Anú Pictures is an interdependent film production company established by New York and Ireland based filmmaker Dónal Ó Céilleachair to synthesize over 30 years of experience across the independent film landscape.

Anú Pictures’ work explores the connections between culture, spirituality and ecology that are so central to the major challenges facing us in the pivotal times we live in.

Projects by Anú Pictures represent a fusion of long-established cinema methodologies with the latest in digital technologies, embracing new narrative possibilities and ever-evolving strategies for distribution.

Dónal Ó Céilleachair is a multiple-award winning filmmaker with 30 years of experience in cinema, broadcast television and the arts. His work has been shown in cinemas, museums, galleries, film festivals and on broadcast television and streaming services worldwide.

Sunniva O’Flynn of The Irish Film Institute writes that ‘Ó Céilleachair’s passion, rigour and artistry – informed by his love of cinema and his pioneering work – is evident in his considerable catalogue of work’.

Dónal is a member of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and the Irish Artists Film Index.

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*Surname pronounced ‘O-Kay-Lee-Ker’
Director OUR STORY – A Call To Ecological ConsciousnessIn Development View
Director The Red Book; Jung's Myth for our TimesIn Development View
Director Seeding The FutureIn Development View
Director Three Zen Gifts2024 View
Director Are We One2024 View
Director Continuing Traditions2022 View
Director I Heard Music (Do Chuala Ceol)2020 View
Director Good Life of Song (Glen Hansard Music Video)2020 View
Director The Camino Voyage2014 - 2019 View
Freelance Director & Editor Eco-Eye Series for RTÉ2009 - 2019 View
Director Leave a Light (Glen Hansard Music Video)2019 View
Director The Song of Amergin2016 View
Director From the Land of Múscraí 2016 View
Pushtar2015 View
Director Ó Chúil Aodha go hOileán Í
(From Coolea to Iona)
2014 View
Director Tadhg McSweeney, Painter (A Film Portrait)2014 View
Director Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision)2013 View
Director Dreamtime, Revisited2012 View
Producer &
Scéalta Mhuscraí (Muskerry Stories) 2011 View
Editor A Burning Question2010 View
Director 3-TRIÚR - Ag Cuardach Crot Ceoil
(In Search of Musical Form)
2009 - 2011 View
Editor Who Do You Think You Are? RTÉ Series2009 View
Editor BBC Newsnight Spot2009 View
Artist-in-Residence Peidhleacáin Solais (Butterfly Light)2008 View
& Producer
i, of k (Imitation of Kiss)2001/2007 View
DirectorPrelude / Préludio2008 View
Editor &
Associate Producer
The Matador2007 View
American Furry2007 View
The Unicorn2007 View
Editor Tootie’s Last Suit2006 View
Director Un Peu Moins (A Little Less)2006 View
Editor Member of the Group
(A New Orleans Cinderella Story
2006 View
Associate Producer
& Sound Designer
Journey Into Buddhism Trilogy2003 -2005 View
Editor Moving Parts 2005 View
Director With Wind & White Clouds 2005 View
Editor Three Soldiers 2005 View
Richard Foreman :
The Ontological Cowboy
2005 View
Editor Gobi Women Song 2005 View
Director Vernissage2004 View
Editor Prajna Paramita 2004
Invisible2004 View
Editor He Raised as a Flag his Head Against the Wind2004
Director Empire 2 2003 View
Jesus of Mexico City
Director CUZCO 1999 1999-2003 View
Co-Editor Marathon2002 View
Assistant Editor Twin Towers; A History2002
Assistant Editor National Geographic: True Originals Series on Wade Davis2002
Co-Director & Producer WAR OF THE WORLDS2001 View
Editor POV - Behind the Lens Spots2001
Contributing Director NIGHT ON EARTH2000
Associate Editor The Simian Line 1999 View
Edit Room Assistant Music of the Heart 1999 View
Edit Room Assistant Gunshy1999 View
Assistant Editor Fireflies1998
Editor & A.D Come To 1997
Assistant Editor Under the Bridge 1996 View
Director Remnants of Forgotten Memories1995
Assistant Director LOST1994
Director The Empty Space 1993
Director Fornication Under Consent of the King1991
Samskara International Film Festival, India Best International Non-Fiction Feature Film Award for Continuing Traditions 2023
Vindhya International Film Festival, India Best International Feature Documentary Award for Continuing Traditions 2023
Irish Screen America Film Festival, NYC The Documentary Award for The Camino Voyage2018
Luxembourg British & Irish Film Season Audience Award for The Camino Voyage2018
An tOireachtas Media AwardsThe Documentary Award for The Camino Voyage2018
Dingle International Film FestivalAudience Award for Best Feature Film for The Camino Voyage 2018
An tOireachtas Media AwardsThe Best Series Award for Camino by Sea2017
19th European Film
Festival of India
Aisling Gheal Selection 2014
Cork Film Festival Cork Shorts Award 2014
Irish Arts CouncilArtist Bursary2013
Access CinemaMichael Dwyer Award2013
LSAD (Limerick School of Art & Design)/
TUS (Technological University of the Shannon)
Creative Practice Masters Tracking PhD2021 - 2024 (Current)
Cloughjordan Eco-Village Certificate in Permaculture Design2019
National College of Art & Design (NCAD)/GaelChultur,Dublin Diploma in Teaching Art through the Irish Language2012
Film Video Arts (FVA) Avid Media Composer Training Workshop1997
University of Havana, Cuba Certificate in Intermediate Level Spanish1997
New York University (NYU) Intensive Film Workshop1996
Film Video Arts (FVA), NY Sync-Sound Film making & Film Editing Workshop1994
School of Visual Arts (SVA), NY16mm Film Production, Painting, Still Life, Life Drawing & Illustration1992 – 1993
Cooper Union, NYPainting, Figure Drawing & Abstract Drawing1990 – 1992
DIT & Trinity College, Dublin MA / BSc 1994 / 1990
UCCDocumentary Masterclass2022
Limerick School of Art & DesignFilmmaking Masterclass2019
IMBOLC FestivalArtists Talk & Filmmaking Masterclass2018
Ionad Cúltúrtha / Cultural Centre
Artists Moving-Image Workshop2015
Cork Film CentreMentorship Programme Director2012 - 2014
Sculpture Factory, CorkArtists Moving-Image Workshop2011
Ionad Cúltúrtha / Cultural Centre
Adults Cinema Workshops2012
Cork Film CentreMentor-in-Residence 2010
IFI, DublinIrish Language Cinema Workshops2009
Kerry Film FestivalFilmmaking Masterclass2009
Ionad Cúltúrtha / Cultural Centre
Cinema Workshops
NYU-SCPS Film DepartmentFilmmaking Masterclass2007
New York Film AcademyEditing & Final Cut Pro Instructor2002
MoMA / PS1
Contemporary Art Centre, New York
Cinema Workshops2000

