Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan and Marcella Corcoran KennedyTD (Chairperson of OFFline Film Festival)
OFFline, Offaly’s Film Festival which takes place 10 – 14 October 2012, was officially launched by Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht recently who complimented the organisers on their success and hard work and wished them well.
Festival Director, Gary Hoctor (HelloCamera.ie) pointed out “Offline has punched above its weight right from the start, so it’s no wonder that we’re seeing great interest in our festival again this year. Because our festival winner qualifies automatically forGalway- and its winner could eventually qualify for the Oscars, we’re seeing entrants who are daring to dream of the big prize…and why not?!”
The Festival consists of three strands:
Filmmaking challenge which sees teams from Ireland and abroad make short films over a three day period with the winning film netting a cash prize and a guaranteed slot in the Galway Film Fleadh short competition – itself now a feeder festival for the Oscars.
Workshops – specialised master classes giving filmmakers the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry on various topics including directing, acting, make-up, editing and camera technology etc.
Screenings of a selection of Irish and International films for all Festival goers to enjoy. Some Q&A sessions with directors/producers are scheduled. A youth screening programme of accessCINEMA’s Zoom programme is scheduled alongside a selection of films for primary school children curated by Katharine Simpson, (Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences and is a recent recipient of an Europa Cinema Award for Young Audience Activities).
In addition to these three strands, OFFLine 2012 will introduce an Industry Day which will see industry professionals discuss the advantages of shooting in the regions. Filmmaker Michael Fortune will also deliver a stop motion class to selected primary schools in the run up to the festival with completed films being screened as part of the Festival.
A final addition to the 2012 festival is the introduction of OFFLine ON SET, a youth driven filmmaking programme funded by the Arts Council Youth Ensemble Scheme, that sees 14 – 17 year olds learn the ropes of filmmaking over July and August and have their short film screened on the opening night of OFFline 2012.
The Festival is funded by Offaly Local Development Company, The Arts Council, Offaly County Council, Birr Town Council, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and supported by Offaly County Enterprise Board, Shannon Development, accessCINEMA, Filmbase, HelloCamera.ie and The Chestnut, Birr.