Kevin De La Isla



Kevin is a professional and passionate screenwriter and filmmaker with experience in film & television production, advertising and distribution. He has learned first hand from shadowing established directors on set such as: Andrew Dominik, Jim Sheridan, Ken Girotti, Julian Jarrold & Agnes Merlet and has had directing master-classes with Mike Leigh, Luis Mandoki and Mark Romanek. He has over 20,000 hours of film and broadcast editing experience & was mentored in film editing by Emma E. Hickox. He is fluent in English and Spanish languages and his background also spreads to creative development, on-air promotion, event panel moderating and speaker alike. He is an experienced team leader with limitless ambition and a drive to taking the creative lead whilst inspiring others, listening and collaborating to achieve the best possible result for the project at hand. He is a multi award-winning writer, director, producer and editor with over 19years in the business and a proven track record in conception, production and delivery of content. He has successfully created and managed crowd-funding campaigns for feature films. Extremely motivated creative who is passionate about the whole process, enthused by exigent projects and briefs and constantly full of ideas. He studied Media Production in Coláiste Dhulaigh and ‘Film as a Fine-Art’ & languages at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written and directed several award winning short films including, ‘A Kings Tradition’, ‘Lesson 101, The Wacky Diary of a Pick-Up Artist’ and ‘Hope’. He has also worked as a camera operator, A.P., Promos Producer and editor for TV3, Setanta Sports, Ned Kelly Pictures and RTÉ. He has directed several TV commercials, music videos & concerts for The Walls, HamsandwicH, Julie Feeney and The Laundry Shop. He directed the sold-out run of “Stoker”(2009) at the New Theatre, Dublin. In 2010 and 2011 he won the Irish leg of Empire magazine’s ‘Done in 60 Seconds’ competition with versions of “The Departed” and “Shadow of the Vampire”, which he wrote and directed. He was a finalist in Ford’s ‘8 minutes in Cobh, Co. Cork’ short film competition with: “Hope”. In 2012 he directed and edited 3 short films for the European Women’s Lobby about Family Reunification. In 2013 he spent 5 weeks in Africa writing, co-producing, directing and editing a 4-part TV-documentary series commissioned by EWTN on the life of the Pallottines. This series aired globally on November-2015. He co-wrote, produced, directed and edited his multi award-winning debut feature film “The Hit Producer”, a crowd-funded film, which opened in Irish cinemas on October 2015 and had an extended release on January 2016 through Omniplex. It was part of Aer-Lingus inflight entertainment and had a nationwide theatrical distribution in Mexico through Cinemex in September – October 2018 and is currently being distributed in VOD through Amazon Prime in over 100 countries. In 2017 he won the Kinsale Gold Shark Award for directing the RTÉ/Filmbase short Film “ACORN”, which is currently being distributed by NITV. Most recently he wrote, co-directed and edited the Drama-documentary “Violet Gibson, The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini” starring Olwen Foueré and premiered at the Dublin international Film Festival in March 2020. He is now writing and developing his next fiction feature film.