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.



irish Projects @ JETS

The Junior Entertainment Talent Slate (JETS) at International Film Festival Berlin 2019 unites 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature film filmmakers with German, Canadian, Irish, British, Finish, Norwegian and US producers, sales agents, finance and distribution companies during a pitching session with the aim of Co-Production.

This year 4 of the 22 film participating projects in the JETS 2019 are Irish. They are:

Mark Smyth’s eco-fiction thriller 11 Days, written by Jonathan Farrelly; Emma Foley and Michael Carolan’s Fence; Gavin Kilduff’s Paradigm, and Michael Kinirons’ Sparrow.


List of all film projects and teams below:

Kenneth J.Harvey & Kelly Meadus, Project: Inside, Canada

Natasha Semone Vassell & Rebeka Herron, Project: Run, Canada

Adria Budd Johnson & Sidney Chiu, Project: S.O.S, Canada

Amanda Verhagen & Erik Horn, Project: Sure as Hell, Canada

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen & Jenni Koski, Project: Kerttu, Finland

Ari Matikainen & Teemu Nikki , Project: Snot & Splash, Finland

Jamila Wenske & Birgit Möller, Project: Franky Five Star, Germany

Sebastian Sgodzai & Enkelejd Lluca, Project: My Grandfathers Ashes, Germany

Cedar D. Wolf & Bico LaFrey, Project: Razzmatazz, Germany

Svenja Büttner & Sebastian Jansen, Project: Little Achilles, Germany

Emma Foley & Michael Carolan, Project: Fence, Ireland

Richard Bolger & Edwina Casey, Project: Paradigm, Ireland

Alicia Ní Ghráinne & Michael Kinirons, Project: Sparrow, Ireland

Johnathan Farrelly & Mark Smyth, Project: 11 Days, Ireland

Line Klungseth Johansen & Øystein Moe, Project: Grimsby, Norway

Ingrid Sternesen & Nicholas Sando, Project: No Man Land, Norway

Gudrun Austli & Jon Vatne, Project: Wolf, Norway

Leiv Igor Devold & Håvard Wettland Gossé, Project: You Fucking Polack, Norway

Sean McConville & Stéphanie Joalland, Project: Ice, UK

Nina Yndis & Sophia Carr-Gomm, Project: Narvik, UK

Alysia Maciejowska & Lindsey McGee, Project: The Panopticon, UK

Nicola Quilter & Fenella Greenfield, Project: Disc, UK


Trailer: An Engineer Imagines


Underappreciated at home in Ireland until now, Peter Rice has a global reputation as one of the most important engineers of the 20th Century making groundbreaking contributions to many of the most celebrated buildings in world architecture such as the Sydney Opera House, the Lloyd’s Building in London, the Inverted Pyramid at the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The new trailer gives a preview of BAFTA-Award winning director and cinematographer Marcus Robinson’s stunning 35mm time-lapse photography that sensationally showcase Rice’s extraordinary buildings.


An Engineer Imagines will be on limited release in Irish cinemas 1st March.  



‘A Girl from Mogadishu’ Gala Screening at Odeon Point Village

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is marking the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), today February 6th, by announcing that it will host the World Premiere of A Girl from Mogadishu at a gala screening at Odeon Point Village (Feb 22nd, 8.30pm). 


This inspiring true story of female empowerment based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed written and directed by Mary McGuckian, tells of Ifrah’s astonishing and powerful journey as a refugee from Somalia who emerges as one of the world’s foremost activists for the eradication of FGM/C. Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, she is trafficked to Ireland where she undergoes a traumatic medical examination which reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatized by the memory, she turns her experiences into a force for good, emerging as one of the world’s most foremost global activists against FGM/C.


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


Call For: Submissions for Shot By The Sea

Shot by the Sea is a film project which invites new and experienced film makers in Ireland to make a 5 minute short film of any genre, during the month of March 2019 as part of Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas project. The project is also supported by The Village Salthill. Teams and individuals are invited to come together from the local and regional community, to make exciting short films, during the month of March 2019.

All Shot by the Sea submissions will be screened in Salthill on 18th April throughout the day. In the evening a selection of films will be screened at a gala awards event.

You can shoot your film on a mobile phone, film or your digital camera, we don’t mind how you do it. All genres welcome.

Full Rules and Guidelines for Filmmakers are available at


Deadline for submissions is 31st March 2019


‘Flicker’ in Production

Flicker is an upcoming short drama exploring the experiences of Danny, a young college-age Dubliner, whose life begins to unravel after becoming the victim of a violent assault.

Through a gripping and visceral narrative, Flicker dramatises the psychological after-effects of violence and the subtle pressures – both internal and external – that often stand in the way to recovery. The film will explore the internalised shame and stigma that often surrounds mental health issues among young Irish men.

