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Filmbase 25: Public Interview with Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

3pm, Saturday 25th June 2011

One of the highlights of the day was a public interview with our special guest, Saoirse Roanan. Saoirse is one of Ireland’s truly great acting talents with an Oscar nomination under her belt and a string of internationally successful films. We were delighted that she could take some time to help us celebrate our birthday and talk about movies, acting and her career so far. Interviewing her on the day was filmmaker and actor Hugh O’Conor.

Saoirse Ronan came to prominence in 2007 with her Oscar nominated performance in Atonement. She was also nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and won the IFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the same role. Since then she has appeared in a wide range of films including The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson, and Hanna, directed by Joe Wright. She’s due to star in Neil Jordan’s next film, Byzantium, alongside Gemma Arterton. Only 17, Saoirse is already one of Ireland’s most successful actresses having shown an impressive depth and range of talent. We are delighted that she took time out to take part in our 25th anniversary celebrations in what was a truely insightful interview.

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Filmbase 25: Animation Demo with Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash

1.30pm, Saturday 25th June 2011

As part of the Filmbase 25 celebrations, we were delighted to invite Cliff Parrot along to run through the ins and outs of animating with Adobe Flash. The free class ran for approximately an hour and was geared at those with an interest in animation. Cliff screened a number of examples of what can be achieved using the programme and gave advice and tips on how to use the programme to create a variety of animations.

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Filmbase 25: Film Ireland Reviewing Workshop

Punters enjoying Film Ireland

12pm, Saturday 25th June 2011

Film Ireland had a special reading area set up on the ground floor of Filmbase throughout the day on Saturday 25th of June. This provided an opportunity to drop in to browse through a copy of the magazine or pick up a back issue that you might have missed. Niamh Creely, editor of Film Ireland, was there to lead a one hour session on film reviewing at 12 noon. During the hour, Niamh went through the ins and outs of reviewing films, what makes a good review and what to avoid.

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Filmbase 25: Meet the Training Department

Meet the training department

Meet the training department

12pm, Saturday 24th June 2011

Filmbase offers a wide range of film production, post-production and multimedia courses suitable for beginners right through to the advanced. To keep with the theme of ‘Get into Film’ Grainne, Paul and Simon from the training department were on hand at the Filmbase 25th anniverasy celebration to talk to you about how to get started in filmmaking and to fill you in on the services Filmbase provides. It provided a great opportunity to grab a cuppa in the café and chat to our staff about how you might get that break that you’ve been looking for! They are always available to give general advice on getting into the industry, as well as specific info on upcoming courses that might suit you best.

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Filmbase 25: DSLR Tips & Tricks


Canon 5D

12pm, Saturday 25th June 2011

For those interested in the technical side of things, we hosted an hour long tips and tricks session for using the Canon DSLR camera. One of the latest trends in filmmaking has seen huge demand in the use of the DSLR for filmmaking. Used in everything from commercials and short films to music videos and even big budget US TV shows, the Canon DSLR has revolutionised the way filmmakers approach shooting on a budget. Filmmaker Aidan Maguire (Needle Exchange) was on hand to talk through some tips and tricks to bear in mind when using the Canon EOS 5d. Our own Richie O’Keeffe from the Equipment Department was also available to give advice on the equipment and filmmaking facilities available here at Filmbase.

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Filmbase 25: Irish Shorts

Deep End Dance

Deep End Dance

11am, Saturday 25th June 2011

Filmbase screened a selection of award-winning Irish short films, suitable for all ages, throughout the Saturday of the 25th anniversary weekend. With comedy, drama, animation and documentary all on the line-up, there was a lot to keep you interested! Films were screened in the ground floor gallery space and Budda Bag kindly sponsored our screening space, meaning there were comfy Budda Bags to sink in to as you enjoyed the best of Irish filmmaking talent!

