Competition: 2 Festival Passes for Fingal Film Festival + t-shirt

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Fingal Film Festival kicks off next week running fron 8 – 1O May.

Thanks to the wonderful people at Fingal, we have 2 Festival Passes  + t-shirt to giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning yourself this great prize, simply answer the following question:

Which former Eastenders actor will be hosting the acting workshop at the Fingal Film Festival?

Please email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before Tuesday lunchtime, when the Film Ireland Hat will have its say and select winners at random.

Winners will be contacted Tuesday afternoon.

 

Check out the festival’s schedule here

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Fingal Film Festival announces schedule for 2013

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With the final films selected and a host of great workshops line up, the Festival team are ready for action with only two weeks left to goThe organisers at the Fingal Film Festival are delighted to announce the line up for this years programme after months of planning. In its second year running, Liz Kenny, Managing Director is delighted to announce its new panel. The panel consists of BAFTA Winner Writer / Director Aisling Walsh, IFTA Nominated DOP Ciaran Tanham, Shane Collins, Animation Director of Brown Bag Films and finally Tyrone D Murphy, CEO of Universal Film  and Festival Organisation.

 

The Festival Directors are delighted this years opening film will be Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking, starring Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling and Produced by Tomas Radoor. This film was secured with the support of Eclipse Pictures and will screen at 6.30pm on May 8th at the ODEON Cinema Blanchardstown. Official release date for this film is the 10th May 2013.

 

“The finalist films selected from the schedule are incredible, we had three times the amount of films submitted last year and the shortlisting has been very tough. We are happy with the final selection and believe there is something for everyone in this years schedule. We are being quite specific in our 2013 schedule layout, ensuring we cater for all age demographic, making the festival more accessible for people who just want to see an Independent good film.” says Creative Director, Dave Byrne. The full schedule can be found at www.fingalfilmfest.com

 

“The final selection of films are from all over the world. We had a huge response internationally this year .We have also had a huge response from Irish Media colleges this year, as we made it a priority to engage with film students and embed the festival at grass root level with the people who will be the future of Irish Filmmaking.” says Liz Kenny. “Also, the wealth of talent amongst Irish Independents this year has been inspiring, although this made our decision-making a lot more difficult”, says Dave.

                                                                                                                    

Workshops at the festival this year will be hosted by Jennie Stacey, Head of Development in Brown Bag Films Animation Workshop, IFTA Nominated Edwina Forkin, Zanzibar Films (Headrush – Story of Occi Byrne) for Producer / Funding Workshop, BAFTA Member Tim Palmer BSC  (Doctor Who, Life on Mars, Cold feet, Silent Witness) Director of Photography Workshop. Actor Stephen Lord is the latest edition to the team of workshops this year. Stephen would be best known for his roles in Shameless and Eastenders. We are also delighted to have BAFTA winner Peter Nicholson taking part in the Directing and Documentary Film Making workshop this year. The line up of guest speakers are incredible this year and we are very grateful to these guys for dedicating their time to the festival says Liz.

 

Fingal Film Festival has been sponsored by Fingal County Council who have supplied both Funding and Premises, also the Gathering Events, The ODEON CINEMA came on board as our Main sponsor for the second year running . The festival has also received huge support from Blanchardstown Shopping Centre this year along with local enterprises. Without their help and support, this years Festival would have been extremely difficult to bring to fruition.

 

Kicking off on the 8th May, the Festival will also have equipment demonstration stands, Special F/X Software Stands, Special F/X Makeup Stands. The organisers invite anyone with an interest in anything film, to come in and view what’s going on in our new demo area at Blanchardstown. Access to these stands is free. Tickets to screenings and workshops are very affordable with students, unwaged and OAP rates. Check www.fingalfilmfest.com for more information.

 

The Awards Night will take place this year in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown on Sunday, 12th May at 8pm. Hosted by the very talented and funny Jack Wise, the night will have bands, Dj’s, entertainment and of course the awards for the best in each category will be presented during the night. Tickets for the Award Night can be purchased on our website at www.fingalfilmfest.com  As always, the festival organisers want to emphasise, all you need to take part in this festival is an interest in film, our doors are open to all.
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Fingal Film Festival Prepares for Launch

 

 

Following a very busy 2012, Fingal Film Festival Organisers are back at their desks preparing for this year’s spectacular event kicking off this May.

As the deadline for submissions is announced as the 15th March 2013, the festival team are already viewing some amazing content for this year’s festival, which is due to take place at the ODEON Cinema n and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, on the 8th – 10th May 2013.

