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).
Nicky Gogan is a 1993 graduate of the National College of Art and Design Ireland and is a graduate of EAVE 2008. 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 Film Festival in 1999, which has gone from strength to strength over the past 11 years. The festival has 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 (see www.darklight.ie past festivals section). Nicky’s work as a curator/programmer can been seen 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.
In 2006 Nicky co-founded production company Still Films where she works as a producer and a director. Her first feature documentary Seaview, premiered at the Berlinale in 2008 and she has just completed a feature documentary about Irish Architecture in Africa called ‘Build Something Modern’. Nicky co-directs her films with award winning artist Paul Rowley. Still Films are committed to pursuing new approaches to filmmaking in all genres and is dedicated to providing a framework for the development of emerging creative talents as well as new methods of distribution. The collaborative ethos of working with independent producers and directors, having them utilise Still Films as a resource of talent and infrastructure, has blossomed over the past year and are now producing a slate of widely varied and exciting new projects. In acknowledgment of our body of work thus far Dublin Film Critics Circle awarded us Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for new talent in 2011.
Nicky is invited frequently to programme and curate, to speak publicly on panels, give workshops, guest lectures, join peer assessment panels and consult on strategy within the arts and the creative industries, for oragnisations such as; The Irish Arts Council, 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. Nicky also was a guest editor in the Leading Lights edition of Film Ireland magazine 09 and is on the board of Filmbase.
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. Seaview was nominated for best feature documentary at the IFTA’s 2009, as was Pyjama Girls in 2010. Still Films won the Dublin Critics Circle Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for new talent in 2011.
Credits as Director: Seaview 2008 – feature documentary, Divestment 2010 – Short Film, Build Something Modern 2010 – feature documentary, The Swimmer – experimental short film. Credits as producer: As Láthair 2002 – experimental feature film, 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 – 2 short animations with Glimpse Digital, Nightdancers 2011 – feature documentary, We The Masses 2011 – experimental animated short, Missing Green 2011 – experimental short documentary, Making Michael 2011 – short documentary, Learning To Fish – shor animation. Credits as executive producer: Na Coisithe – TV documentary with Bandit Films, Alibi – short documentary. Credits as co-producer: Black Ice – feature drama, the Last Hijack – feature documentary.
2006 – Present Still Films: Producer and director for Still Films. Still Films is dedicated to producing films and TV using contemporary production methods, to market films to the widest audience possible taking full advantage of both traditional and new avenues of distribution. The company focuses on the production of cross platform content, feature films, animation, artist films and documentaries. www.stillfilms.org
1998 – Present Darklight Festival: Director of the Darklight Festival, which takes 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: 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-Present 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.