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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Tickets are now on sale at www.foylefilmfestival.org

 

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

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Foyle Film Festival Marks 30th Anniversary With Ten Day Celebration

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director/Programmer and Eamonn McLaughlin from Brunswick Moviebowl launch the festival’s 30th anniversary programme on Derry’s Peace Bridge.

Northern Ireland’s only Oscar-affiliated film festival  launches a ten-day anniversary programme of premieres, exclusive screenings and special guest events, running from November 17 to 26.

The Foyle Film Festival will showcase more than 100 films, including 55 feature films as well as 70 shorts from some 23 countries, in three main venues across Derry~Londonderry – Nerve Centre, Brunswick Moviebowl and The Guildhall.

Veteran actor Richard E Grant is among the special guests helping to mark the milestone year. He will introduce a special screening of the cult-classic Withnail and I and take part in a Q&A charting his 30-year career working with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and most recently Lena Dunham.

Academy Award-winning director Jim Sheridan will also be in attendance for the ‘From Shorts to Features’ industry event for filmmakers. Sheridan is undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest director, with three acclaimed films – The FieldIn the Name of the Father and My Left Foot, receiving 13 Academy Award nominations between them. The latter will screen in Brunswick on Friday 24 November, introduced by the acclaimed director himself.

Also taking part in ‘From Shorts to Features’ conference is the four-times Oscar® winning studio behind Wallace and GromitShaun the SheepCreature Comforts, and Chicken Run, Aardman Animation.

Derry’s own Nobel Laureate, John Hume, will be celebrated with a special screening of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America in The Guildhall on Sunday 26 November. Maurice Fitzpatrick’s documentary will be brought back to Derry following a hugely successful tour of the US film festival circuit.

Narrated by Liam Neeson it examines Hume’s key role in the peace process. It includes interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major.

Maurice Fitzpatrick will introduce the film and join a panel discussion after the screening with Professor Paul Arthur, Dr John McLoughlin, journalist/ broadcaster Póilín Ní Chiaráin and journalist Susan McKay.

Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy will join the festival in paying tribute to the late Sam Shepard with a screening of Days Of Heaven followed by exclusive readings of his short stories. The iconic actor, playwright and director was a special guest of the festival in 2013 when he spent five weeks in Derry during the City of Culture celebrations.

Fresh from the London Film Festival, Emma Stone and Steve Carell’s latest film Battle of the Sexes will officially open the festival. It explores the true story of the famous tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex–men’s champion Bobby Riggs. The event became one of the most popular televised sports events of all time.

The Closing Night film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Downtown Abbey’s Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, recounts how the famous author created his iconic Christmas Carol and features British cinema stalwarts Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce in central roles.

Celebrating the best of homegrown and international talent, the festival’s Light In Motion competition, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal offers an exciting programme of short films and animations. The 2017 winners will be announced on the Closing Night at Brunswick Moviebowl.

The festival’s family movie this year is The Star, a magical seasonal animation about a brave donkey named Bo and his friends who become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. Families will also enjoy screenings of Toy Story, The Snowman and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Speaking at the launch of the programme Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director, said: “Foyle Film Festival has been one of the great highlights in Derry’s cultural calendar since 1987 and we’re showing no signs of slowing down.

“Our anniversary programme is a real celebration of the best of local, regional and international cinema, offering audiences the chance to enjoy films that wouldn’t otherwise be available on the silver screen in Derry.

“It covers an incredibly broad range of work to ensure there is always something for everyone – from critically acclaimed documentaries to captivating new short films. Audiences are guaranteed that they will be challenged and entertained in equal measure.

Many of the events and screenings are already selling out so we’re encouraging people to book early to avoid disappointment”.

The festival’s programme also extends to the Nerve Visual Gallery in Ebrington, which will host a Film Makers Exhibition from November 14 to January 2018. Six contemporary makers, Sharon Adams, Sheena Devitt, Alison Fitzgerald, Nicola Gates, Ronan Lowery and Peter Surginor, were invited to produce new work in response to historic footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive.

