Archive for February 15th, 2008

Stars at the DIFF

15th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reports that Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and director Martin McDonagh will be present at tonight’s opening film at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival: In Bruges.

Other actors, writers, and directors will be attending various films throughout the 10-day festival. Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend will attend tomorrow’s screening of Battle in Seattle, which Townsend wrote and directed. Daniel Day-Lewis and director Paul Thomas Anderson will appear at tomorrow evening’s screening of There Will Be Blood.

Swoon director Tom Kalin will attend Monday’s screening of his new movie, Savage Grace. On Tuesday, Marianne Faithfull will be at Irina Palm, in which she stars, and US writer-director John Sayles will be at Honeydripper .

On Thursday, director Mike Leigh will be accompanied by actors Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan at the screening of Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky.

The Dublin festival’s international guest line-up also includes maverick US film-maker Jonas Mekas (the subject of a festival retrospective); Hungarian directors Csaba Bollok (Iska’s Journey) and Kristzina Goda (Children of Glory); Polish actress Danuka Stenka (Katyn); German actor Sebastian Urzendowsky (Ping Pong); French director Philippe Aractingi (Under the Bombs); and British directors Joanne Hogg (Unrelated) and Marc Evans (In Prison My Whole Life).

IFB Survey Industry

15th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board is planning on producing a new strategic plan for the audio visual content production industry, which will include an independent census of the entire range of the business, and a consultation process with all aspects of the trade.

We want you to be part of this census.

You are… Writers, Producers, Directors, Screen Talent, Crew, Animators, Film and TV Production Companies and studios, Commercial and Corporate Video Production Companies, Post Production Companies Audio Studios, Service Providers, Digital Media Production Companies.

You are each and every person working within the whole Audio Visual Content Production industry.

To ensure the independence and full confidentiality of the census, we have commissioned PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PwC) to help us. You will shortly receive a census questionnaire and we urge you to take the time to fill this in and return to PwC.

Any information you supply will be completely confidential, will not be disclosed to the Irish Film Board and will only be used by PwC to complete this research. Their report will be published and sent to all those who participated in the census.