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KIRSTEN SHERIDAN (Director) was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied Film & Television Production at University College Dublin before completing a Diploma in Film Production at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design, Ireland's national film school, graduating with Distinction.

She directed five short films, starting with the FilmBase/RTE short script award winner "The Bench” in 1995. She co-produced, wrote & directed "Patterns,” and directed "The Case of Majella McGinty,” both of which won numerous international film festival awards, including Clermont-Ferrand, Cork, Galway, Dresden, Aspen, and Chicago. In 1998 Sheridan received the Film Institute of Ireland/Guinness' Outstanding Young Irish Talent Award and her first feature-length screenplay, "Honor Bright,” won the Miramax Best Irish Screenplay Award.

In 2000, she directed her first feature film, "Disco Pigs.” Sheridan was selected as one of the three finalists in Europe for the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award with "Disco Pigs,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001 to critical acclaim, had its Ireland/UK release in 2001 and international release in 2002. The film won the Jury Prize at the Castellinaria Youth Film Festival, the Gold Medal at the Giffoni Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Young European Cinema Film Festival and the Grand Prize Best Film at the Ourense Film Festival. Sheridan was nominated for Best New Director at the British Independent Film Awards and the Irish Film & TV Academy Awards, and won the United International Pictures Best Director Award.

Sheridan co-wrote the original screenplay for "In America,” starring Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine and Djimon Hounsou, for which she received an Academy Award nomination as well as a nomination for a Golden Globe Award, the Online Film Critics Society Award, the Writers Guild of America Award and the Humanities Prize. In the Best Screenplay category, "In America” won the National Board of Review, The Christopher Award and the 2004 Broadcasting Critics Awards.

Sheridan is currently co-writing the original feature "London Calling” for Sony BMG, and "It Could Be You,” in co-production with Cuba Pictures UK, which she will direct in 2008. She lives and works in Dublin, where she has her own film production company, Blindside Films.

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