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)


‘The End Of The Earth Is My Home’ Screens in UK

Alan Lambert’s 2012 Sci-Fi film The End Of The Earth Is My Home will be having its  UK premiere on March 16th in Hastings.

It’s part of the Irish Film Week programme that runs March 13-17 in the Kino-Teatr in St. Leonards on Sea, near Hastings Beach. It’s also the World Premiere of this new cut, which is condensed and runs at 30 mins.

The screening is on Saturday March 16th at 2:00pm – in the ‘Irish Short Films’ programme.

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Doc Fest Ireland

Introducing Doc Fest Ireland, an industry focussed, all Ireland International Documentary Festival.


Belfast Film Festival presents Doc Fest Ireland, a new, industry-focussed All-Ireland Documentary FIlm Festival, which will take place in Belfast from  Wednesday 12th June – Sunday 16th June this year.

Doc Fest Ireland will showcase only non-fiction film, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases, and Doc Fest Ireland will provide a platform to showcase the great talent within the Irish documentary filmmaking industry, promoting a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.




Doc Market is an opportunity for filmmakers to meet with top decision makers including international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors on a one to one basis. The Doc Market will be a hub for funding, sales and distribution of documentaries in Ireland and globally, and an incubator for nurturing domestic talent so that our industry can continue to thrive in the future.

Doc Market is the only marketplace dedicated to documentary on the island of Ireland and will provide an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their project through carefully matchmade meetings organised by the Doc Fest Ireland team.


Decision Makers in attendance at the Marketplace will include:


Arte France | Arte Germany | BBC Northern Ireland | BBC Storyville | Creative Europe | European Documentary Network | EO Docs Netherlands | Northern Ireland Screen | RTÉ | SWR Germany | TG4 Ireland | TRT Turkey | the WRAP Fund Ireland | TVP Poland


Further international funders, distributors and broadcasters will be announced in the coming weeks.


You can submit to the Doc Fest Market here. The deadline for application is Saturday March 30th. Your idea must be long form (50 minutes +) and you must have at least one TV / digital / theatrical credit in documentary, although this can include shorter form.


In addition to the marketplace, the festival will host a training session for EU Co-Production, in collaboration with the European Documentary Network and Creative Europe on Wednesday June 12th. Further details on this event will be announced on the Doc Fest Ireland website in the coming weeks.

We will also host the NI Screen 1st Feature Pitch which is a pitch for development money of £7.5k to do a teaser for a feature doc. It’s open to anyone who has not made a feature, including new and emerging talent. Film makers without production companies will be placed with an experienced company.


Doc Fest Ireland will also present a diverse range of panel sessions and talks, a BFI/Doc Society day, as well as live pitches and social events.




Accreditation for Doc Fest Ireland is now available to purchase online. Whether you are an industry professional, student or documentary enthusiast, festival passes are available to suit your needs and budget. Accreditation types available are the:


Pure Talent Pass

Pure Docs Pass

Pure Class Pass




Irish Film / TV Series on Netflix

Looking for something Irish to watch on Netflix – here you go:

Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire is a 2016 biographical drama film directed and written by Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett. Stricken by seizures, psychosis and memory loss, a young New York Post reporter visits doctor after doctor in search of an elusive diagnosis

Can’t Cope Wont Cope

In Dublin, friends Aisling and Danielle must come to terms with adulthood with their millennial hijinks and hangovers begin to wear off.

Stars Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan.

Cardboard Gangsters

A low level drug dealer decides to move up the ranks of the illegal narcotics trade in Darndale, Dublin, putting him and his gang on a violent path.


The Zombie apocalypse is thwarted by a cure for the virus. But now the antidote is found, who will fix a broken society?   Stars Ellen Page, Sam Keeley and Tom Vaughan Lawlor.

Damo & Ivor

A pair of loud-mouthed Dublin twins, reunited after being separated at birth, embarks on a wild road trip to search for their third missing sibling.

Dominion Creek

Three Irish brothers arrive in the Yukon during the Gold Rush hoping to strike it rich, but a powerful man and greed soon divide them.

Handsome Devil

A self-described outsider is sent to a rugby-obsessed boarding school, where he forms an unexpected bond with the star player

Hostage to the Devil

Follow the eerie story of Father Malachi Martin, a disenchanted priest whose belief in demonic possession would lead him to conduct several exorcisms


An embittered IT consultant launches a stealthy attack against a wealthy businessman by turning his state-of-the-art smart home against him. Stars Pierce Brosnan.

Jack Taylor

Ken Bruen’s bestselling crime novels leap to life in this series of TV movies featuring Irish cop-turned-private-investigator Jack Taylor.


The critically acclaimed and award-winning Katie Taylor documentary KATIE directed by Ross Whitaker is now on Netflix. KATIE which has been wowing audiences since it picked up the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer intimately follows champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail her career. With many writing her off, Taylor decided to start again, and the notoriously private champion agreed to let a small crew document her attempt to rescale the heights.


When IRA member Larry Marley is sent to Northern Ireland’s Maze prison, her put his methodical and manipulative plan for a mass escape into action.

Michael Inside

The 34th

‘The 34th’ tells the story of the driven and dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland and developed it into a highly effective grassroots force with one clear goal in mind – the extension of Civil Marriage to same sex couples. Through revealing interviews and archive material, former board members and staff outline the strategising, fierce battles, sheer hard graft and personal cost of running such an all-consuming campaign.  From the KAL (Katherine Zappone & Ann Louise Gilligan) case to a YES vote on 22nd May 2015, this documentary spans a decade culminating in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, allowing same sex marriage.

The Foreigner

After his daughter is killed by terrorists, a sullen restaurateur seeks the identities of those responsible and travels to Ireland to take vengeance

The Hardy Bucks

A circle of young men entertain vague ambitions involving quick cash, woman and showbiz in this mockumentary on small town Irish life in County Mayo.

The Hardy Bucks Movie

Party loving Irelanders plan a road trip to Poland to take in some soccer and sights.  But their journey veers way off course when they hit Amsterdam.

The Irish Mob

This documentary crime series charts the rise of the Irish Mob in America, from urban immigrant poverty to political power and wealth.

The Secret Scripture

The chief psychiatrist of a soon-to-be-razed mental institution tries to discover the mystery behind the confinement …


The Siege of Jadotville

The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish Soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.  The heroes led by Commandant Pat Quinlan fought for five days and heroically defended their outpost.   A Netflix Original film, based on the book Siege at Jadotville : The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power.  Stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Meara, Mark Strong and Sam Keeley.


The Young Offenders

Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from a smugglers capsized ship.


Trailer Park Boys live in F**kin Dublin

Not exactly Irish but the Trailer Park boys come to Ireland after winning a contest to see Rush but are arrested by immigration and must perform a community service puppet show.

Trespass Against Us

A man from a criminal family yearns to break away and find a better life, but his father’s staunch opposition puts his dreams of freedom in jeopardy.

Wake Wood

After losing their only child in a dog attack, two parents discover a pagan ritual that will grant them three more days with their deceased daughter.



‘Red Room’ on Release

Director Stephen Gaffney’s horror debut “Red Room” is set for home release on March 19th by Breaking Glass Pictures US. The film will be available on DVD, iTunes, Play Store, Amazon and Vimeo.

