Screen Director, Writer

Katie McNeice

Selected credits

  • The Quiet OceanFocus Shorts/ Screen Ireland
  • Focail Baile Croí/ Words Home Heart (Upcoming)Hardback Films/ Escape Pod Media
  • The Deepest Breath (Upcoming)Wild Atlantic Pictures
  • LambingHardback Films
  • In OrbitHardback Films
  • Whale FallHardback Films
  • Who We LoveCo-written: Katie McNeice & Graham Cantwell/ Treehouse Media


Katie McNeice is a multi-award winning Writer, Director and Editor. She was been named as a Screen Ireland Rising Star for 2023.

Her debut short film In Orbit has received 57 awards including a Special Jury Mention at the Galway Film Fleadh and a ZeBBie nomination for Best Short Script from the Writers Guild of Ireland.

She won the Inaugural Rising Talent Award 2022 at the Kerry International Film Festival for her debut feature Who We Love, co-written with Graham Cantwell. It was nominated for six IFTAs at the 2022 Irish Film & Drama Awards including Best Script and Best Film.

Katie’s latest multi-award winning short film Lambing, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2022 and has gone on to win multiple awards, including Best European Film & Best Director at European Cinematography Awards 2023, Best International Short Film at San Diego International Film Festival 2023,  Best Irish Short at GAZE International LGBTQIA Film Festival 2023 and Best International Drama at Discover Film Festival 2022. The film was also nominated for the inaugural Iris Prize in 2022.

She is currently preparing to direct The Quiet Ocean (Focus Short/ Screen Ireland), written by Barry Smyth and produced by Fiona Kinsella.

Featured work

Screen Ireland Rising Star 2023

Photo Credit: Stephen S.T Bradley

Screen International, in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, has revealed the filmmakers and actors selected for the first-ever Rising Stars Ireland talent for 2023.

Katie has been selected as one-to-watch by Screen International’s Fionnuala Halligan.

The Quiet Ocean

Focus Short/ Screen Ireland
Written by Barry Smyth
Directed by Katie McNeice
Produced by Fiona Kinsella

In a futuristic Irish motel where people go to end their lives, a receptionist finds herself falling for a guest.

Currently in pre-production, due for release in 2024.

Focail Baile Croí/ Words Home Heart

Currently in Post-Production
Writer/Director: Katie McNeice
Producer: Maggie Ryan
Production Manager: Laura Whelan
Cinematographer: Evan Barry

Screen Kerry Short Film Bursary, 2022

Comórtas Físín Pitching Competition, 2020

Best Short Screenplay, Catalyst International Film Festival 2020


Written/ Directed by Katie McNeice
Produced by Mo O’Connell
Cinematography by Richard Kendrick

Winner of Best International Short at San Diego International Film Festival 2023

Winner of Best Irish Short at GAZE International LGBTQIA Film Festival 2023

Winner of Best Director & Best European Film, European Cinematographer Awards 2023

Winner of Best International Drama, Discover Film Awards 2022

Iris Prize Nominee 2022

IMDb Script to Screen Award 2020

Best Short Script 2020, Kerry International Film Festival

Best Short Screenplay, London Indie Story Prize

Whale Fall

Written/ Directed/ Produced by Katie McNeice
Cinematography by Richard Hogan

Best LGBTQ+ Film at the Manchester International Film Festival 2022

Winner of Best Short Film &
Best Editing, 48 hour Challenge Awards

A glimpse beneath the surface of a relationship bonded by books, whales and love.

In Orbit

Written/ Directed/ Produced by Katie McNeice
Cinematography by Jaro Waldeck

Special Jury Mention, Galway Film Fleadh Writers Guild of Ireland, ZeBBie Nomination for the Best Short Script

Maura recounts her life story in an interview with the Head Archivist of the Human Experience Records. Hers is the greatest mission of all time, you see, because what bigger challenge can there be, than learning to love?

Who We Love

Written by Graham Cantwell & Katie McNeice
Produced by Graham Cantwell
Cinematography by Austin Ray & Westin Ray
Premiered at the 2021 Galway Film Fleadh

Winner of the Rising Talent Award, Kerry International Film Festival
Nominated for six awards at the 2022 Irish Film & Drama Awards including Best Script and Best Film

A film about coming of age and coming out. The story of Lily and Simon, best friends who navigate the troubled waters of school life and explore Dublin’s vibrant and sometimes dark LGBTQ+ scene under the sharp eye of reluctant mentor Oonagh.

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