Joe McStravick has directed a number of award-winning short films. His most recents (narrative drama) short films include Vultures (2015) and The Wedding Speech (2017).

The Wedding Speech (2017) – an adaptation of the award-winning short story by acclaimed Isabelle Broom – has screened at a number of international film festivals, including the Cork Film Festival and The Galway Film Fleadh (both Academy Award accredited / qualifying film festivals). The film was also selected to play as part of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Shorts Films of Europe.

Vultures (2015) screened at a number of international film festivals, including the Galway Film Fleadh, Capital Irish Film Festival and BLOW UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival. The film was broadcast on RTE in 2017. The film is now being distributed internationally by Short TV, Shorts International and RTE Player International.

As a screenwriter he has been the writer, or co-writer, on a number of the films that he has directed.

His latest film, The Familiar Sting, is now in pre-production. The film was written by Paul Skillen (Dinosaurs and Echoes) and will be produced by Leon McGeown-Fee and Purple Finch Production. The film was funded by Northern Ireland Screen and BFI.


Director, Producer & Screenwriter
Short Film (Drama), 8 mins
Production Company: Purple Finch Productions  (Ltd).  Funded By: Northern Ireland Screen, BFI, LCCC and IAC
*Official Selection – Cork Film Festival (2017)
*Official Selection – Kerry Film Festival (2017)
*Official Selection – Belfast Film Festival (2018)
*Official Selection – Chicago Irish Film Festival (2018)
*Official Selection – Galway Film Fleadh (2018) – (EUNIC)
*Official Selection – Cork Film Festival (2018) – (EUNIC)

(2015)  VULTURES
Director & Screenwriter
Short Film (Drama), 15 mins
Production Company: Lamb Films (Ltd).  Funded By: Northern Ireland Screen
*Official Selection – Galway Film Fleadh (2016)
*Official Selection – Belfast Film Festival (2017)

(2009)  TARA
Short Film (Drama), 12 mins
Written by: Katie McStravick (adapted from her short story “Tara”)
Production Company: Lamb Films (Ltd)

(2008)  GeradeRaus 08 (segment – ZIMMER FREI)
Director & Producer
Short Film (Comedy), 12 mins
Production Company: Moonlight Films
Distributor: Jinga Filme, Germany (DVD)

(2006)  MURPHY 771
Director, Producer & Co-screenwriter
Short Film (Drama), 11 mins
Production Company: JM Productions
Funded by: Northern Ireland Screen

(2003)  ROOM TO LET
Director & Producer
Short Film (Comedy), 12 mins
Writer: Gerlind Becker
Production Company: Moonlight Films


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