Boyne Valley International Film Festival 2022

  • 12th Aug - 13th Aug
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Boyne Valley, Droichead Arts Centre and film maker Frank W. Kelly are delighted to announce the inaugural Boyne Valley International Film Festival, in partnership with LOVE Drogheda BIDS. Curated by acclaimed filmmaker and Boyne Valley native Frank W. Kelly and Collette Farrell, Droichead Arts Centre Director, this two day event will feature the best short films from around the country, and the world, with a special focus on films made in the region.

The Festival will also shine a light on one Film maker in Focus, and this year we will see the work of talented writer, director and producer Roisin Kearney, screening a selection of her shorts: Run, No Dogs, The Family Way, We Have Each Other and Paddy.  We will also have the opportunity to hear about Roisin’s work post screening in a Q&A hosted by LMFM’s Sinead Brassil.

The history and natural beauty of the Boyne Valley lend themselves perfectly to the medium of film. With this in mind, the Festival will screen a selection of shorts made in the region by filmmakers including Darren Thornton, JJ Harrington, Martin O’Donoghue, Colm Sexton, Joe Rooney, Leah Rossiter, Bill Murphy and Frank W. Kelly, and will also screen films by young emerging film makers. For full programme, please see below, and check out our season ticket for only €15!   

We want to create an environment for filmmakers and audiences to connect, and celebrate film in the historical medieval town of Drogheda. Come visit us this August 12 & 13!

Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | Made in the Boyne Valley

FRI AUG 12 7.15pm (Followed by Q and A )

FRANKIE – Time: 12’ | 2007| Drogheda/Dundalk

Director: Darren Thornton | Writer: Darren Thornton | Producer: Collette Farrell

LOCKED IN – Time: 12’ | 2021 | Drogheda

Director: Leah Rossiter | Writer: Leah Rossiter | Producer: Leah Rossiter

COLDER – Time: 14’ | 2005 | Drogheda

Director: JJ Harrington | Writer: JJ Harrington | Producer: Catherine O’Flaherty

BOYNE – Time: 12’ 35” | Mornington

Director: Martin O’Donoghue | Producer: Darren Behan and Martin O’Donoghue


FURTHEST CORNER – Time: 11’ 27” | 2020 | Drogheda/Mornington

Director: Ewan McNulty | Writer: Ewan McNulty | Producer: Ewan McNulty

HIGH SOCIETY– Time: 12' 50" | Year 2021 | Location: Multiple Louth

Director: Niamh Magee | Writer: Niamh Magee | Producer: Liam Delahunt

DEAD DOG – Time: 14’ 14” | 2022 | Drogheda.** WORLD PREMIERE**

Director: Colm Sexton | Writer: Joe Rooney | Producer: Joe Rooney and Colm Sexton

LILY'S THEME – Time: 8’ 01” | 2021 | Salterstown ** WORLD PREMIERE**

Director: Frank W. Kelly | Writer: Bill Murphy | Producer: Bill Murphy and Frank W. Kelly


Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | Workshop: How To Make A Short Film – With Frank W. Kelly


Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | National Programme Part I

11.15am (Followed by Q and A)

THE LUCKY MAN – Time: 15’ | 2020

Director: Laoisa Sexton | Writer: Laoisa Sexton | Producer: Ten Thousand Hours Films

SOMEDAY SADIE – Time: 12’ 56” | 2021

Director: Imogen Murphy | Writer: Kate Gilmore | Producer: Fiona Kinsella

THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE – Time: 11’ 25” | 2021

Director: Myles O’Reilly | Writer: Myles O’Reilly | Producer: Myles O’Reilly

MATCH – Time: 11’ 58” | 2019

Director: Laura O’Shea & Tony Doyle | Writer: Laura O’Shea & Tony Doyle | Producer: Rob Earley & Mark Lawrence

DON'T GO WHERE I CAN'T FIND YOU – Time: 19’ 59” | 2021  

Director: Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair | Writer: Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair | Producer: Claire McCabe