 

In the coming weeks the team will also be announcing an amazing line up of Industry professionals who will be facilitating this year’s workshops. The organisers advise people to keep an eye on the website as places for these workshops are limited and will fill up fast. Last year’s workshops were delivered by some of Ireland’s greatest talent including BAFTA winner, Writer/Director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy), Producer Arthur Lappin (My left foot, In the Name of the Father) Actor Martin Mc Cann (Killing Bono, Clash of the Titans) LA Film Composer Joseph Conlon (Behind Enemy Lines).

 

“We are delighted to announce the award winning Brown Bag Films will be supporting the festival this year by facilitating two animation workshops” says Liz Kenny. Both designed specifically for young filmmakers with a passion for animation.

 

The festival will host an eclectic mix of Short films, Feature Films, Animations and documentaries, both National and International and as always, we encourage filmmakers from the Fingal area to submit their work for the prestigious “Best Fingal Newcomer” Award, .also this year we have a Best Student Award for short film and Documentary.

This year will also see the introduction of the latest film equipment and technology demonstrations along with a meeting area where filmmakers can network with each other to discuss future works.
We are encouraging all filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible. For more information on how to submit your film, please visit www.fingalfilmfest.com.

 

This year we are offering individual feedback on all films submitted. “We feel it is important to offer this option to emerging filmmakers as it can give them a great insight and help them perfect there skillset when producing future work” says Creative Director Dave Byrne. If you have submitted a film and would like to receive feedback, please email us atinfo@fingalfilmfest.com. Feed will be given after the final selection has been made for this year’s festival schedule.

 

This year we have received great support for the second year running from our main sponsor the ODEON Cinema in Blanchardstown and also the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown Centre where they will be hosting the workshops plus the Awards Night on May 12th! Other supporters include the Blanchardstown Shopping Center and The Gathering Ireland alongside the Fingal County Council. “Without the support of these organisations, it would be very difficult to get the festival off the ground” says Liz.

 

We are delighted to announce that NuMu Promotions, run by Katie Hogan, will oversee all Marketing and Promotion for this year’s festival 2013.

 

All of the hard working team are very excited and can’t wait for the launch of the Fingal Film Festival 2013. For more information on all the events taking place at this year’s festival, visit www.fingalfilmfest.com.

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Call For: Submissions for Fingal Film Festival 2013

 

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Film submissions for Fingal Film Festival 2013 are now open.

 

With one of the fastest growing populations in Ireland, and geographically central to some of the leading media training colleges. The Fingal Film Festival’s role is to engage with these colleges and play an integral part in their academic year, offering support and experience to both college coordinators and students.

 

At least 50% of the festival schedule is dedicated to foreign films, which broadens the film culture experience to all who attend the screenings during the festivals duration.

 

Fingal Film Festival is a festival that is approachable, accessible and present, to help emerging filmmakers gain accreditation for their work, during a time in Ireland where many emerging filmmakers find it difficult to progress their career in the difficult economic climate.

FFF 2013 accepts feature Films, documentary, animation, medium and short films from established and debut directors, independent filmmakers, film schools and media collectives from Ireland Europe and around the world. For more information go to our website www.fingalfilmfest.com or email info@fingalfilmfest.com

 

 

Guidelines:

  • All film submissions are non-returnable so please do not send original materials.
  • If a film is accepted, filmmakers will be responsible for delivering their exhibition materials to and from festival venues.
  • The Fingal Film Festival is not liable for exhibition materials which are lost or damaged.
  • The Fingal Film Festival unfortunately cannot provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.
  • Filmmaker must have all clearances including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown must have authorized permission.
  • Filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

 

 

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Competition: Festival Pass to Fingal Film Festival

 

The wonderful people at Fingal Film Festival have given us 3-day festival pass for a lucky reader.

This pass will be for the winner +1 guest and allows entry to the whole festival.

The Fingal Film Festival runs 21st – 23rd March 2012

For a chance to win this great prize just email filmireland@gmail.com and tell us what Sean Penn film, which was partly shot in Fingal, opens the festival.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 20th March.

This festival brings the Fingal community together with National and International Film makers to celebrate the art and business of filmmaking for three intense days. The Festival will offer workshops, seminars, master classes with critically acclaimed directors, writers and actors. Also screening Feature Films, documentaries, short films, animation and concluding with an Award Ceremony.The festival will represent a new wave of Independent filmmakers and will offer a unique opportunity for Fingal Film Makers to interact with one another. We as an organisation are passionate about exposing the films and documentaries that people make in Fingal. We should be proud of our filmmakers and inspire them to screen their work at the Fingal Film Festival.