The exhibition, which is part of the Reimagine, Remake, Replay project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Kick the Dust programme, will be accompanied by free digital workshops aimed at teenagers throughout November.

Foyle Film Festival is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council. Venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.

For programme and booking information visit www.foylefilmfestival.org or call the festival box office on 028 7126 0562.

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Call For: Submissions for Foyle Film Festival 2017

Eavan King and Bernie McLaughlin from the Foyle Film Festival and Eamonn McLaughlin from  Brunswick Moviebowl present the Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Gridlock.  Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
Eavan King and Bernie McLaughlin from the Foyle Film Festival and Eamonn McLaughlin from Brunswick Moviebowl present the Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Gridlock.
Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland’s only Oscar®-affiliated film festival, is now accepting submissions for the 30th edition of the festival, which will run 17 – 26 November 2017.

The prestigious Light In Motion (LIM) competition, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, is open to filmmakers and animators across the world and will accept submissions up until Friday 29 September 2017.

The three competition categories under LIM 2017 are:

  • Best Irish Short

  • Best International Short

  • Best Animation

Recipients of the LIM Award qualify for consideration in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without needing the standard theatrical run. Foyle Film Festival is also an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com.

Previous Foyle Film Festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar® include: Terry George for The Shore (2012), Martin McDonagh for Six Shooter (2006), Andrea Arnold for Wasp (2004), Adam Elliot for Harvie Krumpet (2003), and Eric Armstrong for Chubbchubbs (2002

The success continued with 2017 BAFTA nominations for LIM Award finalists Standby directed by Charlotte Regan, and The Alan Dimension directed by Jac Clinch.

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council, Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world; a full programme of educational events for schools, youth, and adults and a variety of industry networking events and panel discussions.

Now in its 30th year, it continues to be a platform for filmmakers, animators and artists to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

The 2017 LIM Award Winners will be announced at the festival’s closing night gala screening in Brunswick Moviebowl on November 26.

For more information or to submit work please visit www.foylefilmfestival.org

 

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Irish Filmmaker Wins Top Prize at Foyle Film Festival

©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 20th November  2016.  Eavan King and Bernie McLaughlin from the Foyle Film Festival and Eamonn McLaughlin from  Brunswick Moviebowl present the Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Gridlock.  Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
Eavan King and Bernie McLaughlin from the Foyle Film Festival and Eamonn McLaughlin from Brunswick Moviebowl present the Light In Motion Award for Best Irish Short Film to the filmmakers of Gridlock.
Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Northern Ireland’s Oscar-affiliated Foyle Film Festival has announced the winners of its Light In Motion awards, with a host of local and international cinema celebrated at the annual event in Derry.
Taking home the top prize for Best Irish Short was Ian Hunt Duffy for Gridlock, a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road, featuring some of Ireland’s finest actors including Moe Dunford, Peter Coonan and Amy De Bhrun. The short fought off stiff competition from three other Irish films – Strangers in the NightFoxglove and runner-up Pause.

 

The film, along with winner of the Best International Short Grandma’s Day from Polish director Milosz Sakowski will now qualify for consideration of the Academy Awards.

 

Grandma’s Day focuses on Tomek who needs money and tries to pull a ‘grandparent scam’ on an elderly womanEverything is going fine until she locks him in her apartment and threatens to expose him, unless he pretends to be her grandson when a social worker comes to visit.

 

The award for Best Animation went to South Korean director Seongmin Kim for Green Light, which follows Mari who does all she can to rebuild after a nuclear disaster.
Ransacked from director and former banker Petur Einarsson about the financial crisis in Iceland in 2008 was named as the winner of Best Documentary.

 

The awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, were followed by the screening of The Eagle Huntress in Brunswick Moviebowl, bringing to a close five days of premieres, special events and industry networkingSpecial guests at this year’s festival included; filmmakers John Maclean (Slow West), Tony Cranstoun (I Give It A Year, Mr Bean’s Holiday) and Ciáran McMenamin (Made In BelfastTo End All Wars) and James Northcote (A United Kingdom, The Imitation Game, Belle, Wuthering Heights).

 

The Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of International festivals with Oscar® affiliation and BAFTA recognition.