Produced by Marc Hughes (Sicario Pictures), this indie feature is the third to be released by Deep Web Films, an Irish production company co-founded by Stephen Gaffney and Erica Keegan. “Red Room” also stands as the final chapter of Gaffney’s “Deep Web Trilogy” – a combination of thriller, crime, drama, and horror which delves into the darkest corners of the Dark Net.
Distributor Breaking Glass Pictures describes the film as ‘An extreme horror film that brings the terror of what lies in the deepest, darkest corners of the internet into the light…with blood-soaked results. Kyra, a young woman kidnapped off the street after a night out, wakes up in an isolated house with two other captives. They are informed by their sadistic captors that they must wait their turn to enter the Red Room before they will be released. Once they discover they will never leave alive, they plot to escape before it’s too late… ‘
Written by Stephen Gaffney and Erica Keegan, the feature stars Amy Kelly (Red Rock), John D’alessandro (Class-A, Cardboard Gangsters), Eddie Jackson (Game of Thrones), Eoin Quinn (Fair City, limp) Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones), Alan Sherlock (Lift) , and Fionna Twamley-Hewitt (Red Rock, Charlie), alongside Saoirse Doyle (Class-A, Crone Wood), Rodrigo Ternevoy (Fair City), Aisling O’Neill (Fair City), and more.

The DVD can pre ordered on DVD here


Irish Film Festa Full Programme Announced


Full line-up revealed for the 12th Irish Film Festa, the only Italian film festival completely dedicated to Irish cinema and culture, which is taking place from 27-31 March 2019, at the Casa del Cinema in Rome.

Northern Irish actor John Lynch will attend the festival as a guest of honour. Lynch has a special bond with Italy, since his mother is from Trivento, Molise; at IFF he will take part in a public interview and look back over his career, from Pat O’Connor’s Cal (1984) and Michael Rymer’s Angel Baby (1995, to be screened at the festival) to Mary McGuckian’s Best (2000), and more. John Lynch will also hold an acting workshop, open to students and professionals.

This year’s opening film is The Drummer and the Keeper, directed by Nick Kelly and winner of Best First Feature at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh: Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), who is suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, are two teenage boys who meet each other as players in a special football team and develop a strong friendship.

As previously announced, IFF will host the Italian premiere of Lance Daly‘s Black ’47, the historical drama set during the Great Famine which was a big hit at the Irish box office last year. The cast features Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford and Sarah Greene. The screenplay of Black ’47 – written by Daly with PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan and Eugene O’Brien – is partly inspired by the Irish-language short film An Ranger, directed by Dillon and also screened at the IFF in 2010.

Metal Heart marks the debut as a director of Irish actor Hugh O’Conor: young twin sisters Emma (Jordanne Jones) and Chantal (Leah McNamara) are worlds apart, and when their parents go away for the summer, their simmering rivalry threatens to boil over. A photography exhibition will also be held at the Casa del Cinema during the festival, featuring 18 portraits of Irish directors and actors (Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford, Barry Keoghan, Nora Twomey, among the others) taken by O’Conor himself.

Hugh O’Conor is also linked to this year’s Irish Classic, Colin Gregg’s Lamb (1985), where ten-year-old Hugh was cast opposite Liam Neeson.


The Dig, a Northern Irish tense thriller directed by Andy and Ryan Tohill, won the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh as Best Irish Feature: after serving fifteen years for murder, Callahan returns home to find Sean, his victim’s grieving father, searching for the body in an endless bog. Ryan Tohill and the two lead actors, Moe Dunford and Lorcan Cranitch, are expected to attend the Italian premiere of the film.

Michael Inside is the new film by Frank Berry, following I Used to Live Here, which also screened at IFF in 2016. The titular character Michael (Dafhyd Flynn) is an impressionable 18-year-old sentenced to three months in prison after he is caught holding a bag of drugs for a friend’s older brother. The cast also includes Lalor Roddy, Moe Dunford and Robbie Walsh.

The 12th IFF gives more space to documentaries, organising a panel discussion on the topic, as well as a series of dedicated screenings.

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, by Feargal Ward, brings on screen the story of unyielding Irish farmer Thomas Reid who refuses to sell his 300-year-old farm to the multinational microchip manufacturer Intel. The film premiered in the main competition at IDFA Amsterdam in 2017 before screening at Hot Docs and Sheffield DocFest.

Directed by Seán Murray and narrated by Stephen Rea, Unquiet Graves details how members of the RUC and UDR, (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland. Belfast-born Murray, whose previous work Ballymurphy screened at IFF in 2015, will take part in this year’s documentary panel.

Also expected to attend, Northern Irish director and producer Brendan J Byrne: IFF will screen his short documentary Hear My Voice, a touching tribute to those who suffered a loss during the Troubles. The film combines Colin Davidson’s portrait collection “Silent Testimony” with the spoken words of the people, victims and survivors of the conflict, featured in the paintings.

The Mam Trasna Murders (Murdair Mhám Trasna), a docu-drama written and directed by Colm Bairéad, tells the story of barbaric murders committed in the midst of a rural

community in Joyce Country, in 1882. The truth about those crimes was only recently unveiled and established. Lead actor Dara Devaney will attend the screening.

This year, the short film competition also focuses on documentaries, with a dedicated section, and includes Bog Graffiti, the latest experimental work by veteran author Bob Quinn.


The special screening of three episodes from hit comedy series Derry Girls (Channel 4), created by Lisa McGee, will close the festival: set in Derry in the early 90s, this sit-com is a warm, laugh-out-loud funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Erin and her friends.


As part of the IFFbooks section, dedicated to literature and authors from Ireland, the festival will host a conversation with Irish-born writer Karl Geary. He’s also an actor (Jimmy’s Hall by Ken Loach) and a screenwriter (Coney Island Baby, 2003), and published his first novel, Montpelier Parade, in 2017. | #IRISHFILMFESTA

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‘Reel’ Representation in Foyle Film Festival’s Intercultural Programme


A curated selection of films from across the world highlighting diversity and equality will screen in Derry~Londonderry this month as part of the Foyle Film Festival’s Intercultural & Anti-Racism programme.


Running from Friday 15 March to Sunday 24 March in Nerve Centre and Brunswick Moviebowl, the annual programme offers both schools and the general public an opportunity to explore issues such as racism, homophobia, sexism and discrimination through the medium of film.


Highlights for primary school students include screenings of classic Disney® films such as Up! and The Princess & the Frog. Also screening is the Oscar® nominated film Mary Poppins Returns, which sees the formidable nanny return to the grief stricken Banks family to help save the day.


Post-primary screenings include the Oscar® nominated features Green Book and First Man, the former of which tells the important true story of the unlikely friendship that developed between a black concert pianist and the New York bouncer hired to chauffeur him through the unfriendly territory of the Jim Crow American South.


A special screening of Anne Frank Remembered marks the 90th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh and Glenn Close, the film features vintage newsreels, photographs and even a rare home movie to look beyond the pages of Anne’s diary. In surprising, often emotional interviews with Anne’s family, friends and her protector Miep Gies, Anne’s life serves once more as an unforgettable symbol of and tribute to the many lives lost in the Holocaust.

A full programme of evening screenings, open to the public, will run throughout the two weeks. The films tackle difficult themes, including child trafficking, institutional racism and extreme poverty.


