Fiona Ashe is an award-winning Director and Screenwriter, who specialises in political thrillers about social injustice. She reached the Quarterfinals of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2016 with her debut feature screenplay ‘Cracks in the Ice’, which explores how blood diamonds funded the 9/11 attacks. It also won the Best Screenplay Award at the International Film Festival Ireland in 2011. She has a slate of projects in development and is always interested in hearing from producers with experience of international co-productions.
Diploma in Advanced Film Directing, New York Film Academy.
Graduate of The Professional Screenwriting Program, ScreenwritingU, Los Angeles.
Fiona has been trained in directing actors by Los Angeles writer/director Mark W. Travis and has taken masterclasses under the tuition of Wim Wenders, Anthony Minghella, Mike Figgis, Stephen Frears, Spike Lee, Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Robert Towne, Paul Schrader, Bruce Block and Lance Weiler.
In addition to writing and directing, Fiona is also a Script Editor, having completed training with the Script Factory (UK) and the BBC. She was a Script Reader for Northern Ireland Screen 2013–2014.
Screen Directors Guild of Ireland
Writers Guild of Ireland
Irish Film and Television Academy (founder member)
Women in Film and Television
Cracks In The Ice:
– Quarterfinalist, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2016
– Best Screenplay Award, International Film Festival Ireland 2011.
Shades of Gray:
– Best Film Noir Award, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2003
Unique traits: I specialise in thrillers about social injustice. I also love Film Noir, social reality, emotional drama and musicals.
Rapunzel: The Blonde Years
Film (short) by Ashe Productions / Just Write Director / Editor / Co-Producer Rapunzel is desperate to escape from her tower prison. The Handsome Prince comes to rescue her but discovers there are situations where size really does matter.
Shades of Gray
Film (short) by Ashe Productions / Love Seat Entertainment Director / Editor / Co-Writer / Producer A tough-talking private investigator in New York city confronts the police chief over allegations of brutality in the force. Suddenly she finds herself up against the entire NYPD on the gritty, crime-ridden street of New York, pursued by the force that's supposed to protect her.
Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Quarterfinalist — 'Cracks In The Ice'
Best Screenplay Award, International Film Festival Ireland — 'Cracks In The Ice'
Best Film Noir Award, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
New York Film Academy
Dublin City University