How to Create a Great Pitch Pilot


Five projects have been selected for EDN Galway Workshop but you have an opportunity to attend the Open Session on 2nd April on How to Create a Great Pitch Pilot.

Using concrete examples of successful Pitch Pilots this plenary session will be presented by experienced Pilot Editor Jesper Osmund and EDN Film & Media Consultant Ove Rishøj Jensen.  This half-day presentation is available free of charge to all Documentary Filmmakers or anyone with an interest in the Creative Documentary.



East Asia Film Festival Ireland

For its third edition this April, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI) celebrates the diversity, artistry, and variety of filmmaking from East and South East Asia over four days from April 11-14th. The festival features established and award-winning filmmakers such as Hong Sang-Soo, Ying Liang, Zhang Ming and Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The festival also celebrates exciting new talent including Bi Gan, plus first features from Lina Wang and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

This year sees two guests of honour attend the festival: acclaimed director Tsai Ming-Liang and his long-time collaborator, actor Lee Kang-Sheng. They will present rare screenings of two of Tsai’s classic films, The River and I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone, plus his latest, Your Face. Tsai and Lee will also take part in a Masterclass, supported by Screen Skills Ireland and moderated by renowned critic Tony Rayns, on Saturday 13th.

A number of Irish premieres will also feature, including the festival’s opening film, Hong Sang-Soo’s latest comedy-drama Hotel by the River. With this new film, Hong has crafted an elegant tragi-comedy, a chamber piece that unfolds in less than 24 hours where an ageing poet is approaching his final days. Beautifully filmed in black and white, this is a fresh, humanistic exploration on family, life, love and death.

Commenting on this year’s slate, the festival’s Artistic and Programming Director Marie-Pierre Richard said, ‘’We are honoured to welcome auteur filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang and actor Lee Kang-Sheng to present rare screening of three films programmed for our festival by Tsai and his producer. Distinguished film critic and one of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema Tony Rayns will be here to conduct a masterclass and Q&As with Tsai and Lee, and also to present our opening and closing films. The new films playing at this year’s festival bring together the voices of significant filmmakers from a multitude of geographical contexts in East and South East Asia, with each skillfully addressing questions of identity and the burning issues of our time including ethnicity, nationhood and family.’

Also featuring at this year’s festival are Lina Wang’s stunning A First Farewell, a prize winner at both the Berlin and Tokyo film festivals; A Family Tour, directed by Ying Liang, is a moving drama that puts political pressure exerted on filmmakers under the spotlight; Bi Gan’s sumptuous Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which features a long, virtuoso single take, shot in 3D; Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s modern romance Asako I & II; Zhang Ming’s The Pluto Moment; and Liu Jie’s fast-paced social justice drama Baby, which sees a young woman abduct an infant who has the same birth defect she herself had as a child.

Closing the festival this year will be Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s debut Manta Ray, which focuses on the relationship between a fisherman and the Rohingyan refugee he finds unconscious in the local swamps. This poignant film tackles the refugee experience and associated questions of identity, self, border, ethnicity and nationhood.

Tickets for the East Asian Film Festival Ireland are available now at or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477. More information is also available from



Film Festivals 2019 – Here & Abroad


In Conversation with Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds


On Friday, 22 March 2019, 6 – 7:30pm TCD will host anin conversation’ event with Emer Reynolds, writer and director of The Farthest (2017) chaired by Prof Ruth Barton(TCD) co-organised by Trinity School of Creative Arts and CONNECT.

Award-winning editor, writer and documentary director, Emer Reynolds, will discuss her acclaimed film,The Farthest  with Associate Professor in Film Studies, Ruth Barton, and CONNECT Principal Investigator, Marco Ruffini, in the Long Room Hub on Friday March 22, at 6pm.

The Farthest tells the inspiring story of Nasa’sVoyager space probes in the words of the men and women who designed and built the spacecraft. Interspersed with extraordinary imagery from the journey through space,The Farthest played at festivals worldwide, culminating in winning an Emmy in the category of ‘Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary’ in 2018. A celebration of the possibilities of scientific vision and of the humanity of those behind these experiments, including the creators of the ‘golden record’ made to enlighten possible alien encounters about life on earth,The Farthest is a testament to the potential of the human imagination.

Register here 
The interview will include sequences from The Farthest alongside a discussion of the film.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)


WFT Short Film Showcase


To celebrate International Women’s Day, WFT Ireland, is partnering with the IFI, to host an annual Short Film Showcase. This special screening of WFT Ireland members’ work will take place on Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at 6:30pm.

The films that will screen on the evening include:

Ma (dir. Anne Marie Kelly, 9 mins);

The Girl at the End of the Garden (dir. Bonnie Dempsey, 15 mins);

No Place (dir. Laura Kavanagh, 7 mins);

Catcalls (dir. Kate Dolan, 9 mins);

The Shift (dir. Megan K. Fox, 12 mins);

Siobhan (dir. Maeve Murphy, 10 mins);

Her Name Is… (dir. Lydia McGuinness, 10 mins);

Sea for Yourself (dir. Gráinne Gavigan, 8 mins).


#EUandMe Free Screenings @ Light House

The Loner

The future of Europe has never been more hotly debated. Cinemagic Film Festival presents #EUandMe, a special free screening of five short films in Light House Cinema Dublin exploring the key challenges faced by European countries today: from sustainability, to mobility and equality. Directed by leading filmmakers drawn from across the European Union, #EUandMe is a timely exploration of some of the most pressing issues of our time.


The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films.


Tuesday 12th February


Light House Cinema, Dublin


Entry is free of charge but tickets are required

Email or sign up for tickets at the following Eventbrite link




The Living Hostel
Matthias Hoene | Germany | 2018 | 9 mins | Subtitled
On the theme of mobility.


Zaida Bergroth | Finland | 2018 | 9 mins | Subtitled
On the theme of sustainability.


Party Animal
Yorgos Zois | Greece | 2018 | 8 mins | Subtitled
On skills and business.


The Loner
Tomasz Konecki | Poland | 2018 | 10 mins | Subtitled
On digital issues.


Dalibor Matanic | Croatia | 2018 | 4 mins | Subtitled
On rights.



Panel: ‘Her Story: Women in the Irish Film Industry’ @ MIC

The inaugural Fem Fest at Mary Immaculate College will run from 5-15 February. The festival seeks to highlight experiences and achievements of women.

A panel featuring Vanessa Gildea, Marie Therese Garvey and Megan K. Fox,  will focus on the work and industry experience of three women in different roles in the Irish film industry.

‘Her Story: Women in the Irish Film Industry’ takes place on the 6th Feb at 4pm in T115 at MIC.

Vanessa Gildea is a writer/director, and former MIC student. Her work includes the IFTA nominated films The White Dress and The 34th (with Linda Cullen). The 34th is the story of marriage equality in Ireland and is now available on Netflix.

Marie Therese Garvey is co-writer/producer of the experimental documentary There will be some who will not fear even that void (2013) and producer of the IFTA nominated documentary Atlantic (2016). Marie Therese is currently a student on the MA in Media Studies in MIC.

Megan K. Fox is a writer/director who has won a number of awards for her short films. They include Slow Down (2015), Girl (2016) and The Shift which recently won the Film in Cork Award, 2018.

Fem Fest 2019 Programme

Fem Fest MIC opens on Tuesday 5 February with the first in a series of lunchtime performances and talks, and runs until Friday 15 February.

Two art exhibitions will run throughout the festival: Hunting the wren, female head pieces, an exhibition by former MIC lecturer Sinéad Dinneen, which depicts contemporary ceremonial headpieces with ancient and historic connotations; We are the flock by MIC lecturer Tanya de Paor, an installation of video, narrative and lens-based work from an ecofeminist perspective in MIC’s meditation room.

