The 18th edition of the Junior Galway Film Fleadh will take place from 7-10th November 2012 in the Town Hall Theatre, Huston Film School and Siobhan McKenna Theatre, NUI Galway.
A diverse and stimulating lineup is on offer for young people from the ages of 4 – 18 years. The programme will include an array of features, documentaries and workshops to support the curriculum, develop the imagination and inspire both discussion and creativity.
French cinema is always well received with younger audiences and this year the Junior Galway Film Fleadh will screen the award winning feature The Kid With A Bike (Le Gamin Au Velo). It will be preceeded by the Irish made french short Un Peu Plus. The film will be introduced by the education officer from the Irish Film Institute and study notes will be provided on the day to faciliate further classroom discussion.
Winter’s Daughter, our German feature, is an unlikely road movie about reconciliation. It will be preceeded by a short German language film called Veronika about a teenage girl with multiple physical disabilities but with an alert and artistic mind. Our German outreach programme continues with third installement of the teenage adventure series The Crocodiles: All For One.
Continuing the Junior Galway Film Fleadh’s commitment to foreign language films this year we are delighted to screen the Spanish award winning feature Perfect Stranger starring Colm Meaney.
This year’s animated feature is Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble is the highly anticipated follow up to Niko and the Way to the Stars. A short animated film Code Name Indie made by young local Galway filmmakers will screen before the feature.
2011/2012 proved to be a particularily strong period for Irish film and the Junior Galway Film Fleadh is delighted to screen award winning Irish language feature Lon Sa Speir along with a selection of Gearrscannain aimed at young people. Also screening especially for Leaving Certificate 2013 (Politics and Society in Northern Ireland) is the multiple award winning documentary Bernadette: notes on a political journey.
As ever the Shorts programmes will highlight the talent of budding filmmakers from schools, youth groups, summer camps and individuals.
Workshops to stimulate creativity and imagination will include Presenting For TV with TG4, Special FX Make Up for Film and TV, Pixilation (animation) and Stop Motion Animation. Our panel discussion this year The Long and the Shorts of It will focus on what the next steps are for young people once they have made a short film.