In keeping with the tradition of social realist cinema, Flicker will aim to present a thoroughly realistic and relatable portrait of contemporary Irish youth and masculinity.

The new short film will be written and directed by directing team, Luke Daly and Nathan Fagan, otherwise known as Luna ( It’s produced by Aaron McEnaney, for Irish production company Bold Puppy, and shot by DoP Kevin Minogue.

It will feature a number of Ireland’s most exciting up-and-coming  young actors. The cast includes  Peter Newington, Sean Doyle, Robbie Dunne.

Flicker is currently raising funds for production via Indiegogo. You can find out more here

Luke Daly and Nathan Fagan discuss their reasons for wanting to explore this topic:

“In Ireland, in recent years, mental health issues have been at the forefront of the national consciousness. According to recent statistics, Ireland has some of the highest rates of suicide in Europe among young men and women. In particular, young Irish men are often reluctant to discuss their struggles with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.


As storytellers, we believe that stories have the power not only to entertain, but to spread awareness. We believe cinematic storytelling has the capacity to create discussion, foster greater understanding, and – sometimes – help instigate change. With our film, we hope not only to create a gripping cinematic experience for our audience, but to help spread awareness around such issues as contemporary Irish masculinity, mental health and trauma.’’



‘The Hole In The Ground’ Praised after World Premiere at Sundance

Irish feature The Hole In The Ground receives critical acclaim after World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival.

Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin’s feature debut The Hole In The Ground premiered at the renowned Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah over the weekend where it was met with overwhelmingly positive reactions from critics and audiences alike.

Starring Seána Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary), James Quinn Markey (Vikings), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting), Simone Kirby (Jimmy’s Hall), Steve Wall (An Klondike) and Kati Outinen (Le Havre), Cronin co-wrote the film with Stephen Shields.

Speaking about having his film premiere at Sundance, director Lee Cronin said: “It’s been a whirlwind since we touched down in Park City. The wave of support and positivity around the film has really helped quell the nerves that you cannot escape when premiering your debut feature at Sundance.”

Critical reviews have compared the film to Hereditary, The Witch and The Babadook, praised Seána Kerslake’s performance and are touting it to be one of the great horrors of the year:

“Seána Kerslake is a star” Variety

“The likes of Hereditary, The Witch and The Babadook have premiered [at Sundance] in recent years, going on to be some of the most talked-about horrors of the year – and you can now add the nerve-shredding The Hole in the Ground to that illustrious list….. say hello to the first great horror of 2019” Digital Spy

“The Hole in the Ground takes a simple, curious, highly cinematic premise and never over-explains or bombards you with flashy set pieces but rather, sustains its 90-minute runtime by creating two well developed, engaging characters, letting you live with them, and then all slowly slip into the darkness and paranoia together.” Collider

“Sarah deserves a spot among the great heroines of horror” BirthMoviesDeath

“Cronin’s film has the strength to strike fear in the heart of hardened horror fans. Coupled with incredible performances, this makes his debut feature by far the best horror film of the year so far and one of the greatest Irish horror films ever.” Starburst Magazine

The Hole In The Ground follows Sarah O’Neill (Seána Kerslake) who is trying to escape her broken past by building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey). A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.

The film shot on location in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow and was produced by Conor Barry and John Keville for Savage Productions with Benoit Roland and Ulla Simonen for Wrong Men and MADE. The film was funded by Screen Ireland, the BAI and Headgear Films with support coming from Wallimages and the Finnish Film Foundation.

Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the film in Irish cinemas from Friday 1st March.


Irish Film London presents the UK Premiere of Katie Taylor film and Women in Film Panel

Irish Film London’s St Brigid’s Day Film Festival runs at Regent St Cinema on Sunday 3rd February at 6pm

Irish Film London, the organisation that champions the Irish film industry in the UK, will host the much-anticipated UK premiere of Katie, the award-winning documentary that offers an incredible and emotional insight into the realm of world champion boxer Katie Taylor. Described by British champion Anthony Joshua as ‘phenomenal’, the notoriously private Irish Olympic Gold medal winner has become the most decorated and celebrated female fighter of all time.

Katie Taylor has won six amateur European championships, five world amateur championships and an Olympic Gold Medal at London 2012. She turned professional after a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which saw her spectacularly crash out in the first-round despite being the firm favourite to take successive Gold medals.  She won her first world title within a year and currently holds a perfect professional record of 12 straight wins, including the successful defence of her WBA and IBF World titles in December at Madison Square Garden. In March 2019 Taylor will fight to become the Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World.

