Posts Tagged ‘directors’

WGI AGM 2017

26th April 2017

Writers Guild of IrelandThe 15th Annual General Meeting of the WGI will take place at 2.30 pm on 20 May 2017 in the Huntely Room, first floor, at the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Nominations to vacant places on the Board of Directors, proposed by a member entitled to vote at the AGM, together with a note of consent to be so nominated from the nominee, should reach the Company Secretary at Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 not later than 5.00 pm on 17 May 2017.

A form of proxy has been sent to you by email, which may be used if a member is unable to attend the AGM. Completed proxy forms should reach the Company Secretary at Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 by 5.00 pm on 18 May 2017.

Additional copies sent by post may be requested from the office by email or by phone: (01) 670 9970.

Meeting on Equality in Irish Film

10th February 2016

At 6.30pm on Wednesday, 24 February the Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland will hold a meeting in the Central Hotel (Function Room 1 & 2) on Exchequer Street, Dublin, to discuss the Irish Film Board’s new goals on gender equality in the film industry, and how they can be achieved.

You can read the IFB’s Six Point Plan on Gender Equality which it published in December.

All writers and directors are welcome, however since space is limited you must book your spot in advance by emailing info (a) to confirm your attendance.

Wash Your Eyes talks

5th June 2015

Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talk heroes.

The first talk in the SDGI’s Wash Your Eyes series of discussions, in association with the WGI, took place last night. The three evenings will focus on harnessing the success of Irish writers and screenwriters, and connecting them with directors with the hope of future collaborations.

Last night Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talked about ‘Adaptation: The Hero’s Journey’.

The topic for the next meeting is The Secret Life of Contracts: Everything creatives need to know about legal issues, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, 18 June in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

It will feature Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox), Birch Hamilton (SDGI), and David Kavanagh (Writers Guild), and the panel intends to empower directors to formalise creative agreements to get that project pitch ready.

This session is valuable for both novice and veteran directors as it explores the complex legal process that directors should understand when embarking on their film projects. Colin Kavanagh will guide you through the steps and challenges necessary to take your project from a creative relationship to a formal legal arrangement.

The theme of the final session will be The Creative Mind: How I tell stories, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 1 July in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

The panelists will be: Lenny Abrahamson, John Banville, Brendan & Niall Heery, Lisa McInerney, Terry McMahon, Paul Murray, Christian O’Reilly, and Carmel Winters.

The discussion will explore why they choose their medium of film/TV making, literary fiction, and/or novel writing. They will also examine the evolving relationship between the narrator and the audience and how this impacts storytelling. Is the medium the message and does the artist pick the medium or the medium pick the artist?

Please RSVP to or contact SDGI at 01-6337433 – this event is open to SDGI and WGI members only.

Directors in Dialogue

20th June 2011

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) and the Irish Film Institute (IFI) have joined forces in a new partnership in support of Irish screen directors.

On 25th June the SDGI and the IFI launches a series of events called SDGI/IFI Directors in Dialogue that pairs up Irish and international directors to discuss their approaches to filmmaking with the first being a jet lag free visit to Paris on a Skype call with acclaimed Greek director Costa Gavras in conversation with fellow director/writer Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings). Directors and members of public will have a unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Mr. Gavras following the screening of his first American film Missing.

The screening of Missing followed by SDGI Directors in Dialogue with Costa Gavras and Conor Horgan takes place at 2.50pm on Saturday 25th June in the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin 2. It will be followed by the conversation between Costa Gavras and Conor Horgan at 5.15pm.

Shaping a Scene

14th March 2011

FAS Screen Training IrelandThis FÁS Screen Training Ireland free half-day course will take place on the 6th of April, 2011 and the course tutors are Paddy Breathnach and Mark O’Halloran.

Application Procedure:
Please apply online at For further details contact Birch Hamilton at the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Ph: 01 6337433, Email:; or Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland. Ph: (01) 6077468, Email: Deadline for applications: Wednesday 23rd March 2011.

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is aimed at emerging directors and writers seeking to enhance their understanding of the drama development process – in particular the creative collaboration between director and writer.

Course Profile:
FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland are seeking participants for “Shaping a Scene – The Creative Collaboration between Director and Writer”.

This half-day masterclass will explore the creative process between director and writer at script development stage. Focusing on feature films, the course will provide directors and writers with insight into successful development techniques and ways to collaborate fruitfully with each other.

Analysing key scenes in a workshop with actors, the masterclass will offer participants the opportunity to observe a director and writer working on a script at an advanced stage of active development.

The course will cover the following:

  • Exploring a scene
  • Understanding tone
  • Rewriting
  • Managing Creative tensions and the journey from script to screen
  • Bringing research to a script

The tutors will be workshopping a current project in development, and will also discuss their previous work and how it has affected their approach to the development process.