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Talking Documentary Seminar | 15th & 16th January in The Harbour Hotel

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Talking Documentary, Galway Film Centre’s annual Film and TV seminar will take place on January 15th and 16th, 2016. with special guests Asif Kapadia (AMY, SENNA) and Sean McAllister (A SYRIAN LOVE STORY). It will consist of 2 days of talks, panel discussions and screenings on many aspects of documentary and will be run in association with Creative Europe Galway, the BAI, TG4, the IFB and Screen Training Ireland. The seminar will open with a UNESCO City of Film gala screening of A Syrian Love Story on Thursday January 14th, with director Sean McAllister in attendance.

Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Galway City
€65 to attend Friday and Saturday. €40 to attend Friday, €30 to attend Saturday.
Book a place:
To book a place, email admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie or phone 091-770748. Tickets to this seminar are limited.

Friday January 15th/Dé hAoine 15ú Eanáir
European Documentary Network (EDN) Seiminéar in association with Creative Europe Desk Galway
09.30 – 11.30:The Do’s & Don’ts of Pitching – Paul Pauwels (EDN)
11.30 – 11.45: Break /Sos
11.45 – 13.30: The European Documentary Landscape – Paul Pauwels (EDN)
13.30 – 14.15: Networking Lunch/Lón
14.15 – 15.30: Documenting Personal Stories
Daisy Asquith (After the Dance)
-Ken Wardrop (His and Hers)
-Keith Potter (Irish Film Board)
Chair: Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable)
15.30 – 15.45:
Break /Sos
16.00 – 17.30:
The Loneliness of the Self Shooting Observational Documentary Maker
Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story, Liberace in Baghdad)
Facilitator: Felim McDermott (GMIT)
:Networking Reception

Saturday January 16th/Dé Sathairn 16ú Eanáir
10.30 – 11.30: Documenting the Arts
Richard Curson Smith (Stronger than Death)
Paula Kehoe (Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion)
Chair: Dieter Auner (Off the Beaten Track)
11.30 – 12.00:Science on Screen Official Launch
12.00 -13.00: Lunch/Lón
13.00 – 15.00: Asif Kapadia: Documentary Maker in Profile
Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna)
Facilitator: Pat Collins (Silence, Living in a Coded Land)

UNESCO City of Film Screening of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY
With Director Sean McAllister in Attendance
Thursday January 14th / Dé Déardaoin 14ú Eanáir
Venue/Ionad: An Taidhbhearc, Middle Street, Galway City
Time: 8pm
Cost: €5.50 (includes restoration fee).
How to Book: http://antaibhdhearc.com/


daisywebDaisy Asquith

Daisy is an award-winning  documentary filmmaker and conveyor of the MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths. She has 20 years experience making films for the BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Irish Film Board and Sheffield Docfest among others. She has won many awards for her work including the Royal Television Society Best Documentary Series twice (‘The Decision’ and ‘15’), a Grierson, and a BAFTA nomination. She is currently also working on a feature documentary about the singer-songwriter John Grant.

Dieter Auner PHOTODieter Auner
Dieter is originally from Central Transylvania and made Galway his adoptive home in 1996. Since Dieter has build his reputation as a respected stills photographer and editor. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Leaving Transylvania. His second film Off the Beaten Track (2011) has a picked up major awards at European Festivals,an IFTA nomination for best feature documentary and was released in cinemas around France, Germany and Austria. Dieter latest feature documentary Dreams Of A Clown (2014) is currently touring on the international festival circuit, and picked up a Golden Panda Award at one of Asia’s most prominent documentary festivals. Noted for their startling imagery, unforgettable characters and subversive stories, Dieter’s films are exact and penetrating, yet poetic and deeply moving.

pat_collinsPat Collins

Since 1999, Pat Collins has made over 30 films. His first film Michael Hartnett, Necklace of Wrens won the Jury Award at the Celtic Film Festival in 2000. He has directed documentaries on the Irish writers John McGahern, Frank O’ Connor, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Tim Robinson and the film-maker Abbas Kiarostami (co-directed with Fergus Daly) . He completed his first feature film Silence in 2012, which was released by New Wave Films in the UK. He is currently completing a short documentary film ‘Twilight’ which was funded by the Arts Council and a feature film on the singer Joe Heaney.

richard_curson_smithRichard Curson Smith

Richard Curson Smith is a freelance director, writer and producer who has made a wide range of single television films and series, across drama, documentary, comedy and performance. Richard has won two Scottish BAFTAs, and has BAFTA, EMMY, Rose d’Or, Grierson, RTS and Broadcast awards and nominations. In 2015, Richard directed TED HUGHES: STRONGER THAN DEATH for BBC.

