Galway City of Film have announced the return of the Short Film Commission Scheme a partnership scheme with RTÉ and Galway Film Centre. Writers are invited to submit a story idea and the best three ideas will be selected and receive a prize of €500 each. These three writers will go on to be mentored by an experienced Script Editor to bring their idea from a story outline to a finished script. From this, one script will be selected and made into a short film.
New and up-and-coming directors are also invited to submit a short CV to be selected through a competitive process to direct the winning script. The directors will be mentored by an experienced director through prep, casting right through to being supported on set
New and up-and-coming directors are also invited to submit a short CV to be selected through a competitive process to direct the winning script. The directors will be mentored by an experienced director through prep, casting right through to being supported on set. The directors mentoring panel will include Dearbhla Walsh (Penny Dreadful, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot) and Paddy Breathnach, (Shrooms, I Went Down) and, depending on the shooting schedule, one of these will mentor the director.
Writers are now invited to submit a short film story idea by January 31st.
For full details on entry guidelines please see the APPLICATION FORM:http://www.galwayfilmcentre.
For full application details for Writers, Directors and Producers please see wwww.galwayfilmcentre.ie
Galway City of Film has announced details of its upcoming seminar ‘The Business of Documentary Making: An Irish & Nordic Perspective’ in association with Galway Film Centre, Screen Training Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
This one day seminar on Wednesday 12th October in the Harbour Hotel in Galway City will look at different aspects of the business-side of documentary making. It will examine both Irish and Nordic experiences; though many miles apart, both areas face similar challenges. The day will be an insight into how both regions do the business of documentary and what we can learn from each-other.
The first session of the day from 10am to 11.30am will be Producing People, Swedish Style. This panel will discuss Producing People, a new initiative from Film i Skåne, where four emerging producers from the Skåne region (South Sweden) will be mentored and supported for one year to springboard to the next level. The four producers will talk about how they navigate the career pathway of a producer in their country and in Europe in general. There will also be a presentation of the Nordic Film Fund and the work of Film i Skåne. as a regional film fund and some insight into funding structures for creative documentaries in the Nordic countries. Lisa Nyed from Film i Skåne will talk with Ann Lundberg, Caroline Drab and Sofie Palage, three young Swedish Producers from the Producing People Scheme. The session will be chaired by Irish filmmaker Niamh Heery.
The second session The Irish Funding Model will run from 11.45am to 1pm. This panel will briefly look at the Irish funding opportunities for documentary makers with representatives from the Irish Film Board, TG4, RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The panel will feature James Hickey from the IFB, Ciarán Kissane from the BAI and Proinsias Ní Ghráinne from TG4 and the session will be chaired by Paddy Hayes of Magamedia.
A Networking Lunch will take place from 1pm to 2pm and the cost is included in the ticket price of the event.
The final session of the day from 2pm to 3.30pm will feature Atlantic: A Case Study of an Irish/Norwegian/Canadian Co-Production. This panel will examine how the award winning documentary, Atlantic, was co-produced and Risteard Ó Domhnaill Producer/Director of both Atlantic and The Pipe will be in conversation with Karl Emil Rikardsen, Co-producer, Atlantic. The panel will be chaired by Irish filmmaker Ross Whitaker.
For more information on the speakers and details of the day please see:
Tickets for the full-day event are priced at €30 (waged) and €25 (unwaged/members of Galway Film Centre).
TO BOOK: please email email@example.com or call 091 770748.
Have you got some spare time? Do you possess a talent for writing? Then why not consider entering The Junior Galway Film Fleadh Storytelling Competition in association with Galway Film Centre and SpunOut.ie.
This is the ninth annual Story Pitching Competition and it is open to young people between the ages of 10 – 18 years old at primary or secondary school.
If you are interested in competing, you are invited to write a short (max 500 words) idea for a story. Your idea can be for a feature film, short film, TV series, documentary, web series, video game, animation or even a combined media project.
Begin by drafting your idea then practice it in front of family and friends. Become comfortable relaying the story outline. Because, should your idea be one of the 3 shortlisted, you will be invited to present it in the Town Hall Theatre to an assembled audience and jury during the festival on Friday 10th November 2016. Stories and scripts featuring spooky themes are especially welcome but really just use your imagination.
This year’s prize – a drama or animation summer camp sponsored by Galway Film Centre which will include 1 year’s membership to the Centre (allowing entry to the RTE short script award ) + weekly newsletter.
Cait Ni Niallain was the winner of the first script competition, and according to the budding film-maker the Junior Film Fleadh Script Competition had a bearing on her future, “I went on to the BA Connect with Film Studies at NUIG where I studied film as well as English and history. As part of our semester abroad programme I went to Drexel University in Philadelphia where I studied Film & Video. This school of film provided me with two more screenwriting modules which helped me produce other creative work. Based on all of this, you could definitely say that the Junior Film Fleadh pointed me in the right direction”.
Offering some advice to this year’s competition entrants, Junior Film Fleadh programmer Gar O’Brien said, “With its spiralling budgets, massive CGI landscapes, digitally realised superheroes and multimedia tie-ins it’s easy to forget that Cinema, above all else, still relies on a good story to be successful . If this summer’s terrible blockbuster season taught us anything it’s that a film is only as good (or as bad) as its story. The art of good storytelling is a powerful skill and one that needs to be cherished, developed and shared, if for no other reason than to bring us better films, with novel stories, and from new voices”.
