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Culture Night at Filmbase 2009



Friday 25th September 2009

Filmbase welcomed hundreds of film enthusiasts through the doors during Culture Night 2009!

The 2009 Culture Night celebrations saw thousands of people descend on Dublin city in search of all things artistic. Filmbase hosted a wide range of events to cater for all ages on the evening. Thanks go to Paul Curran and Clifford Parrott for the great filmmaking workshops and animation presentation. Also, thanks to the Irish Film Board for assisting with the shorts programme as well as to Buddah Bag for kitting out the exhibition area as a screening space for the night. And last but not least, a big thank you goes to Garrett and Mark of for creating the FilmFace project.

Expand below for more details of the night’s activities:

FilmFace @ Filmbase

FilmFace is a brand new interactive film project designed by in association with Filmbase for Culture Night 2009. This project offered visitors to Filmbase on Culture Night the chance to take part and lend their face to a catalogue of moving portraits. Run for the week leading up to Culture Night and on the night itself, footage from each day was posted on Filmbase’s YouTube channel.

Filming at 1 frame per second, FilmFace is a collage of moving portraits. To see final film visit the Filmbase YouTube page on

RADE Screening

The Lord Mayor Emer Costello was in attendance on the night to launch the screening of short comedy Today by Pom Boyd. Today is the first film production by drug treatment programme RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama and Education) which works with professionals from the arts sector to produce public productions. For further information visit


Animation Presentation

Clifford Parrott tutored this session which introduced young people to the possibilites available for budding animators using the Adobe Flash programme.

Filmmaking Workshops

Paul Curran from Fís (Film In Schools) gave a number of filmmaking workshops for young people as part of Culture Night at Filmbase. Participants were involved in shooting and editing their own mini-masterpiece on the night in just 1 hour!

Many thanks to Temple Bar Cultural Trust for supporting the animation presentation and filmmaking workshops.

Short Film Screenings

Filmbase’s gallery space was transformed into a screening space for the night. Visitors enjoyed a selection of recent Irish short films whilst lounging on one of the comfy Budda Bags that were in place there for the night. The shorts screened were funded by a range of organisations including the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, RTÉ, TG4, the Arts Council and Filmbase.

Recent Filmbase/RTÉ Funded Short Films

Finally, Filmbase also hosted a free screening of recent Filmbase/RTE funded shorts as part of Culture Night. This took place in the basement screening space and included some of the most recent shorts funded through the Filmbase/RTE short film award scheme.


Sunshower (Irish Premiere)

Written and directed by Liam Gavin
Produced by Maggie Mitchell
Samson Films

Sunshower depicts a somewhat frightening but ultimately redemptive encounter between a teenage girl and an old man after she knocks him down with a stolen car in the middle of the countryside.


Starstruck (Dublin Premiere)

Written and directed by Emma Teck
Produced by Bryan O’Brien
Twotoe Films

Tanya is a teenager who dreams of dancing with the stars and seeing her name in lights. When she hears a new reality TV show, Dancing Ireland, are holding auditions in Cork it seems as though her dreams may just come true. Tanya pursuades her best friend Nicole to accompany her but family and circumstance do not work in their favour.


Blood Coloured Moon (World Premiere)

Written by Barry McKinley
Directed by Marc-Ivan O’Gorman
Produced by Gordon Murphy
Cleverality and Ri Productions

A stranger arrives at an isolated pub in the heart of the Irish countryside Good Friday night, 1967 intent on getting a drink. After unsuccessfully attempting to get a drink from the husband and wife owners, the stranger proceeds to recite a poem in a bid to woo the owner’s wife. While the enraged publican loads his shotgun the stranger passionately delivers his words of love and desire.


Free Chips Forever (Dublin Premiere)

Written and directed by Claire Dix
Produced by Freya MacKenzie
Princess Pictures

Becky and her Dad are invincible chip robbers, nothing can stand in their way. Nothing that is, except her big brother Tom.


Tufty (Dublin Premiere)

Written and directed by Jason Butler & Brendan Butler
Produced by Dave Leahy
Warrior Films

What if you really knew where your teddy bear came from?