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Introduction to the US Television Landscape for Irish Producers and Writers

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Events, Film News, Filmbase News, Industry Jobs, News, Opportunities, Past Events | 0 comments

Filmbase and Screen Training Ireland are pleased to launch

Course Profile:
Filmbase and Screen Training Ireland are pleased to launch Introduction to the US Television Landscape for Irish Producers and Writers with Des Doyle, writer/director of the feature documentary Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show and co-author of the film’s companion book.

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Poster Released For Irish Doc, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Events, Film News, News | 0 comments

Poster Released For Irish Doc, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, 27 October Release.

Poster Released For Irish Doc, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, as it gets set for 27 October Release
The poster for Blinder Films’ highly anticipated Grace Jones doc biopic, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami has been revealed alongside the announcement that the doc will be released in cinemas on 27 October. Directed by Sophie Fiennes, the documentary will be broadcast live in selected cinemas across the UK and Ireland in a special one-night-only screening on 25 October, in an event entitled, Grace Jones and Friends Live.

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Fingal Film Festival

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Events, Film News, News, Opportunities | 0 comments

Fingal’s beautiful heritage meets Arts and film this summer

As Fingal’s beautiful heritage meets Arts and film this summer, the annual Fingal Film Festival opens their doors to the public for a new film festival format. Tickets go on sale this week at Eventbrite. Friday the 11th August will see the launch of the Festival’s sixth annual event and this year the team have changed venue to the idyllic Swords Castle in Co Dublin.

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Galway Film Fleadh Announce Award Winners 2017

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Castings, Crew Calls, Events, Film News, Industry Jobs, News, Opportunities | 0 comments

Sunday July 16, 2017

On Sunday July 16, 2017 the 29th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close, following another outstanding year of Irish and international film premieres, screenings, workshops and discussions. The annual awards ceremony took place after the Irish Premiere of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Award winners listed below.

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Monday 17th RTE2. A short documentary about the peregrines of Poolbeg.

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Events, Film News, Filmbase News, News, Opportunities, Training | 0 comments

Big congratulations to our Short Documentary class 2015. Unknown to many Dubliners, a breeding pair of rare peregrine falcons have made their home on Dublin’s iconic Poolbeg chimneys. The short documentary Quill To Power explores the relationship between the endangered birds and the disused smokestacks that define the Dublin skyline. The chimneys themselves appeared to be endangered when the ESB questioned the cost of their upkeep, but after much clamour Ireland’s national power company has agreed to preserve the fifty-year-old structures. After a comeback from the brink of extinction, peregrine falcons – the fastest creatures on earth, reaching speeds of up to 320kph during their hunting dive or ‘stoop’ – remain on the critically endangered list, affording them the highest level of legal protection. “One of the things that I love about this particular pair of peregrines is that they’re in the city, they’re close to where I live,” raptor aficionado Eamonn Ryan says as he opens the film. Despite having a similar name to a Green Party TD, Eamonn is not involved in politics. He drives down to the Shellybanks to check in on the birds several times a week with his spotter scope. “Normally you have to go to places that are inaccessible or hard to get to, then you might see the birds or you might not.” Directed by journalist Alan Caulfield, the film talks to locals and to the bird enthusiasts who have become the unofficial guardians of the falcons – the fastest animals on the planet – while also inadvertently keeping an eye on the chimneys. The eight-minute doc has been shown at the Sky Road Film Festival in Clifden; the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival; and the Clones Film Festival. Using stunning footage of falcons and of the Dublin’s beloved red-and-white striped chimneys, and made as part of Filmbase’s short documentary course in 2015, Quill To Power asks what should be done with the chimneys now the power station is shut, and how Dubliners would feel if they, or the falcons, were gone. Broadcasting Monday 17th RTE2 at 23.50 Twitter: @alan_caulfield Facebook: Quill To...