Click below to see the full line-up of shorts:

The Line-Up

Deep End Dance

6.5min | colour | English | 2010
Choreographed by David Bolger, Directed by Conor Horgan, Produced by Martha O’Neill

A man dances underwater with his 76-year-old mother. (Best Short Film, Irish Film Festival, Boston)



10min | colour | English | 2005
Directed by Rob and Ronan Burke, Written by Pierce Ryan, Produced by John Wallace

Jack and Jill had a great relationship. Then they had a baby. (Best Short, Celtic Film and Television Festival)


Mister Heaney: A Wee Portrait

5.5min | animation | English | 2010
Directed by David Quin

Nobel Prize winner, Mister Seamus Heaney, speaks of brambles and hairdressing. (Best Animation, Galway Film Fleadh)


Mr. Foley

5min | colour | English | 2009
Directed by D.A.D.D.Y., Written by Mike Ahern, Produced by Mary McCarthy

Holy Moley! Mr. Foley wakes up in hospital to find sound effects him and he doesn’t know the score. (Best Short Film, San Francisco United Short Film Festival)


Terminal Communication

3min | colour | English | 2008
Written and Directed by Michael Fortune

Terminal Communication is a fixed-frame work featuring the actions of drivers as they approach a badly signed junction leading into Rosslare Harbour ferry port, in County Wexford. (Honorable Mention: Special Jury Mention, FatFilmFest)


Out of the Blue

8min | colour | English | 2008
Written and directed by Michael Lavelle, Produced by Simon Conneally

A lonely man’s life is suddenly transformed when he discovers an old TV floating in the sea. (Best International Short Film, London Independent Film Festival)


Give up yer aul Sins

5min | animation | English | 2002
Directed by Cathal Gaffney, Produced by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell

A schoolgirl, interviewed for television, tells a somewhat unconventional version of the story of John the Baptist, which we see illustrated. (Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards)


The Herd

4.5min | colour | English | 2008
Directed by Ken Wardrop, Produced by Andrew Freedman

A farmer finds a deer befriending his herd of cattle. (Nominated for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards)


Free Chips Forever!

12min | colour | English | 2009
Written and directed by Claire Dix, Produced by Freya MacKenzie

Becky and her Dad are invincible chip robbers. Nothing can stand in their way. Nothing that is except her brother Tom. (Best Irish Short, Cork Film Festival)


Why the Irish Dance that Way

5min | colour | English | 2006
Directed by Nick Kelly, Choreographed by Brendan Galvin, Produced by Seamus Byrne

This short film seeks to answer one of the most vexed questions of modern cultural life: how did the Irish come to dance in that extraordinary foot-fidgeting way? (First Prize, Chicago Irish Film Festival Jury Awards)


Colour Contamination

3min | animation | English | 2008
Written and Directed by Louise Bagnall, Produced by Niamh O’Donoghue

A clean cut business man who is averse to all things colourful enters a waiting room filled with colourful plastic chairs and is forced to confront his worst fears. (Official Selection, Galway Film Fleadh)



14min | colour | English | 2010
Directed by Vincent Gallagh, Written by Hugh Travers, Produced by Claire McCaughley

On a significant day in her life, Heather a lonely woman who finds solace in the daily crossword finds that the answers to the clues are all around her. (Best Short Award, Waterford Film Festival)


Useless Dog

5.5min | colour | English | 2005
Directed by Ken Wardrop, Produced by Andrew Freedman

A witty documentary about an inept but lovable farm dog. (Best Short Documentary, Sligo Film Festival)


Moore St Masala

5min | colour | English | 2009
Written and directed by David O’Sullivan, Produced by Jason Doyle

Shop clerk, Baba, falls for the sexy estate agent across the street. When he sells her lunch, she steals his heart. (Nominated Best Short Film, Irish Film & Television Awards)


Yu Ming is Ainm Dom

13min | colour | Irish | 2003
Written and directed by Daniel O’Hara, Produced by Grainne O’Carroll

Bored with his life in China, shop worker Yu Ming decides to visit a random country and picks Ireland by spinning a globe. (Best Irish Short, Cork International Film Festival)

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