Aidan Duffy

Aidan Duffy

Director and screenwriter in Dublin, Ireland

About Aidan

Aidan Duffy is an award-winning writer/director based in Dublin, Ireland.

His breakthrough short film Mirrorman (2011); in which he also starred, had it's world premiere at the Short Film Corner of the 64th Festival de Cannes, was nominated for best screenplay at the Underground Cinema awards in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin and won the L.A. Diversity Film Festival's Ichi-Go Ichi-E award "for the film which encapsulates supreme uniqueness, creativity, and innovation". It made it's TV premiere on the Shortscreen programme of Irish state broadcaster RTÉ.

Nostalgia.exe (2014) premiered at the Short Film Corner of the 67th Festival de Cannes and competed for the Grand Prix Irish at the 59th Cork International Film Festival, where it was announced that the event had been added to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's prestigious list of Oscar-qualifying festivals. The short competed in French subtitled form at the 2nd Festival Courts des Îles, Tahiti, French Polynesia, and also screened on RTÉ's Shortscreen.

Duffy's most recent short film The Observation Level (2015) was picked up for international distribution by French company Gonella Productions at the 68th Festival de Cannes in an overall deal which included Nostalgia.exe (2014) and Mirrorman (2011). It won the Jury Award at the 2nd Pink City International Film Festival in Jaiipur, Rajasthan, India. It's American premiere took place at the International Peace and Film Festival at the historic Russian-American Community Center in Orlando, Florida, and it reached the semi-finals of the 2016 Global Short Film Awards which held events in New York and Cannes. The Observation Level also aired as "Short Of The Week" on Shorts HD channel.

Name: Aidan Duffy

Lives in: Dublin, Ireland

Occupation: Director and Screenwriter


  • The Randomer

    The Randomer (2016)
    Film by Filmbase/Naji Bechara, Caoimhe Clancy, Iseult Imbert Casting Director/Script Supervisor A university lecturer nearing the end of her thirties rethinks her aversion to family life and sets about becoming pregnant in this comedy written by Gerard Stembridge (About Adam, Nora, Ordinary Decent Criminal).

  • The Observation Level

    The Observation Level (2015)
    Film (short) by Aidan Duffy (Action and Fantasy) Writer/Executive Producer/Producer/Director A young woman named Adrianna is sent on a mission by a mysterious stranger. The task will require all of her cunning and willpower, as she is about to discover that everything is a test...

  • Nostalgia.exe

    Nostalgia.exe (2014)
    Film (short) by Constant Motion Pictures/Aidan Duffy (Drama and Sci-Fi) Writer/Executive Producer/Producer/Director The near future. Dream recording has now become a reality, so has dream-splicing; the illegal and dangerous altering of dreams for subconscious playback. In this world, a history lecturer named Paul Wheatley seeks out an enigmatic dreamsplicer known only as Sarah Tonin, forging a bond which may be his salvation or damnation.

  • Citizen Vader

    Citizen Vader (2014)
    Film (short) by Aidan Duffy (Comedy) Lead Actor/Writer/Director A lonely widower stalks his deserted mansion, gloomily contemplating ending his own life. His last word may hold the key to what has sent him down this dark path in this affectionate parody of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and George Lucas' Star Wars saga.

  • Mirrorman

    Mirrorman (2011)
    Film (short) by Aidan Duffy (Romance and Sci-Fi) Lead Actor/Writer/Executive Producer/Producer/Director A boy born with a mirror for a face becomes an artist and finds love in this modern fable. His mother is from Earth, his father from a planet nineteen light years away. His name is Aron, but the world will know him as Mirrorman.

  • Vienna

    Vienna (2006)
    Film (short) by N/A (Drama) Writer/Executive Producer/Producer/Director Simon Robinson, antisocial recluse and self-styled paranormal investigator, begins to realise that only by confronting his past can he hope to unlock the greatest mystery he's ever faced, his own future.

  • Christ On A Bike

    Christ On A Bike (2005)
    Film (short) by St. Kevin's College/Aidan Duffy (Comedy) Art Director/Writer/Director The Son Of God has returned to Earth to deliver a message from His Father. But there are demons pursuing him, and the success of his mission depends on the ingenuity of a student named Zoe Denton, as well as Our Lord's skill on a bicycle.

  • Living Death: A Day In The Life Of Dracula

    Living Death: A Day In The Life Of Dracula (2004)
    Film (short) by Trinity College Dublin/Graham Tugwell (Comedy) Director Of Photography/Camera Operator A day in the life of Dracula, prince of darkness, tae kwon do enthusiast, amateur fisherman, libel victim of Bram Stoker and supermarket clerk in the sleepy Irish village of Kilshitlan. Filmed by his best pal Bunty.


  • The Observation Level - Jury Award, 2nd Pink City International Short Film Festival, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

  • Mirrorman - Ichi-Go Ichi-E Award "for the film that encapsulates supreme uniqueness, creativity, and innovation", L.A. Diversity Film Festival, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.


  • Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

  • St. Kevin's College, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

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