Aaron Dunnleavy

In 2019 Arron was chosen by the Sundance Festival as one of 15 breakthrough directors to mentor through their Ignite Fellowship.

He also won Best New Director at Kinsale Sharks. And won a Gold Shark for Best Documentary for his Alfie documentary story. 

Aaron has since been shooting a feature length story about Alfie, which he is now busy editing. Alfie originally came out on BBC3 and received over 5 million views through Facebook alone in the first 3 days. It reached a massive audience who took Alfie to their hearts. So far its been viewed over 18 million times and generated hundreds of thousands of interactions with young viewers.

Aaron is a story-teller from Blackburn and he often blends working with real people alongside actors, with unscripted and improvised performances, street casting and using non-professional young actors.

His first student short, Throw Me to the Dogs, won 10 awards on the festival circuit. It was distributed worldwide via MUBI, and awarded a 'Best of the Month' Staff Pick on Vimeo. His latest short film "Land Sharks" has been winning multiple awards on the festival circuit in 2019.