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Feature Film Script Mentoring GFC & WDC





Galway Film Centre is delighted to announce, in partnership with the Western Development Commission (WDC), a Feature Film Script Mentoring Programme. The aim of the programme is to provide professional script development for six participants over a period of six months, from Treatment stage to a First Draft screenplay, to create a fiction, feature film script (90-110 pages).

The training will involve participation in a workshop process overseen by script supervisor, Mark McIlrath. Workshops will take place over three weekends (Friday to Sunday inclusive) spaced in two-month intervals beginning in September and based in Galway. Participants will have ongoing online access and feedback from the tutor between workshops. The workshops are spread out over a period of months to allow the participants to develop their work and to refine and rewrite their screenplays to deadlines.

Participants will be selected on the basis of a Treatment and a short CV to be submitted to Galway Film Centre to manager@galwayfilmcentre.ie by July 31st 2014. To apply for this programme participants must be based in one of the seven western counties: Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway or Clare. The Treatment should be a maximum of five pages and outline the main characters in the film, how their story develops and the key relationships within their story.

The WDC is a regional development agency promoting the economic and social development of the Western Region. It actively supports the region’s creative sector through the WDC Micro-Loan Fund for Creative Industries (www.wdc.ie) and the MyCreativeEdge website (www.mycreativeedge.eu/).

The workshops will mentor six participants from the region in the craft of screenwriting. Central to this process is that all participants are exposed to each other’s work, are privy to the feedback given in each case and the continued re-drafting and progress of each participant’s work.

What should go in the Treatment?

The Treatment should give a clear outline of who is the main character of your story – of what he/ she wants – and why that’s difficult.  It should read like a film – in the Present Tense, letting us see how your protagonist’s story develops and outlining the key relationships within the story and particularly the central relationship.  Like a film script, think in terms of when we – the audience/ reader – know who your main character is and what his/ her story is about.  What hooks the audience – pulling them into your story?  What are the key structural beats in your film (end of Act 1, mid-point, end of Act 2)?  How does your film/ story Climax?  What does that Climax signify or mean in terms of theme?

Selection: Writers will be asked to submit a five-page treatment of their idea for selection as well as their CV. These treatments will go to the selection panel which will include the tutor, Galway Film Centre’s Manager and a representative from the WDC.

How does it work? The essential aspect of the training is collaboration in the process.  Writers learn by working not only on their own stories/ scripts but also on each other’s.  During the six-month period, the writers will meet together with the tutor to workshop each story individually in a group context.  Film analyses and scene writing exercises will point out essential features of craft skills. Writers will also work in pairs and feedback and support each other’s work. The training will involve three dedicated sessions working face to face with the tutor as well as a dedicated amount of time for each participant to correspond directly with the tutor through email for feedback and evaluation of on-going work.

The workshops are spread out over a period of months to allow the participants to develop their work and to refine and rewrite their screenplays to deadlines. The development of the stories will be in 3 parts:

i. The Treatment.

ii.  The Step Outline (a scene by scene breakdown of the future film which acts as a road map for the script).

iii.  The Screenplay.

The training will also introduce the participants to what to do with their scripts – potential sources of funding – the role of the producer – the importance of the Pitch – and the importance of festivals.

Tutor: Mark McIlrath is a film script editor and tutor with 15 years experience of working with screenwriters & producers in Ireland, Europe and the US.  Recent films that he has worked on include Silence and Run & Jump. He trained in the Frank Daniel method of screenplay development and has written on dramaturgy for magazines such as ScriptWriter and Film Ireland and has worked for Funders including the Irish Film Board. He has worked extensively with Galway Film Centre over many years on a range of script writing workshops and the feedback to his workshops is universally excellent.

Contact Hours:

Face to face workshops:

Workshop 1: 3 days. The first workshop will take place in Galway Film Centre in early September over a three-day period, Friday to Sunday inclusive.

Workshop 2: 3 days. The second workshop will take place in Galway Film Centre in late October over a three-day period, Friday to Sunday inclusive.

Workshop 3: 2 days. The final workshop will take place in Galway Film Centre in mid December over a two-day period, Saturday and Sunday.

Online / Email support : 6 days .Between workshops the tutor will read and give feedback and notes on redrafts and revisions. This is limited to one full day per participant. Participants will also be able to contact each other for ongoing feedback and discussion.

How much does it cost? The cost is €250 per person for the full course. A discount will be given to participants travelling a long distance who require paid accommodation in Galway.

How do I apply ? Please send a Treatment and a short CV to Galway Film Centre by July 31st 2014. Applications can be submitted by email to info@galwayfilmcentre.ie or by post to Galway Film Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Raod Galway.

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