Guth Gafa Launches Programme

 

Over the weekend of 20th – 22nd of July, Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival will offer audiences the cream of this year’s international and Irish documentaries. Now in it’s 12th year Guth Gafa has become a well-established event on the arts calendar in the North East, and this year promises to be their best programme yet, with over 30 films from 15 countries screening, and filmmmakers flying in from all over the world to present their work, and take part in Q&As.

Highlights of the 2018 programme include  6 films from the Sundance Film Festival 2018 line-up, including the Audience Award winner, Science Fair, an affectionate and supremely entertaining ode to the teenage ‘science geeks’ who enter the world’s biggest Young Scientists’ competition.

Guth Gafa also has a strong Irish programme, which includes two controversial new films I, Dolours, a cinematic yet intimate and complex portrait of Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and dissident Republican, and A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot, a film that gets to grips with the trauma and bitterness around ‘punishment shootings’ and then on a lighter note, The Man Who Wanted to Fly, a charming and funny film about two Cavan bachelors in their ‘80s, one of whom decides he wants to fly a plane for the first time, before it’s too late!

Also screening will be a selection of films and activities aimed at families and children, including the Oscar-nominated animation, The Breadwinner.

There will also be an eclectic mix of food vendors and live music.

The full programme is now available to view online at http://www.guthgafa.com

 

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Call For: Submissions for Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

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Some of the finalists and judges for the Next Generation competition at the 2016 Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival is now inviting submissions in three different categories for this year’s festival which takes place at Headfort School, Kells, Co Meath on 4-7 August.

Irish filmmakers are invited to submit feature length Irish documentaries on any human rights, social action and environmental issue subjects, completed since January 2016 and that have not yet been broadcast.

Final year film students are invited to submit short documentaries –not longer than 15 minutes – on themes in the areas of human rights and social and environment issues.

Next Generation is a competitive programme, which will screen a number of shortlisted outstanding films from Irish film/media students currently attending an undergraduate or postgraduate film/media studies course in either the Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland.

Submissions from recent graduates (i.e., within the last year), who made their films while still in college, will also be considered.

The prize for the winning entry will be a mentoring and shooting package, sponsored by Irish film industry companies.

Finally, Guth Gafa has introduced a new short form Irish documentary competition this year.  The Short Lens competition is open to all Irish resident (and Irish living abroad) filmmakers who are invited to submit new work not longer than 20 minutes, completed after 1st August 2016, which explore themes in the area of human rights, social and environmental issues. The winner will receive mentorship on their next film project from development to production, over the next twelve months, by esteemed filmmakers connected to the Guth Gafa festival.

All submissions are completely free and can be made on line on the festival’s website www.guthgafa.com  through on line forms.

Says festival director, David Rane; “We are delighted to continue to showcase great Irish documentary films as well as the work of student filmmakers. With the introduction of the Short Lens competition, our aim is to recognise the importance of the short form documentary for telling important stories.”

The deadline for all submissions is midnight, Monday 29 May.

 

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Masterclass at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

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How to turn a breaking story into a documentary film.

Veteran documentary filmmaker, Jerry Rothwell, maker of Sour Grapes, will host a masterclass at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival at Headfort House in Kells, Co Meath this weekend on turning a news story into a documentary thriller.

There are still places left on the Masterclass which takes place on Saturday at 11 am and will explore the kinds of news stories that attract documentary filmmakers as well as the challenges and the pitfalls to avoid.

The award-winning director was watching the trial of wine fraudster, Rudy Kurniawan for over a year before committing with Reuben Atlas to making a documentary on the intriguing story which is the opening film at this year’s Guth Gafa.

Their challenge as filmmakers was to make a film that would appeal to wine and non- wine audiences alike. They faced the added challenge of tracking down the main protagonists across two continents and persuading them to talk.