Lunchtime Performances & Talks

Tuesday 5 February: Pre-concert talk on Fair Plé, a movement dedicated to achieving gender balance in all aspects of Irish traditional and folk music. Traditional music concert with Niamh Dunne and Emma Langford.

Venue: G10 (talk) / Main reception foyer (concert)
Time: 12pm-12.55pm (talk) / 1pm-2pm (concert)

Wednesday 6 February: Lecture on representations of girlhood in J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan by Jade Dillon, MIC PhD candidate.

Venue: G08
Time: 1pm-2pm

Thursday 7 February: Poets Sarah Clancy, Ilyana Kuhling and Kathryn Keane read from and perform their own work.

Venue: G08
Time: 1pm-2pm

Friday 8 February: MIC PhD candidate Aideen Wylde presents her play, Here Shall We Rest. Aideen’s performance forms part of her PhD dissertation process. Tickets are €8/5; bookings through

Venue: Halla
Time: 1pm-2pm

Tuesday 12 February: Lecture on Bridget Cleary who was killed by her husband in 1895. Bridget’s husband believed that his real wife had been abducted by fairies and a changeling left in her place. This lecture will be delivered by Molly Daly, MIC.

Venue: G10
Time: 1pm-2pm

Wednesday 13 February: Lecture on the first graduates of MIC, 1902 by Dr Paul O’Brien, MIC.

Venue: G10
Time: 1pm-2pm

Thursday 14 February: Lecture on Paula Meehan’s poetry by Dr John McDonagh, MIC.

Venue: G10
Time: 1pm-2pm

Friday 15 February: Lecture on the representation of the female migrant in contemporary Irish literature by Dr Marita Ryan, MIC.

Venue: G10
Time: 1pm-2pm

Other Daytime Events


One-day Event on Women in Public Life in the Early Years of the 20th Century takes place on Friday 8 February.

Irish Women’s Writing Network Seminar (co-organised by Kathryn Laing, MIC and Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin, UL). More details on www.irishwomenswritingnetwork….

Venue: G08
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue then changes to T116, from 2pm-5pm.

Invited speakers: Martina Devlin reads from her newly published collection of short stories, Truth and Dare: Stories About Women Who Shaped Ireland.

Donna Gilligan, museum archaeologist, talks about women’s suffrage.

Lizzie Nunnery is interviewed about her critically lauded play, To Have to Shoot Irishmen, which is based on the lives of Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington and her husband. A short scene from this play will be performed by students on MIC’s BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre programme.


As part of the scheduled lecture timetable, the following lectures are open to the MIC community and members of the public.

Wednesday 6 February: Viewing of a BBC documentary on Jesus’s female disciples, facilitated by Fr Michael Wall.

Venue: T118
​​​​​​​Time: 11am & 3pm

Monday 11 February: Comhar na míosa 1969: Amhrán Grá Vietnam le Caitlín Maude agus Bed-in John Lennon agus Yoko Ono leis an Dochtúir Róisín Ní Ghairbhí. Bhí cur chuige ar leith ag gníomhaithe síochána na seascaidí lena dteachtaireacht a chur in iúl le lucht údaráis. Ach cén bhaint a bhí ag seo le file ban ó Chonamara? Fáilte romhat bualadh isteach agus cur leis an bplé!

Venue: T117
​​​​​​​Time: 1pm

Evening Events

Thursday 7 February: MIC PhD candidate Aideen Wylde presents her play, Here Shall We Rest. Aideen’s performance forms part of her PhD dissertation process. Tickets are €8/5; bookings through

Venue: Halla
Time: 7.30pm

Friday 8 February: MIC PhD candidate Aideen Wylde presents her play, Here Shall We Rest. This performance will be followed by a talk-back. Tickets are €8/5; bookings through

Venue: Halla
Time: 7.30pm

Tuesday 12 February: An evening to acknowledge and highlight the achievement and leadership of women in sport who have strong links with MIC either as past or present students and staff. Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill of TG4’s Rugbaí Beo will act as MC.

Venue: T118
​​​​​​​Time: 6pm

Thursday 14 February: Dolmen Productions presents Weighing In, a play by Ger Gallagher, starring Isobel Mahon and Rose Henderson. Directed by Caroline Fitzgerald. Tickets are €20/18; bookings through

Venue: Lime Tree Theatre
​​​​​​​Time: 8pm


Legendary Hollywood Cinematographer Coming to Ireland


Nick McLean and John Schlesinger shooting Marathon Man

Irish film fans and cinematography buffs should relish a rare upcoming visit to Ireland from one of Hollywood’s preeminent directors of photography. This March, legendary Hollywood cinematographer Nick McLean comes to Ireland for a series of events honouring his acclaimed work in American Cinema. McLean will be joined by Irish author Wayne Byrne at various film screenings and discussions around the country to celebrate McLean’s storied career in anticipation of their upcoming book.

Kildare-based Byrne is a film historian and music journalist; he writes for Hot Press magazine and has authored books on lauded indie auteur Tom DiCillo and screen icon Burt Reynolds. His next book, to be released later this year is one he co-authored with Nick McLean on the cinematographer’s prolific work behind the camera on some of the biggest films and television shows of the last fifty years. As Camera Operator or Cinematographer, McLean has shot the likes of McCabe & Mrs Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Marathon Man, Being There, The Right Stuff, City Heat, Stick, The Goonies, Short Circuit, Spaceballs, and many more. McLean was also the special effects cinematographer for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) throughout the 1980s, shooting effects work for the likes of Ron Howard’s Willow. He was subsequently highly acclaimed and Emmy Award nominated for his work shooting successful television sitcoms, including Evening Shade, Cybill, and later Friends.

Speaking about their collaboration, McLean recalls his working relationship with Byrne, “I had a great time working on this book with Wayne. I have rarely met anyone with his depth of knowledge and passion for cinema. I provided the foreword to his upcoming book on Burt Reynolds and I was immediately struck by his expertise, his enthusiasm and his love for film history. He knew all of my work inside out, even the most obscure ones! He suggested to me that there should be a book on my career and I told I would only do a book if it was with him. Wayne makes it easy and comfortable. He knows his stuff.

For Byrne, McLean’s influence is far reaching and his legacy in film history an important one. “I am a huge fan of Nick’s work. His compositions are rich and inventive, his camera movements immediate and graceful, and he tempers the elegance of his framing with handheld and aerial work which is exciting, he gets right into the action with the characters. Just look at the action sequences in Stick or Cobra; the aerial shots in Sharky’s Machine or The Right Stuff; or the lighting work on The Goonies and Staying Alive. City Heat is a masterclass in high-contrast chiaroscuro lighting, Nick really gives it that great old film noir feel. I also think some of his best work can be found in Burt Reynolds’ television series, B.L. Stryker. It’s so rare to see such a stylish cinematic aesthetic in television, especially television in 1990! Just thinking about the shots from these works makes this whole thing very exciting to be part of.

Wayne Byrne

McLean’s work spans several generations of film audiences, from his crucial camerawork in the 1970s’ New Hollywood movement right through to his cinematography in the blockbusters of the 1980s; and of course, who hasn’t seen Friends? Camerawork runs in the McLean clan, his stepfather and grandfather, Fred Jackman Jr. and Fred Jackman Sr., were pioneering Hollywood cinematographers respectively, going back to the days of silent cinema and up to the Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s. McLean’s son, Nicolas S. McLean continues the tradition, shooting shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, and Private Practice.