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Jaha’s Promise

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Events, Film News, News | 0 comments

Jaha’s Promise documentary to have Irish Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh

‘Jaha’s Promise’ tells the story of a young woman who having been brutalized by her country’s customs returns home determined to change the society that almost destroyed her. In The Gambia in West Africa Jaha Dukureh underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) as a baby and was brought to New York when she was 15 to marry a man she’d never met before.

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Award-winning, inspirational and important Irish film, SANCTUARY,

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Events, Film News, News | 0 comments

Opens in cinemas on Friday 7th July 2017. Set in the world of people with intellectual disabilities, the multi award-winning SANCTUARY opens in cinemas across Ireland on Friday 7th July.  Garnering universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, Sanctuary is a touching and funny love story about Larry and Sophie, two people who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. Larry has Down syndrome, Sophie has severe epilepsy.  The two are attracted to each other and, through a care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema.  What do they do once they are there?  How do they express a love that dare not speak its name?  Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law? While these questions are posed the rest of their colleagues seek out their own challenges: an impromptu shopping trip, pints in the pub and a surreptitious cuddle in front of a movie screen.  Dave Allen once said “the secret of comedy is small victories” and these mini triumphs offset the dramatic challenges that take place in a Galway hotel room between two lovers who refuse to be defined by their disabilities. How often can it truly be said that a film has the impact to change lives?   Never before has such a strong cast of intellectually disabled actors been drawn together for a feature film.  The cast have worked together for many years and are experienced actors and performers, all members of the award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company based in Galway.  Sanctuary writer Christian and director Len, have worked with this troupe of actors for many years.  The script has been tailored to their specific talents and abilities – this is a unique and very special project and is important that it reaches as wide an audience as possible. In 1996 Pascal Duquenne who has Down syndrome, shared the Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival with his Le huitième jour co-star Daniel Auteuil.  We believe Sanctuary has several such stars in its cast – audiences to date empathise with the characters and leave the cinema feeling that they have been introduced to a world most of us know very little about. Disability is a worldwide issue that affects hundreds of millions of families – currently around 10% of the world’s total population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability, of which 1-3% have an intellectual disability Directed by Len Collin Starring Kieran Coppinger, Charlene Kelly, Patrick Becker, Valerie Egan, Robert Doherty, Jennifer Cox, Paul Connolly, Frank Butcher, Emer Macken, Michael Hayes, Karen Murphy Screenplay by Christian O’Reilly Produced by Edwina Forkin, Zanzibar Films In association with Blue Teapot Theatre Company Cert: 15a Running Time: 90 mins Release date: 7 July 2017 Sanctuary opens at the following cinemas and will tour regionally nationwide: 7th July Eye Galway; IMC Dun Laoghaire; IMC Galway; Irish Film Institute; Light House; Movies @ Dundrum 21st July Gate Cork 8th August Birr Theatre and Arts...

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Film Ireland’s InConversation presents……..

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Castings, Crew Calls, Events, Film Directory, Film Ireland, Film News, Filmbase News, Industry Jobs, News, Opportunities, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

diversity in the Irish Film Community

Film Ireland’s InConversation presents a live podcast recording at Filmbase on Monday, 3rd July 2017 at 6.30 pm. All are welcome.

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Less than a week to go until the full line-up reveal

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Events, Film News, Funding, Industry Jobs, News, Opportunities | 0 comments

The Galway Film Fleadh

The Galway Film Fleadh has released early bird tickets for a further four films from the 2017 programme. Among the features playing as part of the six day event, the following Irish and UK productions will bow to Galway audiences in July:

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Galway Film Fleadh announce Short Film Highlights

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Animation, Castings, Crew Calls, Events, Film News, Filmbase News, Industry Jobs, News, Opportunities | 0 comments

Galway Film Fleadh

This year the Galway Film Fleadh are proud to present a total of fourteen short film programmes in our ever growing and increasingly diverse line-up, featuring a rise in short film co-productions from around the globe including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Norway, Lebanon and the United States.

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