Jerry Rothwell is no stranger to Guth Gafa. He has previously been at the festival with films  How to Change the World, a film about the history of Greenpeace and Donor Unknown, a film about a sperm donor and the family he never knew he had, all of which have been screened at Guth Gafa through the years.

Supported by Screen Training Ireland, The cost of this event is €30 and it’s booking up fast.

Guth Gafa  International Documentary Film Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this coming weekend with a bumper summer party of amazing film, mouth-watering food and live music in the glorious gardens of  the 18th century Headfort House on the outskirts of Kells, Co Meath.

Over 60 of the best and latest documentary films from 25 different countries around the world, including 32 Irish Premieres and one World Premiere, will be screened in five specially constructed cinemas over four days and the festival will welcome 35 filmmakers from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Siberia.

The programme which gets underway on Thursday morning includes a great range of films for kids, teens and families.

And this year, the festival village will include a Virtual Reality Cinema to showcase some of the latest documentary films in VR technology, a first for any Irish film festival. The programme is live on Guth Gafa  www.guthgafa.com.

 

 

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

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The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival  is celebrating its 10th anniversary 3-7 August at Headfort House in Kells, Co Meath with a bumper programme packed with extraordinary films for adults and children from all over the world.

And in a first for an Irish Film Festival, Guth Gafa will unveil a Virtual Reality cinema to showcase some of the most innovative documentary films with the latest technology.

Over the course of the expanded four-day festival, the Guth Gafa Vroom will give audiences the unique experience of the brave new world of immersive cinema.

By just donning a headset, viewers will be immediately transported to the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan or the GPO during the Easter Rising or see the world through the eyes of a young man with Cerebral Palsy.

“Virtual Reality filmmaking is really taking flight and this has been recognised this year by all the top film festivals in the world,” says festival director, David Rane.

“It’s particularly relevant in the  field of documentary filmmaking, so we are delighted that Guth Gafa is showcasing some of the newest and most groundbreaking VR short documentaries and bringing some of the filmmakers to Kells to talk about their work.”

Up to 30 filmmakers, including some at the cutting edge of VR technology, will travel from as far away as Australia, South America and the Arctic Circle to converge on  the festival village at Headfort House for what promises to be the biggest and best Guth Gafa to date.

Over the course of the four-day festival, Guth Gafa will host upwards on 60 films, including 32 Irish Premieres and one  World Premiere.

Whether set in Azerbaijan or Afghanistan,  Pakistan or Siberia; Iran or Syria; the films deliver passionate, real life stories of struggle, conviction, resilience and the triumph of the human spirit.

“2016 is a special year for us as we celebrate our tenth birthday with our biggest most ambitious programme to date,” says festival director, David Rane.

“It also marks our third year at Headfort House, Kells and with our earlier August dates we look forward to welcoming what we hope will be our biggest audience yet to this magnificent location to enjoy some of the huge range of films we have on offer.”

 

The programme is now live on www.guthgafa.com.

 

Details of masterclasses, workshops and other special events will be uploaded onto the website in the coming days.

 

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Call For: Docs for Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an extended programme of film and events at the earlier dates of 3-7 August in Kells, County Meath.

The Festival is now inviting submissions for new Irish Feature documentaries for consideration.

The call for all Irish filmmakers to submit feature docs is open from now until midnight Sunday, 15th May..

Guth Gafa will accept any Irish feature documentaries on any human rights, social action and environmental issue subjects, completed since January 2015 and that have not yet been broadcast. Submission is completely free and online and the submission form can be accessed at this link –https://goo.gl/yvdVvn

“The Irish programme is a critical part of Guth Gafa’s success,” explained festival director, David Rane.

“ Every year we show award-winning docs from around the world, and the international directors are usually in attendance to present their work.

“But it is the Irish docs that always sell out first, and these are the films that many of our audience, including international visitors, want to see. Guth Gafa is now recognised on the international circuit as a festival that should not be missed, so the profile of our programme is high. We look forward to receiving work from Irish filmmakers, both near and far, for consideration for this year’s special festival.”