The closing date for all entries is Wednesday 26th October 2016. You can post or email entries to: Junior Galway Film Fleadh Storytelling Competition , 36D Merchants Dock, Merchants Road, Galway or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject box Storytelling Competition). Entry forms are available from www.galwayfilmfleadh.com
Galway UNESCO City of Film with Galway Film Centre, in partnership with CÚRAM, Centre for Research in Medical Devices and Science Foundation Ireland have announced the two film commissions for the Science on Screen 2016 project.
Mending Legends produced by James Ryan of Stationhouse Media and directed by Paul Webster will explore the physical and psychological impact of tendon injuries amongst sports players and will visit the team of Galway-based scientists who are trying to design a new type of tendon implant – in the form of the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype. Sports fanatic and seasoned sports presenter, Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, will present a number of informative interviews with scientists involved in this field of research and through the personal experiences of amateur and professional sports people, this documentary will highlight the progressive attitudes towards scientific research in Ireland – and what it could mean to the world of sport.
The ‘Science on Screen’ project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Commenting on this, Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said, “supporting projects like this is part of our aim to create greater public debate and knowledge on challenges we face as a society and how scientific research and discoveries are helping to find solutions. By supporting Irish film and TV production we hope to make these stories accessible to a wide audience in an entertaining and engaging manner.”
Declan Gibbons, Manager of Galway Film Centre, said “We are delighted to present these two new science-themed documentaries. The research that is being done in CÚRAM is at the cutting edge of modern science and we hope that this work will inspire filmmakers to make films that are informative, creative and the start of a whole new wave of film and science projects. It also fits perfectly with our remit as a UNESCO City of Film, a core aim of which is to promote educational film projects.”
“We hope that the project will encourage greater collaboration between the research and filmmaking communities in Ireland” said Prof. Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM “there are a great many stories to tell that originate or are influenced by what happens in the laboratory and we look forward to working with filmmakers to bring them to the fore”.
The two 26-minute documentaries will premiere at the Galway Science & Technology Festival in November 2016, during the Science Foundation Ireland supported National Science Week.
Talking Documentary, Galway Film Centre’s annual Film and TV seminar will take place on January 15th and 16th, 2016 with special guests Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) and Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story‘). It will consist of 2 days of talks, panel discussions and screenings on many aspects of documentary and will be run in association with Creative EuropeGalway, the BAI, TG4, the IFB and Screen Training Ireland. The seminar will open with a UNESCO City of Film gala screening of A Syrian Love Story on Thursday January 14th, with director Sean McAllister in attendance.
Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Galway City
Tickets: €70 to attend both days. €40 for single day tickets.
Book a place: To book a place, email email@example.com or phone 091-770748. Tickets to this seminar are limited.
Friday January 15th/Dé hAoine 15ú Eanáir
European Documentary Network (EDN) Seiminéar in association with Creative Europe DeskGalway
09.30 – 11.30: The Do’s & Don’ts of Pitching – Paul Pauwels (EDN)
11.30 – 11.45: Break /Sos
11.45 – 13.30: The European Documentary Landscape – Paul Pauwels (EDN)
13.30 – 14.15: Lunch/Lón
14.15 – 15.30: Documenting Personal Stories
–Daisy Asquith (After the Dance)
-Ken Wardrop (His and Hers)
-Keith Potter (Irish Film Board)
-Chair: Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable)
15.30 – 15.45: Break /Sos
16.00 – 17.30: The Loneliness of the Self Shooting Observational Documentary Maker
Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story, Liberace in Baghdad)
Facilitator: Felim McDermott (GMIT)
17.30: Networking Reception
Saturday January 16th/Dé Sathairn 16ú Eanáir
10.30 – 11.30: Documenting the Arts
Richard Curson Smith (Stronger than Death)
Facilitator: Paula Kehoe (Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion)
11.30 – 12.00: Science on Screen Official Launch
12.00 -13.00: Lunch/Lón
13.00 – 15.00: Asif Kapadia: Documentary Maker in Profile
Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna)
Facilitator: Pat Collins (Silence, Living in a Coded Land)
UNESCO City of Film Screening of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY
With Director Sean McAllister in Attendance
Thursday January 14th / Dé Déardaoin 14ú Eanáir
Venue/Ionad: An Taidhbhearc, Middle Street, Galway City
How to book: http://antaibhdhearc.com/
Business & Production Skills in Animation & Digital Media is an intensive course aimed at individuals in production and creative roles within the animation and related industries. The principles taught will benefit those who are interested in establishing their own production company or are looking to learn more about the management practice of animation development and production. Participants will be immersed in the business and day-to-day operations of a typical contemporary animation production studio. Whether the studio produces for a client or creates its original intellectual property, similar production pipelines must be efficiently established in order to meet tight schedules and even tighter budgets
By the end of the course, the participant will be familiar with industry nomenclature, marketing, financing, co-production, funding sources, common production software for budgeting and scheduling and basic contracts.
The tutors, Deirdre Barry and Clifford Parrott, have experience with many companies including HBO and Disney.
When: May 25th to 27th (9.30am -5.30pm TBC)
Where: Galway Film Centre
How much: €150. Please apply by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Applications: Thursday, 21st May.