Niamh Algar on judging panel for Virgin Media film competition

Niamh Algar has been announced as one of the judges of the 2020 Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition, in association with Screen Ireland.

The panel includes director and screenwriter Lenny Abrahamson, Lisa McGee, the creator of Derry Girls screenwriter and producer Ursula Rani Sarma and representatives from Virgin Media Television, Screen Ireland and the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

Niamh Algar said: "I'm delighted and honoured to join this year's panel. Supporting filmmakers, their stories and the crew they hire is so important now more than ever.

"I started my career being part of some incredible emerging filmmakers’ first short films and whose subsequent story telling is now in full feature film format.

"Virgin Media’s Short Film Competition is a terrific platform to educate, advocate, entertain and inspire a broad range of work that deserves to be recognised."

Now in its second year, the Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition is open to new, emerging and established filmmakers across drama, comedy, fiction, thriller, animation and so much more.

The competition is designed to recognise the contribution and impact that the TV and film production sector creates for our economy, society, culture and democracy.

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