The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) announced a new programme of public and exclusive events in 2012 that which will showcase the work of Irish directors in Ireland, Berlin, Annecy and Los Angeles.

The programme includes a variety of events including exclusive screenings and masterclasses with renowned Irish film and TV directors including Ciaran Donnelly (Camelot, Titanic: Blood & Steel), Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Garage), Kirsten Sheridan (Disco Pigs, August Rush), Jason Tammemägi (Fluffy Gardens, Punky) and Kevin Godley (U2: The Best of 1990-2000, The Best of Blur).

Following last year’s successful partnership with the Irish Film Institute, the two organisations will keep working together in 2012 on a series of public events including family screenings and Skype conversations with international directors.

One of the highlights of the year is SDGI’s partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival to pay special tribute to Irish animation at the world-renowned festival in Annecy, France. Irish animation features, short films and TV programs will be seen by the leading players in the animation industry at its annual festival and market in June.

Other international partnerships include the St. Patrick’s Festival in Berlin, which will feature a small programme of contemporary Irish films as part of its programme in March and the annual Directors Finders Series run in association with the Directors Guild of America. This event will present an Irish feature director a unique opportunity to screen his/her film in September in the prestigious DGA Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to key distributors & film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal.

Ciaran Donnelly, Chairman says: ‘We are delighted to be launching an exciting programme of events for 2012 that present an opportunity for audiences and fellow directors to engage with directors and their work in a meaningful way.’

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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