Illustration by Adeline Perricart
CINE CAFÉ are calling for Irish short films for Bealtaine, the nationwide festival held annually in May and co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity, who work to promote greater participation by older people in society.
The short films should fit in with the express theme of Bealtaine: ‘celebrating creativity as we age’. Last year all of the shorts featured older-aged people to the fore in their principal cast and/or crew, both to entertain and also to illustrate Bealtaine’s overall theme over the years of ‘celebrating creativity in older age’ in one of the most modern of all art forms.
For example CINE CAFÉ screened Teeth, featuring actors Niall Tobin and Niall O’Brien, The Wednesdays featuring actors such as Des Keogh and Pat Laffan and Rolla Saor, all of which were made with Irish Film Board funding alongside Ken Wardrop’s Undressing My Mother, Farewell Packets of Ten and Bongo Bong, Brendan Muldowney’s The Ten Steps and Conor Horgan’s The Last Time.
If you have anything suitable and would like to get your short seen by an audience then contact Howard on email@example.com. Note: Shorts should be on DVD format.
Other CINE CAFÉ events as part of Bealtaine include a screening of such shorts at Exchange-Dublin Arts Centre in Exchange Street Upper in Old City Temple Bar at 3pm on Wednesday May 10th, free admission.
CINE CAFÉ will screen a selection of shorts for Kilmainham Arts Club in the Patriot’s Inn Kilmainham on Monday May 7th.
Bealtaine and CINE CAFÉ are keen to expand these events to as many venues across the country for this year’s festival. Any cafes, bistros, community centres, arts centres or pubs with large plasma TV that would like to become involved in this worthy cause can also contact Howard on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 11% of the population is aged 65 years +
- 26% of the population is aged 50+
- 95% of people aged over 65 live in the community
- 5% of people aged over 65 live in residential care
- Currently 1 in 10 people aged 65+ are over 85 years
- The population of people aged 65 years+ will increase from 11% to 22%
- The population of people aged 50 years+ will increase from 26% to 43%.
- By 2036, 1 in 7 people aged 65+ will be over 85 years