Charting Nick’s career with him right there with me for our book has been like my own personal tour of Hollywood of the last fifty years,” Byrne says, and I hope that is how it will feel for people coming to our events in March where Nick and I will be going through his career and looking at some amazing scenes and discussing his work with great directors, from his earliest work with Altman and Spielberg right up to Friends.

Byrne continues, “Nick’s career kicked off in earnest when he was Vilmos Zsigmond’s camera operator, they worked together on a lot of films and from there Nick really flourished. When you see our opening montage compiled of many films Nick worked on you will be blown away when you recognise the scenes he has shot. Nick really helped develop the visual style of the New Hollywood, which is for me one of the greatest eras of American cinema.

Nick playing Mouth’s dad in The Goonies

These events will have special meaning for Byrne, as he will get to celebrate the films that he grew up on.

I have been a big fan of Short Circuit, City Heat, Stick, Cobra, all these films Nick shot, since I was a kid. I rented these movies in the video shops of Naas back in the late-80s/early 90s. They are part of the reason that I love cinema. And of course I remember Nick from playing Mouth’s father in The Goonies. But more importantly, Nick has become a very dear friend of mine. We send each other movies and I always look forward to our discussions.

The first event to be announced is “An Evening with Nick McLean” which will take place in Naas Community Library in Naas, County Kildare on Friday March 15th at 7pm. McLean is particularly excited about his opportunity to visit Ireland.

I was fortunate to work with people like Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, John Schlesinger, Richard Donner, Paul Newman, Brian De Palma, Mel Brooks, Hal Ashby, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone…many amazing artists. So it will be exciting for me to screen and discuss scenes from these films with Wayne for the movie lovers of Ireland. I can’t wait to see Dublin and Kildare and many other places I’m hoping to visit while I’m there, I have wanted to come to Ireland for a long time.

The Naas event is free of charge though booking is essential. To reserve a seat, call Naas Library on 045 879111 or email them at  

For more information and updates on further Nick McLean events in March, check in with Wayne on Twitter @DiCilloBook



‘Ludo Is Fantastic’ Screens at A4 Sounds

Ludo Is Fantastic, a portrait of the Belgian artist Ludo Mich,  screens in Dublin at A4 Sounds on Wednesday the 12th of December. The screening will be introduced by director Willie Stewart.

Since the early 1960s, wildman Ludo Mich has been actively operating on the fringes and the fringes of the fringes of the Antwerp underground art scene.   Ludo exists inside the ‘M Dimension’ the world of his own creation in which he has produced a significant body of work across visual art, holographic sculpture, fluxus film, performance, Avant Garde science and philosophy.  The core of his work is always the same: a need to stay pure to his own beliefs, regardless of the consequence. His family and friends know Ludo to be full of love and generosity. Devoted fans know him as a performer who continues to surprise and astonish. But despite 50 plus years of production, Ludo remains practically unknown outside of Belgium.  ‘It is his curse to be an outlaw, always,’ remarks his housemate Frank. Ludo has been banned from numerous bars and cafes in his home town due to arousals of raucous happenings and incidents of nudity. In 2014, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts threatened to sue Ludo over a claim that a performance of his instigated the audience to mishandle works from the Academy’s collection. The police have been called to his home/studio on numerous occasions by neighbours complaining that Ludo’s loud barbarous joyful laughter had been going on for just too long.  Now in his 70’s, Ludo’s work continues to gain integrity as he ignores conformity, financial gain and stays one step ahead of conventional and conservative art. Through a mix of archival footage, interviews with family and friends and fly on the wall footage, Ludo Is Fantastic immerses us in the world of the ‘Mich Dimension.’




2018 Screenings

30th Oct DE STUDIO Antwerp, BE
31st Oct OFF OFF CINEMA Ghent, BE
15th Nov THE ROOT CELLAR Greenfield, MA, USA, In collaboration with the Northampton Film Festival
25th Nov DE PLAYER Rotterdam, NL
26th Nov OT301 Amsterdam, NL
11th Dec CARRICK CINEPLEX Carrick on Shannon, IE
12th Dec A4 SOUNDS Dublin, IE

2019 Screenings

24th Jan COAXIAL Los Angeles, CA, USA
27th Jan CENTRALA Birmingham, UK
29th Jan KINGS ARMS Manchester, UK
30th Jan THE MAGIC CITY Todmorden, UK
1st Feb STAR AND SHADOW Newcastle, UK


‘A Tiny Spark’ World Premiere in Galway



CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway and Galway Film Centre’s 2018 ‘Science on Screen’ documentary, A Tiny Spark will have its world premiere at Pálás Cinema in Galway on Saturday, 1 December at 1pm.

Directed by Niamh Heery and produced by Caroline Kealy of Swansong Films, A Tiny Spark examines the effect of cerebrovascular illness and stroke on people’s lives and specifically looks at research into the blood clots that cause stroke. With a mixture of dramatic first person accounts and beautiful animation sequences highlighting the functions of the various parts of the brain, A Tiny Spark is a film about science’s ability to affect real change for human life.

A Tiny Spark focuses on stroke and cerebrovascular research being led by Neuroscientist, Dr Karen Doyle from CÚRAM and Galway Neuroscience Centre in NUI Galway, which involves analysis of removed blood clots to see what information they may yield. This is the first study of its kind in the world and is an international collaborative study between NUI Galway, hospital partners in Beaumont Hospital and throughout Europe, and the Mayo Clinic in the US. The research is carried out in partnership with Cerenovus.

This documentary highlights the groundbreaking research being carried out by Dr Doyle and her research team at NUI Galway. For the first time ever they are analysing thousands of stroke-causing blood clots collected from patients around the world. These little bundles of cells could carry a wealth of information, which could point to big improvements to people’s lives by improving stroke prevention and treatment. In the film we meet three incredibly brave stroke survivors who show us that it is sometimes the little things that people miss in life after a stroke, or the small victories during recovery that mean so much.

Contributors to the documentary feature individuals who have had a stroke: Rebecca Slattery from Limerick who had a stroke shortly after she turned 30 and became a new Mum; Trevor Neville from Limerick, a father of two who had a stroke aged 31; and Helen Liddy from Clare who suffered a stroke aged 63 in 2016. Dr John Thornton, Consultant Neuroradiologist, Beaumont Hospital, and Helena Heffernan, Stroke Group Coordinator, Irish Heart Foundation also feature in the documentary.

Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM at NUI Galway, said: “This year’s film will focus on stroke and clot research which is yet another area of research which will have a significant impact on audiences all over the country. These stories, narrated through our Science on Screen documentaries, show the real challenges that people face when living with chronic illness but also how we are trying to address them here at CÚRAM, to improve quality of life for all.”

Galway Film Centre Manager, Alan Duggan, said: “The Science on Screen commission scheme shows the real human side of the application of science. We are delighted to continue working with CÚRAM on this scheme and we will be supporting Niamh, Caroline and the filmmaking team in bringing ‘A Tiny Spark’ to the screen this year.”

The 2018 ReelLife Science primary school winning videos will be screened before the world premiere of A Tiny Spark, followed by a Q&A with Dr Karen Doyle and her research team, and with documentary producer, Caroline Kealy and director, Niamh Heery.

To book free tickets for the world premiere on Saturday, 1 December at Pálás Cinema, Spanish Arch, Galway, visit:


The Science on Screen scheme has been running since 2016 and has awarded €35,000 each to three previous documentaries on topics such as Parkinson’s disease (Feats of Modest Valour), tendon injury (Mending Legends) and diabetes (Bittersweet: The Rise of Diabetes). The films have reached audiences of over half a million people and have received success at festivals internationally. Full details on all previous Science on Screen films can be found here: and


Free Screening and Food Tasting at Instituto Cervantes

Join Instituto Cervantes Dublin on 15th November for a screening of the comedy Cousinhood at 5.30pm. In order to introduce the public to Cantabria region, the venue will treat the audience to some wine and tapas. The entertainment during the reception will be provided by the Cantabrian bagpipe folkloric band Traslarroza. Eva Bartolomé Arciniega, Director at the Regional Society for the Touristic Promotion of Cantabria will present this activity and movie screening.


