John McDonnell – Producer

John McDonnellJohn McDonnell is one of Ireland most experienced producers. Together with Brendan McCarthy, McDonnell runs the Oscar-winning production company Fantastic Films. At Fantastic Films, McDonnell oversees all aspects of production and post-production of the company’s slate and co-production opportunities.

In 2000, he founded Fantastic Films and since the company’s inception McDonnell has produced and collaborated on a diverse range of film projects, receiving over 60 international awards, including an Oscar™ in 2006 for Martin McDonagh’s short film, SIX SHOOTER.

McDonnell executive produced the Sundance awarding-winning documentary THE SUMMIT, written by Mark Monroe and directed by Nick Ryan, and beActive Media’s BEAT GIRL and COLLIDER, both transmedia projects, available on several platforms, including a feature film, web series, smart phone app, and a novel.

Nominated as Irish “Producer on the Move” in Cannes 2006, McDonnell is an active participant in the ACE Producers Network, a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy, a regular juror for the Irish Films and Television Awards and a recent participant on the prestigious producer course Inside Pictures.

In 2008, McDonnell received his Hons MA in Screenwriting from DLIADT and regularly designs courses for Screen Training Ireland. He has also lectured in Film at Trinity College, Dublin and DLIADT, Dublin.

Recently McDonnell has been producing Lorcan Finnegan’s “Vivarium” starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, Neasa Hardiman’s “Sea Fever” Starring Hermoine Corfield, Connie Neilsen and Dougray Scott and Tom Sullivan’s “Arracht” with Macalla Teo.