Dónal was one of the founding members of the Expanded Cinema collective; kinoSonik (1999-2004). For five years kinoSonik presented numerous live improvisationary expanded cinema public performances in New York and Internationally.

Each kinoSonik performance – mostly comprised of 16mm film found footage and loops –  was unique and never repeated.

We did live performance visuals for composed works, at gigs for bands like the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and Genesis P-Orridge and Throbbing Ghristle and for public performances including:

  • Parallel Worlds Cultural Platform at the opening ceremonies for Lille, Cultural Capital of Europe 2004, France
  • CATHEDRAL – Opening performance of the historical 48 hour web-cast orchestrated by William Duckworth
  • Outer Space an outdoors presentation on the Williamsburg Waterfront Organologic, 2000
  • P.S.1’s Greater New York Reception at Galapagos,1999
  • Closing Reception Outer Limits Video & Film Festival, 1999

kinoSonik’s ‘composed’ expanded cinema projects include:

  • The Nutty Projector – premiered at Ocularis, 2002 (90 mins) /
  • Luminous Space – premiered at Anthology Film Archives, 2003 (43 mins)
  • Document (of the Moment of It’s Own Making) – premiered at Ocularis, 2004 (7 mins)
  • i, of k – the expanded cinema version – completed in 2009 (52 mins)