Seán Breathnach

Film Director and Writer

Seán Breathnach is an Irish film director, writer and editor. His award winning films have been screened at film festivals all over the world. His debut feature film "Beyond the Woods" was released in 2018 to critical acclaim, and it was Empire Magazine's DTV must see in the June 2018 edition of the magazine.

"Seán Breathnach manages to include elements that are too often forgotten in this genre — believable, sympathetic characters and strong performances from his cast."
Rich Wilson
"Beyond the Woods really works. Its strongest suit is the element that too many low-budget horror films bungle- believable characters and decent performances."
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

About Seán

Seán Breathnach graduated from NUI Galway with a degree in Law and Economics. He has written scripts for TV shows which were optioned by production companies in the UK. Seán has directed over a dozen short films. He has collected awards for his films nationally and internationally. His work has been showcased in the Irish embassy in London as an example of contemporary Irish film making, and he has served internationally on film festival juries and industry panels. He is a founder member of “Egomotion”, a group set up to encourage film-making and networking in the south of Ireland. His debut feature film, “Beyond the Woods”, picked up awards for Best International Feature Film in Montreal and London and is being distributed globally by Left Films.  He enjoys damn fine coffee and good conversation.

Sean Breathnach

“Honours & Awards”

Winner: Best Director – Spook Screen Horror Film Festival 2019

Winner: Best Cinematography, Beara Film Fest 2019

Winner: Best Horror/sci-fi/Fantasy/Thriller, Kosice Film Festival October 2019   

Winner: Best Feature Film Canada’s World International Film Festival Montreal 2017

Winner: Best International Feature Film UVHFF London 2016

Winner: Indie Cork Creative Cork Best Short Film 2015

Winner: LIT Film Festival Best Sound 2013

Winner: Earwig Arts Festival Audience Award Best Film 2010

Special Mention: UVHFF London 2019

Nominated: Best Director, Rising Star, Beara Film Fest 2021

Nominated: Best Irish Film, Spook Screen 2021

Nominated: Best Thriller, National Film Awards, London 2019

Nominated: Best Horror Film, Best Score, Best Costume- Underground Cinema Dublin 2019

Nominated: Best Irish Film- Spook Screen Horror Film Festival 2019

Nominated: Limerick Film Festival Best Artistic 2015

Nominated: LIT Film Festival Best Director 2013, Best Drama 2012

Finalist: 2011 

Quarter Finalist: Fresh Voices Competition 2011 

Semi-Finalist:  Free Screenplay Competition 2009/2010

Quarter Finalist: Screenwriters Expo Competition 2007

"Breathnach recognises the importance of establishing and fleshing out his characters so that those who are later thrown into peril are not simply cyphers."
Rich Cross
Starburst Magazine
"In many ways BEYOND THE WOODS feels like a polished shot-on-video horror flick directed by M Night Shyamalan."
Glenn Tolle
Rue Morgue
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