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Details of the Catalyst Seminars Announced

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Jim Sheridan, Lenny Abrahamson and the makers of Treacle Jr. to hold seminars

The first of two Catalyst Project seminars takes place this Saturday, November 28th 2013, in Croke Park. It will be attended by almost four hundred talented Irish filmmakers. It is hoped that attendees will not only learn about low-budget filmmaking from industry experts but also form new relationships and exchange ideas with their fellow emerging filmmakers.

After attending both seminars, the filmmakers will then have the chance to apply for three awards of funding to make a low-budget (€350,000) feature film under the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst funding and mentorship initiative. For more information and key dates, click here.


The Line-Up:

The day will be moderated by screenwriter/director David Keating (The Last of the High Kings, Wake Wood, Into the West) and highlights include:

  • Jim Sheridan masterclass: the Academy Award–nominated writer/director looks back at some of his most famous films, explaining the decisions he made for the first ten minutes of each film to engage the audience from the beginning
  • “The Actors”, in which director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, Frank, What Richard Did) discusses the relationship between director and cast
  • A case study of the low-budget film Treacle Jr. with the film’s writer/director, Jamie Thraves, and its distributor, Edward Fletcher of Soda Pictures
  • An exploration of the creative evolution of low-budget films with producers Ben Pugh (Shifty, Welcome to the Punch) and Barry Ryan (Kill List, Tyrannosaur, Dead Man’s Shoes) and director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sight Seers, A Field In England)
  • A conversation about the editing process, with editors Nathan Nugent (Run & Jump, Kelly & Victor, What Richard Did) and Emer Reynolds (My Brother, Here Was Cuba, Patrick’s Day)
    “Who’s in It?”, a discussion about casting with Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films (producer of Kisses, The Runway, Life’s A Breeze) and Edward Fletcher of Soda Pictures (distributors of For Those In Peril, Wadja, Hannah Arendt)