Ian Power


Company: Poderosa Pictures

Contact: ian@poderosapictures.com

Film Type: Live Action



Ian Power is an award winning writer / director of features, short films, and commercials from Dublin, Ireland. Graduating with a first from the Masters in Film at DIT, Ian began directing short films with Buskers, which won Best Short Film awards at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Cork Film Festival, and the Foyle Film Festival. Since then he has made a number of award-winning short films which include the Warner Brothers  distributed The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind, winner of Best Short Drama at the Celtic Film and TV Festival, and Dental Breakdown, a comedy musical which has won numerous festival awards including a Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival, the Award of Excellence at the LA Film Awards, and Best Short Comedy at the Fastnet Film Festival. His first feature length film is The Runway, starring Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor Demián Bichir (A Better Life), Kerry Condon (The Last Station), and James Cosmo (Braveheart). The Runway is inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who crashed his plane in Co. Cork in 1983. Against all odds, the locals came together to build a runway to get him home.

The Runway premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 where it picked up the award for Best Irish Feature. It had its European Premiere at the Rome Film Festival, and its US Premiere at the Palm Springs Film Festival where it was selected Best of Fest. Since then it has won seven awards from International Film Festivals and has secured theatrical distribution in the USA (Summer 2012), as well as Spain, France, Middle East, Mexico, and China, among others.


The Runway was selected for the Director’s Guild of America’s Finders Series in conjunction with the SDGI and enjoyed a successful screening at their headquarters in Los Angeles.

Ian has been directing commercials since 2001 and has also won awards for his work in this field. Previous clients include BT, The National Lottery, RTE, Axa, Invest NI, and Three Mobile.


Ian is a graduate of EAVE and the Moonstone Filmmakers Lab. He is also the founder of Poderosa Pictures and a member of the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland.


In 2018 he made the short film 'The Tattoo' which won numberBest Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival, Best Irish Short at the Fastnet Film Festival and was nominated for an Irish Film & Television Award. He is also an award winning Commercials Director.




2017 - Short Film




2014 - TV Drama




2011 – Feature film



2009-Short film



2004 – Short film



2002 – Short film



2000 – Short film



1999 – Short film




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Winner, Best International Short Film | Lost World Film Festival, Greece, 2019


Winner, Best Short Narrative | Seattle Jewish Film Festival, 2019


Winner, Festival Prize | Chicago Irish Film Festival, 2019


Winner, Best Irish Short | Foyle Film Festival, 2018


Winner, Best Irish Short | Fastnet Film Festival, 2018


IFTA Nominee | Best Short Film, 2018


Winner, Silver Shark, Best Direction | Kinsale Sharks, 2015


Winner, Best Film | Lucas Film Festival, 2011


Winner, Best European Film for Children | ECFA Awards, 2011


Winner, Best Film | Buster Film Festival, 2011


IFTA Nominee | Best Film, 2011


IFTA Nominee | Best Director, 2011


IFTA Nominee | Rising Star, 2011


Winner, Best Feature | Celtic Film & TV Festival 2011


Winner, 'Director's Choice Award' | Boston Irish Film Festival 2011


Best of Fest Selection | Palm Springs Intl Film Festival 2011


Winner, 'Best Irish Feature' | Galway Film Fleadh 2010


Winner, DGA Director's Finder's Series | Director's Guild of America 2010


Winner, 'Best Short Drama' | Los Angeles Film Festival 2010


Winner, 'Remi Award' | Houston Film Festival 2010


Winner, 'Best Comedy Short' | Fastnet Film Festival 2010


Winner, 'Best Short Drama' | Celtic Film and TV Awards 2004


Shots Magazine | Newcomers Selection 2004


Winner, 'Craft Award for Direction' | ICAD Awards 2001


Nominee, 'Turner Classic Short Award' | London Film Festival 2000


Winner, 'Best Irish Short' | Foyle Film Festival 2000


Winner, 'Jury Prize' | Cork Film Festival 2000


Winner, 'Best Irish Short' | Cork Film Festival 2000



Winner, 'Best Irish Short'

| Galway Film Fleadh 2000.