 

Bernie McLaughlin, director and programmer of the Foyle Film Festival, said: “We are proud to honour the winning filmmakers of our Oscar®-affiliated Light in Motion awards. We’ve been privileged this year to enjoy a really impressive array of short films, documentary features and short animations from around the world.

 

“I’d like to thank all our competitors for sharing their work at Foyle Film Festival and we wish them all the very best in their careers going forward.”

 

Full list of Light in Motion Awards Winners & Runners-up

 

LIM AWARD – BEST IRISH SHORT: Gridlock directed by Ian Hunt Duffy

Runner Up – Pause directed by Niamh Heery

 

LIM AWARD – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Grandma’s Day directed by Milosz Sakowski

Runner Up – Standby directed by Charlotte Regan

 

LIM AWARD – BEST SHORT ANIMATION: Green Light directed by Seongmin Kim

Runner Up – Way of Giants directed by Alois Di Leo

 

FFF BEST DOCUMENTARY WINNER: Ransacked directed by Petur Einarsson

Runner Up – How to Defuse a Bomb The Project Children Story directed by Des Henderson

 

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Foyle Film Festival Unveils 2016 Programme

Local Moville teenager and Hollywood star, Art Parkinson launches the 2016 Foyle Film Festival, which runs from November 16 -20. His latest animated action-adventure film Kubo and the Two Strings will screen as part of the festival's education programme. Also pictured is Eamonn McLaughlin from festival venue partner Brunswick Moviebowl and Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programmer.
Local Moville teenager and Hollywood star, Art Parkinson launches the 2016 Foyle Film Festival, which runs from November 16 -20. His latest animated action-adventure film Kubo and the Two Strings will screen as part of the festival’s education programme. Also pictured is Eamonn McLaughlin from festival venue partner Brunswick Moviebowl and Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programmer.

One of the biggest new releases of 2016, A United Kingdom, will have its Northern Ireland premiere at the opening night of Foyle Film Festival on Wednesday, November 16 – ten days before it hits UK cinemas.

 

From director Amma Asante (Belle), A United Kingdom is the true story of Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), who marries Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Star of the film Jessica Oyelowo (Sleepy HollowAlice In Wonderland and Madame Bovary) will attend the gala screening in Brunswick Moviebowl.

 

The festival programme continues until Sunday 20 November with a number of other film and documentary premieres, including Driving with Selvi, the story of a former child bride, who escapes her violent marriage and becomes South India’s first female taxi driver and The Innocents a compelling French drama about a young doctor becoming the sole hope for an isolated convent.

 

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

 

Once again, Foyle Film Festival will delight families with an exclusive preview screening of Disney’s latest animation, Moana,from the team that brought us The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess & the Frog. Other family events include Rock Dog 3D in Brunswick Moviebowl and Paddington and teddy bears’ picnic in Nerve Centre.

 

As part of the BFI and Film Hub NI Black Star Season, the festival celebrates the careers of Forest Whitaker and Muhammad Ali with a number of screenings and special events. On Thursday, November 17 Clint Eastwood’s Oscar®-winning Bird starring Whitaker as pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker will screen in Nerve Centre. Music from the film, performed by the Joseph Leighton Jazz Trio will follow the screening.

 

‘Knockout! A Weekend with Ali’ will look back at the boxer’s most iconic fights, in and out of ring, his historic visit to Ireland 44 years ago and how his career, still to this day, inspires the local boxing fraternity. Renowned Derry boxer Charlie Nash will lead a panel reflecting on the contribution that Ali made to sports, politics and culture at a special event in on Saturday 19 November. The discussion will be followed by the chance to enjoy a screening of the Oscar®-winning film, When We Were Kings.

 

The festival closes on Sunday, November 20 with The Eagle Huntress, a spellbinding documentary that follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic girl in Mongolia, bucking centuries of tradition with her quest to become modern-day Mongolia’s first female eagle hunter. The film is narrated and executive produced by Daisy Ridley (Star Wars).

 

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programmer, said: “I’m delighted to present this year’s programme which features over 50 feature films, documentaries, short films and animations from across the world.

