Peter McQuinn

Peter McQuinn

Writer / Director

  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Young filmmaker and actor focused on developing projects and collaborating on new creative endeavours. 

Making films from a young age, at 16 my short "The Cycle" won me the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker at the Fresh Film Festival, as well as the Golden Clip award at the Berlin Jugendmedien Festival 2007. By the time college came around I had built up a solid portfolio and decided to pursue a degree at IADT National Film School Dun Laoghaire.

In 2010 I wrote and directed my first crewed short 'The Chance of Striking Gold' - which was screened the following year at the Galway Film Fleadh, Fastnet Film Festival and nominated for a Best Short Film SMEDIA award. In my final year of college I specialised in documentary. My grad film 'Homegrown Knowledge' was screened at the IFI Stranger Than Fiction 2013.

On my most recent project 'Staccato' I worked with producer Caroline Kealy and cinematographer Miguel Angel Viñas. It is an ambitious period drama centering on a secret affair between a young pianist and the gardener in the grounds of his estate, now in consideration for numerous international film festivals.

Currently I am developing and seeking finance for another short drama called 'Tidings' which explores the relationship between a mother and daughter on one significant day.

I am always on the lookout for opportunities to conceptualise and direct music videos and commercials, as well as other documentary and narrative films.

I recently spent 4 months as a Development Intern with Element Pictures, one of Ireland's leading production companies.

Work History

Development Intern - Element Pictures

Oct 2015 - Present

Writer/Director - Staccato

Mar 2011 - Dec 2015

Social Producer - Vikings Season III / 87AM

Jul 2014 - Oct 2014

Actor - Moonshine Travellers

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

Presenter - Rockfinch Ltd

May 2013 - May 2013

Actor - Dublin Gay Theatre Festvial

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Director/Cinematographer/Editor - Homegrown Knowledge

Feb 2012 - May 2012

Actor - 'Stitches'

Sep 2011 - Apr 2012

Director/Cinematographer/Editor - Aspects of Anita

Feb 2011 - Jun 2011

Production Assistant - Coco Television

Mar 2011 - Mar 2011

Writer/Director - The Chance of Striking Gold

Mar 2010 - Sep 2010

Writer/Director - The Cycle

Jun 2005 - Sep 2005


Long Form Improvisation - Level 1 - Stoke Improv

Oct 2015 - Nov 2015

Film & Television Production - BA (Hons) - Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012



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