The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI)  welcomes German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Five Minutes of Heaven) to Dublin on Tuesday, 22nd November at their Annual Meeting of Directors.

Oliver Hirschbiegel will be the guest of honour of SDGI’s Annual Meeting of Directors where he will be presented with an honorary membership of the Irish Guild. The German director will join Irish directors in a guest-only dialogue, which will be moderated by fellow director Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit, The Tudors).

One of the highlights of the night will be the SDGI and Foras na Gaeilge Award which will award an Irish director with a €5,000 for his/her outstanding work in the Irish language. The winner will be announced on the night by SDGI Board member Paddy Breathnach.

The event will also launch a new partnership between SDGI and ARRI Alexa cameras, which will support directors with free use of their state-of-the-art equipment.

Birch Hamilton, SDGI’s Executive Director says: ‘Directors are the lifeblood of the digital age and despite the landscape of film and TV changing, the director is the fulcrum around which a strong and vibrant film and TV industry is built.’

Established in 2000, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) is the representative body for Directors involved in the Irish and international audiovisual industry. These include Directors of feature films, fiction, animation documentary, television drama, short films, video art and commercials. The ethos of the Guild is inclusive and proactive in encouraging a dynamic and supportive forum for directors to discuss their ideas or concerns and has grown to become a forum for very positive dialogue about making films.


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