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About Finders Series


The Directors Finders Series Award presents an Irish director with an opportunity to showcase their film in the state of the art Director’s Guild of America Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to an audience of key American distributors, agents and press with a view to securing a U.S distribution deal.


Equally as significant, the director also gets to spend a week attending DGA/SDGI specially arranged meetings with industry peers for mentoring and training opportunities.


This opportunity affords the winning director a unique networking experience during their time in LA in order to enhance & develop their international directorial career.



The Directors Finders Series spotlights works of fiction, documentary or drama feature submissions from Irish Directors who have not secured U.S distribution for their films. The film must be shot in Ireland and directors must be members of SDGI (new membership is available to directors working in Ireland, subject to certain criteria).


The film can be fiction or documentary and must be feature length. The feature must not have US distribution. There is no timeline stipulation and the decision will be made by an international panel of industry experts including a representative from UK distribution house, Pathe! UK.

Find out about our 2018 Finders Series Winner here

Past Finders Winners

2017   THE FARTHEST by Emer Reynolds

2018   KATIE directed by Ross Whitaker