is designed to provide a film artist of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop their practice in a university environment, while offering students and staff of Film & Screen Media the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies.

Emer Reynolds is the tenth film artist to be appointed to the role and follows Carmel Winters, Gerry Stembridge, Hugh Travers, Mark O’Halloran, Pat Murphy, Alan Gilsenan, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Yvonne McDevitt and Maximilian Le Cain, who have enjoyed successful residencies at UCC since 2014.

Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, said:  “The Arts Council wishes to congratulate Emer Reynolds on her appointment as Film Artist in Residence at UCC. Emer has great plans for the residency and how she will develop her own creative practice as an artist in the supportive and creative environment of UCC. We wish Emer all the very best for an enriching and enjoyable year engaging in campus life in Cork.”

Professor Laura Rascaroli, Head of the School of Film, Music and Theatre, added: “We are delighted to share in the excellent news of Emer Reynolds’s appointment as Film Artist in Residence, and greatly look forward to supporting and engaging closely with her in her time in UCC. On behalf of everyone in the School, I extend a warm welcome to Emer. Emer’s wonderful work as a documentary and feature director will be a source of real inspiration to our students and I am confident that everyone will benefit greatly from this appointment.”

About Emer Reynolds: Emer Reynolds is an Emmy winning director and film editor, based in Dublin, Ireland. Having enjoyed a successful and multi-award-winning 20-year career as a film editor–spanning narrative features, TV drama and documentaries–she transitioned into directing; first co-directing, with John Murray, the Grierson nominated feature documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis, HERE WAS CUBA. She went on to direct THE FARTHEST, the multi-award feature documentary on the Voyager spacecraft–which won the 2018 EMMY for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary and The George Morrison Best Feature Documentary at IFTA 2018–and the critically acclaimed SONGS FOR WHILE I’M AWAY, a poetic and celebratory look at the life and work of Thin Lizzy legend, Philip Lynott.  JOYRIDE, Emer’s debut narrative feature, starring Oscar winner Olivia Colman and newcomer Charlie Reid, went on general release in UK and Ireland in Summer 2022, and is available to stream worldwide. Emer was the delighted recipient of The Maureen O’Hara Award 2017 at Kerry Film Festival, and The George Byrne Maverick Award by Dublin Film Critics Circle in 2017.

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