Written and directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, Cousinhood tells the story of Diego, a man abandoned by his girlfriend a day before their wedding who decides to go with his two cousins to the village where they used to go on vacation when they were kids to rekindle Diego’s first love: Martina. Book your place and enjoy food and Spanish humour. 


Date: from 15/11/2018 at 17:30 to at 19:45

Details: The film was shot in Comillas (Cantabria) and will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Event sponsored by Cantabria Tourism Board & the Spanish Tourism Office in Ireland. Booking required or 01 631 1533

Venue: Instituto Cervantes (Dublin) – Auditórium. Lincoln House, Lincoln Place


Cork Film Festival Industry Days

Are you going to the Cork Film Festival later this month? Here are a few important dates for your calendar.

On top of a fantastic line-up, the Cork Film Festival’s designated ‘Industry Days’ really knocks it out of the park when it comes to getting the top names from the Irish film scene. Their First Take and Doc Day will be extended to include a new event, Focus: Filmmaker Forum. These Industry Days provide invaluable opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers to connect, and to explore all aspects of the film industry.

First Take – Thursday 15th November

First Take is a training and development event aimed specifically at newly established film professionals, emerging filmmakers, and film and media students. Case studies and panel discussions will promote fresh thinking amongst attendees and to inspire them to be proactive in promoting their own film work.


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Doc Day, In Partnership with Screen Ireland – Friday 16th November

Cork Film Festival’s annual documentary-focused Industry Day, Doc Day is a major event that engages and connects Irish and international documentary filmmakers and industry leaders, it provides a vital platform to promote Irish documentary film and filmmaking talent.

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Focus: Filmmaker Forum – Saturday 17th November

This new event compliments the Screen Ireland-supported Focus Shorts World Premiere programme at The Everyman. It will provide attending filmmakers with the opportunity to take part in informal networking and a series of roundtable sessions, which will help guide participants through the process of developing their first feature; from development and financing, through production, festival strategy and distribution.

Participants will sign up to partake in five 20 minute sessions, where key Irish and international film sector professionals will take their questions and advise on the vital components of making the transition from short to feature filmmaking, and explore strategies to efficiently produce and exploit their film.

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Irish Film Review: Rosie

DIR: Paddy Breathnach • WRI: Roddy Doyle • DOP: Cathal Watters • ED: Úna Ní Dhonghaíle • DES: Mark Kelly • PRO: Juliette Bonass, Rory Gilmartin, Emma Norton • MUS: Stephen Rennicks • CAST: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Ellie O’Halloran

Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie, directed from a script by Roddy Doyle, is difficult to try and pigeonhole. It’s at once an authentic family drama, a heart-wrenchingly intimate character study and a warped sort of road film, with a tight focus on displacement, space and identity which is reminiscent of the French cinematic tradition. Crucially, though, with Irish people currently suffering in the midst of an ever-worsening housing crisis, Rosie is timely, well executed and – more than anything else – important.

The narrative follows Rosie (Sarah Greene) and her partner John Paul (Moe Dunford) as they suddenly find themselves homeless and in a desperate struggle to secure somewhere safe for themselves and their four children to stay.  We’re introduced to the characters as they try to go about their daily lives while living out of their car. John Paul is under immense pressure at work and it falls to Rosie to juggle looking after the kids during the day with simultaneously trying to locate beds for the night.

Greene is magnetic in the titular role, carrying a huge amount of the film’s emotional weight on her shoulders. The intensity of Rosie’s living situation, crammed into close quarters with her family, means that she’s barely able to find a private moment for herself. She’s constantly wearing a brave face, trying to remain steadfast and optimistic in front of the children, while a wave of quiet desperation rides right beneath the surface. Greene’s performance is subtle but greatly affecting – a slow sigh or gentle curl of a lip can speak volumes about Rosie’s condition and her character. She shares a crackling chemistry with the steadfast John Paul, who Dunford deftly imbues with a tenderness and fragility which belie his unflinching exterior.

The film challenges the stereotypical images surrounding homelessness and explores the extent to which the havoc wreaked by this housing crisis is crossing social class borders. Open houses are thronged with prospective buyers while spare hotel vacancies are quickly filled with displaced families seeking shelter. It is painfully evident that these hotels, generous as they are, can’t be homes, with children shushed and confined to their rooms for fear of disturbing regular guests. It is quietly moving to see the family’s belongings – regular household items from teddy bears to fairy liquid bottles – crammed into black refuse sacks in the back of their car. Doyle’s screenplay squares up to the stigma that comes hand in hand with the label ‘rough sleeper’. “We’re not rough anything” insists the eponym at the mere mention of the term.

Rosie and John Paul are both desperate to hide the harsh realities of their situation from the people around them, terrified of what they’ll think, and their need to remain unseen comes into conflict with their desire to do what’s best for their family.

Doyle began to write the film after hearing an interview with a woman in a similar situation. He recalls being particularly struck by her admission that her partner worked a 9-5 job during the day and was still forced to sleep rough at night. This dichotomy is one that he purposely keeps in focus throughout the story.

The script neatly side-steps convention and embraces a healthy amount of ambiguity, which really works in the film’s favour. The witty, minimalistic dialogue is recognisably Doyle’s and helps to inject great warmth into Rosie’s otherwise cold world. Particular praise must be reserved for his handling of the film’s minor characters, whom he smartly steers away from cliché territory.

Breathnach’s direction is confident and assured. He has a masterful handle on the story and capably guides the audience through the use of careful framing. Scenes inside the car feel suitably cramped and help to convey the growing unrest of its inhabitants. In contrast, exterior shots are often wide and empty, crafting a tangible sense of hopelessness. Rosie is the film’s focus and the camera intimately hones in on her face in a way that may have been invasive in the hands of a less accomplished filmmaker. Visually Breathnach has a firm command of imagery and symbolism, using repetition to stirring effect.

He has also coaxed strong performances from his younger cast members, most of whom are first-time actors. Darragh McKenzie shines as Rosie’s son Alfie, with one particularly turbulent scene in the final third leaving a lasting impression.

The film is steeped in realism and the world on-screen feels absolutely authentic. Shot on the streets of Dublin, its no-frills approach helps to make the drama feel like a documentary at times. We open with the sound of news broadcasters describing the severity of the housing crisis, blurring the lines between fact and fiction right off the bat. The score is minimalistic but used to great effect.

Rosie is a beautiful film which is bound to make audiences angry. Hiding just behind its lovable characters is a palatable undercurrent of rage, a pent-up anger at the very real plight that good people – men, women and children – are being put through on a daily basis in this country. This is a poignant story that feels intensely personal. Sadly, it’s also urgently political.

David Deignan

82 minutes
12A (see IFCO for details)
Rosie is released 12th October 2018



























CineCafé Club brings Spanish Cinema for Free to Dublin in August

The CineCafé Club August presents two Spanish films, organized by Instituto Cervantes Dublin in partnership with Pearse Street public library.


(The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park) (La balada del Oppenheimer Park)


 Where: Pearse Street Library. 138-144 Pearse Street. 2 Dublin

When: 11th August.

Times: From 2pm to at 3:15pm.

Price: Free admission and no booking is required. Screening in Spanish with English subtitles.


Director Juan Manuel Sepúlveda captures the detached existence of the Native Americans living within the Oppenheimer Park at the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Harley Prosper, Janet Brown and Bear Raweater, exiled from Canadian reserves, talk and share their lives transforming their drinking ritual in a daily defiance to the status quo.


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Marshland (La isla mínima)

Where: Pearse Street Library. 138-144 Pearse Street. 2 Dublin

When: 15th August.

Times: From 5:30pm to at 7:15pm.

Price: Free admission and no booking is required. Screening in Spanish with English subtitles

At the beginning of the 80s, two teenage girls are murdered in a small Andalusian town. Two policemen, ideologically opposed, are sent from Madrid to investigate the disappearance. In a community anchored in the past, they will have to face not only a cruel murderer, but also their own ghosts.

Winner of numerous awards, including the Goya for Best Film, this suffocating police thriller with sociopolitical subplot, has been considered by critics as one of the best Spanish films of recent years.


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 2nd International Film Conference: “Hitchcock’s Vertigo: 60th Anniversary: 1958-2018

The Second International Film Conference: “Hitchcock’s Vertigo: 60th Anniversary 1958-2018” is to be held on 20-21 September 2018 in Trinity College Dublin.  Six years ago Hitchcock’s Vertigo ousted Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane  from the top ranking position of the British Film Institute’s industry respected Sight & Sound poll conducted every 10 years. Previously Citizen Kane monopolised the top billing every decade since 1962 but, after 50 years, Citizen Kane was finally de-throned by Vertigo when it was proclaimed as the “Greatest Film Ever Made“.  

This coming September in Dublin, we are delighted to celebrate Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo on its 60th anniversary as the “Greatest Film Ever Made” in this Second International Film Conference in Ireland. This exclusive 2-day film conference in Trinity College Dublin will feature the presentations of many international scholars on Hitchcock participating in the conference from across the globe: USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Belgium and Switzerland.  In particular we are delighted to welcome the British film historian Charles Barr and the renowned British feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey as key note speakers at the conference in September. Laura Mulvey’s seminal essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” was one of the first film theory publications to apply a political and psychoanalytic interpretation to the cinematic apparatus of classical Hollywood cinema. Mulvey coined the notion of the “male gaze” to the power asymmetry in representation and assigned gender roles that emphasised the patriarchal ideological agenda of the American film industry at the time.  The conference includes a special screening of the 1958 classic film Vertigo starring James Stewart and Kim Novak in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

Presentations at Conference Vertigo: 60th Anniversary

Prof. Charles Barr (UK): ” Vertigo: French Connections ”
Prof. Laura Mulvey (UK): ” The Metaphor of the Beautiful Automaton Reanimated: Artifice and Illusion in Vertigo  “

Prof. Sidney Gottlieb (USA): ” The Variety of Gazes in Vertigo, Part Deux  “

Prof. Richard William Allen (Hong Kong): ” Love and Death: VertigoDil Se, and the Circle of Influence “
Prof. Janet Bergstrom (USA): ” Forced Perspective in Vertigo: Art, Technology and Hitchcock’s German Silent Film Heritage ” 
Prof. Barbara Straumann (Switzerland)
: “Fatal Resemblances: Cross-mapping Hitchcock’s Vertigo with Nabokov’s Lolita  “

Prof. Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli (USA): ” Vertiginous Hauntings  “

Prof. Robert Belton (Canada): ” Triviality and Meaning in Vertigo: How the Incidental Amplifies Interpretive Excess  “

Dr. Christine Sprengler (Canada): ” “The Broom that Sweeps the Cobwebs Away “: Vertigo’s Soundtrack as Sound Art  “

Prof. Ned Schantz (Canada): ” The Hospitality of Scottie Ferguson in Vertigo “

Prof. Steven Jacobs (Belgium): ” The Tourist Guide Who Knew Too Much: Vertigo and the Monuments of San Francisco ”
Prof. Mark Osteen (USA): ” Versions of Vertigo: They Wake Up Screaming ”
Dr. Kevin Donnelly (UK): ” The Ascent of Vertigo  “
Prof. Dona Kercher (USA): “Dressing to Be Different: Almodóvar and Martel Refashion Vertigo

Prof. Mark Padilla (USA): ” Mapping the Mythical Terrain of Vertigo ”
Dr. Richard Blennerhassett (Ireland): “The Dark Side of Romance: ‘Shadow’ in Vertigo
Dr. Stephane Duckett (UK): “Post-War Gender Politics in Vertigo


Event Details:

Conference Venue: Trinity Long Room HUB, Trinity College Dublin

Date: Thursday 20 – Friday 21 September 2018

Time: 9am-4.30pm

Screening Venue: Lighthouse Cinema Dublin

Conference Tickets: €60  (includes film screening at Lighthouse Cinema)
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Writing TV Pilots for the US Market with Charles Murray

Filmbase and Screen Training Ireland have launched a unique course aimed at introducing the current state of the US TV market and what writers need to know about the industry in order to develop, pitch, write and produce pilot episodes and drama series for Network television shows and Streaming Platforms.

All writers will have their projects analysed with feedback and practical development advice for presenting their series to US broadcasters. This unique opportunity for Irish writers to work with one of the most experienced US writer/producers currently working will provide them with new techniques that they can use for future projects/writing positions within the US TV market.

Charles Murray is a highly experienced US-based Writer and Producer with credits stretching across major Network TV drama series including Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sons Of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, Castle, Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels amongst other productions.

In this course he will take writers through:

– An exploration of what makes a successful pilot script
– The importance of clearly identifiable theme and story narrative
– Creating sympathetic/empathetic characters
– Do’s and Don’ts of writing a Pilot
– Writing deadlines
– General advice for writers aiming to break into the US marketplace

Writers will be expected to attend with projects they are currently developing. (Please note writers who have producers currently attached to their projects will be encouraged to bring their Producers to attend their feedback session).

The workshop will conclude with an open session for writers and producers which will cover:

– advice on pitching a Pilot
– what to say and do “in the room”
– Opportunities presented by new Streaming platforms
– Acquiring representation and what to look for in a manager or agent

Course Support: Des Doyle

The workshop takes place across three days from 21st – 23rd March at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The open session for writers and producers takes place on the afternoon of the 23rd March from 2 – 4.30pm.

Please apply online at with your current CV. Please email a one-page synopsis to  The deadline for applications is 12:00pm Monday the 12th of March.
For further information please email

About Charles Murray

Charles Murray has spent the last 15+ years as a television writer. During that span he has worked with TV heavyweights like David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue), Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues), and Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). Working on shows like Castle, Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, and Luke Cage he’s cultivated a rich, methodical storytelling sensibility.

In addition to his television work, he expanded his story telling output by moving into feature film writing/directing. He’s written features for 20th Century Fox, LionsGate, and Screen Gems. THINGS NEVER SAID was his first feature film as a Director. He’s now writing his fourth independent feature to direct.

Des Doyle

Des Doyle is a D.I.T. graduate who spent 15 years working in the Camera Dept in the Irish Film Industry before moving to directing. He is the writer/director of the critically acclaimed documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, featuring Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies, Valley Of The Boom), JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost, Fringe), Hart Hanson (Bones), Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife), Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) among others. The documentary also led to the accompanying book Showrunners, written by Tara Bennett and published by Titan. He is currently working on a new media based feature documentary as well as providing consultancy services to Irish Producers & Writers with projects targeting the US market.


‘Lament for Patrick Ireland’ Screens in Cork

Sé Merry Doyle’s film Lament for Patrick Ireland will be screened on March 2nd as part of a retrospective on the artist Brian O’Doherty in the Crawford Gallery Cork.

