Feature Film School was founded by film producer, Matthew Toman. Matthew has produced award winning feature films including, ‘South’ & ‘Release’ which premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh and went onto seen at various international film festivals. He also produced the feature film, ‘Urban Traffik’, which will screen at this year’s Richard Harris Festival and received widespread distribution. Matthew is the founder of Bankhouse Productions, which won the 2015 ‘Most Innovative Business’ award from Dublin City Enterprise.
Matthew currently has two documentaries in post-production including, ‘Street Leagues’, featuring Colin Farrell and ‘Evolution of Success’, featuring Joe Vitale and Jack Canfield.
Daniel F. Holmes
Daniel F Holmes is an award-winning writer and director from Chicago. He moved to Ireland in 2011 to work on the multi – award winning film, “Good Vibrations”, starring Jodie Whittaker (Dr. Who), Richard Dormer & Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones).
His debut short film as a writer/director, “The Light of My Eyes”, starring Lalor Roddy (Hunger, Maze) was funded by Northern Ireland Screen and featured original music composed by David Holmes (Oceans 11, Hunger). The film went on to premier at various international film festivals in addition to a screening on BBC. His most recent film, ``Static``, starring Gerard McSorely (Braveheart, Omagh) and Martin McCann (’71, The Pacific) won an Audience Award at The Chicago Irish Film Festival and will premier in Ireland at the 2017 Cork Film Festival.
Daniel is currently in production on a feature-length documentary about the Homeless World Cup featuring Colin Farrell. As co-founder of creative studio Guerrilla Shout, he has directed work for various high-profile clients including Warner Brothers Records, Jaguar, and Sony. Daniel is a graduate of Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia College Chicago.
Gerard Walsh is a multi-award-winning film maker from Dublin. After graduating from Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Gerard went on to direct several short films including the award winning, ‘A Day Like Today’.
At the age of 28, Gerard, has already written, directed and co-produced three feature films including the award-winning film, ‘South’, which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016 and went onto to win various festivals including, London and Fingal film festivals. It received widespread cinema release and critical acclaim, with The Irish Times calling ‘South’, “This year’s Once.”
Gerard has also collaborated with Conor McGregor, Keywest and various other artists and companies to create online video content. His online videos have received over 100million views collectively.
In 2017, Gerard won the ‘Spirit Of Indie Cork’ award.
Jeremy Massey is a screenwriter by training, who was first commissioned for his work in 1999 by Colombia TriStar.
Jeremy is also the acclaimed author of, ‘The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley’. The book was published by Penguin USA and has also been translated into Deutch and German. The film rights for the book have just been optioned by an Irish production company and is supported by The Irish Film Board.
Jeremy is currently working with producer, Morgan O Sullivan (Braveheart, Vikings, Angela’s Ashes), to develop and write a TV series for Ardmore Studios. He also has a script in development with award winning Film Maker, Peter Foott (The Young Offenders).
We are delighted to have Jeremy on board as a screenwriter.
Chayah is an LA based producer and script consultant, with experience in all levels of production. She began her career at the William Morris Agency, where she assisted the Co-Worldwide Head of Motion Pictures.
Chayah went onto work for DreamWorks Animation (KUNG FU PANDA 3, TROLLS, THE BOSS BABY) and Miramax (AVIATOR, SCARY MOVIE 3, CINDERELLA MAN, COLD MOUNTAIN) and was a reader for Universal Studios based production company, Captivate Entertainment (THE BOURNE LEGACY, JASON BOURNE). Her period thriller, The Hitchcock Murders, was performed in a table read at Sundance 2016 after winning the grand prize in the International Screenwriters Association contest and is currently in development.
Chayah is a graduate of UCLA Film School and is a member of Women in Film and Independent Film Project. Since 2014, Masters has judged the Austin Film Festival screenplay contest.
Sarah is a full-time actor and facilitator. Sarah graduated from The Lir Academy in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Since then Sarah has gone onto perform in various prestigious theatre and TV productions including, Cordelia in The Fool King Lear (Second Age Theatre Company), Lee Anne in The Bells Of (Bez Kinte Theatre Company) and Berta in Inspector Jury (Octagon Films).
Her most recent roles included Donna, in the critically acclaimed, Class, for Dublin Theatre Festival and Edel, in Tina's Idea of Fun, at The Abbey Theatre.
Sarah has worked as a dramatic facilitator on various projects over the last nine years and is the acting coach for Innovations Theatre School. Sarah will next appear in, Nothing but a Toerag (Bitter Like a Lemon Theatre Company) at the Axis theatre in November, 2017.
The writing course is part time (evening & weekends) and runs for 8 weeks.
The acting and production courses runs for 12 weeks. The last 2 weeks are full time (Monday-Friday)
Yes. All students that complete the course receive IMDB credits for the completed film.
Yes. All students will be given graded and mastered showreel footage from the movie.
Yes. When the film is complete FFS will hold a cinema premier for all the cast and crew. We also invite industry professionals including agents, journalists and reviewers to attend.
Yes. Everyone involved in the Feature Film School programs are professional filmmakers who have been recognised for their work in film.