Archive for February 5th, 2008

Sayles Masterclass

5th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland are running a screenwriting masterclass with John Sayles on Tuesday, the 19th of February in the IFI, as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The masterclass will provide a key element of the Irish filmmaking sector with the opportunity to interrogate and evaluate the work of one of the world’s most sought after screenwriters in modern times. Sayles’ movies have helped define the ‘other’ that exists beyond Hollywood and his class will provide examples and advice for emerging screenwriters, as well as support and encouragement for those more established within the form. The masterclass can be viewed as an ideal opportunity for filmmakers to witness at first-hand the workings and methods of this master of the art form.

The Masterclass will start with a screening of Honeydripper on Tuesday 19th February at 10.30am.

The second part of the event will focus on this film from preproduction to distribution, while also making reference to John Sayles’ career as a whole. Using clips from many of his films for illustration, the workshop will start with a Q+A session and then open up the discussion to the participants.

The session will be chaired by Ted Sheehy.

The deadline for applications is 12th February 2008, and applicants should be industry professionals who have been established within the sector for 3 years and produced at least 1-2 film projects.

Carney Wins a BFA

5th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ reports that John Carney, the writer and director of the film Once, won the prize for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Film Awards last weekend.