Richard Keaney and Natasha Waugh founded Fight Back Films in 2013.
The company set out to produce high quality short films, and other videography content.
The company’s first short film Recoil, was a surrealist thriller, written and directed by Richard, and was part of the official selection of the 2014 Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival, and Toronto Videodrunk.
That same year, Natasha’s writer and directorial debut short, Food Fight completed post-production, and was accepted into the 68th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Also in 2014, Fight Back Films produced Running Commentary; written by Miriam Devitt, and directed by Natasha Waugh. The film debuted at the inaugural Dublin Feminist Film Festival, and was later screened as part of the 2015 London Feminist Film Festival. Running Commentary will screen at the Women’s Director International Film Festival in Delhi, in April 2016.
In 2015, Richard completed his second short film, Late Arrivals, was officially selected for 11 International festivals including IndieCork, Chicago Irish Film Festival, Fastnet Short Film Festival & Limerick Short Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Director and won the award for Best Lighting.
Late Arrivals was also selected for the OIC Media’s Shorts Night at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield on September 28th, 2015 as well as being screened on Aer Lingus long haul flights from October to November, 2016.
Natasha wrapped on her latest short film, Lag in May 2015, and has just finished directing a promo for the Women’s Museum of Ireland. In January and February of this year, Natasha co-directed short LGBT thriller, The Betrayal, with the film’s writer Kamila Dydyna.
Natasha’s fourth short film as a writer/director, Terminal, was nominated for an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy) award in 2017. It was also the winner of Best Short Film at IndieCork, 2016 and Best Director at Irish Film Festival Boston. Further nominations include Best Short Film (UK/Irish) at London Film Critics Circle.
Scope is Richard’s third film as writer/director and has recently entered the festival circuit. It will have its world premiere at Chicago Irish Film Festival in March, 2018.
He has recently produced short film, Bare for which is written & directed by debut Filmmaker, David Devoy. Bare has so far been selected for The Ambassador Reel Film Festival Cork as well as winning The Pinnacle Award at Elevation Indie Film Awards and becoming Semi Finalist of Los Angeles Cinefest.
Richard also worked as a Trainee Assistant Director on feature film, Soulsmith directed by Kevin Henry which was accepted into the Cork Film Festival, 2016, and won best world feature at Austin Revolution Film Festival. The film also screened as part of the Irish Focus (December 2017) in the IFI (Irish Film Institute).
Fight Back Films has collaborated on two short films with Hopehapp Productions; both After and Flame Aim.
Alongside short film production, Fight Back Films has also worked with businesses and individuals to produce video content for their professional endeavors. To date, Fight Back Films has produced and directed several video viral content for business’, Ready Girls, Superhands Baby Sign Language, and other video content for the Aisling Hotel.