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Fleadh Forum 2019 Speakers Announced

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The Fleadh Forum will take place in the Galmont Hotel 13.30 – 17.00 on Thursday 11th July 2019.  Tickets for the event are €15 (plus booking fee) and available from HEREEarly booking is advised as tickets will be limited.

More Industry Experts Announced As Speakers For The New Look Fleadh Forum 2019

Maheux, Mayson and Romero to present

The Fleadh Forum 2019 is delighted to announce further speakers joining the line-up of the event. Industry experts, Michele Maheux, Brenda Romero and Andy Mayson will present at the conference in addition to previously announced keynote speaker James Schamus.

Andy Mayson is the Co-CEO of Altitude Film Entertainment and formed the Group with Will Clarke in 2012, producing Big Game (starring Samuel L. Jackson) and Executive Producing films such as Whitney, Kill Your Friends, The Girl With All the Gifts, 47 Meters Down, Ghost Stories and Maradona. Altitude also has its own international sales company, having represented over 50 titles thus far, as well as its own UK distribution entity, releasing over 30 titles to date, including Oscar winners 20 Feet From Stardom, Amy and Moonlight.

Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright recipient who entered the game industry in 1981. She has worked on over 50 games, including seminal titles in the Wizardry, Ghost Recon and Dungeons & Dragons franchises. Away from the machine, her analog series of games, The Mechanic is the Message, has drawn national and international acclaim. Most recently, in 2018, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award (the Bizkaia award) at the Fun and Serious Games Festival in Bilbao, Spain, and the inaugural Grace Hopper Award presented by Science Foundation Ireland at the Women in Tech conference.

After 30 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Michele Maheux has branched out on her own. With nearly 40 years of operating experience in the motion picture industry, the past 23 as Executive Director/COO of TIFF, Maheux now provides coaching and consulting services to C-Suite individuals in the arts, culture, film, and various non-profit industries. In her decades working at TIFF, and previously in the Exhibition & Distribution industry, she has amassed considerable experience in assessing film projects for their potential to reach audiences and find successful avenues for dissemination.

Presented by the Galway Film Fair and the WRAP Fund, with the support of the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, the Galway Film Centre and Screen Skills Ireland, with Creative Europe, the Fleadh Forum is celebrating its 10th year. A key event of the Galway Film Fair, it is an annual platform to explore and share ideas about what is happening in the audiovisual industry, delivering a unique opportunity for filmmakers and industry professionals to come together and exchange news and views.

In addition to the keynote address and interview with prolific Writer/Director/Producer and former CEO of Focus Feature, James Schamus (Dallas Buyers Club, Lost in Translation, Milk, The Pianist), the conference will present a series of short, direct presentations (8-12 mins) from a carefully curated panel of  industry experts on the theme of “The Substance of Things Not Seen”. Maheux, Mayson and Romero and a host of other speakers will use their unique perspectives on the film industry to shed light on traditionally unseen but vital elements of cinema. Topics will cover sales and distribution, film festivals, post-production, the creative process and much more. Tickets are now on sale. Further speakers will be announced shortly.   

 The Galway Film Fair and the WRAP Fund are proud to present The Fleadh Forum with support from FísÉireann/Screen Ireland, the Galway Film Centre, and Screen Skills Ireland, with Creative Europe and in association with EAVE, ACE and Screen Leaders.

About the Partners:

Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland 

As the national development agency for the Irish Screen industries, Screen Ireland’s mission is to support and promote Irish film, television and animation through fostering Irish artistic vision and our diverse creative and production talent, growing audiences, and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country. www.screenireland.ie

Galway Film Centre

Founded in 1989, the Galway Film Centre is a non-profit, members based organisation dedicated to the development of film as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland. To this end, we support filmmakers, community and youth groups through education and training, equipment provision and information. In 2014 Galway was awarded the prestigious title of UNESCO City of Film as a result of a bid led by Galway Film Centre in partnership with both local authorities and over 50 local companies involved in the audiovisual sector. www.galwayfilmcentre.ie

Galway Film Fair @ the Galway Film Fleadh

The Galway Film Fair, Ireland’s largest and longest-running Film Market. The Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair (11th– 14thJuly 2019) takes place during the Galway Film Fleadh (9th – 14thJuly 2019) and co-ordinates pre-scheduled meetings between filmmakers with projects in development and/or completed films and invited Film Financiers, Distributors, Sales Agents, Broadcasters, Film Funds and Major Producers. It is a unique opportunity to meet with the world’s leading financiers in an intimate and informal atmosphere, allowing new talent to be discovered and long term partnerships to be made.www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

Screen Skills Ireland

Screen Skills Ireland is the leading agency with responsibility for investing in people and skills development for the screen sectors in Ireland. Now part of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland was established in 1995 to provide continuing training and career development opportunities for professionals working in the screen sectors. Screen Skills Ireland designs, develops and delivers industry-focused skills development initiatives for the screen sector in Ireland, encompassing film, TV, animation, games and VFX, for all roles from new entrants to company leaders.www.screenskillsireland.ie.

WRAP Fund

The Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP Fund) is a regional fund committed to strategic investment that encourages regional production and development activity in the West of Ireland across the film, television drama, animation and gaming sectors. The Fund of €2,000,000 is available from 2017 – 2020. Recent productions include ‘Oops 2: Back In The Deep End!’, ‘Calm With Horses’, ‘The Winter Lake’ and ‘Death of A Ladies Man’.  The WRAP Fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre with the support of the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Udurás naGaeltachta. www.wrapfund.ie

With

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s Framework programme for support of the culture and audiovisual sectors. Following on from the previous Culture Programme and MEDIA programmes, Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion, will support Europe’s cultural and creative sectors.https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/node_en

EAVE

European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, EAVE, is a professional training, project development and networking organization for audiovisual producers. www.eave.org

ACE

ACE Producers is an exclusive network of experiences independent film producers from Europe and beyond. Membership of the network is based on professionalism, mutual trust, collaborative working and openness to new ideas. A fundamental aim of ACE Producers is to encourage and enable co-productions. www.ace-producers.com

Screen Leaders

Screen Leaders is the strategic company development programme for the screen industries that can transform businesses. Designed for company leaders working in film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition, it’s funded by the Creative Europe Programme and Screen Skills Ireland. www.screenleaders.ie

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