access>CINEMA was formerly known as the Federation of Irish Film Societies (FIFS) from 1977 to 2001. In October 2001 the organisation was re-constituted, re-branded and re-launched as access>CINEMA.

Board of Directors 

Finola Costello (Appointed May 2015)

A former Business Studies and Accounting teacher, Finola Costello is a founding member of Waterford Film Society, and has been its Treasurer for 10 years.  She is currently the Film Society Organiser/Committee member/Film Programmer at The Picture House in Wexford.  She is also a former Board member at Wexford Arts Centre, and a member of the recitals staff at Wexford Festival Opera.  She is a former Chair of access>CINEMA. 

Edel Doherty (Appointed August 2018)


Laura Dunne (Appointed August 2018)

John Maguire (Appointed May 2016)

John is a film critic, journalist and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing and talking about film in Ireland. An astute and intuitive critic, for the last 8 years he has written a weekly film review column, feature interviews and film articles for The Sunday Business Post, Ireland’s premier business and politics newspaper. John started his career at Independent News & Media as film critic for the Irish Independent’s Day & Night magazine. For many years, he contributed a weekly film review to Ireland’s most popular breakfast radio show, Ian Dempsey on Today FM, among other long-standing national radio and television contributions. John was a founding member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle. Married with two young children, he lives in Dublin.

Alex Rosiak (Appointed August 2018)

John Smith (Appointed June 2017)

John Smith works in the pharmaceutical sciences sector. He has been involved in the running of East Cork Cinema Club, a volunteer-run film society in Cobh, since 2009. East Cork Cinema Club has collaborated with a number of local arts organisations including Sirius Arts Centre, the Readers and Writers Festival and the First Cut Film Festival, as well as running a Documentary Film Festival in Cobh. John founded East Cork Cinema Club in 2009 with a friend and is also the current chairperson of Cobh Arts Festival.

Ken Wardrop (Acting Chairperson) (Appointed May 2016)

Ken is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices, creating powerfully emotional pieces through his own unique style. Ken studied filmmaking at the National Film School, IADT. His work has won accolades from the European Academy Awards to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Some of his proudest achievements have been in his short form exploits most notably his Barnardos campaigns.