This film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind Taylor’s heart-breaking career low in Rio and shows the champion’s grit and determination to start over as a professional in one of the toughest industries for a woman to make her mark in. Despite many having written her off, Taylor allowed a small crew to document her journey as she worked to rebuild her career.

Directed by Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story) and produced by Aideen O’Sullivan (When Ali Came to Ireland), the film has received critical acclaim internationally and won the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh.

Kelly O’Connor, Founder and Programming Director at Irish Film London said:

“Katie Taylor will likely go down in history as one of the greatest boxers of all time. She is an inspiration for young women the world over, not just in sport. The film reveals astonishing insights about her journey to the top of what is one of the toughest industries for anyone to compete in. But this is so much more than a film about boxing; it explores the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry, being an Irish woman living abroad, and the personal journeys we face when forced to separate ourselves from our family and mentors.”

The screening of Katie is part of the Irish Embassy in London’s St. Brigid’s Day Festival – an annual celebration of Irish Women, which includes a number of other events taking place in London. The festival also reaches across the globe, with events at many Irish embassies, consulates and other Irish venues around the world.

The film will be preceded by a panel discussion, which will highlight some of Ireland’s most successful female professionals both behind and in front of the camera and reflect on the current climate for Irish women in the UK industry. Bringing together the monumental forces of the UK & Ireland’s major networks for women in Film & Television, Irish Film London presents panellists Dr. Susan Liddy (Women in Film & TV Ireland Chair), Anne Morrison (Women in Film & TV UK), Brooklyn and Mary Queen of Scots actress Eileen O’Higgins and producer Sienna Beckman. The discussion will be followed by a networking reception, free for panel ticket holders.

Tickets are available from

Discounts are available with a code, which is the Irish word for women: MNA.


13th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival

Solas Nua presents the 13th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) February 28th – March 3rd at AFI Silver in downtown Silver Spring. Celebrating Irish identity, culture and artistry, CIFF brings the best in contemporary Irish cinema to the Washington, DC, area.

The Festival opens with Nick Kelly’s crowd-pleasing buddy dramedy The Drummer & The Keeper, winner of the Best Irish First Feature at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh, and closes with stirring documentary Lomax in Éirinn, a look at American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax’s role in preserving Ireland’s rich folk music heritage. Other highlights include playwright Carmel Winter’s coming-of-age boxing drama Float Like a Butterfly, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival; found-footage chiller The Devil’s Doorway, with director Aislinn Clarke in attendance; Don’t Leave Home, Ireland’s answer to Get Out, with director Michael Tully in attendance; highly anticipated horror The Hole in the Ground , fresh from Sundance; Ireland’s first stop-motion feature animation, Captain Morten And The Spider Queen; and hot-button documentary I, Dolours with journalist and producer Ed Moloney in attendance. Northern Irish actor Lalor Roddy  is set to attend the festival to discuss his roles in three of this year’s selections.


TG4 & Údarás na Gaeltachta Launch a New Media Training Development Scheme


TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta have launched a new Media Training Development Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to support production companies to develop the skills and talent of their production staff and in doing so encouraging an emerging generation of Irish speaking talent to work in the sector.


TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta are now accepting expressions of interest from Independent Productioon Companies who are interested in participating in the Media Training Development Scheme.


The project is divided into two initiatives, a Work Experience Scheme, aimed at production companies who would like to invest in developing new talent in the sector by giving  practical experience to a graduate or new entrant in an area where the company sees a gap in expertise. Skills areas which might be considered could include Editors, Directors, Researchers, Assistant Producers and Production Development Staff.


The Upskilling Bursary Scheme is aimed at professionals  in the industry who wish to upskill or develop their area of expertise.  The bursaries will support specific courses or  training initiatives, which lead to general career development .


Director General of TG4Alan Esslemont, has welcomed the announcement, saying:


“The nurturing and development of the Irish language audiovisual sector is an integral part of TG4’s strategy. TG4 invests over €23m a year in the independent sector and an important aspect in growing the sector is the fostering of a highly skilled workforce, which will in turn bolster the production and creative industries, particularly in the regions”.


Chief Executive of Údarás na GaeltachtaMícheál Ó hÉanaigh, adds:


“We are delighted to be working on this scheme in collaboration with TG4 and the independent production sector. Údarás na Gaeltachta has played a central role in the development of the creative digital industries for many years and we are hopeful that this innovative and dynamic scheme will significantly enhance the stream of talent and new skills coming to the fore in the Irish language audiovisual and digital media spheres in 2019.  This initiative complements the Údarás’s strategy of supporting the development of training programmes and education to increase the level of skills and employability in the Gaeltacht”.


TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta will both be making a significant investment of €160,000 each in this pilot scheme, in addition to the input from the independent sector which will create training and employment opportunities. Full details of the scheme and application forms can be accessed at and



Call For: Art Submissions Being Accepted for K-FEST 2K19

Visual arts submissions are now being accepted for K-FEST, which takes place in Killorglin, County Kerry, on Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2019. A submission form, which requires images of proposed artwork, photo of the artist, biography, and artist statement, among other items, may be found at Submissions costs just €10 and are due at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019.

In its seventh consecutive year, K-FEST will once again take over the town of Killorglin, exhibiting approximately 100 visual artists across all disciplines, including paint, print, sculpture, performance, textiles, fashion, graphic design, photography, film, and audio-visual. Selected artists show their work in curated, bespoke pop-up galleries throughout the town’s disused commercial and private spaces. Since 2013, K-Fest has housed over 600 visual artists and approximately 3,000 original works of art. With an attendance of more than 10,000 over the June Bank Holiday weekend, K-FEST affords new and emerging artists from Ireland and beyond the ability to showcase their work to a diverse audience, providing opportunities for patronage, partnerships, and community building with fellow artists and local residents.

All submissions selected for participation in K-FEST will automatically be entered to win the Screaming Pope Prize VI, one of Ireland’s most unique arts awards, exclusively organised by artists for artists. The prize is given for a single outstanding work of visual or performing art each year during the festival.

                “In 2018, we saw a performance piece win the Screaming Pope Prize, and we generally had more performance art on exhibit, moving K-FEST into the realm of a truly multi-discipline arts festival. I hope we continue to see as much varied work in 2019, as each work of art elicits a different experience and drives interactions between artists and attendees that really heighten the sense of community and inclusivity during the weekend. We may even see a new gallery or two pop up in 2019, which always gives the festival — and the works on display — a new flavour.”

Details regarding submissions may be found at For more information on the submission process, contact Neil Browne, Artistic Director, at For general information about K-FEST, send inquiries to: #iamkfest #kfest2k19 #killorglinisthecanvas

K-FEST, a dynamic arts festival with an emphasis on emerging artists, uses unoccupied spaces in Killorglin, transforming vacant retail outlets, deserted buildings, and even domestic homes into curated bespoke pop-up galleries and venues. Over the course of the June Bank Holiday weekend, K-FEST hosts more than 60 events in addition to a gallery trail, including live music performances by dozens of bands and musicians, as well as spoken word, drama, comedy, short films, street entertainment, and activities for kids and families, all culminating with the Screaming Pope Prize ceremony, in which the festival awards a single outstanding work of visual art.


Ingrid Nachstern, wins Best Experimental Film at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2019

An Irish Short Film has been awarded Best Experimental Film at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2019.

Award Winning Irish Director and Choreographer, Ingrid Nachstern, has been given this award for her latest work Shoe Horn/ Office, which was filmed in St. Ann’s Park, Raheny in Dublin in 2017.

The Los Angeles Movie Awards celebrate Independent Motion Picture and Literary Arts and the award for Experimental Film is for films that do not follow a traditional narrative format.

Speaking about the Award, Ms. Nachstern said “I am really delighted and honoured to have received this.  I always aim to examine topics of the day and in Shoe Horn/ Office, I wanted to examine everyday sexism, particularly in relation to common cultural conventions around female clothing.   It is really wonderful to get international recognition for my work, which feels so important and relevant right now.”  

The film, which addresses sexism and the restrictive nature of women’s clothing through the ages,  screened on January 19 next at the The LA Complex 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Hollywood.

It had its world premiere in New York at the Brooklyn Film Festival and has already been screened in London, in North Carolina at American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers, in Detroit with Screen Dance International, Mexico City as part of Movimiento en Movimiento, and premiered here in Ireland at the Light Moves Festival, Limerick in 2018.







Kenneth Branagh @ IFI


The Irish Film Institute has announced that acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh will visit the IFI on Friday, February 8th to take part in a Q&A following the 18.10 screening of his new film, All Is True. The five-time Oscar nominee will speak with Donald Clarke of The Irish Times.

All Is True explores the human story behind a dark and little known period in the life of William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh). The year is 1613 and Shakespeare is the greatest writer of the age. When his beloved Globe Theatre is burned to the ground, he decides to return to his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. There, he faces his neglected family. Still haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend broken relationships with his wife, Anne (Judi Dench) and daughters. In so doing he is forced to examine his own failings as an absent husband and father. In the search for peace, he must also finally confront the dark heart of his family’s secrets and lies.

Based on an incisive script by Ben Elton, Branagh’s film is a melancholic, restrained portrait of the Bard’s final years.

Tickets, costing €14, are now available at or from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.