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PRODUCER BIO: SHORT EMMY awarded Nicky Gogan is one of Ireland’s best-known producers. She founded the Darklight Digital Festival (1999) and from then began producing animations, artist films, features and documentaries. She most recently produced the much-praised animated sequences for Tommy Palotta’s LAST HIJACK which opened the Panorama Dokumenta at the Berlin Film Festival (2014) and won an EMMY Award for best online production in the non-fiction category in Cannes. Nicky is a graduate of EAVE 2008. In 2006 Nicky co-founded Dublin/New York based production company Still Films where she works as a producer and a director (see belowfor director info). STILL FILMS is in receipt of slate development funding from the Irish Film Board and In was awarded the Dublin Critic’s Choice Discovery award for new talent. Feature BLACK ICE was one of Ireland’s top-grossing national theatrical releases in 2013 while 2010’s IFTA-nominated doc self-distributed PYJAMA GIRLS to date holds the highest per-screen take of any film in the Irish Film Institute. Animation WE, THE MASSES won a Spirit award at the Brooklyn Film Festival (2012).

Biography:

 

NICKY GOGAN C.V. AND BIOGRAPHY

 

Biography:

Nicky Gogan is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design Ireland and is a graduate of EAVE 2008.  Nicky founded the Darklight Festival (1999) and from then began producing and directing animations, artist films, dramas and documentaries through her production company Still Films. She co-produced the much-praised animated documentary, Femke Wolting/Tommy Palotta’s LAST HIJACK which opened the Panorama Dokumenta at the Berlin Film Festival (2014) and won an EMMY Award for best online production in the non-fiction category in Cannes. Her most recent feature documentary production LOST IN FRANCE, premiered this year to much critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Film Festival had it’s Irish premier at the Galway Film Festival and was released in the UK and Ireland with Curzon/Artificial Eye in 2017.

Nicky is currently working at Piranha Bar in Dublin where she is producing animated kids TV series MyaGo. She is also working in the role of development executive there where she is developing an exciting new  slate of projects, working closely with the animation, VFX and creative team there.

In 2007 Nicky co-founded Still Films and works as a producer and a director. Nicky co-directed, with award winning artist Paul Rowley, feature documentary SEAVIEW, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2008. Their next film, feature documentary BUILD SOMETHING MODERN also played at many international festivals, was voted one of the top 5 Irish films of 2011 and also was released in cinemas.  Still Films are committed to pursuing new approaches to filmmaking in all genres and are dedicated to providing a framework for the development of emerging creative talents as well as new methods of distribution.  Still Films have a slate of widely varied and exciting projects (www.stillfilms.org). In acknowledgment of their body of work Dublin Film Critics Circle awarded Still Films the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for new talent in 2011.

In 1996 Nicky trained at Organa in New York, one of the first multimedia companies in the world. She returned to Ireland to become an instructor in the creative use of technology at Arthouse. She set up Sink Digital Media the same year and worked as a new media producer until 2003. In 2005 Nicky launched Ireland’s first digital channel for short films and animation, Wildlight Channel.

Nicky was one of the first active advocates of digital filmmaking in Ireland. She set up the Darklight Digital Film Festival in 1999. The festival had a broad range of commitments to Irish and international filmmakers working in innovative ways; providing a screening platform for new work, art exhibitions, workshops, network opportunities, running a national an international touring programme plus producing a biannual symposium (www.darklight.ie). Nicky worked as a curator/programmer at Darklight, and as curator of exhibitions at The Digital Hub.

Nicky is a founding member of DATA, the Dublin Art and Technology Association, a development group to encourage creative dialogue between film, art, and technology.

Nicky is invited frequently to programme and curate, to speak publicly on panels, give workshops, guest lectures, sit on juries, join peer assessment panels and consult on strategy within the arts and the creative industries, for oragnisations such as; The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, The Irish Arts Council, CREATE, The Irish Film Board, Dublin City Council, Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin International Film Festival, Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office, IADT National Film School, The National college of Art and Design, The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media Research Scholars, Create, Rio International Film Festival, Fact Liverpool, VU Space Melbourne, Krakow Film Festival and Screen Training Ireland.

In 2013 Nicky was invited, along with a handful of creative industry professionals to consult at the Irish Global Economic Forum in Dublin Castle.

Awards Include:

Still Films won the Dublin Critics Circle Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for new talent in 2011 at Dublin International Film Festival for BUILD SOMETHING MODERN which was also was voted one of the top 5 Irish films of 2011 by The Irish Times.

SEAVIEW was nominated for best feature documentary at the IFTA’s 2009, as was PYJAMA GIRLS in 2010.

SEAVIEW received a special jury mention at DMZ Docs Korea. PYJAMA GIRLs won the Audience Award At the Capitol Irish Film Festival, Washington DC.

LAST HIJACK won an EMMY Award for best online production in the non-fiction category in 2015.

