FORD Producers Hub in association with the Irish Film Board

Key industry figures from across both the UK and Ireland including David Collins (Once, Run & Jump), Laura Hastings Smith (Hunger, Macbeth), Andrew Reid (Head of Production at Northern Ireland Screen), James Flynn (Calvary, Love/Hate), Sue Bruce Smith (Head of Commercial and Brand Strategy at Film 4) and Alan Moloney (Albert Nobbs, Intermission) participated at this Ford Producer’s Panel, focusing on the challenges of making independent films in both the UK and Ireland, and getting them out to the wider international market.


Confirmed Panellists include:

David Collins (Chair)

Founder and Managing Director of Samson Films, one of Ireland’s most prominent film producers, his credits include the Academy Award winning Once, I Went Down, Grabbers, Run & Jump, The Sea and Asylum.

Laura Hastings Smith

London based, she has produced films such as Steve McQueen’s Hunger, the upcoming Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, X Plus Y with Sally Hawkins and the BAFTA winning television drama Top Boy.

Andrew Reid

Head of Production at Northern Ireland Screen, Andrew’s credits include the BAFTA winning Hunger, Good Vibrations, The Mighty Celt, Five Minutes of Heaven and the upcoming High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons.

James Flynn

Managing Director of Octagon Films, James has produced films such as Veronica Guerin, PS I Love You, King Arthur, Calvary in addition to high end television dramas including Penny Dreadful, Vikings, The Borgias and The Tudors.

Sue Bruce Smith

Head of Commercial and Brand Strategy at Film 4, she has worked across titles such as 12 Years A Slave, The Iron Lady, Hunger, Submarine, Shame and Seven Psychopaths.

Alan Moloney

Managing Director of Parallel Films, producer of Byzantium, Albert Nobbs, Intermission, Haywire, Breakfast on Pluto and Treasure Island.

The Producer Panel is part of the Industry Hub, presented in association with the

Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann