Galway City of Film continues its 100 Years of Irish Cinema programme with a celebration of the Irish Short Film. Mick Hannigan, Indie Cork programmer and film aficionado, has put together a selection of his favourite Irish Short Films. This programme will be screened at An Taibhdhearc, Galway city at 1pm on Saturday afternoon, June 18th.
Also on the day there will be a special screening of TG4 and the Arts Council’s eight new short film commissions under their Splanc! scheme. Splanc! is the Irish language arts documentary scheme that supports the creative exploration of the arts in Ireland which was administered by Galway Film Centre this year, and this will be the first time that all eight films will be screened together. This will be a free screening at 12pm.
For over thirty years, Mick Hannigan has picked the best Irish Shorts for his Festival programmes. He serves as a member of the board of Clermont Ferrand Short Film Conference and he is also former Artistic Director of the Cork Film Festival and currently works with the Indie Cork Film Festival. Mick has an expert overview of the accomplishments within the Irish Short Film art form through decades of programming festivals and has helped many emerging filmmakers to get their work shown. He is universally regarded as an authority on short films and he has put together an eclectic mix of the strongest and most influential short films that Ireland has produced.
Joining Mick on the day will be Felim McDermott, Lecturer in Film & Documentary in GMIT and former Galway Film Fleadh programmer, who will interview Mick and there will also be an opportunity to hear some of the filmmakers selected talk about their work also.
Mick’s selection of films will be preceded by a special screening of this year’s eight short Splanc! films to include Tadhg O’Sullivan’s Solas Céad Bliain, Oonagh Kearney’s Oíche Nollaig na mBan, Feargal Ward’s and Adrian Duncan’s Bungaló Bliss, Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s Áiliu Iath n-hÉrend (Invoking Ireland), Megs Morley’s and Tom Flanagan’s Cruth na Cumhachta, Pat Collins’s Idir Neamh agus Talamh: Saothar William McKeown, Sharon Whooley’s Imogen Stuart Dealbhóir and Art Ó’Briain’s The Souvenir Shop.
At 11.30am, there will be a screening of short films from recent Galway Film Centre training courses. These films were shot in Galway city and county and include two short documentaries and two short dramas.
To whet the appetite of the film lover, the ‘Irish Short’ programme will be revealed bit by bit in advance of June 18th. It is a class in filmmaking not to be missed!
Tickets: €5.50 (13.15 & 14.00 screenings are FREE to attend), are available from An Taibhdhearc on 091-562024. You can also book online at www.antaibhdhearc.com
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