Award-winning producer / director Trevor Birney has a strong track record as a producer of quality documentaries and series for Irish, UK and international broadcasters. He is a co-producer on the Oscar shortlisted, Alex Gibney feature-documentary, ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’, for which he received an IFTA in February, 2013.
Trevor founded Fine Point Films to build on that success by focussing on further international collaborations. In 2006, Trevor founded Belfast-based production company Below The Radar where he produced a range of English and Irish language programming, from award-winning political biographies to landmark history series to live, weekly magazine shows. Prior to that, he was editor of current affairs at Ulster Television.
In a career spanning two decades, he has also won a Justice Media Award, two Royal Television Society awards, been nominated for three others and was named NI Broadcaster of the Year in 2002. Trevor began his career in Enniskillen on the “Impartial Reporter” newspaper and has also worked in radio.
Brendan is an experienced filmmaker, specialising in documentary and feature films. He was been making high end documentaries for both BBC Television, C4 and RTE in the UK and Ireland for over 20 years, including his Royal Television Society (RTS) winning documentary Breaking The Silence about families coping in the aftermath of suicide. His first feature film as a producer JUMP was selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.
Brendan is currently directing 66 Days, a feature documentary about Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands for international release in 2016. At Hotdocs 2015, Brendan and colleague Trevor Birney won the BEST PITCH prize for upcoming feature documentary MERCURY 13, about America's first female space pioneers
Rachel has worked across a wide range of factual programming for leading independent production companies, in production and development; serving local, national and international broadcasters. She started her career in Glasgow, working for Wark Clements and then IWC Media before relocating in 2006 to Northern Ireland where she joined Belfast indie DoubleBand Films as their head of development. She joined Below The Radar in 2012 to lead their development; working alongside Trevor Birney to secure documentary and series commissions with UK and Irish broadcasters. Since devoting her energies to development, she has been responsible for an extensive slate of commissioned programming, ranging from formatted factual-entertainment series and ob-docs to landmark history programmes. Rachel now heads development at Fine Point Films, delivering a strategy focussed upon international co-production and distribution, whilst continuing to oversee development at sister company Below The Radar.
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Sabina joined Below The Radar in 2011 as Finance Officer and has been an integral part of the company advancement over the past number of years. In February 2014 she was invited to join the Main Board of Fine Point Films as Chief Financial Officer with responsibilities across the group, Fine Point Films, The Detail and Below The Radar. Her key focus is to manage finances and maintain accurate and transparent financial records for all documentaries, feature films and online media productions with oversight for financial planning and reporting, auditors relations and human resources.
Sabina graduated with 2.1 in BS (Hons) Business from the University of Ulster in 2012. As a qualified CIMA member and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Sabina holds the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. She is also a member of Accounting Technicians Ireland (MIATI) and a member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).
Eimhear O’Neill is a producer and director with a strong track record in television and feature documentaries. Most recently, she produced and directed The Joy of Sets for BBC One Northern Ireland which was selected for Sheffield’s Doc Fest 2014 Videotheque as well as co-directing Inez: A Challenging Woman which won Best Short Documentary at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh. She was associate producer on the Oscar shortlisted, Emmy and IFTA award-winning Alex Gibney documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God for HBO as well as his most recent film for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series called Ceasefire Massacre.
Andrew Tully is an Assistant Producer who joined Fine Point Films in 2014 after completing a Masters in Journalism at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Andrew has gained development and production experience on a number of local and network documentaries with recent credits including 'Above The Law' (RTE), 'Docklands: Executing Peace' (BBC) and 'Bobby Sands: 66 Days' (BBC Storyville). He is currently working on 'George Best: All By Himself'(BBC/ESPN), a feature length documentary for cinematic release on the life of footballing legend, George Best, which will premiere at the London Film Festival in October 2016.
Oisín is a self-shooting associate producer for feature documentaries and television. After studying Politics at the University of Cambridge, Oisín completed the Aim High production scheme run by BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Creative Skillset. He has worked on Factual productions for BBC and RTE and edited Marcus Robinson’s short film ‘Always Now’ on Van Morrison. Oisín produced and directed ‘All For Show’, a short documentary that was broadcast as part of BBC NI’s ‘True North’ series and he has begun directing drama in film and theatre. Oisín’s recent AP credits include 'Above The Law' (RTE) on paramilitary punishment attacks, and '66 Days' (BBC Storyville), a feature documentary about Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. Oisín is currently working on a feature documentary for CNN examining the Elián Gonzalez custody case of 1999/2000.
Loretta van der Horst
Loretta van der Horst
Loretta is a filmmaker holding an M.A in Documentary Journalism from New York University and an M.A in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University. She has reported extensively on topics such as Gang Violence, Human Trafficking and the Drug War in Latin America for international broadcasters including as Discovery Channel and Channel 4. She was nominated for a News Emmy twice, first with ‘Sound of Vision’ a short film she co-directed for PBS in 2012 and again in 2013 for a 50 minute documentary she produced for Discovery Channel about forensic scientists looking for Mexico’s disappeared. She is currently working on her first feature documentary.