Asif Kapadia_cropAsif Kapadia
Director / Writer / Producer Asif Kapadia first gained recognition for his student film THE SHEEP THIEF (Royal College of Art) which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Kapadia’s debut feature THE WARRIOR (Film4), won BAFTA awards for Best British Film & Best Debut Feature, as well as being nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language. Kapadia’s feature documentary SENNA (Universal Pictures / Working Title), the thrilling story of the Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, was a break out hit at the UK box office, the film won BAFTAs for Best Documentary and Best Editing, was nominated for Best British Film and won the World Cinema Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. AMY (Universal Music), world premiered in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of Amy Winehouse in her own words. The film has has been an international box office hit and is now the highest grossing UK documentary or all time. AMY has been nominated for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards and has received 5 nominations at the BIFA Awards, including for Best Film, Best Documentary and Best Director. Kapadia’s next film is ALI AND NINO, an adaptation of the epic novel by Kurban Said.

PaulaKehoe DirectorPaula Kehoe

Paula Kehoe is an award winning documentary filmmaker with a diverse background in the creative arts. She began her working life as a performer and producer in the music industry in Australia where she was born. In the early 1990s Paula moved to Ireland and fell in love with Sean Nós singing and the Irish language on the Aran Islands. She went on to study the language and began her media career with TG4 News. She has since worked in feature film production and radio, and has produced and directed television programmes and series for RTÉ and TG4, BBC Scotland and Current TV in the US. She has also co-wrote and co-produced the experimental album Saoi, This Drowning is Dreaming. Paula’s work in film is informed by an interest in social justice, the environment, language and culture. Her passion is creative documentary because of the myriad possibilities for telling stories in ways that stretch the boundaries of form and genre. She’s particularly interested in exploring new ways of visualising poetry so that it is a captivating and immersive experience as an essential part of the narrative, rather than a diversion from it. A brand of literary non-fiction in documentary film form. In 2013 she produced and directed the documentary AN DUBH INA GHEAL (ASSIMILATION) featuring Louis de Paor, which explores the relationship between Indigenous Australians and the Irish in Australia. It won the Radharc Award in 2014, was selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival; nominated for a Golden Torc at the Celtic Media Festival, Program of the Year at the Irish Language Media Awards, and it received a commendation for Minorities in Society at Prix Circom.

Sean McAllister PictureSean McAllister

Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008), ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary‘ and his recent Sheffield Jury Prize winning A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.

Felim_McDermottFelim McDermott

Felim graduated from IADT where he specialised in Cinematography. Upon graduation, he worked as an Education Officer in the Cork Film Centre. He furthered his interest in Cinematography while in the Galway Film Centre, through his role as Education Officer, developing courses with figures like Slawomir Idziak (Three Colours Blue) and former president of the ASC, John Bailey (Ordinary People). With Declan McGrath, he co-authoured SCREENCRAFT: SCREENWRITING – which explores the craft of scriptwriting with some of its greatest exponents including Robert Towne, Paul Schrader, Suso Cecchi D’Amico and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. This book has been translated into French, Spanish, German and Japanese and is published in the US by Focal Press. In 2003, Felim and Declan ran the Visions of Kieslowski festival in Galway which celebrated the late Polish master’s legacy with many of his closest collaborators and members of the Irish filmmaking community. From 2006 to 2010, Felim was the Artistic Director of the Galway Film Fleadh, and had rare pleasure of overseeing the selection of Irish and International cinema for its patrons. From 2008 to present, Felim lecturers at GMIT’s Film and Documentary course.

PaulPauwelsBW2_1Paul Pauwels

Paul Pauwels is the Director of the European Documentary Network (EDN)



Keith_PotterKeith Potter

Keith Potter is a project manager at the Irish Film Board.



ken_wardropKen Wardrop

Ken is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices. He owns the category he works in, creating powerfully emotional pieces through his own unique style. If a story needs to standout and genuinely leave an impression on the viewer, he has the proven directorial vision to deliver. Ken’s work has won accolades from the European Academy Awards to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Some of his proudest achievements have been in his short form exploits most notably his Barnardos campaigns.

Ross_WhitakerRoss Whitaker

Ross Whitaker’s first feature film, the no-budget SAVIOURS, was theatrically released in Ireland and acclaimed as “best Irish film of 2008″ (Sunday Tribune). Ross made the multi-award winning short documentaries BYE BYE NOW (2009) and HOME TURF (2011). WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND (2012), garnered glowing reviews (“evocative, informative and wholly engaging,” Irish Indo) and won an IFTA in 2013. His other films include epic television documentary BLIND MAN WALKING in 2010 (“moving and powerful,” Irish Independent) the award-winning political documentary THE BAILOUT in 2011 (“superb… riveting,” Sunday Independent) and THE GAMBLER in 2013 (“an important piece of work,” Sunday Independent). His 2014 feature, UNBREAKABLE, was theatrically released in Ireland and the UK. Ross was Director of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival for three years.

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