In discussion with veteran independent producer John Kelleher, Irish screenwriter and director, Michael Kinirons will offer filmmakers practical pointers on how to handle ‘Development Hell’. Michael, currently based in Baltimore, brings a unique perspective – a writer/director, his experience includes working as a head of development, script reader and script editor.

Michael studied directing at the National Film and Television School in London and is an award-winning director of five short films. His first produced feature script, STRANGERLAND, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. He currently has four features and a TV series in various stages of development hell.