The film charts the time Brian changed his name to Patrick Ireland name during the Irish Exhibition of Living Art at the Project Arts Centre in 1972. In that performance before 30 invited witnesses and assisted by Robert Ballagh and Brian King, legally undertook to “sign his artworks ‘Patrick Ireland’ until such time as the British military presence is removed from Northern Ireland and all citizens are granted their civil rights.”  This commitment, often seen as controversial, the artist describes as “an expatriate’s gesture in response to Bloody Sunday in Derry”.


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Bruce Campbell @ IFI

To celebrate the release of his new book ‘Hail to the Chin’, Department 51,  Easons and the Irish Film Institute  present a very special evening with Evil Deadstar and B-movie king Bruce Campbell at the IFI on Thursday, March 15th at 18.00.

This very special evening will see Bruce Campbell in conversation with Department 51’s David O’Callaghan, followed by a Q&A, and the opportunity to have your book signed by the man himself.

Tickets for the event cost €30 each and include a copy of ‘Hail to the Chin’ (RRP €19.99). Tickets are available NOW from, and are limited to four per person.


Contemporary Irish Film to be Showcased at St. Patrick’s Festival 2018

Ireland’s national festival, St. Patrick’s Festival, returns with a cast of thousands of talented homegrown and international musicians, dancers, storytellers and performers coming together for five days and nights of events from March 15th to 19th.

The theme for Festival 2018 is Home and is the inspiration for the artistic programme that includes a unique film commission project, street-theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music, Irish language, visual art and more.

This year the Festival has commissioned radio presenter, photographer and filmmaker Donal Dineen to create Pathways: Irish Routes to the Art of the Matter in response to the theme of Home. A documentary about successful Irish creatives who are making it abroad, it will uncover the story of how they got there and look at where and when the seeds for their success were sown. Filmed in London, Malmo, New York, Los Angeles, Belfast, Dublin and Kerry it includes interviews with Fiona Shaw, Enda Walsh, Annie Mac, Seán Curran, Eva Rothschild, Brian Cross aka B+, Aoife MacArdle, Richie Egan aka Jape, Brian Ormond and Richard Gilligan.

Pathways: Irish Routes to the Art of the Matter will have its premiere screening on March 8th in the Light House Cinema, with guests enjoying a pre-screening Hennessy cocktail reception and post-screening Q&A with Donal Dineen and special guests. The film will also be shown as part of Where We Live presented by THISISPOPBABY with St. Patrick’s Festival in The Complex in Smithfield on March 18th and will also be available to view on the Festival’s Facebook and YouTube channel from March 9th.

Fans of vintage Hollywood will have the chance to enjoy Screening and Live Score Performance: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on March 15th. Directed by Irishman Rex Ingram, the first major Irish film director and once described as “the world’s greatest director”, this rare screening of the 1921 American silent epic war film features a new score by renowned composers Matthew Nolan and Barry Adamson which they will perform live on the night accompanied by Seán Mac Erlaine, Adrian Crowley and Kevin Murphy. Barry has previously worked with David Lynch, Oliver Stone and Nick Cave.

Also as part of the Where We Live programme of events, City on Screen is a series of extraordinary film screenings which examine and question our sense of home, quietly and riotously throwing into question our past, present and future. Each one of these cult films will be introduced by one of the key artists involved. Screenings include funny, downbeat, bleak and beautiful comedy Adam & Paul which has achieved cult status among its devoted fans; Seaview which documents intensely close conversations with the residents of Mosney Direct Provision Centre, revealing their individual stories, from the epic to the everyday; and Notes On Rave In Dublin, a roller coaster ride through the birth pangs of dance music in our dirty old town and brilliantly nostalgic look back at 90s Dublin cloaked in a vivid sense of hedonism.

Tickets for Screening and Live Score Performance: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (€24.00) are available

Tickets for Where We Live City on Screen events (€8.00) are available from

The full programme of events for St. Patrick’s Festival is available on

Join the conversation online at #stpatricksfest or YouTube/stpatricksfestvideos


IFTA Film & Drama Awards Ceremony Winners 2018

Caitriona Balfe

The IFTA Film & Drama Awards took place last night (14th Feb 2018) at the Round Room of the Mansion House.


Gabriel Byrne received the Irish Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.  Ros Hubbard, legendary casting director, received the Spotlight Casting Director Award.  Jacob McCarthy (The Drummer and the Keeper) won the Irish Film Board’s Rising Star Award.


The show will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Saturday 17th February at 10.45pm.


The full list of winners is below.


Winners of the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2018



Michael Inside



Aisling Walsh, Maudie



Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters



Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird



Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Victoria Smurfit, The Lears



The Farthest



Jacob McCarthy, The Drummer and the Keeper



Ros Hubbard






Late Afternoon



Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



Ethan Hawke, Maudie



Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



Game of Thrones



Dearbhla Walsh, Fargo



Conor McPherson, Paula



Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders



Caitriona Balfe, Outlander



Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones



Charlie Murphy, Peaky Blinders



Seamus McGarvey, The Greatest Showman



Consolata Boyle, Victoria and Abdul



Una Ni DhonghaIle, Three Girls



Clare Lambe & Sevlene Roddy, Into the Badlands



Stephen  McKeon, Pilgrimage



John Hand, Maudie



Steve Fanagan,  Kieran Horgan, The Farthest



Tailored Films  & Bowsie Workshop, The Lodgers



Laura Mulvey @ Dublin Business School

Dublin Business School in association with voicesonfilm presents Laura Mulvey  in conversation by Professor Rod Stoneman and Dr. Barnaby Taylor.

On her visit to Dublin, Mulvey says, “In my 2006 book, Death 24 Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image, I suggested that digital technology had transformed film spectatorship: its interactive possibilities seemed to make the previously restricted critical practice of textual analysis available to every film fan. But digital editing takes these possibilities further.  While the textual analyst selects a particular film sequence for repeated viewing, discovering meanings that are not visible at 24 frames a second, the remixer detaches a sequence from its place in its original narrative sequence. As my own modes of spectatorship have evolved with new technological possibilities, I have found myself returning to Hollywood films, particularly of the 1950s. I would like to discuss this backwards trajectory and present the remixes that have emerged along the way.”


Following her presentation Professor Mulvey will be joined in conversation by Professor Rod Stoneman and Dr. Barnaby Taylor.


Dublin Business School,

13-14 Aungier Street,

Wednesday 28th February 2018



This is a ticket-only event. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.



Elevation Indie Film Awards Showcase Screenings

Elevation an exciting diverse program of films all day in FilmBase in Temple Bar on Sunday, 28th January 2018.


11.30am – Feature Film ‘Talent’ proceeded by short film ‘Level 2’

1.45pm – Feature Film ‘Non Transferable’ proceeded by short film ‘Horse Dad’

4.30pm – Irish Shorts
Shorts include The Box, The Tell Tale Heart, Sink, Bare, Rose and Binge.
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6.30pm – Headline Feature Film ‘Elijah’s Ashes’ proceeded by short film ‘High Calorie’

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NB: All times are when films will commence. Please arrive beforehand to ensure you get a seat and to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at the wine reception.


Want to Work Abroad? Panel Discussion for Filmmakers


Join Film Ireland & InConversation for a live podcast recording at Filmbase at 2pm on Thursday, 7th December. All welcome. Free admission.

Ever thought about working abroad? Whether that’s the UK, the USA or anywhere else, this will be a practical and detailed discussion about the legalities and logistics involved in moving to another country for the purposes of your career.

Sam Lucas Smith will be joined by Birch Hamilton, executive director the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, and Rachel Rath, founder of the Artist Green Card Guide to answer your questions and address various visa issues and options for filmmakers and actors who wish to work in the United States. Though US immigration will be a key aspect, we will also discuss opportunities for entertainment professionals in other countries as well as important points relating to the Irish industry.