 

“From November 16 – 20 we’re taking film-goers on a cinematic adventure, from the deserts of Egypt, off-road America, 1930s Korea to the busy roads of Karnataka, South India to highlight the incredible true stories of ordinary people who have overcome the odds to achieve extraordinary things.”

 

The festival’s Light in Motion (LIM) awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, will be celebrated with the annual From Shorts to Features’ conference on Saturday 19 November at the Nerve Centre. Filmmakers John Maclean (Slow West), Tony Cranstoun (I Give It A Year, Mr Bean’s Holiday, Love, Rosie) and Ciáran McMenamin (Made In Belfast, To End All Wars) are among the industry luminaries taking part in the event.

 

The Foyle Film Festival is the only Oscar® affiliated festival in Northern Ireland and, in addition to the conference, will offer an exciting programme of in-competition documentaries, short films and animations from across the world. The 2016 winners will be announced on the Closing Night at Brunswick Moviebowl.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, the festival has partnered with Brunswick Moviebowl. Caoimhin McClafferty, Operations Manager, said:

 

“Everyone here at Brunswick Moviebowl is absolutely thrilled and delighted to host the Foyle Film Festival again in 2016. It’s one of the standout events in our cinematic calendar year where we get the opportunity to showcase the very best feature films, documentaries, short films and animations from across the world.  The partnership formed over the last five years between Brunswick Moviebowl and the Foyle Film Festival has gone from strength to strength and we’re honoured and privileged to be associated with Northern Ireland’s premiere film festival.

 

On behalf of everyone here at Brunswick Moviebowl I’d like to congratulate Bernie McLaughlin, Festival Director and Programmer, and all her team, on the wonderful programme of events and wish the entire Foyle Film Festival team every success in 2016.  I look forward to welcoming everyone to Brunswick Moviebowl for what promises to be another fabulous Foyle Film Festival this year”.

 

Foyle Film Festival is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

 

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock said Council is delighted to be associated with the Foyle Film Festival. “This year’s programme is fantastic, with something for everyone to enjoy. Every year the festival goes from strength to strength offering film lovers the chance to experience a diverse range of cinematic offerings right on their doorstep. It is another great success story for our city and district and I would like to wish everyone associated with the festival every success.”

 

For programme and booking information visit www.foylefilmfestival.org or call the festival box office on 028 7126 0562.

 

 

 

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Foyle Film Festival Winners

LIM Best Doc Winners

LIM Best Doc Winners: Winners of the Best Documentary Award, Justin David Roberts, Director of No Greater Love, and Priyank Desai, Co-Executive Producer pictured with Bernie McLaughlin, Festival Director and Programmer and Eavan King, Festival Competition Manager

 

The Foyle Film Festival drew to a close last weekend (Sunday 22 November) with the annual Light in Motion awards ceremony, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, celebrating the best in Irish and international shorts films, documentaries and animations that were shown over the 5 day event.

Since 1999 the Festival has been recognised as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film Category. The winners of the Best International Short Film, Out of the Village and Best Irish Short Film, How Was Your Day will both qualify for consideration.

Out of the Village was shot in West Africa and explores the social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and sister. The film, directed by Jonathan Stein, was part-funded through a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year and has been screening across the world to critical acclaim.

The live action short film, How Was Your Day, directed by renowned Irish filmmaker, Damien O’Donnell, stars Eileen Walsh as a woman who is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. The script, also written by O’Donnell, was adapted from a short story by Nollaig Rowan.

The award for Best Animation went to The Story of Percival Pilts, a stop motion animated film narrated by New Zealand actor and comedian Mark Hadlow and made by Janette Goodey and John Lewis.  The Mind of Mark DeFriest from director Gabriel London and No Greater Love were joint winners of the Best Documentary award.

Bernie McLaughlin, director and programmer of the Foyle Film Festival, said: “The calibre of entries to this year’s competition was extremely high and we’re delighted and honoured that some filmmakers chose the Foyle Film Festival to screen their film for the very first time. We wish all our 51 competitors the very best in their careers going forward.”

