Archive for September, 2010

Talking Documentary

23rd September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film CentreGalway Film Centre and MEDIA Antenna, in association with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, are hosting a two-day seminar, Talking Documentary: Finance, Form & Future.

The seminar will take place on 15 – 16 October in the Radisson Hotel in Galway and will include IFB Production Executive Alan Maher as one of the speakers.

The seminar is divided into a number of sessions which will explore different aspects of documentary making. This free event is aimed at filmmakers, film students and film fans and will be an invaluable insight for experienced and aspiring documentary makers.

Friday morning will focus on Documentary in Europe and will feature European Sales Agents, Distributors and Commissioning Editors giving their views on European market trends for Documentary Films. Speakers will include Tue Steen Müller, -Former Head of European Documentary Network, Christina Müller – DRTV Denmark, and Gitte Hansen – First Hand Films, Switzerland.

The international panellists will also be available for one on one meetings with selected filmmakers over the lunchtime period.

The Friday afternoon session will be chaired by Tue Steen Müller who will lead a panel of key Irish Commissioning Editors in a discussion and questions and answers session. All the main Irish Documentary funding bodies will be represented and speakers will include Niamh O’Connor, RTÉ, Fintan Maguire, TV3, Michael Ó Meallaigh, TG4, Alan Maher, Irish Film Board, Fionnuala Sweeney, Arts Council and Ciarán Kissane – Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

There will also be screenings of films by this year’s Oscar nominated director Anders Østergaard (Burma VJ) and the 2009 Hot Docs Winner, Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon), and both directors will attend the seminar.

Saturday morning will explore the question: Where is Documentary going? Is Feature the Future or is the Reality TV? This will take the form of a panel discussion in front of an audience which will be chaired by Margo Harkin (Producer of Waveriders) and include practitioners Donal Haughey, (Hawkeye Films & Film Lecturer, GMIT), Geoffrey Smith – The English Surgeon, Anders Østergaard – Burma VJ and Richie O’Donnell – The Pipe.

On Saturday afternoon a Masterclass will run with Anders Østergaard interviewed by Donal Haughey in front of a small audience of selected filmmakers. This Masterclass is funded by FÁS STI.

This event is free but places are limited so participants must register to ensure a place. To receive a registration form please email There is more information about the event on the web site.

Culture Night 2010

22nd September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Culture Night 2010: What Will You See?

Just a reminder that Culture Night 2010 is taking place in venues all over Ireland this Friday evening, the 24th of September, 2010.

Arts and cultural organisations in 20 towns and cities around the country will open their doors to the public until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances.

There should be something to suit everyone, so get out and avail of the fantastic cultural scene in Ireland.

Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers Unite

21st September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Artists, musicians, actors and writers demonstrating in front of Government buildings on Thursday, September 16, 2010.

The event was part of the National Day of Action organised by the National Campaign for the Arts and the Association of Artists Representatives Organisations (AARO).

The Engine Room Pitch

21st September 2010 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a workshop in Galway called The Engine Room Pitch from the 13 – 14 October, 2010, and it will cost €150.

Participant Profile:
This workshop is aimed at documentary/factual filmmakers and producers seeking Irish and international commissions and market intelligence.

Course Profile:
“The Engine Room Pitch Workshop is a must-do for every filmmaker looking to pitch into the marketplace. Practical and inspiring, it makes you think about, and present, your film in the best possible way”.
Sandra Whipham, former Commissioning Editor True Stories, Channel 4

The Engine Room Pitch Workshop is a unique 2 day project development and pitching workshop for documentary/factual filmmakers and producers seeking Irish and international commissions and market intelligence. It is also an exceptional networking opportunity. Created by leading international pitch trainer Christina Burnett of Wide Eye Pictures, the format has been successful in the UK, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Intense, friendly and focused, the Engine Room Pitch Workshop develops real projects and trailers, which are then presented to two Irish commissioners for feedback.

Delegates range from award winning series producers and directors to first-timers and the structure enables delegates at any stage of their career to understand what makes a project succeed and to maximise their own opportunities in future.

All projects must be submitted by the deadline of Tuesday 28th September. Details about how to apply are on the web site.

Elliot Grove Seminar

21st September 2010 by Maura McHugh

FilmbaseFilmbase is organising a book launch and seminar with Elliot Grove, writer of How to Write a Screenplay that Sells and founder of Raindance UK, from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday September 23rd. Tickets are €5 each.

There are two kinds of people who have to love your script. Agents, and Producers.

Why? Because they have the cash to buy it.

Raindance founder Elliot Grove takes screenwriters through the basics of writing a screenplay that producers will pick up and won’t be able to put down.

Elliot Grove has worked with writers and filmmakers at London’s Raindance Film Festival since 1992. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written 8 scripts, one of which is going into production late this year.