 

Visit  Fingal Film Festival to check out the festival’s excellent schedule.

 

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Film Stars Find Their ‘Place’ at Fingal Film Festival

The organisers behind a new Fingal-based film festival, which opens with Sean Penn’s new film partially shot in Fingal, have announced that IFTA Award Winner Martin Mc Cann is giving a masterclass for budding actors during the three day festival.

The inaugural Fingal Film Festival’s, which takes place from March 21st to 23rd, is hosting the Gala Opening Screening of ‘This Must Be The Place’, starring Sean Penn and the young Irish actress, Eve Hewson at UCI Cinema Blanchardstown on Wednesday 21st March.

All films will be screened in UCI Cinema Blanchardstown with Masterclasses and Q&A Screenings taking pace at Draíocht at the Blanchardstown Centre.

The Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown will also host the Festivals Production offices for the week of the festival along with some of the Masterclasses, whilst offering discounted rates for people who need accommodation during the event.

During the three days, the festival will host masterclasses by leading industry names, including BAFTA Winner Aisling Walsh, Writer / Director of ‘Song for A Raggy Boy’, Academy Award winner Arthur Lappin, Film Producer. The festival is also delighted to announce that IFTA Award winner Martin Mc Cann will host the actor’s masterclass. Martin is known for his role as “Bono” in the film “Killing Bono” and also Phaedrus in the 2010 remake of the “Clash of the Titans” and also starring in the new HBO series “The Pacific”

Other industry experts include, Emmy Nominated Joseph Conlon, Film Composer and Sylvia Stevens, Internationally acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker. There will also be another surprise guest giving mastercalsses being announced in the coming weeks.

Offering a platform for filmmaking talent, the festival invited submissions nationally and internationally, and received unprecedented numbers of entries including many international submissions, from countries such as Brazil, Korea, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain and all over Ireland

A shortlist of films will be honoured in an Awards Ceremony, hosted by Comedian Eddie Naessens, which will take place on Friday 23rd March at the Wright Venue in Swords.  A number of awards will be presented on the night including ‘Best Documentary’, ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best International Film’, Best Animation Film’, as well as a special award for the ‘Best Newcomer Writer & Director in Fingal’ award.  The Awards night will also see “The Young Folk” performing, supported by new emerging Fingal Band “Machine Gun Baby”.

The Managing Director of the festival, Liz Kenny, explains: “The Fingal Film Festival will showcase work produced by gifted filmmakers from across Ireland and internationally. It will also put a spotlight on the burgeoning talents in the Fingal area.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested to learn and enhance their skills through the workshops or by coming simply to see the films that other people are making on the big screen.”

The festivals Creative Director Dave Byrne said this week, the films submitted into the festival for consideration were comedic, heart-warming and thought provoking beautifully directed pieces of work. Selecting the finalists’ films was extremely difficult and not all films made the final selection due to the number of days allocated for the screenings during the festival.

Dave also explains, it is the aim of the organisers to bring on board next year a corporate sponsor, which will enable them to extend the festivals schedule and give more emerging filmmakers the platform to screen their work and also meet with funding bodies and distribution agents.

The Fingal Film Festival opens with the Gala Opening Screening Night of ‘This Must Be the Place’ on Wednesday 21st March at UCI Cinema Blanchardstown and ends on Friday 23rd March 2012.   Full details on screenings and tickets for the Fingal Film Festival can be found on www.fingalfilmfest.com There are limited tickets available for the Gala and the Award night, so you must book early to secure a place. Tickets can be purchased on http://entertainment.ie/tickets/fingal-film-festival.asp

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Film Stars Find Their ‘Place’ at Fingal Film Festival

The organisers behind a new Fingal-based film festival, which opens with Sean Penn’s new film partially shot in Fingal, have announced that IFTA Award Winner Martin McCann is giving a masterclass for budding actors during the three day festival.

 

The inaugural Fingal Film Festival, which takes place from March 21st to 23rd, is hosting the Gala Opening Screening of This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn and the young Irish actress, Eve Hewson at UCI Cinema Blanchardstown on Wednesday 21st March.

 

All films will be screened in UCI Cinema Blanchardstown with Masterclasses and Q&A Screenings taking pace at Draíocht at the Blanchardstown Centre.