A COAT MADE DARK 2015 – animated short film – won the discover award at ADIFF 2016, was IFTA nominated, and a Sundance Official Selection.

Nicky was nomination for ‘Multi Media Person of the Year’, Digital Media Awards 2003 and 2004.  Winner of the ‘Innovation Award’ Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards 2003.

 

(full list of film awards – www.stillfilms.org)

 

Filmography:

Credits as producer:

As Láthair 2002 – experimental feature film

The Last Lot 2007 – shot documentary

Seaview 2008 – feature documentary

Untitled (Revolution 89) 2009 – experimental animated short

The Rooms 2010 – experimental feature

Pyjama Girls 2010 – feature documentary

Rialto Twirlers 2010 – experimental short documentary

Bones and Trolley Boy 2009 –  short animations

We The Masses 2011 – experimental animated short

Making Michael 2011 – short documentary

Learning To Fish 2012 – short animation

Nightdancers 2015 – feature documentary

The Participants 2015 – feature drama

Where is Eva Hipsey? 2017 – short animation

Lost In France 2017 – feature Documentary

MyaGo – pre-school animated TV series 104 episodes (in pre production)

 

Credits as co-producer:

Kevin Roche The Quiet Architect 2017 – feature documentary

Last Hijack 2014 – feature documentary

Black Ice 2012 – feature drama

 

Credits as executive producer:

Kevin Roche The Quiet Architect 2017 – feature documentary

Na Coisithe – TV documentary,  1 hour

Alibi – short documentary

Missing Green 2013 – short documentary

 

Credits as director:

Seaview 2008 – 83 minutes, feature documentary, premier festival run (see www.stillfilms.org), theatrical release in Germany, T.V. Broadcasts including R.T.E. and Sundance Channel. (also editor)

Divestment 2010 – 4 minutes, short film, viral release to coincide with the IMF bailout, over 3000 views. (also editor)

Build Something Modern 2011 – 72 minutes feature documentary, theatrical Release in Ireland and international festival run.(also editor)

The Swimmer 2012 – 30 minutes film, commission for The Science Gallery.

Jameson Letterpress 2015 – 3 minutes, short documentary and animation commission for Jameson rebrand for their online channel. (also editor)

Love Not Hate 2016 – scripted video made for online release on social media for promoting anti hate crime legislation. Over 15,000 views.

Outside 2016 –  10 minutes, short drama, in post production.

 

Credits as co-editor:

Seaview 2008 -  feature documentary

Build Something Modern 2011 -  feature documentary

Making Michael 2011 – short documentary

Lost In France 2016 -  feature documentary

 

Nicky Gogan C.V.

2016 – Present Piranha Bar: Producer and development executive at Piranha Bar. Piranha Bar is a multi award winning  production company whose core business has previously been animation in advertising. Nicky was brought onboard to produce their first TV series MyaGo, and also to develop projects with the incredible animation and VFX talent within the studio team.

2006 – Present Still Films: Producer and director for Still Films. Still Films is a film production company that focuses on the production of cross platform content, feature films, animation, artist films and documentaries.

www.stillfilms.org

1998 – 2015 Darklight Festival: Director and programmer of the Darklight Festival, which took place in Dublin annually, Darklight is an independent arts festival focused on work that challenges; concepts, visual aesthetic, narrative, access, methods of production and dialogue through contemporary filmmaking techniques.

www.darklight.ie

2005 – 2008 Wildlight : Ireland’s first digital film channel for short films and animation. The channel showcases fresh and original short-form film content from around the world on mobile, other handheld and Internet platforms.

2004 – 2007 Trinity College Dublin: Lecturer, tutor and exhibition project manager

on the Masters in Multimedia (MCS) programme.

2002-2005 The Digital Hub: Curator of the Exhibit showcases. The motivation of the

series was to exhibit work that demonstrates and explores the creative potential of

digital technologies. Moderator and programmer of the Talk Digital seminars that

accompany this exhibition series. Production coordinator for special events at the

Digital Hub, including eWeek, a citywide expo produced with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

2002-2010 DATA: Dublin Art and Technology Association: Founder member of

new development group to encourage creative dialogue between filmmakers,

artists, and technologists. This takes place every month as an event and is also an

active online group where ongoing discussions and collaborations take place.

www.data.ie

1996-2003 Sink Digital Media: Founder, producer and director at Sink Digital Media,

a Dublin based new media production company.

2001 Map 50 and London Framed: Producer and designer for web based video and art projects for Desperate Optimists at ICA London.

2000 The Guardians of the Millennium World Game: Co-producer for the event and

web producer of The World Game at the Millennium Dome in London. This event

was an elaborate on-line game played by kids from 17 countries across the globe.

1996 Arthouse: Instructor in Advanced Web Authoring and The Creative Use Of

Multimedia.

1996 Organa Multimedia: New York: Internship with one of the world’s first

Multimedia companies.