Richard Keaney


Richard on set of short film, Getting In with lead cast Frank Prendergast and Liam Gaffney

Richard Keaney first started making films while studying at University College Dublin from 2010-2013 where he made a number of student shorts. Soon after graduating, he founded Fight Back Films with fellow classmate and director, Natasha Waugh (IFTA nominee- ‘Terminal‘, 2016) and has gone on to direct multiple award winning short films including ‘Scope’ and ‘Late Arrivals’  ,the latter being selected to screen on Aer Lingus long haul flights in 2016.

‘Scope’, his third film as writer/director was selected for 13 international film festivals with a world premiere at Chicago’s Logan Theater for Chicago Irish Film Festival and end to its run with a screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for Toronto Irish Film Festival. ‘Scope’ won awards for Best Performance at Bolton Film Festival and Best Actress at the Underground Cinema Film Awards in Dublin for its lead actress, Andrea Kelly where it also picked up a nomination for Best Actor for lead actor, Fiach Kunz. Additionally, Fiach was nominated for Best Actor at Romania’s Filmstrip International Film Festival where Richard was also nominated for Best Director.

‘Getting In’, written by Ken Armstrong was his fourth short film as director and enjoyed festival success in Ireland and abroad with official selections at 12 international film festivals including The Richard Harris International Film Festival, Limerick Kerry International Film Festival, Mayo International Film Festival, Waterford International Film Festival, Achill Island Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festival, Irish Film From Home, London, Underground Cinema Film Awards, Dún Laoghaire, Fastnet Film Festival, Cork and Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival.

Richard is in pre-production for two short films at the moment, ‘Joey Had Never Been Out of the City’ a crime thriller which sees him team up with screenwriter, Ken Armstrong once more and ‘Extraña’ a horror/ family drama based on a script he co-wrote with his wife, Cynthia Chavez.

Richard works full time as a documentary producer and editor in Dublin, Ireland.


 [Writer | Director | Editor]

(2020- Now Available online)

When his son is turned away from his favourite band’s gig for being underage, a father is committed to getting him in one way or another.

Starring: Frank Prendergast (Young Offenders, Love & Friendship), Liam Gaffney (Thursday’s Child) and Brendan Flynn (Like Father Like Son)


  • Mayo International Film Festival
  • Waterford International Film Festival
  • Achill Island Film Festival
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival
  • Irish Film From Home, London
  • Underground Cinema Film Awards, Dún Laoghaire
  • Fastnet Film Festival, Cork
  • The Richard Harris International Film Festival, Limerick
  • Kerry International Film Festival
  • Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival
  • Inter Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021 (Quarter-Finalist)



When a young man drops out of college to care for his shut-in mother he too finds himself increasingly insulated from the outside world, a factor which conflicts with his growing forays into amateur astronomy. 

Starring – Fiach Kunz (Black 47) and Andrea Kelly (Pure Mule).

Director of Photography/ Producer– David Christopher Lynch.


  • Chicago Irish Film Festival, Chicago IL, USA – March 2018.  [World Premiere]
  • Fastnet Film Festival, Cork, Ireland , 2018
  • Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, May 2018.
  • Leiden International Short Film Experience, Netherlands, May 2018.
  • Still Voices Film Festival, Longford, Ireland, June 2018.
  • Bolton Film Festival, England, UK, 2018. [Winner- Best Performance]
  • Underground Cinema Awards, Dublin, Ireland, 2018. [Winner- Best Actress]
  • Independent Talents International Film Festival, IN, USA, 2018 [Semi-Finalist]
  • Filmstrip International Film Festival, Romania, 2019.[Nominee-Best Director/ Actor]
  • Toronto Irish Film Festival, Toronto, Canada 2019.
  • YoFi Microfest- Irish Cinema Showcase, Yonkers New York, USA, 2019.


  • Lighthouse Cinema Shorts Showcase, Dublin. February 2018.



An Iranian Father and Son arrive at their new home in Dublin, Ireland. However, they are unable to confront the reason for their move and the effect of which threatens to drive them apart.

Starring – Tim Dillard (Quirke) and Soroush Salimi (Inertia).

Director of Photography – David Christopher Lynch.


11 International festivals including:

  • IndieCork, Cork, Ireland, 2015.
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival, Chicago IL, 2016.
  • Chennai International Short Film Festival, India, 2015.
  • Silk Road Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 2016
  • Fastnet Short Film Festival, Cork, Ireland, 2016.
  • Limerick Short Film Festival, Ireland, 2016.  [Nominated – Best Director & Winner-Best Lighting.]


  • Inflight Entertainment, Aer Lingus long-haul flights (October- November, 2016).



When Ryan’s girlfriend is brutally murdered he begins to psychologically unravel, falling into a dangerous criminal underworld where memories are skewed and he must ultimately question his own humanity.

Starring – Stephen Gorman (Lift), Patrick Austin (Unearthed), Leonard Tone ( Product of a Nation) & Danielle Keaney (Devil’s Woods)

Director of Photography– Stuart Duff

Additional Camera – Miguel Angel Vinas


  • Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 2014.
  • Videodrunk Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2014.

[Producer | Assistant Director]



Written & Directed by David Devoy

Starring – Carolyn Bracken (A Date for Mad Mary) & Fiach Kunz (Black 47)

Director of Photography – Sonya Deegan


  • The Ambassador Reel Film Festival. Cork, Ireland, 2017.
  • Elevation Indie Film Awards. Dublin, Ireland 2017. [Winner– The Pinnacle Award]
  • Los Angeles Cinefest [Semi-Finalist]

‘FOOD FIGHT’ (2013)

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Written & Directed by Natasha Waugh

Starring – Miriam Devitt (Soulsmith) & Stephen Gorman (Lift)

Director of Photography – Sonya Deegan


  • 68th Cannes Short Film Corner, Cannes, France, 2015.


Richard also worked as a Trainee Assistant Director on feature film, Soulsmith written & directed by Kevin Henry. The film was officially selected by Cork Film Festival, 2016, and won best world feature at Austin Revolution Film Festival. Soulsmith has also recently screened as part of the Irish Focus programme at the IFI (Irish Film Institute) in December, 2017 and is now available to buy or rent online.

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Our Short film, Getting In is now available to view online!


When his son is turned away from his favourite band’s gig for being underage, a father is committed to getting him in one way or another. Based on a true story.

-Mayo International Film Festival
-Waterford International Film Festival
-Achill Island Film Festival
-Chicago Irish Film Festival
-Irish Film From Home, London
-Underground Cinema Film Awards, Dún Laoghaire
-Fastnet Film Festival, Cork
-The Richard Harris International Film Festival, Limerick
-Kerry International Film Festival
-Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival
-Inter Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021 (Quarter-Finalist)
-Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart
-Little Cinema, Galway

Written by Ken Armstrong
Directed & Edited by Richard Keaney
Produced by Sonya Deegan & Richard Keaney
Cinematography by Sonya Deegan
Original Score by Sam Armstrong
1st AD: Kieron Walshe
Trainee AD: Meg Elwood
Production Sound: Nathan Quinn
Sound Mixer: Robin Sherry Wood
1st AC: Camila Berto Gomes
2nd AC: Caoimhe Hernon
Camera Trainee: Flavia Pordominsky
Script Supervisor: Ashley Parsons
Colourist: Sonya Deegan

Frank Prendergast
Liam Gaffney
Brendan O’Flynn
Cesar Suarez
Tom Hoban
Richard Keaney
Cynthia Chavez
Eoin O’Flaherty
David Devoy
Fiadh Melina

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