A Tribal Vision recently interviewed Declan Gibbons, Galway Film Centre’s Manager. A Tribal Vision is a collection of interviews with the most culturally-inspiring people in Galway City who talk about their work, inspirations and their cultural vision for the city. A new interview is published on a Monday each week.
“What exactly does the Film Centre do?
Essentially, we’re a training and support organisation. The audio-visual sector in Galway is the second biggest outside of Dublin; there’s about 600 people working in the industry here. We have a pool of equipment and resources for our members, so if you’re interested in making a film, you can hire equipment from us at non-commercial rates and you can make your film. We do training at two levels – one is for people who have no experience and if you want to learn to use a camera or to edit, we run courses to help you do that. We also do high-end professional training.
How has the Galway film industry benefitted from such a resource?
When the Film Centre was founded in 1989, there was no TG4, there was no Irish Film Board. Telegael was just starting and it had two, maybe three employees. So there was no infrastructure – there was no industry here at all. If you look back between 1989 and 2016, you can see the key programmes and training initiatives that happened, some of which were initiated by the Film Centre and some by Údarás na Gaeltachta, who have invested quite a lot in the sector and you can see the fruits of those training initiatives; you can see the people who came through the class of ’96. The industry has very much grown from the ground up.”
See the full interview here: https://atribalvision.com/interviews/050-declan-gibbons