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Filmbase 25: Road to the Oscars

Road to the Oscars

Road to the Oscars

Friday 24th June 2011

Filmbase 25 celebrations kicked off on Friday 24th June with a special ‘Road to the Oscars’ panel session. Many thanks to filmmakers Juanita Wilson (The Door), Steph Green (New Boy) and Nicky Phelan (Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty) for joining us on the night to talk about their experiences of being nominated for an Oscar®. The event included a screening of their nominated short films as well as a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

About the Filmmakers:

Steph Green

Steph Green is the Oscar® nominated writer/director of the short film New Boy. The short has won over thirty film festivals including Tribeca and the Berlinale. Selected as one of Creativity Magazine’s Top Directors to Watch and Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Steph works in both Ireland and the US. Formerly an assistant to Spike Jonze and currently signed at Ridley Scott and Associates and United Talent Agency, Steph has been honoured at Cannes Lions and Young Guns advertising festivals. With three successful shorts to her credit (Push Hands, Transit, New Boy), Steph is developing multiple feature projects on both sides of the Atlantic. Her lead project, Run and Jump, co-written with Ailbhe Keogan, was selected for the June 2010 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab, and Berlinale’s Script Station 2010.

Juanita Wilson

The Door directed by Juanita Wilson was shot on location in Pripyat and Kiev in the Ukraine and so far has received worldwide critical acclaim both for its moving story and its cinematic imagery. The Academy Award® nomination in March 2010 followed a number of awards throughout the world including Bilbao International Film Festival Golden Medal for Fiction; Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Short, Foyle Film Festival ’08 Best Irish Short, The Bird’s Eye Festival in London where it won Best Short and finally it won Best Short Film at the Rome Irish Festa in November 2010. Having received numerous awards and festival screenings the film continues to be invited to festivals throughout the world. Before she started directing, Juanita jointly developed and produced two powerful, award-winning feature films: H3 written by surviving Irish hunger striker Laurence McKeown about his prison experience and Inside I’m Dancing about the quest for independent living by two Dublin men with disability. Following her highly acclaimed feature debut As If I Am Not There, Juanita was named among Variety’s top ten directors to watch for 2011. She has just optioned the Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) novel, The Ones You Do, which she will adapt for screen and which is due to film in Spring 2012.

Nicky Phelan

Nicky Phelan is a graduate of Ballyfermot Animation college. After working as a freelance animator, he joined Brown Bag Films® in 2005 where he had many roles in various animated projects. During this time he directed a number of commercials and in 2006 he created, co-wrote and directed the popular animated series Crap Rap for teenagers. The series went into a second season for national broadcaster RTE in 2007. In 2008 Nicky directed the short film Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which went on to collect 20 international awards including an Academy Award® nomination. More recently, Nicky was Animation Director on the hit 3D animated television series The Octonauts and will direct the second season which starts production in September 2011. He is also developing a number of television and feature projects.