THE FERRY – Time: 25’ | 2019

Director: Niall McKay | Writer: Nial McKay | Producer: Roisin Kearney

Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | International Programme


ROY – Time: 15’ 55” | 2021 | UK

Director: Tom Berkeley & Ross White | Writer: Tom Berkeley & Ross White | Producer: Bryony Pulizzi


Time: 18’ | 2021 | Canada

Director: Annie St-Pierre | Writer: Daniel I. Schachter & Annie St-Pierre | Producer: Fanny Drew & Sarah Mannering

THE GRAVE OF ST. ORAN – Time: 8’ 54” | 2019 | Australia

Director: Jim Batt | Writer: Neil Gaiman & Jim Batt | Producer: Jim Batt & Josie Hess

COLD STACK – Time: 11’ 34” | 2021 | Scotland

Director: Frank Martin | Writer: Frank Martin | Producer: Frank Martin

ARE YOUR EYES OPEN NICELY – Time: 18’ 01” | 2021 | South Africa

Director: S.J. van Breda | Writer: Clive Horlock & S.J. van Breda | Producer: Ron van Breda & S.J. van Breda

Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | Filmmaker In Focus – Roisin Kearney hosted by Sinéad Brassil

3.30pm (Followed by Q and A)

Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | National Programme Part II

5.30pm (Followed by Q and A)

AN ENCOUNTER – Time 20’ 39” | 2022

Director: Kelly Campbell | Writer: Mark O’Halloran | Producer: Claire McCabe

EARLY DAYS – Time 12’ | 2018

Director: Nessa Wrafter | Writer: Nessa Wrafter | Producer: Clancie Brennan

MEMENTO MORI – Time: 8’ 49” | 2021

Director: Paul O’Flanagn | Writer: Laura O’Flanagan & Paul O’Flanagan | Producer: Louise Ni Chonchuir

A WHITE HORSE – Time: 10’ 52” | 2019

Director: Shaun O’Connor | Writer: Paul Cahill | Producer: Sinead Barry

HARVEST – Time: 15’ 38”

Director: Tristan Heanue | Writer: Tristan Heanue | Producer: Ronan Cassidy

AN IRISH GOODBYE – Time: 23’ 29” | 2022

Director: Tom Berkeley & Ross White | Writer: Tom Berkeley & Ross White | Producer: Pearce Cullen

Event Name: BVIFF 2022 | Panel Discussion: Inclusion in film making in Ireland(Panel TBC)  7.45pm. Followed by announcement of Short Film Bursary Award. 

Funded by the Arts Council, Meath County Council Arts Office, Louth County Council and in partnership with Love Drogheda BIDS.

Frank W. Kelly is an award-winning independent filmmaker from Drogheda. He is the author of the book "8 Simple Steps to Making Your Short Film". Over the last 20 years Frank has made 15 films, many of which travelled to film festivals around the world, won awards and sold to national broadcasters. He has also written episodes for the Tom and Jerry Show for Warner Bros. and worked in the marketing department at Apple's headquarters in California. This year Frank is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Droichead Arts Centre.

Collette Farrell has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over 30 years in a variety of roles. Working as Company Manager/Producer for Calipo Theatre & Picture, Drogheda, she produced award winning theatre shows such as 10 Dates for Mad Mary (Yasmine Akram), Wunderkind (Darren Thornton), and Pineapple (Phillip McMahon); and a number of shorts films, including 16 short films, under the Sharp Focus Project with Darren Thornton: Frankie (written/directed by Darren Thornton), which won a variety of national and international awards, including the European Academy Award for Best Short in 2009, and Two Hearts (Writer, Colin Thornton/Director, Darren Thornton). Since taking up her role as Director of Droichead Arts Centre in 2017, she has set up a number of artist support initiatives and also produced Inside Out, an intergenerational documentary by Darren Thornton funded by Creative Ireland; and Selkie and Aoife and the Children of Lir, short stories on film.