Vanessa studied film as part of a Liberal Arts Degree at the University of Limerick. Subsequently she worked in film training for nine years, mostly for Filmbase, Dublin where she still tutors on the documentary foundation course, she has also lectured on the film courses in Griffith College Dublin, Colaiste Dhulaigh and the University of Limerick. She has experience in camera, producing and directing and directed short documentaries for Amnesty International Ireland and award winning Dublin based production company Venom Films.
In 2006 she wrote and directed the Film Board funded short film ‘The White Dress’ which won numerous awards and a nomination for an IFTA, it has been purchased / screened by RTÉ, Swiss, French and Italian Television.
She has received three IFTA nominations including ‘The White Dress’ the feature length music documentary shot in Mali, West Africa called ‘Dambé – The Mali Project’ which was nominated for an IFTA 2009 in the Best Feature Documentary category and ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ in 2013.
In 2009 Vanessa wrote and directed a short documentary called ‘The Beast’ for award winning production company Venom Films, and produced by Andrew Freedman. She has worked extensively for Loopline Film on a variety of projects and as director / producer on half hour doc for RTE ‘O Bheal go Beal um Nollag’.
As writer / director she has just recently finished an Arts Council project award film called ‘fivefive’. In 2013 Vanessa was the first recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Film Bursary award and in 2014 she received the Arts Council’s Film Bursary Award. Her short Film “The Abandoning”, winner of The Sky Road Film Festival was described by Jury Member Jim Sheridan as “a marvellous short film that captures memories like a silken web. Moving and Simple.”
Ó BHÉAL GO BÉAL UM NOLLAG
KEEPING THE BEAST AT BAY
THE WHITE DRESS
SHOW OF HANDS
2014 Winner Best Short Film. The Sky Road Film Festival.
2014 Arts Council of Ireland Film Bursary Award
2013 Tyrone Guthrie Centre Film Bursary Award
2011 Arts Council Film Project Award Recipient
2010 Irish Cultural Centre Paris Language Bursary Award
The White Dress
Best Short Film – Television Suisse Romande Award, Cinema Tout Ecran Film Festival, Geneva 2007
Best Short Film – Belfast Film Festival 2007
Best Irish Short Film (nominee) Irish Film & Television Awards 2007
Best Irish Short – Seagate Foyle Film Festival 2006
Best 1st Irish Short (2nd Place) – Galway Film Fleadh 2006
Special Commentdation, Best Short Film, Kerry Film Festival, 2006
Dambé The Mali Project
Best Feature Documentary IFTA (Nominee) 2009
Runner-up Audience Award Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009