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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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Filmbase 25: Meet the Filmmakers

Ken Wardrop

Ken Wardrop

12pm, Saturday 25th June 2011

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, Filmbase invited a number of Irish filmmakers to take part in Café sessions throughout the day. Starting at 11am, we hosted a session on filmmaking on the hour with the last one at 3pm. These informal chats were open to anyone with an interest in film, particularly those starting out as we talked with a number of filmmakers on how they got their break in filmmaking. The line-up included producers Martina Niland (Once) and Katie Holly (One Hundred Mornings, Sensation), documentary director Ken Wardrop (His & Hers) and director/DoP PJ Dillon (Rewind, An Ranger). The event proved a great opportunity to drop by, grab a cuppa in the café and learn all about how to ‘Get into Film’!

About the Filmmakers:

Martina Niland & Katie Holly

Martina Niland has a range of feature film and television credits to her name including the oscar-winning film Once directed by John Carney. She also produced the debut feature by Karl Golden called The Honeymooners and co-produced Perry Ogden’s award-winning film Pavee Lackeen. she works with Samson Films and is currently developing a number of projects. Katie Holly produces for Bl!dner Films and has produced a number of feature films including the recently released feature debut for Conor Horgan One Hundred Mornings. She has also produced Sensation featuring Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Tom Hall which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year.

Ken Wardrop

Ken Wardrop is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with numerous credits to his name. He first came to prominence when his college graduation film Undressing My Mother won numerous awards. More recently his debut feature His & Hers received a fantastic reception when it was released in Irish cinemas. The film also picked up many awards both at home and abroad.

PJ Dillon

PJ Dillon will joined us to talk about how he got into film. PJ is an award-winning Director of Photography with DoP credits for films including the oscar nominated New Boy and feature film The Runway which is currently in the cinemas. PJ’s directorial debut was released earlier this year – Rewind featured Amy Huberman (A Film With Me In It) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey)

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Filmbase 25: Stunt Action Class for Film & TV

The Stunt Actors Guild

11am, Saturday 25th June 2011

We were delighted to welcome the Stunt Actor’s Guild Ireland to lead a session on stunt action as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations! This session was a casual but informative case study approach into the workings of the Stunt Industry, being a Stunt performer/Co-Ordinator, pros and cons of film stunt action scenes, and what does and doesn’t work in choreographed fight displays. Areas explored included body burns, horse and vehicle skills, action underwater and Firearms and other weapons handling techniques. The subject of film Health and Safety was discussed and the session finished with the opportunity for the audience to ask questions. There were also clips and a showcase of Stunt equipment, weapon props and effects.

About the Stunt Actor’s Guild Ireland

The Stunt Actors Guild is a networking base for some of Ireland’s most highly trained Stunt Performers, co-ordinators, fight choreographers and 2nd unit directors. Membership comprises of stunt men and women who work on film, television, theatre and live Stunt shows. For more details check out their website at You can also check out their showreel here.

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Filmbase 25: Road to the Oscars

Road to the Oscars

Road to the Oscars

Friday 24th June 2011

Filmbase 25 celebrations kicked off on Friday 24th June with a special ‘Road to the Oscars’ panel session. Many thanks to filmmakers Juanita Wilson (The Door), Steph Green (New Boy) and Nicky Phelan (Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty) for joining us on the night to talk about their experiences of being nominated for an Oscar®. The event included a screening of their nominated short films as well as a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

About the Filmmakers:

Steph Green

Steph Green is the Oscar® nominated writer/director of the short film New Boy. The short has won over thirty film festivals including Tribeca and the Berlinale. Selected as one of Creativity Magazine’s Top Directors to Watch and Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Steph works in both Ireland and the US. Formerly an assistant to Spike Jonze and currently signed at Ridley Scott and Associates and United Talent Agency, Steph has been honoured at Cannes Lions and Young Guns advertising festivals. With three successful shorts to her credit (Push Hands, Transit, New Boy), Steph is developing multiple feature projects on both sides of the Atlantic. Her lead project, Run and Jump, co-written with Ailbhe Keogan, was selected for the June 2010 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab, and Berlinale’s Script Station 2010.

Juanita Wilson

The Door directed by Juanita Wilson was shot on location in Pripyat and Kiev in the Ukraine and so far has received worldwide critical acclaim both for its moving story and its cinematic imagery. The Academy Award® nomination in March 2010 followed a number of awards throughout the world including Bilbao International Film Festival Golden Medal for Fiction; Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Short, Foyle Film Festival ’08 Best Irish Short, The Bird’s Eye Festival in London where it won Best Short and finally it won Best Short Film at the Rome Irish Festa in November 2010. Having received numerous awards and festival screenings the film continues to be invited to festivals throughout the world. Before she started directing, Juanita jointly developed and produced two powerful, award-winning feature films: H3 written by surviving Irish hunger striker Laurence McKeown about his prison experience and Inside I’m Dancing about the quest for independent living by two Dublin men with disability. Following her highly acclaimed feature debut As If I Am Not There, Juanita was named among Variety’s top ten directors to watch for 2011. She has just optioned the Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) novel, The Ones You Do, which she will adapt for screen and which is due to film in Spring 2012.

Nicky Phelan

Nicky Phelan is a graduate of Ballyfermot Animation college. After working as a freelance animator, he joined Brown Bag Films® in 2005 where he had many roles in various animated projects. During this time he directed a number of commercials and in 2006 he created, co-wrote and directed the popular animated series Crap Rap for teenagers. The series went into a second season for national broadcaster RTE in 2007. In 2008 Nicky directed the short film Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which went on to collect 20 international awards including an Academy Award® nomination. More recently, Nicky was Animation Director on the hit 3D animated television series The Octonauts and will direct the second season which starts production in September 2011. He is also developing a number of television and feature projects.

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