Claire Gormley, Producer of ‘The Date’

Claire Gormley gives us an insight into The Date, which screens at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.


What can you tell us about The Date?

The Date is a story of young love. It centres around our couple, Sinead and Brian, played by Charlene McKenna and Rory Fleck-Byrne. It’s a really charming and sweet story. The film is directed by Selina Cartmell, the new creative director of The Gate Theatre and produced by myself for Parallel Films. Selina is obviously incredibly talented and very successful in the world of theatre so it was really exciting to work with her on her first film.

How did you become involved in the project?

I met Selina and writer Liz Quinn on last year’s Filmbase/RTE short film’s funding scheme. I had read the script as part of the process and once I met both of the ladies I immediately knew I wanted to work with them. There was a really strong shared vision for the film and we all seemed to agree on how it would all play out.

What is your role as producer on a short film like this.
I was involved in all areas of the production – from discussing the script to casting, budget management, assembling our brilliant crew, locking in locations – basically anything that needed to be done. It’s great how hands-on you get to be with short films so I was more than happy to pull it all together.


You assembled a terrific cast – can you tell us a little about this process.
Yes, we were so delighted with our cast. It’s always exciting when you have a really strong script as you know people will do it for the right reasons. I think the combination of a great script and Selina’s talent as a theatre director attracted our cast. Charlene and Rory were both on board as soon as they read the script. We also assembled an amazing cast to surround them, including Owen Roe, Camille O’Sullivan and Donnacha Crowley. We struck gold when we came across the band “Darktown”. They feature in the film and their music is a really important part of the story.


How involved were you day to day on set. 
​With shorts like these it’s a really good opportunity to get stuck in and get all-hands-on-deck for the shoot so I was very involved on the shoot days. We had a lot to fit into our days so it was important to make sure we kept moving and all of the cast and crew were happy and able to do their jobs. There’s a certain buzz that you get from the intensity on shorts like this, with everyone pushing themselves to get the very best out of what we have so I loved being heavily involved on set.


And now onto Galway…
We’re thrilled to be launching The Date at the Galway Film Fleadh. Galway is such an encouraging environment for young filmmakers and we can’t wait to finally see it on the big screen!

The Date screens at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh as part of New Irish Shorts 4 on Friday, 14th July at the Town Hall Theatre at 10:00.Buy Tickets

The 29th Galway Film Fleadh runs 11 – 16 July 2017


Preview of Irish Film @ Galway Film Fleadh 2017


Call For: Volunteers for Galway Film Fleadh


The Galway Film Fleadh, which takes place from Tuesday 11th July until Sunday 16th July 2017, is now accepting volunteer applications for this year’s festival.

Volunteering at the Galway Film Fleadh offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the running of an annual film festival, become a part of the Film Fleadh team and gain a unique insight into an important aspect of the film industry. Not to mention the fun to be had and friends to be made by working at ‘One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’, as voted by Moviemaker Magazine.

Successful volunteer applicants could be asked to work in one of several areas:

  • Assisting with workshops and industry events
    • Transportation
  • Guest registration
  • Working with the Publicity / Marketing team
    • Taking tickets / Ushering
    • Sales


  • As part of a video crew – camera work, sound recording, editing etc. including a week’s training workshop run by Gréasán na Méan Skillnet.

Places on the workshop and video crew are open to eligible job seekers and participants will receive:

  • Two weeks of intensive high level training from Industry Professionals.
  • Get unprecedented access to interview Film Makers, Directors, Actors, Casting Agents, Funding Organisations.
  • As well as covering the Previews and Reviews of Movies, Documentaries and Short Films!


If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, you can find more information and an application form on the Galway Film Fleadh’s website:


‘Run & Jump’, ‘Coming Home’ and Saoirse Ronan triumph at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards


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

After a week of Irish and international premieres, short films, documentaries, workshops and panels, the 25th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close with the annual awards ceremony. Taking place on Sunday 14th July before the closing film, The Sea, the awards were attended by international film stars Saoirse Ronan, Zachary Quinto, Fionnuala Flanagan and Will Forte, as well as the President of Ireland, Michael.D.Higgins.

Steph Green’s Run & Jump scooped the awards for Best Irish Feature and the Crowe Horwath Award for Best First Irish Feature. Steph Green’s feature debut after her short New Boy received an Oscar nomination, Run & Jump is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland and stars Maxine Peake and Will Forte.

Other winners included Dead Cat Bounce’s comedy mockumentary, Discoverdale, which picked up Best International Feature. Viko Nikci’s documentary, Coming Home, which follows Angel Cordero, a man who has served 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, won both the Best Irish Feature Documentary Award and the Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Documentary.

President Higgins presented the special Galway Hooker Awards, which this year went to Miriam Allen, managing director and co-founder of the festival, James Morris, former chair of the Irish Film Board, and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Click here for a list of all the winners at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards.


Countdown to Galway Film Fleadh: Actors Masterclass – Zachery Quinto


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


The 25th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Hubbard Casting and Screen Training Ireland, have announced that Zachery Quinto will be the subject of this year’s Actors Masterclass.


“I have an inherent understanding to his (Spock’s) nature, which is one of duality – the head versus the heart. That is certainly something I can relate to. As someone who has been considered pretty intellectual and wordy, I also have a deep well of emotional life. I understand what it means to be in constant relationship to both of those aspects of myself.”


The role of Spock required an actor capable of cultivating a strong emotional life that lies just under the surface, only exploding forth at times of great duress. Feeling emotions but only rarely emoting them is something counter-intuitive to most actors but Quinto absolutely nailed the balance in his big-screen breakthrough, garnering rave reviews for his portrayal and helping the film earn over $250 million internationally, making it the most successful film of the long-running Star Trek franchise.


The prolific actor has gone on to star in such popular TV shows as 24, Heroes and American Horror Story, as well as producing and starring in Margin Call. Now, fresh from reprising his role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek into Darkness, Quinto is preparing to make his long-anticipated return to the West of Ireland for the 25th Galway Film Fleadh.


The Actors Masterclass will be hosted by John Hubbard of Hubbard Casting and will provide an intensive interactive environment in the skills, methodology and aesthetics of film acting aimed at actors working or wanting to work more in film. The masterclass will cover such topics as:

• Starting out as an actor • Dealing with casting directors • Securing an agent • Preparing for an audition • Working on set • Relationship with the director and many more.


Places are limited – please be advised that all applicants MUST be over 18 years of age and MUST submit a CV and headshot in order to be considered for a place.


The masterclass costs €50 and will take place on Friday the 12th of July from 10am – 1pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. To apply for a place, log onto: with your CV and register your details. Please email your headshot and contact details to