Director Alan Gilsenan will present his groundbreaking drama, The Meeting, in Brunswick Moviebowl on Friday 29 March. Based on the true story of Ailbhe Griffith and the real life meeting between her and the man who, nine years earlier, subjected her to a horrific sexual assault. Ailbhe plays herself in the film and will take part in a post-screening discussion with Dr. Marie Keenan, a restorative justice practitioner.


Activist Jacqueline Walker and director Jon Pullman will be in attendance on Friday 15 March at a screening of WitchHunt, a documentary exploring anti-semitism in the Labour party.


Speaking about the programme, Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programme said: “Now in its 14th year, the Intercultural and Anti-Racism programme aims to broaden young people’s cultural awareness while also providing a platform for stories that promote tolerance and inclusion. We’ve brought together a wide-ranging programme of thought-provoking films and documentaries from around the world that will encourage some interesting conversations.”


Also screening are critically acclaimed features Love Sonia, BlacKKKlansman, Ray & Liz, The Wife and Border (Gräns).


Once again special screenings for those living with physical and mental challenges as well as parents and babies feature in the programme and include; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! and A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Films are screened in a more relaxed atmosphere, with low lighting, and complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served.

Tickets are now on sale at


Foyle Film Festival’s Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.


‘Her Name Is…’ Wins at WFT Ireland Short Film Showcase

Claire Byrne, Juanita Wilson & Lydia McGuinness


WFT Ireland announced the winners of their members’ Short Film Showcase 2019, held in the IFI on Wednesday 6th March. The event was organised in partnership with the IFI, and with the support of the BAI, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The judges selected No Place as the second runner up. This short was written and directed by Laura Kavanagh and produced by Laura, Emily Morgan and Barry Ward. A timely short, No Place tells the story of Angela and her two young kids as they are evicted from their home. Angela struggles to maintain a sense of normality as an increasingly desperate situation unfolds.

Second place was awarded to The Girl at the End of the Garden, a comedy drama about an unhappy young girl whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden. The Girl at the End of the Garden was directed by Bonnie Dempsey, written by Rodney Lee and produced by Sinead Barry and David O’Sullivan.

Her Name Is…

The winner of the overall competition was Her Name Is… directed by Lydia McGuinness and Claire Byrne. This heartbreaking short was written by Lydia and Ben Conway, and produced by Jo Halpin and Emma Wall of Alfonso Films. Her Name Is… follows an isolated young woman on her journey through the city streets in a final act of desperation.

The filmmakers were presented with prizes on the night by special guest, Oscar nominated filmmaker, Juanita Wilson.

Juanita Wilson, Susan Liddy, Vanessa Gildea

WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy said: “Our Short Film Showcase is an affirmation of the talented women working in the industry today. We were struck by the range of films submitted and, indeed, the range of filmmakers – from more established names to emerging voices. WFT is immensely proud to have hosted this wonderful evening to highlight our female talent. We’d like to thank Sunniva O Flynn and the IFI team for embracing the event and the BAI for their continued support. We were overwhelmed by the huge audience on the night and the enthusiastic commitment by female filmmakers to stand their ground, tell their stories and make their mark in the Irish film industry. And WFT will be there to support them all the way”.






Irish Experimental Sci-fi Feature to Premiere in New York

The world premiere of experimental, soundtrack-driven sci-fi Assimilation will take place at the 2019 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, to be held in New York this week, on March 6th and 9th. Filmed in Derry and Donegal and produced by Scalp Mountain Productions, Assimilation marks the feature debut both for Irish writer/director John Norby and star Ashling Vieira.

In the near future, exponential growth in technology creates an apocalyptic event of cosmic origins that finds Earth seemingly devoid of all sentient life. Assimilation depicts the stages leading up to that event and follows the journey of a lone survivor on her quest to reconnect with life: to discover what lies beyond.

Where are we headed, this human race, and what is our fate after Earth? The clues are there to be discovered; it’s all about knowing where to look.

What will you see?

Presented without dialogue, Assimilation features an immersive, darkly atmospheric soundtrack by some of the most respected dark ambient artists from around the world. The film strives through its ‘sight and sound’ approach to captivate its audience and transport them into the post-apocalyptic world it portrays, allowing them to explore it intimately as the experience unfolds.
The production of Assimilation was unique in that the soundtrack was in place before shooting began, indicating the importance of the music and its intricate relationship with the action in driving the story. The soundtrack features music by Lamia Vox, Sistrenatus, Red Harvest, Phelios, Virus, Triangular Ascension, Dahlia’s Tear, Øysnsasid, Christopher Norby, Posthum, Endvra, Necro Deathmort, O Yuki Conjugate, Zoät-Aon, and The Axis Of Perdition. Put together they provide an ethereal cinematic experience that reveals the profound and chilling story of Assimilation.
Assimilation will play at The Producer’s Club, 358 West 44th Street, New York, on Saturday, March 9. Screening time is 9pm. Q&A with director John Norby after the show.

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Call For: Applications for EFP Producers on the Move 2019

Call for Applications: EFP Producers on the Move 2019

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is now seeking applications from Irish producers who wish to be considered as the Irish representative for the 2019 EFP Producers on the Move programme held each year at the Cannes Film Festival.

Each year, 20 up and coming producers from 20 different countries from throughout Europe are selected to participate in Producers on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival. The four-day programme aims at connecting enterprising young producers with international potential co-production partners and strengthening their industry networks. The programme is underpinned by a digital promotion campaign and a press campaign in the international trades, creating visibility and opportunity for the producers.

The programme is open to 20 producers from 20 different European countries. The interested producers/production companies must have completed at least one international co-production.  The final selection of the 20 participants is based on a point system which considers the following criteria:

  • the producer’s experience in an international co-production (at least one international co-production) is a pre-requisite. The selection process favours producers who have been majority producers.
    If candidates were the majority producers in more than three international co-productions, they, unfortunately, are too experienced for PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE
  • the producer’s feature length film(s) have had a theatrical release and /or a VoD / SVoD / DVD / TV release outside of the production countries involved;
  • the producer has had a feature length film screened in the international section at a major festival;
  • the producer’s feature length film was awarded Best Film in the producer’s home country ie recipient of a national film award;
  • the producer has a strong project suitable for an international co-production.

Previous Irish Producers on the Move include Alan Maher (Song of Granite), Katie Holly (Vita & Virginia), John Keville and Conor Barry (The Hole in the Ground), Juliette Bonass (A Date for Mad Mary), Rebecca O’Flanagan (Papi Chulo) and Macdara Kelleher (Black 47) to name but a few.

If you are interested in participating in Producers on the Move 2019, please address your email to Louise Ryan, Marketing & Communications Manager, with the following information by close on business on Tuesday, 12 March:

  1. Letter of motivation, i.e. what you would hope to gain from the scheme and why you would like to take part
  2. Project description of the film in development / financing — including synopsis and director statement (if director attached)
  3. Finance plan for this project


The Arts Council Announces Successful recipients of Authored Works and Reel Art awards


The Arts Council announces successful recipients of Authored Works and Reel Art awards

The Arts Council has announced the successful recipients of its 2018 Authored Works and Reel Art Awards. 

Dónal Foreman is the first film artist to be selected for the new Authored Works award, while Vivienne Dick and Ciara Nic Chormaic are the latest recipients of Reel Art awards.

