The Virgin Media sponsored Dublin International Film Festival has appointed Aidan Greene, Deputy CEO of Entertainment for Business member Core as Chairman of its Board.

Aside from his role within Ireland’s largest media communications company Greene also spent two years as President of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners of Ireland (IAPI).

He has represented the advertising industry as Chairman of the Joint National Readership Survey (JNRS) committee and currently sits on the management committee of the Joint National Outdoor Research (JNOR) group. He has lectured in the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Fitzwilliam Institute.

“I believe that the festival is integral to the cultural identity of Ireland,” said Greene.

“I’m excited to play a part in continuing its legacy of championing Irish cinema and Irish filmmakers, as well as allowing Irish audiences unprecedented access to cutting edge international talent and film.”

“The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival curates and presents the best in emerging International and Irish film and moving image culture for a wide audience through its flagship annual festival,” added Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys.

“We are delighted Aidan has joined us as Chairman of the Board. With his wealth of experience and a healthy passion for film, Aidan will undoubtedly be a wonderful asset to us as we work to consolidate the Festival’s position as Ireland’s most popular film event.”

The other members of the board are Anne-Marie Curran, Ruth Hunter, Hugh Linehan, Ronan Murphy, Suzanne Noble, Mark O’Halloran, and Paula Woods.

Over the past fifteen years, the festival has hosted over 550 major guests, including winners of the festival’s prestigious Volta Award such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joss Whedon, Brendan Gleeson, Angela Lansbury, Paul Schrader, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ennio Morricone.

Virgin Media are sponsoring for the first time this year as part of an initial three year commitment to the festival.

Read more about their sponsorship here.

They succeeded Audi who backed it for three years up until 2018 and who in turn had taken over from Jameson who were there for over a decade since it’s original coming to life.

Others backing this year’s Festival, which runs from February 20th to March 3rd include Dublin City Council, The Arts Council, Screen Ireland, Wide Eye Media and the Merrion Hotel

 

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