Rachel Rath is a US-based Irish actress and the founder of the Artist’s Green Card Guide, which offers information and guidance for actors and filmmakers looking to apply for an O-1 visa or EB-1 category Green Card.

Birch Hamilton is the executive director of the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, which represents Irish Screen Directors and serves to promote their work on a national and international scale.

Sam Lucas Smith brings his experience as an Irish actor who has worked between the UK, Ireland and the United States. Sam is currently petitioning for a green card as an “artist of extraordinary ability” and he will be sharing what he has learned throughout the process.

The podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience on the 7th of Dec at Filmbase, Temple Bar.

If you would like to submit a question email

InConversation is a series of personal interviews with people working across the many aspects of the Irish filmmaking industry


Tickets available



Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents


Book launch with live performance by
Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain

4pm, Saturday December 2nd 2017
Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) launch the publication of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a book chronicling the history of EFS. The book launch will take place at Filmbase, Dublin, and feature a special live performance by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain.

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents chronicles this unique chapter in contemporary underground cinema by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind AEMI (artists and experimental moving image).


Copies of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents (edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi Maximilian Le Cain, 164 pages) will be on sale at the launch priced €15, or can be ordered directly by emailing

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LIVE / EVIL Podcast Recording + Surprise Screening


Film Ireland is delighted to bring you nightmares this Halloween as it presents a live recording of its Reel Horror Show podcast in the dungeons of Filmbase on 27th October 2017 at 7pm

A petrifying panel of horror filmmakers will be let loose in front of a live audience to dissect all things horror and chew over the cadaver of frightful film, monstrous movies and shocking cinema.

The panel on the night features directors Zoe Kavanagh (Demon Hunter) Conor McMahon, (Stitches), Mark Sheridan (Crone Wood) and writer David Turpin (The Lodgers).

Those who survive will be treated to a post-panel surprise screening of  a horror film guaranteed to tingle spines and bump gooses…


All are welcome – the event is free if you dare to attend

… and is BYOB!



Reel Horror Show Podcasts



An Evening with Film Costume Designer Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh

Limerick is set to host world-renowned costume designer, Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, in the intimate setting of the drawing room of No. 1 Pery Square on October 5th at 7.30pm for a relaxed chat and Q&A session. Several of Eimer’s costumes, which have appeared onscreen, will also be on display.

Eimer’s talent and knowledge of Georgian fashion and customs are evident onscreen in both Julian Jarrold’s Becoming Jane (starring Anne Hathaway) and in Whit Stillman’s Austen adaptation Love & Friendship (starring Kate Beckinsale), for which she was nominated for many international awards.

Other films which Eimer has worked on include Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, Ken Loach’sThe Wind that Shakes the Barley starring Cillian Murphy, Ondine, Jimmy’s Hal, Brideshead Revisited with Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon and The Professor and the Madman with Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.

Eimer has just wrapped on Little Women for the BBC and is currently prepping The Rhythm Section with Blake Lively and producer Barbara Broccoli.

Eimer has also designed for theatre and is co-founder with Veerle Dehaene of ICAP, the Irish Costume Archive Project.

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Balancing the Industry

Friday 15 September | 9am – 2.30pm

The Dean Hotel | 33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2


Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA and Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT Ireland) present Balancing the Industry, a unique event looking at European strategies to achieve gender balance in the film and television industries.

All are welcome, and the event is free of charge but please register your place on by Tuesday 12 September. Please note that places are limited.

Filmmakers and industry professionals in Europe featuring Creative Europe MEDIA supported European filmmakers will share best practice, consider insights, and provide a once-off platform to comprehensively review gender balance in the industry.

Producer Helene Granqvist, President of WFT Sweden and former president of WFT Europe, will give an overview of gender equality in the film and TV industries across Europe, in an interview with Dr. Susan Liddy.

There will be a focus on the Swedish industry where incentives have led to a 50/50 gender ratio working in the audiovisual industry. Helen Granqvist will be joined by Sanna Lenken, director of the Berlinale Crystal Bear 2015 winner My Skinny Sister and Soni Jorgensen, screenwriter and story consultant. The discussion will be chaired by director/producer Liz Gill on what it’s like working at ground level in that industry.

Producer Katarina Krnacova, will present a case study of the Berlinale Crystal Bear 2017 winner Little Harbour. Krnacova will discuss the Slovakian model and her experiences working with the female-led Little Harbour prouction team.

Plus  a panel of Irish industry professionals, chaired by producer Martha O’Neill, will reflect on the Irish situation and assess how the industry can achieve gender equality – from funders to film set.


This event is free of charge but please register your place on by Tuesday 12 September. Note that places are limited.

On the day, registration will start at 9am with a tea/coffee break at 11.30am and complimentary lunch at 1.30pm.



IFI 25th Anniversary Open Day



The IFI will share the 25th-anniversary celebrations of its landmark premises in Temple Bar on Saturday, September 16th with the public, as it hosts IFI Open Day, a jam-packed day of free film screenings, and behind-the-scenes activities. This year also sees the addition of a very special gala cine-concert, with an evening screening of 1926 classic The Cohens and Kellys with live musical accompaniment.

A key event in every cineaste’s calendar, the IFI Open Day is a chance for film fans to sample a specially curated programme of films that show the wide range of cinema on offer at the IFI all year round; this year’s programme includes Hollywood classics such as The Big Sleep and Harold Lloyd’s Speedy, alongside cult favourites such as Intermission and Miller’s Crossing on 35mm. IFI Open Day is also an opportunity to explore unique aspects of the institution, from the only 70mm projection booth in Ireland, and for the first time, guided tours of our Digital Restoration Suite in the IFI Irish Film Archive. A special competition will be run for visitors that day, as courtesy of Air France, one lucky winner could be jetting off to the city of lights.

Tickets for each film will be distributed in the IFI Foyer one hour before each screening starts. Limited tickets for the Gala cine-concert will be available in the IFI Foyer at 18.30. Places on our Projection Booth tours and our Digital Restoration tours can only be reserved by emailing Sharon Corrigan ( or by calling 01 679 5744 – email subject line should include either ‘Open Day: Projection Booth’ or ‘Open Day: Digital Restoration Suite’. All screenings and tours are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Commenting on this year’s Open Day, IFI Director Ross Keane, said: “Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the IFI’s home in Temple Bar is a hugely important milestone for us. Following a major conversion of the old Quaker Meeting House (which dated back to the mid-19th century), 1992 heralded the beginning of an exciting chapter in the organisation’s history and has since been the home of one of Ireland’s most visited and accessible cultural institutions. Our venue in Temple Bar is all about the people who come here to engage with our extensive programme and, to celebrate our anniversary,  we’re delighted to be throwing open our doors for a day of free screenings and events for old and new audiences as we welcome everyone to join our birthday celebrations. As we look back over 25 important years, we’re proud that we also launched our IFI Strategy 2017-22 this summer which details the exciting plans we have to bring the IFI right up to its 30th birthday in five years’ time. While anniversaries always offer a great and important opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved, we also want to use the occasion to be forward-thinking and we look forward to implementing our exciting plans for our future.”

This year is a real treat for archive film fans – The Big Sleep is a true classic, in which Humphrey Bogart plays private detective Philip Marlowe, who increasingly gets drawn into a tangled web of intrigue by Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall). Speedy, Harold Lloyd’s final silent film released in 1928, sees him play a baseball-obsessed New Yorker (the film features a cameo from the legendary Babe Ruth) who becomes determined to save the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar.

For Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Carl Reiner and Steve Martin reteamed for this subversive homage to the pulp fiction adaptations of the 1940s, while William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, a film long unavailable for cinema exhibition, will also return to the big screen. For fans of Irish film, there’s a chance to see the wildly irreverent cult classic Intermission, starring Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell and Kelly Macdonald.

Other cult favourites include screenings of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Miller’s Crossing on 35mm. Ten years after the cancellation of the original Star Trek television show, and in response to its continued success in syndication, the legendary crew of the Starship Enterprise made their first appearance on cinema screens. Arguably the Coen Brothers’ greatest work, Miller’s Crossing stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Regan, right-hand man to mobster Leo O’Bannon (Albert Finney) during Prohibition and Delicatessen, a post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who prepares a delicacy for his unusual tenants.

2017’s Open Day will include a Gala cine-concert of The Cohens and Kellys (1926), a lively comedy of feuding Irish and Jewish families in 1920s New York. The film will be accompanied by live music from award-winning accordionist Dermot Dunne and saxophonist Nick Roth, Artistic Director of the Yurodny Ensemble.

The popular Audience Choice screening returns, with the public asked to choose from a shortlist selected by IFI staff. In recent years, winners have included SubmarineGood Vibrations, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Audiences can vote online at until September 8th. The winner will be announced just before the screening on Open Day.

In addition to free screenings of old favourites and archive gems, Open Day visitors will also have a chance to learn about the incredible preservation, digitisation and restoration work of the IFI Irish Film Archive team at the ever-popular ‘Ask the Archivists’ desk. There will also be a rare opportunity to take a highly-sought-after trip to the Projection Booth.

The IFI will be offering annual IFI Membership at a discounted rate during the day, special offers to anyone who signs up as an IFI Friend.



13.00 The Mighty Ducks

13.15 The Big Sleep

13.30 Speedy

13.00 Digital Restoration Suite Tour

13.45 Digital Restoration Suite Tour

14.00 Projection Booth Tour

15.00 Digital Restoration Suite Tour

15.10 Star Trek: The Motion Picture 

15.15 Projection Booth Tour

15.30 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid 

15.40 Intermission

15.45 Digital Restoration Suite Tour

16.00 Projection Booth Tour

16.30 Projection Booth Tour

17.30 Sorcerer 

18.00 Miller’s Crossing

18.10 Delicatessen 

20.00 Weirdos 

20.20 Audience Choice 

20.30 Gala Cine-concert: The Cohens and Kellys 


Kirkos Ensemble + Experimental Film Society present Wilderness Notes

Kirkos Ensemble + Experimental Film Society present

Wilderness Notes

19.30, Fri-Sat 01-02.09.2017 :: Filmbase, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Kirkos Ensemble and the Experimental Film Society present Wilderness Notes, a collaboration bringing together two of Ireland’s most innovative contemporary arts group from the fields of music and film.

Wilderness Notes will feature premieres of 3 new films by EFS filmmakers Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain and Vicky Langan, and Atoosa Pour Hosseini, created in tandem with new compositions by young Irish composers Barry O’Halpin, Sean Ó Dálaigh, and Robert Coleman, which will be performed live by the Kirkos Ensemble.

The three films that comprise Wilderness Notes all explore psychic, territorial and technological margins. Isolated characters, all somehow locked into masks or fixed personae, navigate desolate zones between dimensions where a sense of being physically adrift and at risk is mapped onto a corresponding inner state. But they are not only adrift in space, they are equally adrift in time. Making experimental use of several outdated moving image formats, notably Super-8 and VHS, Wilderness Notes summons up ghosts from an abandoned future, taking its cues from the western, the nightmare of nuclear holocaust and the masks of ancient theatre.

All three of Wilderness Notes’ musical compositions were written to complement EFS’s filmmaking approach. Barry O’Halpin’s is derived from the electromagnetic spectra of 5 chemical elements, resulting in an ethereal and almost alien set of harmonies and moving parts, while Sean Ó Dálaigh pits the ensemble against undulating sine waves and introduces an element of choice into structural repetitions to create a vibrant microtonal universe. In contrast, Kirkos co-director Rob Coleman’s contribution is a song cycle, setting poetry by American poet Morri Creech for voice, ensemble and electronics, examining the states of consciousness that flash beneath the waking mind.

For Wilderness Notes the Kirkos Ensemble will be Miriam Kaczor [flute], Léonie Bluett [clarinet], Máire Carroll [piano], Jane Hackett, Cillian Ó Breacháin [violins], Nathan Sherman [viola], Yseult Cooper Stockdale [cello], Barry O’Halpin [electric guitar] and Sarah Thursfield [voice].

Warning :: Will contain some explicit content. Parental guidance for under 18’s is advised.

Wilderness Notes is presented by Kirkos Ensemble and the Experimental Film Society, with support from Ensemble Music and Filmbase, and is funded by The Arts Council.

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Fingal Film & Arts Festival 2017 Workshops


WORKSHOP: Adults / Kids Actor & Casting Workshop- Louise Kiely Casting Agency

VENUE: Fri 11th & Sat 12th August 2017 – Swords Castle Co Dublin

TIME: 11am-2.00pm  ( Registration at 10.30am  )

PRICE : 20.00 euro pp kid & adult ( access for the whole day & evening note children off premises at 7pm )

GUEST SPEAKER – Eva-Jane Gaffney Actor/Casting Assistant – from Louise Kiely Casting Agency



Casting & Actor Workshop – Master Class (Adults )

One of Ireland’s leading casting agents delivers this workshop, giving you the support needed to land that role. In this workshop Eva-Jane Gaffney of Louise Kiely Casting explains and demonstrates how you can significantly increase your chances of making a lasting impression. The workshop will cover different aspects of screen acting with a focus on audition preparation and the audition itself. Attendees will get a scene to learn in advance so we can do some practical work and watch the clips back at the end of the session. The workshop is particularly suitable for those returning to, or starting a career in the  competitive world of acting.

Casting & Actor workshop ( Kids 8 – 12 years)

Note : Children have to be SUPERVISED by adult

In this fun filled workshop Eva-Jane Gaffney of Louise Kiely Casting will teach young people how to prepare for an audition. The Children will play some games specific to screen acting and do lots of practical work to get the imagination going. Attendees will get a short scene to learn in advance so we can do some practical work. The workshop is suitable for any young person who is interested in acting.



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Vertigo Conference Dublin 2017

The first international film conference, Hitchcock’s Vertigo: The Greatest Film Ever Made? is to be held on Thursday 14 September in Dublin.  This exclusive 1-day Hitchcock film conference will feature the presentations of nine of the world’s leading writers of Alfred Hitchcock & Bernard Hermann from Canada, USA and UK.

The conference concludes with a screening of the 1958 Hollywood classic film Vertigo starring James Stewart and Kim Novak in the Lighthouse Cinema Dublin.  The conference begins at 9am and tickets can be purchased from 8.45am at the conference reception area in the Central Hotel Dublin on Exchequer Street.

This one-day film conference event will focus exclusively on all aspects of Vertigo through the presentations of ten international acclaimed scholars and writers, including several talks exploring Bernard Herrmann’s beautifully mesmerising string-dominated film music for Vertigo, with overtones of  Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, one of the defining aspects of the film and increasingly recognized as the cinema’s greatest score.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 14 September 2017

Time: 9am-4pm

Conference Venue: Central Hotel Dublin, Exchequer Street.

Film Screening Venue: Lighthouse Cinema Dublin @ 5.30pm

Conference Tickets: €30 / Concession Rate €25 (Price includes film screening at Lighthouse Cinema)

Tickets on sale at the Conference reception area in the Central Hotel from 8.45am on Thursday 14 September.

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