Authored Works is a new Arts Council initiative which is designed to provide film artists with the creative and editorial freedom to make an authored cultural film work. The successful project will premiere at the IFI in 2020.

Reel Art is the Arts Council’s long-running creative arts documentary scheme. The two successful films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2020.

The Arts Council wishes to congratulate all three artists on their awards and we look forward to seeing the films reaching Irish and international audiences on their completion.

Authored Works Award

Queen of Fire
Director: Dónal Foreman
Producer: Alan Maher

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A middle-aged American filmmaker, reeling from the death of her mother, enlists the help of a younger Irish writer on a journey along the Irish west coast to research a film about Ireland’s pre-colonial past. Queen of Fire is a dense and sensuous mix of road movie, psychodrama and historical essay that gradually pulls itself apart as lines blur between past and present, dream and reality…

Dónal Foreman has written, directed and edited two feature films and dozens of shorts, and presented his work at festivals including Rotterdam, Edinburgh, the Viennale and CPH:DOX. He has been nominated for the Rising Star award at the Irish Film & TV Awards and awarded the Grand Prize of the Avant-Garde Competition at BAFICI in Argentina. His most recent feature, The Image You Missed (Arts Council Film Project Award), has won nine awards at festivals internationally, including six top prizes, and has been acclaimed by the Hollywood Reporter, Film Comment and Sight & Sound. For more info, please visit

Reel Art Awards

New York Our Time
Director: Vivienne Dick
Produced by: Still Films and Jellyfish Productions

Vivienne Dick3New York Our Time is an intimate and philosophical documentary that contrasts the concerns of present day with the bohemian wildness of ’70s New York in the lives of ‘No Wave’ artists and musicians.

The film will feature the director along with friends of hers from her time in New York, including Lydia Lunch, Nan Goldin and Alexis Adler. The soundtrack will include diverse music and archive from the period as well as new compositions and collaborations.

Vivienne Dick makes multilayered, open-ended work framed from a female perspective and with an interest in sexual politics, music and philosophy. Her early work is associated with the No Wave film and music movement of late seventies New York. Her work has been shown extensively at festivals and museums such as, MoMa New York, Lisbon Estoril and Filmhaus Vienna with a survey of her work at IMMA in 2017. Retrospectives include Crawford (2009) Tate Modern (2010) and SEFF Seville (2016). Her work is in the collections of The Irish Film Archive, Lux, Anthology Archives and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work is distributed by LUX UK.

Director: Ciara Nic Chormaic
Producer: Sharon Whooley

Ciara Nic Chormaic3Skin+Soul is a cinematic meditation on fashion photography seen through the lens of photographer Perry Ogden whose profound images blur the boundaries between the fashion world and the real world.

Ciara Nic Chormaic created, directed and produced a documentary series exploring Irish fashion identity entitled Snáithe (Thread) which recently screened in New York and London. For over fifteen years she has produced award winning documentaries which have premiered at Irish and international film festivals including Name Your Poison/Deoch an Dorais and The Hood and the Collar.


Screen Leaders 2019

Screen Leaders is the strategic company development programme for the screen industries that can transform businesses.

  • Is your company going through a period of change or growth?
  • Do you want to internationalise your business?
  • Do you need to re-define the scope of your business?
  • Is it time to frame your company vision?

Designed for company leaders working in film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition, the programme, which has been running successfully for over 10 years, is funded by Creative Europe MEDIA, Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Ireland.

The Screen Leaders programme will provide you and your company with the skills to lead and grow the organisation in a complex, innovative and evolving international marketplace with a mixture of residential week-long workshops and one to one sessions from June to November 2019.

From its inaugural programme in 2008 to the present, Screen Leaders has had participants from all over Ireland and Europe from leading animation, TV and film production companies. Some of them have progressed to becoming leading production companies in their respective countries as well as participating in the screen industries on a global scale. You can search through Screen Leaders Alumni here – their  collective achievements and awards include over 20 total Oscar nominations, more than 15 Golden Globes nominations, 10 Emmy nominations and countless international festival prizes, awards and recognitions.


Running from June to November, there are three modules, with ongoing one-to-one feedback between sessions.

  • Module 1: Residential in Limerick, Ireland: 3rd – 7th June 2019
  • Module 2: Strategy and Finance Business Coaching in Dublin, Ireland: 23rd – 24th and 26th – 27th August 2019
  • Strategy and Leaderships Business Coaching in Ireland/Germany: September TBC 2019
  • Module 3: Residential in Tallinn, Estonia:  10th – 14th November 2019

The deadline for applications is Friday the 19th of April 2019.


Dublin International Film Festival Announces Winners Of The Discovery and Shorts Awards

The 17th Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival’s 2019 Discovery Award selected three winners: Alexandra McGuinness, Oonagh Kearney and Ian Hunt Duffy. Plus a special mention to Madonna Bambino.

The Best Irish Short Film Award goes to Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain and Best International Short Film Award winner is Inanimate. Special mention went to Irish short The First Was A Boy and international short Child.

Discovery Award

Writer and director Alexandra McGuinness wins the Discovery Award for She’s Missing and writer and director Oonagh Kearney wins for her film Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain, while director Ian Hunt Duffy wins for Low Tide. Make-up artist Madonna Bambino receives a special mention for her work on Low Tide.

Speaking about Alexandra McGuinness, the jury said: “Alexandra McGuinness is one of those filmmakers whose ambitious, accomplished and entertaining work is deserving of the widest possible audience. We are excited to shine a spotlight on the world that Alexandra so brilliantly created.”

On Oonagh Kearney, they said: “Oonagh has consistently shown great originality and creativity of approach in her previous work and we believe that her stunningly beautiful and accomplished film Five Letters To the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain clearly demonstrates that Oonagh is fast becoming one of the most interesting and distinctive voices in Irish film. We are very excited to see what Oonagh will do next.”

Commenting on Ian Hunt Duffy, they said: “Ian Hunt Duffy has quickly grown into an accomplished director and has consistently shown excellence within his field. The success of Gridlock now looks to be followed with Ian’s new short film Low Tide. Ian has succeeded in making a magnificent dark, gripping but believable piece of work and we look forward to following his career within the film industry at home and internationally.”

About Madonna Bambino: “The jury would also like to make a special recommendation for the remarkable craft shown by Madonna Bambino in the field of make-up and prosthetics. Her measured and authentic work on Low Tide, as well as such accomplished prosthetics seen previously in Dead CoolBurden and The Wombats – Lemon to a Knife Fight show an exciting career trajectory ahead for Madonna.”

The other Discovery Award nominees were writer/director Shane J. Collins (Dub Daze); writers Darach McGarrigle (Low Tide) and Jonathan Hughes (Mother, Mary); production designer & art director Alice Vignoles-Russell (The Trap); and producer Roisín Geraghty (Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain).

The Discovery Award was chosen by an esteemed panel of adjudicators including Jason Foran, Producer and Manager, Teach Solas; Clare Stronge, Producer, The Farthest; and David Burke General Manager, Universal Pictures International Ireland.

Short Film Award

Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain and Inanimate were chosen from over 40 short films in this year’s programme. Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain describes the soul-searching journey of first year medical student Viv, whose first encounter with a cadaver in the anatomy room sends her on a soul-searching quest into the nature of what it means to be alive. Inanimate tells the story of Katrine who has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. Or at least that’s what she thinks until one day everything starts falling apart – literally!

Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain was directed by Oonagh Kearney and produced by Roisín Geraghty; Inanimate was directed by Joren Molter and produced by Floor Onrust; The First Was a Boy was directed by Shaun Dunne and produced by Children’s Cultural Centre The Ark; and Child was directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and produced by Lennard Ortmann.

The Short Film Award was chosen by a jury which included Alan Maher, Producer, Being AP and After the Dance, and Kevin Coyne, Cinema Programmer, Irish Film Institute.

Commenting on the Best Irish Short Film winner, the jury said: “Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain is an accomplished and successful merging of disciplines, with excellent production values and a singular voice.”

On the Best International Short Film, they said: “the jury thought Inanimate was lovely, charming and imaginative.”

About The First Was a Boy, directed by Shaun Dunne, they said it “had a fresh approach with a wonderfully realised soundscape, one to watch out for.”

Speaking about Child, the jury described it as “a film about a woman dealing with an unsettling truth, Child makes for thought-provoking and uncomfortable viewing.”


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).


‘Hold the Line’ Screens @ Irish Film Festa

Laura O’ Shea’s short film Hold the Line has been selected to screen at the Irish Film Festa in Rome (March 27 – 31, 2019).

Em works in a call centre. She faces a day more difficult than the usual ‘customer care queries’ and is on the brink. That’s until: she picks up the phone to Patsy.
The film stars Laura O’ Shea, Lesa Thurman Russell, Tony Doyle.
Co-directed by Laura O’ Shea & Karen Killeen.
Written & Produced by Laura O’ Shea.
Cinematography by Conor Tobin.
Editing by Philip Shanahan.
Sound recording by Rían Mahood Gallagher.

St. Patrick’s Film Festival London 2019

The St. Patrick’s Film Festival London 2019 will take the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s ‘London is Open’ campaign as its inspiration, with a programme reflecting the spirit of diversity and inclusion in this great city. As Brexit approaches, many non-British people living in London are feeling unsettled, and Khan has said that he wants “all Londoners to be in no doubt: London Is Open and no matter where you’re from, you will always belong here.”

With this in mind the festival, which is presented by Irish Film London and forms part of London’s official St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, brings together a collection of films celebrating outsiders, mavericks and the delightfully unique.

The Irish Film London Founder Kelly O’Connor said, “This year is set to be a real turning point for the UK, and against this backdrop we’re proud to be putting the notion of inclusion front and centre, reminding Irish people here that they are loved, championed and that they have a voice. The programme reflects the modern Ireland that we are all so incredibly proud to be a part of, especially within in the current global climate.”

Regent Street Cinema Programmer Shira MacLeod said, “It’s fantastic to once again join Irish Film London and the official St. Patrick’s Day Festival with this weekend celebrating Irish film. We’re particularly pleased to be a part of the conversation about diversity and inclusion. At Regent Street Cinema, our ongoing programme reflects the great diversity of London and we are proud to host unique film festivals like this one.”

Events for all ages will be held over the course of the weekend, with the main Festival Programme being shown at the Regent Street Cinema, just a two-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.


Friday 15th March

Venue: Regent Street Cinema

6.30pm: Opening the festival is a collection of short films from Ireland, including Hugh O’Connor’s beautiful animation The Overcoat, which was voiced by Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy. The film tells the story of a young outcast clerk who desperately seeks the approval of the popular office group by spending his every last penny on an impressive new overcoat, only to find it brings him more attention than he bargained for.

The shorts programme also includes Ireland’s first ever vertical dance film Walls of Limerick, a statement on the psychological effects that harsh political borders have on people. The experimental short, which features versatile performers blending the worlds of dance and aerial dance, explores notions of barriers, borders and breaking loose.

8.15pm: John Butler (Handsome Devil, The Stag) once again delights with cross-cultural comedy drama Papi Chulo, starring Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño as unlikely companions. The film sees a lonely Los Angeles weather-man ‘hire’ a middle-aged Latino migrant worker to be his friend, in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in a busy contemporary world.

Saturday 16th March

Venue: Regent Street Cinema

2.00pm: Family and unusual friendships are at the centre of Colin McIvor’s exciting film Zoo, based on a true story set in Belfast in 1941. It sees Young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save ‘Buster’ the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of the city.

3.45pm: An intergenerational puppet creatures craft workshop with Kabutar Arts. Based on the characters from the film Zoo, IFL invites children, their parents and grandparents to come together create their own 3D animals from everyday objects. Places are limited for the workshop so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

6.00pm: Take to the skies with a life-affirming documentary The Man Who Wanted to Fly. Capturing the wonder of one man’s dreams, the film tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote. He is determined to take flight. Even if it’s the last thing he does… Bobby is the perfect example of someone who sticks to his convictions, despite everyone’s preference, although well-meaning, for him to conform to a stereotype. Director Frank Shouldice will attend this screening to share his own experience of making the film.

St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March

Venue: Trafalgar Square & Regent Street Cinema

12noon-6pm: Pop in to chat with the Irish Film London Team among the community stalls on Trafalgar Square. You will be able to check out the festival trailer live on The Big Screen in the square, while enjoying the live music, food, dance and festivities.

6.30pm: After celebrations come to a close on Trafalgar Square, it’s back to Regent Street Cinema for the Festival Closing Night, with a final selection of Irish short films.

The full programme will be available on


‘Ma’ Screens at Toronto Irish Film Festival

Anne Marie Kelly’s short film will make its Canadian premiere on March 3rd as part of the Toronto Irish Film Festival. 

Dublin singer, actor and psychotherapist Anne Marie Kelly is enjoying the success of her first independent short film Ma, for which she won Best Actor at Disappear Here Film Festival in Donegal, last September. It was shown in February 2019 as part of “The Female Eye” and will make its Canadian premiere on March 3rd as part of the Toronto Irish Film Festival. 

Ma is an empathetic artistic response to a late night chat show interview, where the mother of a murdered young man told her story of having to sit through the trial of his murderer.  She thought that her seat was the worst seat upon which anyone could ever have to sit.  Then she saw the mother of the murderer and thought differently.  This film is a tribute to all of those who have been hurt by the choices made by another.

Featuring Anne Marie Kelly as Ma and Jamie McClean as the Son, the film is  directed by Anne Marie Kelly with Ciarán O’Donnell as Director of Photography and John Kelleher as Soundtrack Designer.  



‘I didn’t… I wasn’t…I amn’t’ @ Manchester Film Festival

Laoisa Sexton short film I didn’t… I wasn’t…I amn’t has been selected for the Manchester Film Festival, screening on March 4 at 6pm.

Starring Aidan Gillen, Neili Conroy and  Laoisa Sexton, the film is a social realistic, dark blue un-romantic comedy set in Dublin. The film explores the social contract of human endeavour between men and women in the paradox of modern life, and the thirst for human connection as we follow one woman’s desire to attain it.

This is Laoisa’s debut film, which she wrote, directed and performs in. It was financed by a crowdfunding campaign, on a minuscule budget. The production took place over a period of five days in Dublin. The film was shot by Irish cinematographer Trevor Murphy.

The film is also set to screen at Dingle International Film Festival on March 23rd @ 7:30pm.