 

The Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown will also host the Festivals Production offices for the week of the festival along with some of the Masterclasses, whilst offering discounted rates for people who need accommodation during the event.

 

During the three days, the festival will host masterclasses by leading industry names, including BAFTA Winner Aisling Walsh, writer/director of Song for A Raggy Boy,  Arthur Lappin, film producer. The festival is also delighted to announce that IFTA Award winner Martin McCann will host the actor’s masterclass. Martin is known for his role as ‘Bono’ in the film Killing Bono and also Phaedrus in the 2010 remake of the Clash of the Titans and also starring in the new HBO series The Pacific.

 

Other industry experts include, Emmy Nominated film composer Joseph Conlon,  and internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker Sylvia Stevens. There will also be another surprise guest giving masterclasses to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Offering a platform for filmmaking talent, the festival invited submissions nationally and internationally, and received an unprecedented numbers of entries including many international submissions from countries such as Brazil, Korea, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain and from all over Ireland.

 

A shortlist of films will be honoured in an Awards Ceremony, hosted by comedian Eddie Naessens, which will take place on Friday 23rd March at the Wright Venue in Swords.  A number of awards will be presented on the night including ‘Best Documentary’, ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best International Film’, Best Animation Film’, as well as a special award for the ‘Best Newcomer Writer & Director in Fingal’ award.  The awards night will also see The Young Folk performing, supported by new emerging Fingal Band Machine Gun Baby.

 

The managing director of the festival, Liz Kenny, explains: ‘The Fingal Film Festival will showcase work produced by gifted filmmakers from across Ireland and internationally. It will also put a spotlight on the burgeoning talents in the Fingal area. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested to learn and enhance their skills through the workshops or by coming simply to see the films that other people are making on the big screen.’

 

The festivals creative director Dave Byrne said this week, ‘the films submitted into the festival for consideration were comedic, heart-warming and thought provoking beautifully directed pieces of work. Selecting the finalists’ films was extremely difficult and not all films made the final selection due to the number of days allocated for the screenings during the festival.’

 

Dave also explains, ‘it is the aim of the organisers to bring on board next year a corporate sponsor, which will enable them to extend the festivals schedule and give more emerging filmmakers the platform to screen their work and also meet with funding bodies and distribution agents.’

 

The Fingal Film Festival opens with the Gala Opening Screening Night of This Must Be the Place on Wednesday 21st March at UCI Cinema Blanchardstown and ends on Friday 23rd March 2012.   Full details on screenings and tickets for the Fingal Film Festival can be found on www.fingalfilmfest.com There are limited tickets available for the Gala and the Award night, so you must book early to secure a place. Tickets can be purchased on http://entertainment.ie/tickets/fingal-film-festival.asp

 

Sponsored by UCI Blanchardstown, the Fingal Film Festival is also being sponsored by SNAP Blanchardstown, Lispopple Studios and Sweet! Graphic & Web Studio.

 

The Festival in conjunction with IFTN has also been offered great support by Trophy World Tralee, Blanchardstown Centre, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, Fingal County Council, WrightVenue, Film Ireland, Film Base, OnScreen Solution, Fingal Tourism and Chauffeur Services Ireland.

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Screenwriter Stephen Walsh on ‘Where The Sea Used to Be’

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Where The Sea Used to Be screenwriter Stephen Walsh describes how he stopped his characters from fecking off home.  This article originally appeared in the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild page in Film Ireland 134 Autumn 2010 published on 17th September 2010.  Where The Sea Used to Be screens at the Fingal Film Festival on Wednesday March 21st at 4pm in UCI Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Shopping centre, www.fingalfilmfest.com.

 

Stanley Kubrick said somewhere that the ideal way to make a film would be to shoot a few scenes, think about them for a month or two, and then shoot the next scene. But he supposed that such an approach wouldn’t be financially feasible.

It was only after we’d made a feature film employing that very approach that I found the above story. It made me and other members of the gang who’d made Where the Sea Used To Be feel very, y’know, clever and everything. For about three seconds.

The gaps in our schedule resulted from the mad scramble to assemble the resources to continue shooting. Or we might have to wait to get the people or the gear together, or to get into somebody’s house and use it as a location. So the script bubbled away.

Myself and the director Paul Farren came up with the idea and pretty much had the structure nailed in about an hour. I went off to Italy, drank wine, ate tomatoes straight off the lemon tree and wrote about forty percent of the script.

I came back, we looked at it and then threw it out. The characters were beginning to make themselves known to us, however, so we knew we were onto something. We knew we weren’t complete idiots. And I can’t stress the importance of that small lifebelt of a fact enough.

