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About Us


Cleona Ní Chrualaoi


Cleona began her career as a radio journalist before migrating to television production and later to narrative feature filmmaking. Much of her early work focussed on documentary film and as a freelance producer, she produced many flagship programmes for Irish broadcasters which won multiple Irish Film and Television Academy awards, amongst them, the docusoap, Connected, and the docudrama, Cumann na mBan - Women of the Revolution. She also produced the ground-breaking IFTA-nominated documentary series, The Joy, on life inside Ireland’s notorious Mountjoy Prison and the feature documentary, Lorg na gCos (Finding the Footprints), which won a FOCAL international award in 2012. Over the past decade, Cleona has been with working with Colm on developing and producing feature films. She produced the Irish-language feature film, An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl). She won the Film & Drama Award at the Tatler Women of the Year Awards and was selected as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2022.

Established in 2012 by producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi and writer/director, Colm Bairéad, Inscéal produced the Oscar-nominated feature film, An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl). The debut feature film garnered worldwide critical acclaim and was nominated for two BAFTAs (Adapted Screenplay and Film Not in the English Language) and secured an Academy Award nomination for International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards in 2023. It was the first time in the history of the Academy Awards that Ireland was represented in this category. An Cailín Ciúin won over 40 national and international awards and became the highest grossing Irish-language film of all time.


Colm Bairéad

Writer / Director

Colm Bairéad was born in Dublin and raised bilingually through both Irish and English. He developed a fascination with film at a young age, which was cultivated by his father who introduced him to silent cinema, early Hollywood musicals and 40s noir once the household invested in a VCR player. Following an adolescence experimenting in the production of short films, Colm went on to study film at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His early career was a mixture of documentary and drama output which earned him numerous international and Irish Film & Television Academy award nominations and wins. In 2012, Colm received a distinction from the Screen Directors’ Guild of Ireland for his “outstanding work as a director in the Irish language”. In 2022, Colm was the recipient of the Aer Lingus Discovery Award and the Screen Ireland-IFTA Rising Star Award. Colm wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed Irish-language film, An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl), his narrative feature film debut. 

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