See You Next Thursday Festival

See You Next Thursday Festival

See You Next Thursday Festival

The See You Next Thursday Festival has announced five events on the theme of womanhood, gender and sexuality in film. 

See You Next Thursday Festival

The Festival will host a mixture of internationally acclaimed and controversial films to tell the stories of women (and men!) trapped within the cultural and sexual conventions of their time but break free in a desperate attempt to realise themselves. Each session will give the audience the opportunity to directly engage with the film and its themes by opening the floor for discussing at the end of the screening.

This festival is organised by Louise Kari Méreau, the French Department, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies,  Trinity College.


In the final session, a group of leading professionals and experts in the film industry will join in a debate on the nature of female sexuality and gender roles in cinema. Those in attendance will have the chance to ask questions, share their thoughts, and discuss the topic with a group of excellent guests, amongst which Dr. Ruth Barton (Film Studies, Trinity College Dublin), Vanessa Gildea (documentary filmmaker), Dr. Susan Liddy (Chair of Women in Film and TV Ireland)…


Four films:

  1. Thursday 14th March 2019 : Love Meetings, Pier Paolo Pasolini (1966)
  2. Thursday 21st March 2019: Baise-Moi, Virginie Despentes and Caroline Trinh Thi (2000) [Rated R]
  3. Thursday 28th March 2019: The Hours, Stephen Daldry (2003)
  4. Thursday 4th April 2019: Farewell my Concubine, Chen Kaige (1993)

One discussion:

Thursday, 11th April 2019 7-9pm: Roundtable on womenhood and sexuality in films, moderated by Dr. Ruth Barton (Film studies, Trinity College Dublin)

With speakers including Vanessa Gildea (documentary filmmaker), Dr. Susan Liddy (chair of Women in Film and TV Ireland association)

For the other events of the festival, or to register your place visit their Eventbrite page.


Irish Film Institute 2019 Plans

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) have announced its plans for 2019 across its core activities of exhibition, preservation and education. As always, the Home of Film in Ireland will bring new strands, events and seasons to audiences both in Dublin and across the country, in addition to its festivals, educational initiatives, archival projects, and the completion of its refurbishment plan.

2019 looks set to be one of the most significant years for the IFI across its core areas of film exhibition, preservation and education. In order to successfully deliver many of these programmes, the IFI will undergo a major capital refurbishment project in summer 2019 which will see, amongst other improvements, two completely refurbished cinema spaces, offering IFI audiences the opportunity to see films with the best of facilities. The major refurbishment will maintain all the charm of the existing 18th century Quaker building in which the IFI makes its home, but will see changes that will bring increased comfort and enjoyment to film lovers who visit.

The IFI’s  exhibition programme will include a complete retrospective of the work of one of the most pivotal figures in French cinema, Robert Bresson, director of such classics as Au Hasard Balthazar and The Trial of Joan of Arc; a season entitled Memory on Film will highlight how this most abstract of concepts has been represented on screen; a short focus will showcase the feature films of Derek Jarman, one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture, to tie-in with a major exhibition at IMMA; and the return of the occasional look at the work of forgotten filmmakers, Hidden Figures, which will this year centre on American Dorothy Arzner(1987-1979), the only female director in Hollywood in the 1930s, who launched the careers of many of the era’s finest talents including Katherine Hepburn. 2019 will also bring the third Dark Skies Science Fiction season, headlined by a 70mm screening of James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day; IFI remains the only cinema in Ireland with the facilities to screen this format.

Speaking at the programme’s announcement, IFI Director Ross Keane, said: ‘We are delighted with the programme of activities planned for 2019 which offer breadth, balance and variety. Alongside some exciting new programming concepts and events, the launch of key archival preservation projects, and the expansion of film clubs to even more schoolchildren around the country, this year will also see the most transformational change to the IFI’s main home in Temple Bar since the last major redevelopment back in 2009. We look forward to unveiling our wonderful new facilities the summer, and offering our audiences the opportunity to enjoy our curated events and programmes in even better surroundings.

Irish filmmakers and their work will remain central to the IFI’s focus throughout the year with seasons including Neglected Perspectives, a timely selection of films, co-curated by director Donal Foreman, looking at work that challenged the prevailing representations of the Northern Ireland Troubles; the work of Trish MacAdam, director of Snakes and LaddersHoodwinked and What Do I Do Now? will take centre-stage with a retrospective and a career-spanning public interview; while the IFI’s ongoing collaboration with Dublin City Council will continue with the Edna O’Brien Trilogy, featuring screenings of The Country GirlsThe Girl with Green Eyes and I Was Happy Here. The agenda-setting IFI Spotlight day will return, alongside the regular free Archive at Lunchtime programmes, and the monthly From the Vaults and Irish Focus strands.

Throughout its entire exhibition programme the IFI will, where possible, aim to make its screenings as accessible as possible, either through improved access to screens, or via scheduled Open Captioned and Audio Described showings.

The IFI’s four flagship festivals will return, with the IFI French Film Festival in November, the IFI Family Festival in August, the IFI Documentary Festival in September, and IFI Horrorthon over the October Bank Holiday weekend. Also scheduled to return are collaborations with East Asia Film Festival IrelandIFI Kinopolis, the annual focus on the best of new and classic Polish cinema, plus the annual collaboration with the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

2019 promises to be another key year for the award-winning IFI Irish Film Archive. This summer will see the launch of the second part of the Irish Independence Film Collection which has repatriated newsreels from international news crews, bringing material that relates to one of the most important periods in Irish history back home, where it belongs, and presented to audiences for free on the IFI Player. Meanwhile, in April, the release of the Loopline Collection will make public on the IFI Player and the IFI Player app the exceptional documentary output of the pioneering Irish production company established by Sé Merry Doyle.

Other Archive projects include a second collaboration between the IFI Irish Film Archive, Screen Scene and the Radharc Trust, which will see 50 Radharc films digitally preserved and remastered; this project is co-funded via the BAI Archiving Scheme. The autumn will see the commencement of a unique project to preserve a large collection of broadcast material created by the community production company Ballymun Communications.

The IFI’s education plans for the year start early in February with the second annual Careers In Screen Day, presented in association with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival; this year’s event will feature guests including director Lenny Abrahamson, costume designer Consolata Boyle, and producer Ed Guiney. The 2019-2020 Schools Programme will launch in September, with the second phase of the Film Clubs initiative running in schools until June 2019; the third and final phase will begin in September. The IFI’s commitment to lifelong learning continues with spring and autumn Evening Courses, which will focus on British and Asian cinema respectively.

Regular audience favourites The Bigger PictureIFI FamilyaemiWild Strawberries and Feast Your Eyes will all return, while Mystery Matinée will continue in its monthly Sunday lunchtime slot.

IFI will continue its programme of exclusive 70mm events throughout the year, and IFI Open Day will return after the refurbishment of the IFI’s two biggest screens for another day of free screenings and behind-the-scenes tours.

IFI will continue its programming in IFI National and IFI International strands, bringing the best of local cinema to communities across the country with Local Films for Local People programmes travelling to counties including Leitrim, Fermanagh, Cork, Sligo and Galway. IFI National is also delighted that its collaboration with Limerick arts venue Belltable will continue into 2019. Once again, IFI International will bring the very best of Irish cinema to cities and countries across the world including Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Egypt, Serbia, Luxembourg, Barbados, Czech Republic and Colombia.


