Posts Tagged ‘masterclass’

Galway Fleadh Masterclass

17th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film Fleadh 2011The Galway Film Fleadh in association with IFTA are delighted to announce the Screenwriter-in-Residence programme: Gill Dennis is a man who ‘knows that the way to learn is to listen, and to ask the questions that will find the heart of the subject. He starts at the heart of his subject, no matter how difficult and moves to the center with unerring accuracy. He’s an expert communicator, which serves him both as a teacher and writer.’.

Gill studied screenwriting with Frank Daniel at The American Film Institute and in the past ten years, he has mentored over a new generation of filmmakers there, including Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) and Goran Dukic (Wristcutters). He has also conducted workshops throughout the US, Europe and Australia. His work covers all genres from the multi-award-winning story of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line (2005) to the cult classic Return To Oz (1985) and many others along the way. Gill’s tremendous talent drew the attention of some of Hollywood’s finest, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Peckinpah, James Mangold, Caleb Deschanel, Ed Harris, Azazel Jacobs, Frank Pierson, and Victor Nunez and he was asked to work on scripts as diverse as Apocalypse Now, Pollock and The Black Stallion.

Gill is currently Master Filmmaker in Residence at the American Film Institute.

Gill Dennis’s writing credits include:

He wrote the documentaries The Man on Lincoln’s Nose (2001) and A Few Notes On Our Food Problem (1968), both nominated for Long Form Academy Awards. He has two screenplays presently in pre-production; Spanish Blood (written with the director Azazel Jacobs) and Forever (written with the director Tatia Pilieva).

In other guises, he played the Sergeant in Azazel Jacobs’ The Good Times Kid (2005) and has won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Direction in theatre.

Gill will be giving us an insight into his collaborating and rewriting skills whilst also focusing on how stories are discovered, discussed and structurally examined. He will be giving a masterclass for screenwriters (script editors and producers are also invited to attend) at this year’s fleadh as well as giving one-on-one consults to individual screenwriters.

The Master Class will take place at 2pm on Wednesday the 6th of July: in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway and costs €50. For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

Please note places are limited. Deadline for applications: Friday the 24th of June.

JDIFF 2011

26th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

JDIFF

The programme for the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was announced last night, and will present 130 films plus special events, panel discussions, public interviews and industry masterclasses, with special guests at the festival including Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Kevin Spacey, Richard Ayoade, Ken Loach, Jim Loach, Guillaume Canet, Harry Shearer, Timothy Spall, Aiden Gillen, Eva Birthistle, George Nolfi, Fiona Glascott and Andrew Scott.

Commenting on the programme, Festival Director Grainne Humphreys said: “I’m incredibly honoured to unveil this years’ film festival programme – It’s a world class line up, with premières of the best of international cinema, seasons of new work from Romania and Latin America, a fantastic line up of new Irish cinema, some classic films back on the big screen and a very special line up of guests.”

Events of interest to our members include a Screenwriting Panel on the 19 February, which will feature Brendan McCarthy (Wake Wood), Thomas Hefferon (The Pool), Brian O’Malley (Crossing Salween), Carmel Winters (Snap), and will be chaired by Barry Dignam of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT). There is also a Masterclass on Approaches to Interactive Storytelling given by Charles Cecil on 23 February, which looks at the intersection between computer gaming and filmmaking, which will be chaired by Hugh McAtamney, the Course Chair MS c in Digital Games at Dublin Institute of Technology.

The festival programme can be downloaded from the web site.

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 info@galwayfilmcentre.ie. There is more information about the event on the web site.

Fleadh Masterclass Announced

1st June 2010 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film FleadhThe 22nd Galway Film Fleadh is taking place from 6-11th of July.

The Fleadh has announced that this year the screenwriter’s masterclass will be taught by Oscar-winning writer Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, Being Julia, Love in the Time of Cholera, Australia) on the 7th of July.

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Bronagh Keys at 091-562200 or email masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

It has also been announced that the opening film of the Fleadh will be My Brothers, written by IPSG member Will Collins and directed by Paul Fraser. Will won the Fleadh’s screenwriting pitching contest in 2007 with the pitch for that feature film.