John Ford Ireland was established in 2011 by the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) in association with the John Ford Estate in the USA, with the support of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The John Ford Ireland Committee:

Dan Ford
Grandson of John Ford
Dan Ford is representative of the John Ford Estate and has invaluable insight into work & life of his grandfather. He is author of the book - Pappy: The Life of John Ford (1998)


Áine Moriarty
Chief Executive - Irish Film & Television Academy
Áine Moriarty has worked in the industry for over fifteen years, and is an executive producer for the annual IFTA Awards, now in its 10th year.


Peter Bogdanovich
Director/Author/Film Historian
Author of John Ford (1978), Peter Bogdanovich is widely recognised in America as one of the major enthusiast of Ford’s work having made the acclaimed documentary Directed By Ford (1971). Bogdanovich released a revised version of the documentary in 2006 including new interviews with Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese.


Joseph McBride
Author & Film Historian
Renowned American film columnist, screenwriter, and historian and an authority on Ford having written Searching for John Ford (2001) and has co-produced the documentary John Ford Goes to War (2002)


Luke Gibbons
Professor, National University of Ireland
Luke Gibbons is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies. He formerly taught at the University of Notre Dame, U.S. and Dublin City University. He has penned the books ‘The Quiet Man’ (2002) and is the co- author of Cinema in Ireland (1988), the first academic study of Irish cinema.


Kevin Rockett
Professor, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Kevin Rockett is Associate Professor in Film Studies in the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College. His books include Cinema and Ireland (1988), The Irish Filmography (1996) and Neil Jordan: Exploring Boundaries (2003)


Redmond Morris
Film Producer
Redmond Morris has produced works such as The Butcher Boy, Michael Collins and The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Morris is a previous Oscar and BAFTA nominee (The Reader) and brings expert advice to the committee from his various projects over the years whilst also having a close family ties to the Ford family.

Symposium Administration

Name Position Phone Suburb State Country
IFTA Administration +353 1 6624120 Dublin 2. Leinster Ireland