Dublin Human Rights Film Award

Emmet Kirwan, Sorcha Pollack, Bulelani Mfaco and Aoife Kelleher

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties officially relaunch the Dublin Human Rights Film Award.  Helping to launch the prestigious award which will be unveiled at an intimate gathering on Sunday March 3rd at The Merrion Hotel were Emmet Kirwan, Bulelani Mfaco, Aoife Kelleher, and Sorcha Pollack.

The Dublin Human Rights Film Award will celebrate an outstanding achievement in raising awareness and understanding of human rights through the medium of film. Virgin Media will provide the winner with access to facilities at Virgin Media Television to the value of €1,000, which can include editing, studio time, camera and post audio depending on the needs of the project.

Eight films from the festival programme have been identified as being of special merit in their engagement with the theme of human rights. The shortlist of films will be evaluated by an esteemed adjudication panel which include: film and television director Aoife Kelleher; Irish Times journalist and author Sorcha Pollak; actor, playwright and screenwriter Emmet Kirwan, Direct Provision activist Bulelani Mfaco; and disability advocate and ICCL board member Suzy Byrne.

The aspiring shortlist of films, in alphabetical order, are:

  • A Girl From Mogadishu by Mary McGuckian: Based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed the film details Ifrah’s astonishing and powerful journey, from her time in a refugee camp to becoming a leading campaigner.
  • Another Day of Life by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow: A film which centres on an idealistic journalist tasked with covering civil conflict in Angola in the 1970s.
  • Gaza by Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell: A documentary portrait of the resilience of people in the most challenging of circumstances, set among the communities who live in Gaza.
  • Heartbound: A Different Kind of Love Story by Janus Metz and Dr Sine Plambech: A documentary about a small village in northern Denmark where over 900 Thai women have married and settled.
  • Land Without God by Gerard Mannix Flynn: His deeply personal documentary feature about himself and members of his own family as they recall the effects of decades of institutional abuse.
  • Of Fathers and Sons by Talal Derki: A documentary which centres on a radical Islamist family and their harsh existence as war rages around them in Syria.
  • Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu: A Kenyan film that revolves around two female friends who fall in love. In doing so, they must face the challenges of family expectations and the conservative society in which they live.
  • The Public by Emilio Estevez: A film about a committed librarian, frustrated at a lack of social justice, allows some of his most vulnerable visitors turn his work space into an impromptu homeless shelter.

The winning film will be announced and presented with the Dublin Human Rights Film Award by Irish civils rights activist and former politician Bernadette McAliskey at a special event to be held in The Merrion Hotel on Sunday March 3rd.


‘Misty Button’ Premiere @ San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Misty Button, an Irish film shot in New York, is making its World Premiere at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival this St Patrick’s Day.

The film was written and directed by Kerryman Seanie Sugrue and co-produced with Bertie Brosnan. The two leads are portrayed by Corkmen Cillian O’Sullivan and Shaun Kennedy. The film also stars renowned New York City theatre actor John Keating. Also starring in the film is rising Broadway star, Julia Nightingale, who can now be seen in The Ferryman directed by Sam Mendes.


San Luis Obispo International Film Festival runs March 12-17, 2019



Screen Ireland Updated 2019 Guidelines Announced Including the Introduction of a New TV Drama Production Fund

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland has announce updated 2019 funding guidelines for its Production, Distribution, and Development schemes. A number of maximum funding limits across Irish production, Creative Co-Production and Animation Production funding have been increased.

By providing support for TV Drama Production, Screen Ireland aims to drive the expansion of the indigenous TV drama production sector and provide opportunities for Irish talent to develop both creatively and professionally. The new Screen Ireland TV Drama Production fund is aimed at supporting TV drama series originated and creatively led by Irish talents – directors, writers, producers – to create TV content with both an Irish and international audience and marketplace in mind. TV Drama Development funding has been in place since 2015.

A number of changes have been made across all funding guidelines, which are published on the website. It is essential applicants consult the updated funding guidelines for 2019 in advance of making a submission.

The first 2019 deadline for TV Drama Production and TV Drama Development Applications is 1pm on 28th of February. The next deadline for Development funding applications is 1pm February 28th. The next deadline for Distribution and Production applications is 1pm on February 15th.


Fundraiser for ‘The New Music’

The New Music is a new Irish film about a classical pianist with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease who joins a Dublin punk band. It aims to shine a light on this rare and little known condition which affects those under 50 years of age.


The film has the full support of Young Parkinson’s Ireland and is currently raising funds to complete post-production for its completion deadline in March.


They are organising a fundraising pub quiz on Wednesday 6th March at The Grand Social in Dublin from 7.30pm.


Test your music, film and general knowledge while supporting this great cause with a quiz hosted by Quizhost Ireland


Its just €30 for a team of 4- and you can secure your place by booking on Event Bright


There will be some excellent prizes up for grabs on the night sponsored by brands such as Film Equipment Hire Ireland, Women in Film&Television Ireland, The Lighthouse Cinema, Act The Maggot to name but a few. We’ll have some exclusive film prints and posters, cinema tickets and other surprises! No one will leave empty handed!


If you can’t make it but you’d like to donate to the film now-you can do so here:

#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.



Call For: Submissions for Annual Screenwriting Competition



Young Irish Film Makers are launching their annual screenwriting competition aimed at finding short scripts that will be produced as part of the National Youth Film & Animation School which takes place in August 2019. This competition is aimed at 16 -25 year olds and looks to mentor young screenwriters in producing short film scripts that will be shot as part of the summer programme.

Selected candidates will be mentored with a series of scriptwriting workshops by an industry professional who will help them craft, shape and redraft their scripts for the big screen.  Winners will receive €100 and the knowledge that their scripts will be produced as part of the NYFAS. The National Youth Film & Animation School is funded by Screen Ireland and aims to give first time young screenwriters the opportunity to get a writing credit with Ireland’s film funding body. Four short scripts will be selected as part of the screenwriting competition and the deadline for submission is March 31st.

For further terms and conditions check out our website on





Call For: Submissions for WFT Members’ Short Film Showcase

WFT ShowcaseWFT Ireland, is partnering with the IFI, to host an annual Short Film Showcase. This special screening of members’ work will take place on Wednesday, 6th March 2019.

Submit your short film now for this special showcase and you can be in with the chance of winning the grand prize (worth over €200).

The deadline for submissions is 20th February 2019 at 5pm. There is no submission fee to enter your film, you just need to be a current WFT Ireland member.

We hope to screen as many as possible, but there may not be time to screen all the films we receive. In that case we have some judging criteria which includes production values, women on the crew, feminist theme/narrative, quality of vision and writing.

Submission Criteria:

  • The person submitting the short film MUST be a current WFT Ireland member. You can join WFT Ireland or renew your membership here.
  • If you are the WFT member submitting a short, you must be the film’s Director, Writer or Producer.
  • The director of the short film MUST be female.
  • Documentary, Experimental, Narrative or Animation films are all welcome.
  • The short film must have been made in the LAST TWO YEARS, ie. between 1st Jan 2017 – 5th Feb 2019.
  • The film must be 15 MINS OR UNDER. This include the credits. Films longer than this can’t be considered as time slots are limted.
  • If successful, you will be informed on or before the 25th February. If your short has been shortlisted for screening, you must then deliver the correct file format for screening to the IFI before 1pm February 27th.  Films that cannot be submitted to these specs cannot be screened, so please don’t submit them. See below for details.