We concocted a story that made the most of whatever we could get our hands on, or thought we could. Christmas was coming. Good. Stories are always looking for traps that the characters can’t get out of, and Christmas is a lovely great sucking pit of emotional headbuggery.

We figured out just what was happening at Christmas – on Christmas Eve, as it turned out – and dropped the half-formed characters into the pot.

There comes a time in every script when the writers must ask themselves what’s keeping their characters from just fecking off home. Okay. We thought about that. And made them brothers. Get out of that, Patrick and James. And yes, they had names now too.

And friends. And a sort of itinerary which, I’m only realising now, was inspired by John Sayles saying something to the effect that he often figured out what needed to happen in his scripts by drawing a map of the action. Thanks, John.

There were people we wanted to work with too, so we wrote for them. Some of them we even managed to attract to the project. Bairbre O’Toole, for example, was a lock for her character very early on. She has a small scene, but quite an emotionally pivotal one, and just thinking about her in the part helped me figure out how the scene should go. Luckily, she accepted the part.

Other people we weren’t so lucky with. What was interesting, though, was the way the writing changed as different actors came aboard.

Anyway. I completed a first-draft and sent it off to Paul, in his capacity as director and co-writer. I didn’t hear anything from him for ages. Phone calls were non-committal. This was the first time I’d ever written with someone, so I was nervous.

The script came back. He’d changed everything. Every single line. Every single word. He’d even changed the format. I wanted to kill him.

There were four of us in the gang now. Sean Cuthbert was producing and Alan O’Connor was director of photography. They didn’t seem to want to kill Paul, so I was forced to have another look at what he’d done. I became reassured that he was trying out things, not welding them onto the plot forever. Onwards.

We evolved a way of writing that seemed to have more in common with musical composition than anything you’ll find in a Robert McKee book, treating the words and images like lyrics and music. We shot some initial scenes and, over those few days, the piece began to settle into its own skin; began to reveal itself as a definite possibility.

We never deviated from our structure, but as work progressed – complete with those aforementioned Kubrickian pauses – we found new and better ways to tell our story. About two brothers. Who never see each other these days. Who meet for the obligatory pint on Christmas Eve. And then, when one of them misses his train, are forced to spend the day together.

The film exists now. We had a work-in-progress screening at the Galway Film Fleadh. People laughed in the right places and went quiet in the right places. They praised Alan’s wonderful images and Adrian Crowley’s transcendent music. Most of all, they got it. Now all we’ve got to do is sell the thing to the world. Oh, and make another one.

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Fingal Film Festival

Launching on the 21st March 2012 the Fingal Film Festival will host an eclectic mix of shorts and feature films, documentaries, and animation films from around the globe.

During the three-day event the festival will host a series of Master Classes. BAFTA award-winning Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy), producer Arthur Lappin (In the Name of the Father, The Boxer), Emmy nominated film composer Joseph Conlon (Behind Enemy Lines), and international documentary filmmaker Sylvia Stevens  have all confirmed their attendance.

The remainder of the guests will be announced later this month. The festival is being held at the UCI Cinema, Blanchardstown with Master Classes and Q&A Screenings taking place at Draoícht, Blanchardstown Centre, D15. This is the first festival of its kind in Fingal and it is hoped it will soon become a central hub for filmmakers and distribution agents to meet and develop relationships. Filmmakers are encouraged to become members of the festival at www.fingalfilmfest.com for discounts and access to various events during the year.

Tickets are available now at entertainment.ie/fingalfilmfest

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Fingal Film Festival

A Film Festival for one of the most creative locations in Ireland. Fingal Film Festival sets date for the first ever festival in 2012! Fingal Film Festival kicks off on the 21 st March 2012 in UCI Blanchardstown with a list of big industry names lending a hand.

As 2012 begins Independent Filmmakers from all over the world will be submitting their new films, documentaries, shorts and animations in the hope to secure a screening in the first ever Fingal Film Festival. Although this festival has an international appeal, the founders of FFF want to emphasise this festival is to create a platform for Fingal Filmmakers with the top award going to best Fingal newcomer Director.

Over the Festivals three days there will be a schedule of screenings taking place both in UCI
Blanchardstown and the Draíocht. There will also be workshops in Acting, Directing, Music composing and Film Producing by some of the world leading names in the Industry.
For more information please visit:
www.fingalfilmfest.com
If you have general queries email
info@fingalfilmfest.com

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