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Culture Night at Filmbase 2012

Culture Night 2012

Culture Night 2012

Friday 21st September 2012

For Culture Night 2012, Filmbase once again threw open its doors to offer you a chance to ‘Get into Film’!

As in previous years, the Culture Night celebrations at Filmbase included a whole host of short films, those suitable for all ages as well as late night screenings of a selected Irish shorts. To celebrate 25 years of it’s publication, you could pick up a free copy of Film Ireland magazine.

Other free events included our popular filmmaking workshops. Footage shot in an introduction to filmmaking, using the popular Canon DSLR camera, could be edited later in an editing workshop that showcased Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. We were also delighted to have filmmaker Shimmy Marcus join us for a Q&A about how he got started in the industry – perfect for anyone interested in becoming a filmmaker.

Expand the sections below for further information on the night’s events:

Filmmaking Workshops

Intro to DSLR Filmmaking

The most exciting development on the filmmaking scene in a while is the advancement of DSLR filmmaking. This one hour workshop was led by our DSLR tutor Aidan Maguire. Aidan talked through the ins and outs of using a DSLR camera, with lots of tips and tricks up his sleeve, in a free session of interest to anyone looking to start filmmaking.


About Tutor Aidan Maguire:

Aidan Maguire has shot a number of festival screened short films, including The Knife for Venom Films, Joyrider for Fastnet Films as well as corporate shoots for Red Bull and Oxygen. He is also founder of Time Lapse in Motion (, providing high definition timelapse visuals through commissioned shoots.


Introduction to editing using Final Cut Pro X

Learn more about the latest edition of Apple’s popular editing software!

As Ireland’s first Apple Authorised Training Centre, Filmbase is the perfect place to learn all about editing with Final Cut Pro, Apple’s professional editing software. One of the Filmbase editing tutors demoed this software using footage shot during the DSLR workshop earlier in the evening.

Filmmaker Q&A

Q&A with filmmaker Shimmy Marcus

We were delighted that multi-award winning filmmaker, Shimmy Marcus joined us on the night for an informal conversation about his work. Perfect for anyone looking to get started in the industry, we talked to Shimmy about how he got started and the work that he has done over the years, which has included everything from music videos and shorts to documentary and drama features.


About Shimmy Marcus

In 1999 Shimmy Marcus won the Miramax Script Writing Award for his feature script Headrush, which he also directed. The film won a variety of International awards including Best Feature at festivals in Michigan, New York, and Germany. Shimmy’s critically acclaimed feature documentary Aidan Walsh – Master of the Universe became the first Irish documentary made on video to receive theatrical and video distribution and won Best Feature Documentary at The Celtic Film & TV Festival. More awards have followed for his short films, notably for his contribution to the feature documentary Imagining Ulysses.

His second drama feature Soulboy set in the Northern Soul world of 70’s Britain recently won Best Feature at the Gijon International Film Festival in Spain. Noted for creating many innovative music promos for bands including Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Snow Patrol, Gavin Friday, and Skin (Skunk Anansie), his latest collaboration is with BP Fallon and Jack White of the White Stripes.

Most recently, he directed a new comedy drama series Mattie for RTE, starring Pat Shortt, (Garage) and his latest feature documentary Good Cake Bad Cake, the story of Irish band LiR and their quest to reach the top of the music biz, is on the Festival Circuit.

Short Film Screenings

As always, Filmbase selects the best of Irish short films to screen throughout the night. This free screening is open to all and offers a selection of the best of Irish filmmaking talent. You could pop by anytime during the night for a taste of Irish film including animation, dance film, comedy and more!

Short Films Line-Up:


Billy & Chuck

14 mins | 2010

Written and Directed by Lee Cronin

Produced by John Keville

Billy and Chuck is a tale about young Billy who sets out on an adventure deep into the forest to face his fear, guided only by a voice at the end of his walkie-talkie.


Deep End Dance

6 mins | 2010

Choreographed by David Bolger

Directed by Conor Horgan

Produced by Martha O’Neill

Mother and son, above and underwater, the dance of their lives.


The Boy in The Bubble

8 mins | 2011

Directed by Kealan O’Rourke

Produced by Brian Willis

Rupert, a ten year old boy, falls hopelessly in love. When it all goes wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.



3 mins | 2011

Written and Directed by Claire Dix

Produced by Nodlag Houlihan

Downpour is an ode to Ireland and to the rain; love in the rain, love of the rain, love of a country drenched in rain.



11 mins | 2010

Written and Directed by Peter McDonald

Produced by Eimear O’Kane

When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life…football.


Out of the Blue

8min | 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.


Washed Up Love

6 mins | 2011

Written and directed by Dylan Cotter

Produced by Fiona Kinsella

Washed Up Love follows Moira who is looking for love but love doesn’t even know he’s missing. With photography by IFTA winning PJ Dillon (The Runway, 32A)


Moore St Masala

5 mins | 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. There is only one way their love can make it…Bollywood Style!

Late Night Shorts

Our late night shorts programme has proved to be a popular event over the last few years. Culture Night revellers can check out a selection of award-winning new Irish films at Filmbase at this late night screening. Beautiful, hilarious, touching and creative these films are a snapshot of just some of the fantastically talented work being made by Irish filmmakers at the moment.

Late Night Line-Up:



17 mins | Live Action | 2012

Written and directed by Shimmy Marcus

Produced by Ciara Gillan & Shimmy Marcus

A chance meeting in a park between Dubliner Thomas and German Ingrid sparks an afternoon of unspoken connection and urban wandering. This enchanting encounter will have you looking a little more closely at the strangers around you. Funny, sweet and quirky, RHINOS has already screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, Cinefiesta Short Film Festival in Puerto Rico. It will screen at the Calgary Int. Film Festival at the end of the month and is the only Irish short selected to screen at the 27th Brest European Short Film Festival in November.


The Girl With the Machanical Maiden

15 mins | Live Action | 2012

Written and directed by Andrew Legge

Produced by Ciara Whelan

The tale of a young inventor who builds a mechanical wet nurse for his baby daughter after his wife dies in childbirth.

Andrew Legge picked up The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama for this film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. The award gives the short eligibility to enter the Short Film Competition for an Academy Award. Check out the film’s facebook page for some amazing images from the film.


Small Time

15 mins | Live Action | 2012

Written and directed by Ged Murray

Produced by Ian Hunt Duffy

When a pompous professor steals credit for his student’s breakthrough, their bitter rivalry zigzags its way back and forth across time.

Funded through the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award scheme, Small Time has picked up a number of awards to date including Winner: Best Comedy, Fastnet Film Festival 2012 and Winner: First, Sci-Fi and Fantasy category, Rhode Island Film Festival 2012 as well as screening at Palm Springs and the Santa Fe Film Festival.


Fear of Flying

9 mins | Animation | 2012

Written and directed by Conor Finnegan

Produced by Brunella Cocchiglia

A small bird with a fear of flying tries to head south for the winter. This hilarious short animation picked up the James Horgan Award for Best Animation at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh which means it’s now eligible to enter the Short Film competition for an Academy Award. Other festival screenings include Darklight, the LA Shorts Fest and it’s due to screen at the LA Irish Shorts Fest in October.