File Format Specifications

Important: If your film is shortlisted for screening, you must provide the IFI with either:

  1. A DCP (which must be created following DCI Specification): – the DCP must conform to frame rate of 24 or 25 frames per second. Carrier File system: ext2/ext3 MBR (inode size 128 Bytes) or…
  2. A video file, which must conform to technical specification as follows:
  • – Colour space: Y’CBCR (BT.709)
  • – Resolution: Full HD / 2K / 4K
  • – Frames: 24p / 25p
  • – Codec: ProRes422HQ
  • – Container: Quicktme
  • – Audio: PCM (1.0/ 2.0/ 5.1/ 7.1 all channels configured within the container)
  • – Carrier Filesystem: Mac OS read/write (HFS+)
  • For additional information:


Submit your film here.


Call For: Extras

The Green Knight is looking for Film Extras in the coming months. There will be an Extras Open Casting day next week in Dublin. It is paid work and, the open casting day will be open to people from all ethnic backgrounds.

The casting takes place at Liberty hall (Siptu Building), Eden Quay, Dublin 1, on Friday 15th February 10am – 5.30pm.

The film is an Irish/American Co-production, to be directed by David Lowery (Old Man & The Gun, A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon).  Based upon the classic 14th Century poem, the film tells the tale of Sir Gawain, a young Knight who embarks upon a quest to confront the titular Green Knight.

Filming will begin March 2019

Appearances: Bone thin, Medium built, Broad, Sporty types, Tall, Short, Witch-like long hair, Bald men & women, Naturally coloured hair or be prepared to dye it, Long and short beards, No beards, Amputees, Crooked or missing teeth

People with unique appearances from every ethnic background.

Skills…Carpenters, Crafts people, Sword & Axe, Blacksmiths, Farmers, Real Midwives, Nurses

Performers of all kinds… Jugglers, Musicians, Fire Breathers, Contortionists, Gymnasts, Acrobats

There will be FEATURED & SPECIAL EXTRA roles too with casting people on the day

For further info, please email:


Irish Film @ 2019 Berlinale

The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) runs from 07 – 17 February. Irish films on offer are:

A Dog Called Money


As imaginative as the creative process it documents, A Dog Called Money is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record.

Director Seamus Murphy
Irish Production Company Blinder Films
Sales Agent Autlook Sales

Sat 09 Feb, 17:00, International (Premiere)
Sun 10 Feb, 14:30, Colosseum 1
Mon 11 Feb, 12:00, CineStar 7
Thurs 14 Feb, 14:00, International
Sat 16 Feb, 17:00, International
Sun 17 Feb, 20:00, CineStar 7

Shooting the Mafia


Shooting the Mafia unflinchingly explores the stark reality of life, and death, under the oppressive yoke of the Corleonesi Mafia.

Director Kim Longinotto
Irish Production Company Lunar Pictures
Sales Agent Submarine Entertainment

Sat 09 Feb, 11:00, CineStar 8
Wed 13 Feb, 17:00, CineStar 7 (Premiere)
Thurs 14 Feb, 22:30, CineStar 7
Fri 15 Feb, 17:30, Cubix 7
Sat 16 Feb, 14:30, Colosseum 1

Metal Heart

Sisters Emma and Chantal are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, and unsure of which path to take in life. Chantal, meanwhile, is beautiful, confident, and knows exactly where her life is headed. When their parents go away for the summer, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over, especially when the mysterious boy next door moves back in.

Director Hugh O’Conor
Screenplay Paul Murray
Irish Production Company Treasure Entertainment
Sales Agent Bankside Films

Thurs 07 Feb, 17:00, Cinemaxx 14

She’s Missing

Heidi and Jane are best friends living in a small town in the desert. Jane — a Rodeo Queen contestant and military wife — goes missing and Heidi, now alone in the world, must begin a search across the desert.

Director/Screenplay Alexandra McGuinness
Irish Production Company Ripple World Pictures, TW Films
Sales Agent Carnaby Sales & Distribution

Fri 08 Feb, 13:35, Cinemaxx 15         Sun 10 Feb, 12:00, Cinemaxx 15


Bringing us to a unique place beyond the reach of television and politics, Gaza presents a portrait of its citizens who attempt to lead meaningful lives beyond the rubble of perennial conflict.

Director Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell
Irish Production Company Real Films
Sales Agent Filmoption International

Thurs 07 Feb, 13:40, Cinemaxx 11     Sun 10 Feb, 12:40, Cinemaxx 12


Offering unprecedented access to legendary Irish boxer Katie Taylor, Katie charts the astonishing journey of the woman who put female boxing on the map.

Director Ross Whitaker
Irish Production Company True Films
Sales Agent WestEnd Films

Sat 09 Feb, 11:10, Cinestar 2
Mon 11 Feb, 14:35, Gropius Bau Cinema


A fierce and unapologetic celebration of female friendship, Animals is an intimate, funny and bittersweet examination of the challenges of turning talent into action, and being a modern woman, with faults, longings and competing desires.

Director Sophie Hyde
Irish Production Company Vico Films
Sales Agent Cornerstone Films

Fri 08 Feb, 11:20, Zoo Palast 3

Dirty God

Dirty God is a powerful film about motherhood, courage and self-acceptance, which follows Jade, a young mother recovering from an acid attack that has left her with severe facial burns.

Director Sacha Polak
Screenplay Sacha Polak, Susanne Farrell
Irish Production Company Savage Productions
Sales Agent Independent Films

Fri 08 Feb, 14:50, Cinemaxx 3
Mon 11 Feb, 13:05, Cinestar 5

Dark Lies the Island

Adapted from Kevin Barry’s collection of short stories, Dark Lies the Island follows the characters in a long standing family feud in a small Irish town over the course of a week.

Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Screenplay Kevin Barry
Irish Production Company Grand Pictures
Sales Agent Independent Films

Sat 09 Feb, 16:30, Cinestar 2

Never Grow Old

When a ruthless gang of outlaws terrorise a sleepy frontier town, the local undertaker, Patrick, faces a profound moral dilemma and as the death toll rises and without law or religion to turn to, Patrick must find a way to defeat the outlaws as they turn their brutal attention to this family.

Director/Screenplay Ivan Kavanagh
Irish Production Company Ripple World Pictures
Sales Agent Metro International Entertainment

Fri 08 Feb, 15:50, Zoo Palast Club A


Roddy Doyle @ Fastnet Film Festival

Roddy Doyle will attend the 11th Fastnet Film Festival (Wednesday the 22nd to Sunday the 26th of May 2019).

The Fastnet Film Festival is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production, focusing on the craft of film, held in high regard on a national and international level for several years now.  The Festival this year will run a series of Seminars, Masterclasses and Workshops covering, Acting, Sound, Screenwriting, Casting, Auditioning, Creating Content on Your Mobile, Shorts to Feature, Costume and more. Fringe events include the Long Island Cinema, Live music, Drama, Book readings, Movie Quiz, Café viewing all over town and high quality free family entertainment for all.