Following the award ceremony in Brunswick Moviebowl, festival-goers enjoyed the Irish premiere of Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin as a sharp-tongued, taboo-breaking granny who comes out fighting for her pregnant teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner).

Foyle Film Festival is a flagship project of the Nerve Centre, funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

 

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Leading Film Industry Luminaries Confirmed For Foyle Film Festival Conference

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Foyle Film Festival will welcome acclaimed directors Jon S. Baird (Filth) and Damien O’Donnell (East is East) to Derry on Friday 20th November as part of its ‘From Shorts to Features’ industry conference.

The award-winning filmmakers will be interviewed about their recent work, career to date, and their successful transition from shorts to feature films. The free one-day conference will be held in the Nerve Centre.

Baird’s first short film, It’s A Casual Life, led him landing a role as associate producer on the feature film, Green Street (2005), starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. His directorial debut feature, which he also wrote and produced, was the highly acclaimed Cass (2008). His second feature Filth (2013), based on the best selling novel by Irvine Welsh and starred James McAvoy, won numerous awards and played at several international film festivals. Filth is now in the top ten highest grossing UK 18 certificates of all time.

He has recently just returned from New York where he directed an episode of the Martin Scorsese produced HBO show Vinyl, and next year will direct Stan and Ollie; a feature film about the comedy legends Laurel and Hardy, for BBC Films and The Weinstein Company.

O’Donnell will also take part in a Q&A about his full-circle career in shorts and features. His highly acclaimed short film Thirty Five Aside, won more than 30 awards worldwide. Five years later in 2000, his first feature film, East is East won the Prix Media at Cannes and a BAFTA for Best British Film in 2000. He also won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer in the same year and received a British Independent Film Awards nomination.

He has just completed a new short film, How Was Your Day? which will screen as part of the Festival’s Oscar® affiliated Light in Motion Awards competition.

In the afternoon a panel will explore how filmmakers can use digital media to bring their work to a global online audience. Panellists include Debs Paterson (pictured), director and writer, known for Supraman and the School of Necessity (2008), We Are All Rwandans (2008) and Africa United (2010) and Martin Gooch, who has directed more than 20 short films and his second feature film The Search for Simon in 2012 premiered at the BFI Sci-Fi London Film Festival, winning several awards.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities for filmmakers to make contacts and network with their peers.

In the evening conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend, either a special screening of Blood Rising, a documentary detailing artist Brian Maguire’s portraiture and activism in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, or a panel discussion with screenwriting duo Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry (Good Vibrations) and producer Mark McCauley on the adaptation process of turning a novel into a screenplay.

The Foyle Film Festival is the only Oscar® affiliated festival in Northern Ireland and, in addition to the conference, will offer an exciting programme of in-competition documentaries, short films and animations from across the world. The 2015 winners will be announced on the Closing Night at Brunswick Moviebowl.

Foyle Film Festival is a flagship project of the Nerve Centre, funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Registration for Foyle Film Festival’s free CONF15 ‘From Shorts to Features’, is now open. Visit www.foylefilmfestival.org for further information on the conference and to download the full Festival programme, which will run from November 18 – 22.

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25th International Foyle Film Festival – Inviting Submissions for 2012

The 25th International Foyle Film Festival is now inviting submissions for the 2012 LIM Awards.

Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of international festivals with Oscar affiliation and BAFTA recognition. The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique opportunity to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

Recipients of the LIM Award qualify for consideration in the Short Films Category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

The competition categories under LIM are:

·         Best Short Film

·         Best Animation

·         Best Documentary

All entries for the 2012 Festival must be submitted through affiliated website: www.withoutabox.com/login/1733 

Submissions for competition will be accepted from:

Friday 11 May 2012 until 5pm on Friday 28 September 2012. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN IN HAND DEADLINE.

Cost of submissions will be: £40 or £35 for WAB members.

All shortlisted entries will be screen during the 25th international Foyle film Festival which takes place from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 November 2012. Competiton winners will be announced at the closing night screening of the Foyle Film Festival.

For further information on LIM Awards and Foyle Film Festival, go to: www.foylefilmfestival.org

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