‘You can take the floozy out of the Fleadh, but you can’t take the Fleadh out of the floozy.’ This is how Gar O’Brien described the thinking behind the 25th cover of the Fleadh Programme! The cover is a throwback to the programme covers back in the day, when the Fleadh was just starting out.
Moving onto what’s inside, Gar enthusiastically launched the 25th programme, that is teeming with special events, guest speakers, Irish and world premieres and then some. There was a real sense of excitement at the launch amongst the Fleadh team themselves and the guests..…Maybe 25 is the new 21!
We are very pleased to have some films from recent training courses included in the program. The output of our newly formatted Documentary-Making Course is featured strongly. Heart and Hand, a short documentary on the world-famous Claddagh ring, is one of 9 films selected for Official Competition. Tough Love, a softly told story of a couple who kickbox together, and Bone, which explores the world of a young woman who’s reviving an ancient art, have both been selected for New Irish Shorts Section. Well done to all the course attendees who worked so hard on the films and also to Jill Beardsworth, the course supervisor.
Films made through our Short Film Award which we run in conjunction with RTÉ are included in the program also. Scratch, which follows Eoin on a regular or not so regular night working at the local petrol station, is in competition in the New Irish Short Section. It’s directed by Phillip Kelly, produced by Dave Leahy and Liam Ryan and written by Phillip Kelly and Liam Ryan. Also included in this section is Nightline, charting one man’s journey home on a stormy, dark night. This is directed by Vincent Gallagher, produced by Daniel Dowling and written by Ger Fitzgerald. Again well done to the film-makers who worked so hard to get their films from script to screen and Best of Luck!
As with every year, we are very proud to have our ID Film Projects screened. 5 short documentaries, which tell the stories of different communities and groups from throughout Galway City and County, will be shown at a special event on the first morning of the Fleadh. Topics covered this year include the construction of the first 32 foot Galway Hooker since 1922, an insight into a group of women making a better lives for themselves with the Galway Simon Community and a rambunctious drama group from Kinvara that get invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The groups and mentors all did an excellent job. Thank you to the Arts Council, Galway City Council and Galway County Council for their involvement on this scheme.
If you feel a bit depressed that you didn’t enter a film into Fleadh after hearing all that, then the good news is.. it’s not too late. The 30 Minute Film Festival is still accepting entries. This is our third year running this event in conjunction with Solid Media. We accept one minute films of any genre and medium and format! There are 2 prizes, the Audience Award and the Judges Award. More information on this here.
Here is a summary of times and places for our events and as they say, See you at the Fleadh!
- Tough Love, Bone (New Irish Shorts: Way Out West) : 10.00, Wednesday 10th July, Town Hall Theatre.
- ID Film Projects 2013: 11.00, Wednesday 10th July (FREE EVENT), Cinemobile.
- Nightline (New Irish Shorts: Programme 3): 10.00, Friday, 12th July, Town Hall Theatre
- Scratch (New Irish Shorts: Programme 4): 12.00, Friday, 12th July, Town Hall Theatre
- 30 Minute Film Festival:16.00, Sunday 14th July, Cinemobile
More details of the Fleadh Programme HERE.