 

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Call For: New Irish Docs

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an extended programme of film and events at the earlier dates of 3-7 August in Kells, County Meath.

The Festival is now inviting submissions for new Irish Feature documentaries for consideration.

To mark its tenth birthday, Guth Gafa will be screening a programme of new Irish feature docs alongside ten outstanding Irish documentaries from the archives, plus a pick of the best 10 international documentaries over the lifetime of Guth Gafa.

The call for all Irish filmmakers to submit feature docs is open from now until midnight Sunday, 15 May.

Guth Gafa will accept any Irish feature documentaries on any human rights, social action and environmental issue subjects, completed since January 2015 and that have not yet been broadcast.

Submission is completely free and online and the submission form can be accessed at this link – https://goo.gl/yvdVvn

“The Irish programme is a critical part of Guth Gafa’s success,” explained festival director, David Rane.

“ Every year we show award-winning docs from around the world, and the international directors are usually in attendance to present their work.

“But it is the Irish docs that always sell out first, and these are the films that many of our audience, including international visitors, want to see. Guth Gafa is now recognised on the international circuit as a festival that should not be missed, so the profile of our programme is high. We look forward to receiving work from Irish filmmakers, both near and far, for consideration for this year’s special festival.”

Guth Gafa International Film Festival has also begun accepting submissions to its Made in Meath/Louth strand, and to its Next Generation Student Short Documentary competition. Details of both these sections can be found on the Guth Gafa website.

For the Next Generation competition, final year film students are invited to submit short documentaries, no longer than 15 mins, on themes in the areas of human rights and social and environment issues.

This competition provides a great first opportunity for young directors to present their films on screen at Guth Gafa and discuss their work afterwards.

The winner will receive a two weeks shooting and two-day post-production package, sponsored by Irish film industry companies.

 

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

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Documentaries by women is one of the themes of this year’s Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival which takes place at Headfort House and in Kells, County Meath on 2-4 October.

Over the weekend 30 of the latest international and Irish documentaries, including 17 Irish premieres , will be screened in five pop-up cinemas at Headfort House and in Kells.

The programme includes Sundance, IDFA and Tribeca 2015 winners plus a record number of international and Irish directors will be in attendance at the festival, including some of the current leading women filmmakers who will present their films and share their expertise.

Internationally-acclaimed director Kim Longinotto will be there to talk about her latest film, Dreamcatcher, which focuses on Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who runs the Dreamcatcher Foundation, which is helping young women in Chicago break the cycle of violence and sexual exploitation.

One of the highlights of this year’s programme is the extraordinary and multi-award winning Something Better to Come, in which Polish filmmaker, Hanna Polak follows the life of 10- year-old Yula, who lives on a landfill site on the outskirts of Moscow, through her teen years into adulthood.

Guth Gafa  also welcomes German filmmaker, Helen Simon who will present her award-winning film, No Lullaby, which unveils a tough but compelling story of intergenerational child abuse and the tragic consequence of disclosure.

Scottish director, Karen Guthrie turns the camera on herself in the very personal The Closer We Get which uncovers her father’s secret life which only came to life after her mother had suffered a stroke.

French filmmaker, Laurent Becue-Renard whose deeply affecting film Of Men and War takes a tough look at the impact of PTSD on a group of US veterans who fought in Iraq will be at the festival.

This film won Best Feature Doc at IDFA and a special Jury Award at San Francisco Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards.

There are films about emerging democracies and the fall out of war, films about food and the environment.

Irish films feature strongly, among them I mBéal na Stoirme, After the Dance, Abasezi –The Night Dancers ,

Eat Your Children, Journey To Yu (In the Footsteps of Rebecca West) and the shorts, Queen of the Plough and Let Those Blues In.

