Rachel Lysaght, an award-winning film and television producer and the chair of Women in Film & Television International in Ireland, will be a guest at The Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF). She is a graduate of the European EAVE and international TAP programmes and the Samuel Beckett School of Drama in Trinity College, Dublin.
Rachel’s recent producing credits include two films that will show at CIFF. “Traders” (March 4, 8 p.m., Navy Heritage Center) and “One Million Dubliners” (March 6, 4 p.m., Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market). Rachel will take questions after the showing of both of her films.
Rachel played an integral part in the national distribution of “One Million Dubliners”. It trended #1 on Twitter before being voted Best Irish Film 2014͛ by The Irish Times readers. She has also produced “Patrick’s Day” which was chosen as Best Film of 2015 by The Irish Times readers. Her other credits include “Dreams of Life” and “The Pipe”.
Internationally, Rachel’s productions have been selected for many prestigious awards and festivals, including the Cinema for Peace Award, Grierson Awards, SXSW, Berlinale, IDFA and TIFF, and have cumulatively won over 56 recognized industry awards across four continents. Within Ireland her work has received 6 IFTA Awards (Irish Film & Television Award) and the Human Rights Film Award, Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
As founder and Lead Creative Producer of Underground Films, Rachel has participated in official international pitching, financing and co-production forums in France, Italy, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and the U.K. She has produced content for Channel 4, RTÉ, TG4, BBC, NRK Norway, TSR Switzerland, as well as UK Film Council, British Film Institute, Film Agency Wales and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.
An important part of Underground Films’ focus includes the fostering and development of new talent while building upon and maintaining strong relationships with Writers and Directors. Rachel plays an integral role in the creative development of feature drama and documentary projects, including her own writing work; “Hostage to the Devil” (feature documentary 2016); “Savage Heart” (feature drama) and “Knock” (feature documentary 2016).
Rachel is a current nominee for the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016.