Declan Keeney





Dr Declan Keeney

Ulster University

Director of the Ulster Screen Academy

Speaker Biography

Dr Declan Keeney is the Director of the Ulster Screen Academy at Ulster University in Northern Ireland and an award-winning filmmaker and academic. Declan is Technical Lead on the Screen Media Innovation Lab, a £72m Virtual Production studio complex for Belfast and one of the Belfast Region City Deal’s pillar innovation projects.

Declan is a Co-Investigator on a landmark £13m, Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded creative cluster led by Ulster University entitled Future Screens NI. With 25 years of broadcast media experience, including 13 years as staff at the BBC, Declan’s research focusses on Virtual Production, XR and VR for film and broadcast real-time production pipelines.

Declan is Creative Director at Island Hill Productions Ltd., an VR/XR/Film & Documentary production company he founded in 2017. He is also project manager for a £1.2m Virtual Production studio (ViPrS) at Ulster University’s Belfast campus for skills development, teaching and research.

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