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Ardnacrusha man lands Dream Job

MarkA  25 year old actor and director from Ardnacrusha in Co. Clare has been revealed as the winner of Budweiser’s Dream Job competition.

Having already secured an equipment bursary of €2,000, Mark Griffin beat off competition from four other finalists to claim a prize fund of €50,000.

The judging panel was headed up by ‘Game of Thrones’ star Liam Cunningham, alongside internationally acclaimed DJ Matador and TV presenter, Leanne Moore. The judges were very impressed by Mark’s passion for storytelling and his existing engaging productions.

Mark qualified in Medicine in UCC three years ago, but his dream has always been to work in acting and film. While studying, he spent most of his free time acting in the UCC Drama society. His first short film Drift was awarded Best Director and Best Cinematographer in the first national ‘March on Film’ competition last year. Mark has since written a second film with his brother Edward, and he also wrote a play that was staged in London last November. He has just received the great news that his play will be published! It was Mark’s drive and dedication that caught the eyes of the judges and secured his place in the final five.

Speaking about Dream Job, he said, “Everyone’s got a film they love – one that’s inspired them, made them laugh, and made them cry. I want to spend my life creating these films. Winning Dream Job will allow me to make this my full-time career, buy my own equipment and ultimately shoot my first feature length film.”

Alongside Mark in this year’s Budweiser Dream Job final were Brazilian fashion designer Alex D’Paula, Dublin concert pianist Sean Rooney, Stillorgan-based music composer Scott Tobin and Dundalk comedian Lisa Casey.

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