Each year the Galway Film Fair – the umbrella term for the many industry events taking place during the Galway Film Fleadh – hosts a series of masterclasses in which distinguished festival guests are interviewed and impart their wisdom to trainees and interested attendees of their respective fields.

This year, the Galway Film Fair facilitates masterclasses in the fields of acting, documentary filmmaking and screenwriting. In addition to the actors masterclass, up-and-coming actors will be delighted to learn that Ros and John Hubbard of Hubbards Casting in London will also return to host their hugely popular Casting Workshop in association with Spotlight Casting, who will host a ‘Casting Village’ during the Film Fleadh.

The subject of this year’s Screenwriting Masterclass will be Richard Kelly, director of cult hit Donnie Darko and the contentious Southland Tales. Kelly will host Q+A’s after a screening of both films and will deliver the screenwriting masterclass on Thursday 13th July.

Director Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That) will be the subject of the Directors Masterclass, taking place on Friday 14th of July. The documentarian will also host a special event screening of his latest feature Long Strange Trip, a four-hour-long portrait of American rock icons The Grateful Dead, at Galway venue Monroe’s Live.

Irish actor and comedian Michael Smiley, whose profile has soared in recent years due to his frequent collaborations with director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) and his turns in critically acclaimed film and television roles (The Lobster, Channel 4’s Utopia) will deliver the Actors Masterclass on Saturday 15th July, facilitated by Maureen Hughes, of Bow St.


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