Countdown to Galway Film Fleadh: Writers Masterclass – Daniel Waters



The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

The 25th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with The National Film School at IADT, have announced that Daniel Waters will be the subject of this year’s Screenwriters Masterclass.


‘People will look at the ashes of Westerburg and say, “Now there’s a school that self-destructed, not because society didn’t care, but because the school was society.” Now that’s deep.’- JD (Christian Slater), Heathers


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in the wilds of Indiana, educated in Montreal, Daniel Waters came to Los Angeles in the 80’s where he did the de rigueur video-store-clerk-to-screenwriter transformation and burst onto the scene with Heathers, the seminal 1989 dark comedy that re-defined the Teen Film genre, for better or worse. From there, poor Daniel got swept up into the world of big-budget action films with varying success: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), the Catwoman-scented Batman Returns(1992), and Demolition Man (1993), which chillingly predicted Arnold Schwartzenegger’s political future.
According to Daniel, he got off the studio merry-go-round to write many dazzlingly brilliant and therefore unmade scripts before embarking on a directing career (Happy Campers 2000, Sex and Death 101 2008) that has brought joy to ‘tens and tens of people around the globe’.
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, now shooting in London, marks Daniel’s entree into the supernatural-young-adult-novel-adaptation world (He likes to come to genres as they are dying) and his first collaboration with Mark Waters, his commercially more successful younger brother.


The Screenwriters Masterclass will be facilitated by Mary Kate O Flanagan. Mary Kate works with writers and producers internationally, helping to shape and polish screenplays. She has designed and delivered training for screenwriters across Europe with her colleagues from USC since 2006. She is a lecturer at The National Film School at IADT in Ireland and FAMU in Prague as well as a guest expert at The London Screenwriters Festival, MAIA, and lead tutor on the Midpoint and Storyworks script development programmes.

The masterclass costs €50 and will take place on Thursday the 11th of July from 3pm – 6pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email:

The closing date for applications has been extended to: 1pm Friday the 5th of July 2013


The MA in Screenwriting at the National Film School, at IADT, has been delivering a prestigious and practical course for more than a decade. We are delighted to support this event with such a master of the craft.


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