In this podcast in partnership with the Galway Film Fleadh, Gemma Creagh talks to Aisha Bolaji, Jackson Lennon and Paudie Baggott about their short films screening at this year’s festival.

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky (WRI/DIR: Aisha Bolaji)

In a small Irish town teens Diana and Sol are finally graduating. Diana once dreaded this day, fearing a mundane and adult future, but now has a plan for adventure among the stars with her best friend Sol. When doubt starts to set in, they have to decide whether to pursue their dream or or remain in their familiar world and face the inevitable.

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky screens on Friday, 12th July at 9:30am in the Town Hall Theatre  as part of the Irish Talent, New Shorts 4: Fiction Programme.

Farfalle (WRI/DIR: Jackson Lennon)

Jake’s mother takes in a new exchange student. Although hesitant at first to show her around, once they meet, that changes instantly. They spend an amazing week together and Jake writes a love letter to thank her for showing him true love.

Farfalle  screens on Friday, 12th July in the Town Hall Theatre at 9:30am as part of the Irish Talent, New Shorts 4: Fiction Programme.

Peat (WRI/DIR: Paudie Baggott)

Anne Byrne, recently widowed, lives with her useless adult son. She’s left juggling housework and the bog, until her witchy neighbour suggests building a Golem. When Anne develops feelings for it, her man-child son tries to destroy it.

Peat screens on Saturday, 13th July in the Town Hall Theatre  at 11:30am as part of the Irish Talent, New Shorts 7: Fís Éireann/screen Ireland World Premiere Shorts Programme.

Aisha Bolaji

Aisha Bolaji (she/they) is making her mark as a filmmaker showcasing their distinct creative vision. They graduated from The National Film School, IADT with a specialisation in Fiction Direction and Production. To encompass Aisha’s work as a director it is fantastical, fun and colourful with a dedication to unconventional Black stories. Her latest short film Why the Sun & Moon in the Sky, was in the top ten shortlist for the Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition in 2022, and in 2023 received the Creative Ireland South Dublin Film Award. It will be premiering at the 36th Galway Film Fleadh, where she has also been nominated for a Bingham Ray New Talent Award. Her graduate short film End of the World Tour premiered at Kerry International Film Festival, and took home best student short at Dublin International Comedy Festival.


She is a film curator and programmer, acting as one of two of Dublin International Film Festival’s shorts programmers as well as having involvement in various Irish short form screenings and film festivals.


Aisha is also co-founder of The GALPAL Collective and a leading advocate for DEI in the arts and media sector in Ireland. Aisha has lead various initiatives to further bridge gaps for young people from marginalised communities within the arts. Aisha was most recently nominated for South Dublin Woman of the Year further showcasing her dedication to inclusivity and aims to reshape the industry

Jackson Lennon

Jackson Lennon, a 23-year-old filmmaker based in Dublin, Ireland, has been an avid storyteller from a young age. Growing up, he and his older brother Jordan spent countless hours crafting short films, honing their skills and nurturing their passion for cinema. Jackson’s journey into the world of film began at the age of 8 when he started acting, a pursuit that laid the foundation for his future endeavors behind the camera.

In 2020, Jackson’s talent and dedication were recognized when his short film, “Boxed In,” received funding from Screen Ireland and the Bow Street Academy as part of the Actor as Creator Scheme. This compelling piece, which explores themes close to Jackson’s heart, was also screened at the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh, marking a significant milestone in his burgeoning career.


As a transgender man, Jackson is deeply committed to telling LGBTQ+ stories, drawing from his own experiences to bring authenticity and empathy to his work. His films resonate with audiences, shedding light on the diverse narratives within the LGBTQ+ community and advocating for greater representation and understanding.

Paudie Baggott

Paudie Baggott is an award-winning writer-director using character-comedy with a strong sense of visual absurdity to tell personal stories.

To date, he’s directed several comedy shorts all of which have screened and/or won at a number of global Oscar and Bafta-affiliated film festivals including Galway Film Fleadh, Aesthetica, Bolton Film Festival, Waterford Film Festival, Emerging Director’s Awards and The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

His shorts have been funded by Kildare Co-Co, The Pitch Film Fund in the UK, and most recently he received Screen Ireland funding for his Focus Short ‘Peat’ – a dark comic fantasy that he wrote and directed.

He also a short comedy play “Gods & Fighting Men” which premiered at Scene + Heard in 2020.

As a director, he develops both existing and self-written projects.

Graduate of the National Film School, IADT ( BA Hons in Film & Television Production & Direction).

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