Dan Ireland Foundation
Dan Ireland served as the Artistic Director for the Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) and Louisiana Film Society, a position he held since LIFF’s inception in 2013 until his untimely death in 2016. As Artistic Director, Dan harnessed his vast experience, relationships, and talent to offer more than year-round programming, He laid the critical groundwork necessary for the successful vision, strategy, and growth of an emerging Louisiana film festival. Dan Ireland was a revered mentor to acclaimed actors, directors, music composers, producers, writers and more.
In celebration of his legacy, LIFF, along with generous patrons, created the scholarship, which commemorates Ireland’s dedication to new talent. Louisiana artists and filmmakers are eligible for consideration, and funds from the scholarship are dedicated towards an event, showcase or internship in Los Angeles on the recipient’s behalf. In April 2017, the inaugural Dan Ireland Award was presented by special guest Renee Zellwegger to Atila Till for KILLS ON WHEELS. In September 2017, the inaugural Dan Ireland Scholarship was awarded to Louisiana musician JST DAVID and applied towards his debut private listening concert at the Peppermint Club in Hollywood, CA for music industry guests.
Over the last 4 years Dan became intimately involved in starting a grass-roots movement to discover and nurture talent in Louisiana. His greatest passion was the potential he observed in others. During frequent visits to Louisiana, Dan became a recognized face and valued member of the community. He was embraced by many of the festival supporters, audience members, and local artists whom he befriended.