For children, The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea will screen. There’s also an exciting programme of films and events for young adults, and for music lovers, there will be a special screening of the critically-acclaimed Amy, the documentary about Amy Winehouse, and a live performance from Mundy at the festival club in Kells on Saturday night.

Full programme and booking details are available on the Guth Gafa website guthgafa.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival Programme Announced

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Award-winning films that explore the relationship between humans and the planet we inhabit dominate the programme of the eighth Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival.

 

The week-long film festival will get underway on Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th in Malin, Co Donegal and continue over the following weekend at Headfort House in Kells, Co Meath.

 

Over 20 films from 15 different countries, celebrating the groundbreaking work of some of the world’s leading independent documentary filmmakers will be premiered in pop-up cinemas in both venues.

 

The impact of conflict, globalisation and climate change on the lives of ordinary people resonates through this year’s programme, with a sprinkling of magic thrown in.

 

“It is one of our strongest programmes to date,” said director, David Rane.

 

“We are delighted that almost all of the films we are screening this year will be having their Irish premiere at Guth Gafa and many of them have scooped top film awards at major international festivals, including two winners from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.”

 

Thule Tuvalu, a quietly devastating portrait of two villages dangerously stuck between ice and sea, exposes the impact of climate change on the traditional lifestyles of the inhabitants of Thule, Greenland, the most northerly populated place on earth, and the remote South Pacific island of Tuvalu.

 

Among the many programme highlights is this year’s Best International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, Waiting for August, which documents the life of a 15-year- old Romanian teenager who is left to raise her six siblings while her mother is forced to work abroad.

 

Return to Homs, winner of the World Cinema grand jury prize for Documentary at this year’s Sundance festival, meanwhile, is a searingly intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria and their resistance against the Bashir al-Assad’s regime.

 

The Domino Effect, the winner of this year’s Krakow Film Festival, is a tragicomedy about how the sport of dominoes is extraordinarily intertwined with politics, set around the fate of the small Caucasian republic of Abkhazia since breaking from Georgia in a bloody civil war.

 

Guth Gafa is also proud to be hosting the world premiere of the remarkable Irish documentary, La Violencia, the Untold Truths of Guatemala, a film by Kerry-based  Bold Puppy productions, which focuses on the quest for justice of the indigenous Mayan women of Guatemala who were systemically subjected to torture and sexual violence during the country’s 36-year civil war.

 

Happiness, which won the Best Cinematography award at Sundance, looks through the eyes of an 8-year-old Buddhist monk at progress and change in the underdeveloped nation of Bhutan since the King approved the use of television and internet in 19999, assuring the masses that such development was synonymous with the ‘gross national happiness’ of his country.

 

The origins of the food we eat will be scrutinised through a number of hotly topical food-themed documentaries, including Canned Dreams from Finland, Food Chains from the USA , Meat and Milk from France, My Name is Salt from Germany, and the Irish-made Blood Fruit. These films will set the scene for panel discussions in both venues on the future of Irish agriculture and food production with input from award winning chef Richard Corrigan and cheese maker, Kevin Sheridan, among others.

 

The festival will also reflect the changing landscape for making and distributing documentary films. An Honest Liar, a film by US-based directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom, who will be in attendance, and profiles the colourful life of famed magician turned professional sceptic James ‘The Amazing’ Randi, was made possible thanks to over 3,000 people who donated  $246,989 via Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

 

In an exciting addition to this year’s programme, the final touches are being put to an international film forum, supported by the  Honeycomb-Creative Works Programme, which will take place in the Virginia Park Hotel in Cavan on October 31st and will focus on how independent filmmakers can reach wider audiences and how their work can become a catalyst for change.

 

With the same selection of films being screened in both Malin village and Headfort House,  Kells, festival goers will be able to chose the location that best suits them.

 

Alongside the films, there’s also a packed programme of industry and social events in both venues.

Full programme details are available on the Guth Gafa website www.guthgafa.com .

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