Colin McKeown began making short films with the compilation SHORT STORIES which premiered at
the Cork Film Festival in 1986. He has been involved in producing four feature films and over 30 short
films. He was instrumental in developing the work of new filmmakers and training new entrants in
Northern Ireland from the inception of the Six Pack scheme in 1995 and his work with Northern
Ireland Screen throughout the following 13 years.
In addition he has provided 3rd level screenwriting and production courses with Queen’s University in
Belfast and with Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
His film work has garnered international recognition and awards including two BAFTA nominations,
selection for Cannes Critic’s Week and a BAFTA award in 2001.
He was line producer on The Secret Life of Words starring Tim Robbins, Sarah Polley and Julie
Christie. The film won many awards including the Goyas (Spanish Oscars) for Best Production and
Best Film. In 2009 he was the video producer of Ireland’s entry to the Venice Biennale.
Since 2008 he has been based in Sligo, where he was responsible for curating a set of film festivals,
a 2-year cross-border training programme and the creation of Spike Sligo – a social enterprise
celebrating creativity and mental health through a range of arts and community activities.
He has significant experience in script development including work as script editor on the BAFTA
nominated Northern Irish film Good Vibrations.