Archive for November 12th, 2009

Kerry Wins

12th November 2009 by Maura McHugh

The winners of the Kerry Film Festival short film awards were announced recently, and once again the concept of writing seems to have slipped the mind of the festival.

I’ve included the writing credit as best as I can ascertain:

The Best Animated Short Film
‘Elephants’
Written and directed by Sally Pearce

The Best International Short
‘Mother, Mine’
Written and directed by Susan Everett.

The best Documentary short from KFF 2009
‘A Film From My Parish – 6 Farms’
Written and directed by Tony Donoghue

Best Irish Narrative Short Film
‘The Wednesdays’
Written by Conor Ferguson and Luke Clancy; directed by Conor Ferguson

Best Short
‘The Man Inside’
Written and directed by Rory Bresnihan, based on a short story by Fernando Sorrentino

Audience Award
‘The Valley of Knockanure’
Written and directed by Gerard Barrett

Children’s Audience Award
‘Our Wonderful Nature’
Written and directed by Tomer Eshed

The Maureen O’Hara Award, which acknowledges women that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their respective fields in film, was presented to Rebecca Miller at the ceremony.

Filmbase Fundraiser

12th November 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase will host a Fundraiser Table Quiz on Friday 27th November at the new club Alchemy in the Temple Bar Hotel. There will be a welcome reception with canap├ęs from 6.30pm, and the quiz starts at 7.15pm (ends 10.30pm).

The quiz will be a fundraising event for Filmbase to go towards improving the services it provides. It will cost €10 per person when booked in advance, and €12 on the night. There will also be a raffle on the night with lots of fantastic prizes.

Canemaker Classes

12th November 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Irish film industry are invited to a number of events with John Canemaker, a Professor of Animation at New York University and the author of a number of highly-acclaimed books about the history of animation in general, and Disney in particular. His film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation won the Oscar© for Best Short Film – Animated in 2006. He is the first NFS Visiting Fellow and his residency at IADT is supported by the Irish Film Board and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists Program. The subject of his illustrated lecture will be “Winsor McCay – His Life and Art”.

During the first week, he will conduct a series of themed masterclasses under the title “Action Analysis: The Thinking Character”. The second week will see a second series of 5 masterclasses under the title “Storyboarding: Process”. There are be limited places for industry and/or non-IADT students.

There are also three evening events which are all open to the industry:

  1. Tuesday, 10 November at 5.30pm in IADT – NFS Lecture (“Winsor McKee: His Life and Art”)
  2. Thursday, 12 November at 6.30pm in IFI: “An Evening with John Canemaker” (screening followed by Q&A)
  3. Monday, 16 November at 6.30pm in the Light House (“The Art and Flair of Mary Blair” followed by discussion on industry issues)

The National Film School Lecture Series is held in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

For more details contact:
Celine Blacow, School Administrator, School of Creative Arts<
Phone: + 353 1 239 4664
Email: Celine.Blacow@iadt.ie

World Conference of Screenwriters Report

12th November 2009 by Maura McHugh

Last weekend a delegation representing the Irish Playwright and Screenwriters Guild attended the historic first World Conference of Screenwriters in Athens, Greece. It consisted of David Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the IPSG, Audrey O’Reilly, Chair of the Board of Directors, and screenwriters Mark O’Halloran and Lauren Mackenzie.

The event brought together all of the members Guilds and Unions of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) – who initiated the project – and the members of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). Approximately 160 people attended the two-day event, from countries as far apart as Israel, Canada, New Zealand, and Brazil.

The conference tackled its subjects with intense energy, even when faced with intimidating issues such as bi-lateral trade agreements.

What quickly emerged is that while screenwriters in other countries may operate under different agreements with producers and directors, there is a commonality of experience which bridges the cultural divides.

In particular, most screenwriters and Unions encounter issues to do with how credit is attributed to the writers of films; the process of writing treatments and drafts and the manner in which they are subjected to critique; coping with the advent of digital media; the globalisation of the industry and the rights that multinational corporations are attempting to co-opt; and finally the hope writers have for their future based on being the creative source for a good script.

Sometimes the mood in the room became despondent or strained, as people from various groups tried to communicate their frustration and fears, but in the end it was overtaken with a serious determination for screenwriters to remember their strength as the originators of material, and the power of collective action. Screenwriters are not powerless, and it’s not impolite to ask for fair treatment. As the American screenwriter Frank Pierson said, in a video clip to the audience: “Take it easy, but take it.”

When the conference concluded the FSE and the IAWG issued a joint Declaration, and also a Joint Activity Programme.

The conference was a good first start, and already there is a suggestion of another meeting in two year’s time to carry on the action, and conversation.