Mairtin de Barra

 

Website: www.mdebarra.com

Address: Tigin na Mara, Loughshinny Harbour, Skerries, County Dublin

E-mail: mairtin@mdebarra.com

Tel: +353 (0) 86 271 8181

Film Type : Live Action (Drama) and Factual

Bio

 

Mairtin is best known as director on the International Emmy Nominated film and TV series Beat Girl, which is in competition for Best Kids Series at the International Emmy awards in February 2014.

He makes films with heart. His mission is to make films that touch you emotionally, making you laugh or cry. Or preferably both.His short films Atrophy and Tart have won 4 awards to date between them and screened in dozens of festivals – highlights include Odense, Aesthetica, Belfast, Galway, Fastnet, Seoul, Porto, Cork, Chicago, Liverpool and Boston Irish and the inaugural Indiecork festival.

 

 

He directed the 6 part documentary series The Club for Setanta Ireland/Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in 2011, which is a documentary series following a ladies football team in Ireland.  He also directed a segment of the international collaborative feature film The Owner and it premiered in an audience including Mike Leigh, who stated it was a great example of scorched earth filmmaking and that it would be a cult hit. Mairtín currently has a record in the Guinness book of World records as a result of The Owner for Most Directors in a Feature Film, knocking Paris je t´Aime from that perch.

 

 

Amongst all the drama Mairtín directs award winning music videos, trying to make up for his abject failure to become a rock star.In 2013 his debut feature film, Beat Girl, was released in cinemas in Ireland, the UK and Portugal, tv in Israel and Scandinavia, iTunes, Hulu in the US, with further territorial deals to follow. (Content Media Corporation are sales agents).

 

 

In October 2013 it was nominated for an International Emmy for Best Kids Series after it was reversioned and broadcast.  The reversioning rights have also been sold to Electus in the US, who previously reversioned The Office and Ugly Betty for US TV.

 

He is currently in the edit on The EU funded short film Forget Me Nots, made as park of the Sharp Focus/Crossing the divide series where films are made with youth groups in border areas affected by the troubles.

 

He is also developing three features with three different writers, with a large sideboard of awards between them.

Filmography

 

THE ONE SHOW

2014 – Factual 4mins

 

FORGET ME NOTS

2013 – Short

 

THE CLUB

2012 – 6 x 24min

 

THE OWNER

2012 – Feature

 

ATROPHY

2012 – Short

 

BEAT GIRL

2012 – Feature

 

TART

2007 – Short

Showreel

 

 

1/2
Awards

 

Atrophy

 

Winner – Best Drama – Clones Film Festival 2013

 

Winner – Best of Festival, Best in Cork – Corona Fastnet Film Festival 2013

 

The Owner

 

Most Innovative Platform – German IPTV Awards 2012

 

Best Girl

 

Nominee – International Emmy for Best Kids Series

 

Nominee – Kidscreen Awards – Best Teen One Off

 

Tart

 

Winner – Best Original Screenplay – Oporto International Short Film Festival 2009

 

Winner – Best Cinematography – Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 2009