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


Success at Foyle for Filmbase/RTE Short Film



The Filmbase/RTE short film An Ode to Love, produced by Brown Bag Films won Best Animated Short Film at the recent Foyle Film Festival. Written and directed by Matthew Darragh, An Ode To Love tells the story of a man on a desert island who falls in love with a stick…

Also at the festival, Louise Ni Fhiannachta’s Rubai​ made it one step closer to an Oscar® nomination after picking up a Light in Motion (LIM) award at the Foyle Film Festival’s closing ceremony in Brunswick Moviebowl for Best Irish Short Film.

Since 1999, the Foyle Film Festival has been an Oscar® affiliated festival – one of only a handful of festivals to enjoy this honour through its Light in Motions award, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal


Filmbase/RTE short film Joy continues a succesful festival run

Filmbase/RTE short film Joy, written and directed by Colm Quinn, has been enjoying a successful festival run in North America. The film had its international premiere at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas last March, before screening as part of a ‘Best of SXSW’ in Montreal. Further screenings took place at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and the Seattle International Film Festival, with upcoming screenings in Big Sur and Santa Fe.


Joy tells the story of Nicola, a 16-year old girl, in hospital after giving birth. When her best friend Tess visits, she must reluctantly introduce her newborn daughter who only lived for a short time. Following its premiere in the international competition at the Corona Cork Film Festival, Donald Clarke of The Irish Times reported ‘Joy, shot in beautiful widescreen, finds a teenage mother facing up an anticipated, but still heartbreaking, trauma. The film never shouts when it can whisper. Its familiar story is archetypal in its poignancy.’ The film also screened as part of a Corona Cork Film Festival compilation at the St.Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne.


Starring Jane McGrath (Pure Mule), Aoife Duffin (Behold the Lamb) and Derbhle Crotty (Notes on a Scandal), Joy was produced by Neil Wallace and Emmet Fleming for Venom Films. Director of Photography was Kate McCullough.

A trailer can be viewed at the folllowing link




Screenings of 'Blood Coloured Moon'

Filmbase/ RTÉ short Blood Coloured Moon has been invited to screen at the Global Cinema Festival, Madhya Pradesh, India, this month. This screening follows on from director Marc-Ivan O’Gorman’s, Culture
Ireland sponsored, Video Art retrospective presented in Delhi earlier this year.

Closer to home, Blood Coloured Moon has been selected for The Kerry Film Festival (31st October–7th November) and will screen at 4 pm on Monday 2nd November in The Old Presbytery. It is also included in the 22nd Foyle Film Festival in Derry (20–22 November) and will screen on Saturday 28th November at 11.30 at the Nerve Centre.

For more information please visit the films website at or see a trailer at