Filmbase is currently accepting final applications for its Masters course in Digital Feature Film Production starting in September. The course, run in association with Staffordshire University, is industry-facing and aims to assist filmmakers in developing their creative and technical skills in the area of feature film production.
Filmbase should receive expressions of interest from prospective students by September 9th for enrolment in 2014. Filmmakers interested in applying for the course can find more details at www.filmmasters.ie<http://www.
This intensive film production programme allows students the opportunity to develop the essential skills necessary for future roles in the film industry while working in a highly practical filmmaking environment resulting in a full-length feature film. Students will also forge links with established filmmakers, rental companies and post production facilities through the film production process. Modules will also take place throughout the year at the Cork Film Festival and in Berlin during the European Film Market.
The course is currently entering its fourth year and is building on the success of the feature films created to-date on the programme. Poison Pen, written by Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), and The Light of Day both premiered at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Poison Pen screens on Sunday 31st August at the IFI in a special screening as part of their Ireland on Sunday showcase and will then travel to New York for it’s North American premiere in October at the Irish Film New York festival on October 5th. How To Be Happy starring Brian Gleeson and Gemma-Leah Devereux won Best International Feature at the Garden State festival in the US earlier this year and continues to enjoy an international run on the festival circuit. Keys To The City starring Rory Keenan, Conor Mullen, Una Kavanagh, David Murray and Natalia Kostrzewa premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2012 and has since screened at numerous festivals world-wide.
Digital techniques have removed many of the barriers to traditional film production and distribution. Creative filmmakers can now produce original and distinctive work at much lower budgets than traditionally possible. Building on the opportunities offered by this radical change in model the innovative course equips film students with the creative and technical skills necessary for future roles in digital film production and the creative industries.
Poison Pen is a romantic comedy set in London, where Irish Booker prize-winning novelist PC Molloy finds himself blackmailed into working for a tabloid gossip magazine. The film stars Lochlann O’Mearain (The O’Brien’s), Aoibhinn McGinnity (Love/Hate), Lauryn Canny (Amber, A Thousand Times Goodnight), Susan Loughnane (The Food Guide to Love), Mary Murray (The Magdalene Sisters) and Aaron Heffernan (Love/Hate) amongst a strong Irish cast. The film shot in Dublin and London earlier this year as part of the MSc Digital Feature Film Production course and screens at the IFI at 6pm on Suday 31st August, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office.