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A Turning Tide in the Life of Man’ and Industry Day at the IFI Documentary Festival

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) Documentary Festival kicks off this week, with a feature documentary in addition to two short documentaries funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board set to screen at the festival, in addition to an Industry Day on September 25th.

Katie Loncoln’s 45 and Niamh Heery’s Displaced were funded under the Reality Bites short film scheme, and both screen as part of a shorts programme on September 26th.

45 is set in Reillys bar in Ardmore, West Waterford and is a portrait of a card game, ongoing since 1942, and its participants. The short was produced by Ruth Treacy for Tailored Films.

Displaced explores the global occurrence of displacement and how persons ease their own discomfort in being dislocated. Displaced was produced by Eric Dolan for Swansong Films.

Loïc Jourdain’s feature documentary A Turning Tide in the Life of Man follows John O’Brien, a fisherman from the island of Inis Bó Finne and his lengthy campaign to regain his ancestral right to fish the Donegal seas. The film explores the origins and political complexity of the global problems facing small fishermen and the impact on the lives of small coastal communities. It also celebrates the power of determined individuals to instigate change. The film was produced by Tina Moran, Loïc Jourdain and Tina Moran and the production companies were Idee Originale, Lugh Films and South Wind Blows. It was recently awarded Best Documentary at the FIFIG Film Festival in France. Book tickets for A Turning Tide in the Life of Man here.

The Industry Day will take place on September 25th, a day of seminars, masterclasses and panels for documentary producers and directors. It will give participants the opportunity to network with established filmmakers, major festival programmers, sales agents and commissioning editors with a focus on developing the ability to operate in the international marketplace.

Industry Day Schedule

11.00: Welcome & Coffee

11.30: The Queen of Ireland Presentation:

• Conor Horgan (Director)

• Katie Holly (Producer)

• Ailish Bracken (Producer)

11.30: Panel Discussion – Getting Work Seen (Domestic & International)

• Chair: Alan Maher (CEO, Roads Entertainment)

• Patrick O’Neill (CEO, Wildcard Distribution)

• Ed Fletcher (Co-founder & Managing Director, Soda Pictures, UK)

• Audrey Sheils (Head of Distribution, Element Pictures)

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Presentation by Erika Dilday (Executive Director, Maysles Documentary Center, New York)

2.30pm: Panel Discussion – Getting work funded (Domestic & International)

• Chair: Alan Maher (CEO, Roads Entertainment)

• James Hickey (CEO, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board)

• Dermot Horan (Director of Production and Acquisitions, RTÉ)

• Erika Dilday (Maysles Documentary Center, New York)

• Rowena Neville (Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, Business To Arts / Fund It)

• Rachel Lysaght (Film Producer)

The IFI Documentary Festival runs from September 23rd to 27th. For the full lineup of the festival