Barry Dignam

Barry studied drama at Trinity College Dublin and film at the National Film School IADT. He has made a number multi-award winning shorts including 'Chicken', 'Dream Kitchen' and 'A Ferret Called Mickey'. He's had been nominated for a Palme d'Or at Cannes and a Berlin Bear. 'Monged' a feature he co-wrote with Gary Duggan premiered in 2015.


Monged, feature film (screenplay), Irish Film Board / Filmbase Enough, short film (writer / director), Fantastic Films, Irish Film Board A Ferret Called Mickey (director), Saffron Pictures, Irish Film Board Chicken (director / producer), Hit + Run, Irish Film Board.


Barry's films have been presented in official selection at over a hundred and fifty international film festivals and have won numerous awards. They have been screened by top broadcasters including Film Four, PBS, Canal+ and been released on DVD and theatrically in both Europe and beyond.

Awards + Achievements

  • Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for a Palme d’Or for CHICKEN
  • Berlin Film Festival – Nominated for a Golden Bear for DREAM KITCHEN
  • Galway Film Festival – Best Irish Short Film for DREAM KITCHEN 
  • BFI London Lesbian + Gay Film Festival 2004
  • Film Four TX Short Film Prize for A FERRET CALLED MICKEY