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New Participants Selected for the Galway Film Centre Script Mentorship Scheme

Galway Film Centre in partnership with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland,  Gréasán na Meán Skillnet and the WRAP Fund has today announced the successful participants for the third cycle of its Script Mentorship Scheme for the WRAP region.

Following an overwhelming response, the successful Screenwriters are Dave Moran (Mayo), Liz Quinn (Galway) and Pat Comer (Galway) along with Script Editor Molly O’Driscoll (Galway), representing a new element of career development support within the initiative.  In addition to receiving a bursary of €500, each participant will work alongside a highly experienced Script Mentor to develop their craft further. One of the strengths of this programme is the calibre and dedication of its mentors, ensuring that the participants receive guidance at the highest professional level. This year Keith Potter (Rare Beasts, Michael Inside, Room), Heather Browning (Dead Still,The South Westerlies) and Aideen McCarthy (Tailored Films, Treasure Entertainment, Screen Ireland) will act as Script Mentors on the scheme. Bespoke workshops and networking opportunities will also be provided for the participants.   

Open to talent within WRAP Fund region of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, past graduates include Mary Fox & Marty Thornton (Galway), Jennifer Davidson (Mayo), Sinéad Collopy (Clare), Antoin Beag Ó’Colla (Donegal), Thomas Conway (Sligo) and Orla Murphy (Roscommon). The aim of the programme is to nurture and support emerging screenwriting and script development talent from or based in the region. With an emphasis on enhancing the skills, experience and network of diverse regional voices, it helps to foster projects originating from the West of Ireland in the Irish or English language to enhance the capacity of the region. 


Rinne Lárionad Scannánaíochta na Gaillimhe, i gcomhpháirt le hÚdarás Craolacháin na hÉireann, Screen Skills Ireland, Gréasán na Meán Skillnet agus Ciste WRAP na rannpháirtithe rathúla a fhógairt inniu don tríú timthriall dá Scéim Meantóireachta Scripteanna do réigiún WRAP.   

Fuarthas líon ollmhór iarratas, agus is iad na Scríbhneoirí Scripte rathúla Dave Moran (Maigh Eo), Liz Quinn (Gaillimh) agus Pat Comer (Gaillimh), mar aon leis an Eagarthóir Scripte, Molly O’Driscoll (Gaillimh), ag léiriú gné nua de thacaíocht forbartha gairme laistigh den tionscnamh. Sa bhreis ar sparánacht €500 a fháil, oibreoidh gach rannpháirtí taobh le Meantóir Scripte a bhfuil sárthaithí aige/aici chun a c(h)eird a fhorbairt níos mó. Ceann de láidreachtaí an chláir seo is ea ardchaighdeán agus dúthracht na meantóirí, a chinntíonn go bhfaigheann na rannpháirtithe treoir den chéad scoth. Is iad Keith Potter (Rare Beasts, Michael Inside, Room), Heather Browning (Dead Still, The South Westerlies) agus Aideen McCarthy (Tailored Films, Treasure Entertainment, Fís Éireann) na hEagarthóirí Scripte ar an scéim i mbliana. Cuirfear ceardlanna saincheaptha agus deiseanna líonraithe ar fáil do na rannpháirtithe freisin.

Ar oscailt do dhaoine cumasacha laistigh de réigiún Chiste WRAP – An Clár, Dún na nGall, Gaillimh, Maigh Eo, Ros Comáin agus Sligeach – i measc iad siúd a tháinig tríd an gclár roimhe seo tá Mary Fox & Marty Thornton (Gaillimh), Jennifer Davidson (Maigh Eo), Sinéad Collopy (An Clár), Antoin Beag Ó Colla (Dún na nGall), Thomas Conway (Sligeach) agus Orla Murphy (Ros Comáin). Tá sé mar aidhm ag an gclár daoine cumasacha as an réigiún, nó atá lonnaithe ann, atá ag teacht chun cinn i gceird na scríbhneoireachta scripte nó i bhforbairt scripteanna, a chothú agus tacaíocht a chur ar fáil dóibh. Leagtar béim ar scileanna, taithí agus gréasán glórtha éagsúla an réigiúin a fheabhsú, agus cuidíonn an clár le tionscadail a chothú chun cur le hinniúlacht an réigiúin, tionscadail i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla atá de thionscnamh Iarthar na hÉireann.

About the Participants: 


Dave Moran is a GMIT alum who has worked as a script supervisor in the Irish film and TV industry for over ten years. Reading scripts is a daily occurrence and he has been fortunate enough to work with many great creatives across both film and television. His film credits include The Lobster, Downhill and Dating Amber. His TV credits include Line of Duty, Dublin Murders, Fate: The Winx Saga and more recently Foundation. When not on set, you may have bumped into Dave, literally, running around the Galmont Hotel, co-ordinating the events for the Galway Film Fleadh. His genre de choix is comedy because, who doesn’t love to laugh.

LIZ QUINN – Galway

Liz attended The Academy Drama School in London and later completed a Masters in Drama & Theatre in NUI Galway. Over the years, Liz has worked within a broad spectrum of the industry from film festival programming and co-ordination, film production in continuity and casting to performing on the other side of the camera. In 2013 Liz wrote Sanctuary, performed by Fishamble’s Tiny Plays of Ireland which she then adapted into a short film, My Bonnie directed by Hannah Quinn. My Bonnie enjoyed an award-winning international festival run including Outstanding Achievement in a Short Film (Newport Beach Festival), Best Cinematography (Galway Film Fleadh) and Best Narrative in a Short Film (Kerry Film Festival). Liz went on to write FilmBase / RTÉ funded short, The Date directed by Selina Cartmell, produced by Parallel Films and starring Charlene McKenna and Rory Fleck Byrne. In 2018, Liz was nominated for the ADIFF Discovery Award for scriptwriting. 


Molly O’Driscoll is an emerging Script editor and Screenwriter based in Co. Galway. She holds a master’s degree in screenwriting from NUI Galway and has lectured and tutored on numerous screenwriting modules at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway and at the Centre for Creative Arts & Media, GMIT. She has also worked as a script reader and led screenwriting workshops at the Galway Film Centre. She has written a number of short films including The Parting, produced with the support of Screen Ireland and developed two RTÉ Storyland projects Quinn & O’Grady and The Outlaw Concy Ryan. She is currently developing a six part comedy horror series A Tale of Two Wolves.  

PAT COMER – Galway

Pat Comer is a local Galway fella who, a lifetime ago, was a founding member of the Galway Film (Resource) Centre. Around that ‘long ago’ time, Pat had the honour of representing his county in Gaelic football and his country in those hugely competitive International Rules Test Series against Australia. Apart from that, in moments of serenity Pat is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, artist, visual storyteller with a range of honours that include four IFTAs, a Celtic Film Festival Award and a European Sports Documentary Award. Besides working on a range of genres from comedy to sports, history and politics, Pat has also moved audiences with his innovative outdoor photography exhibitions, reimagining space with images and texts. Pat has a Masters in Screenwriting from NUIG and is currently in receipt of Screen Ireland funding for an ‘original’ screenplay. Pat has only recently directed and produced a number of acclaimed short dramatic films with members of the Traveller community to highlight positive mental health and suicide prevention. Pat finds his greatest inspiration from long walks with his wise old dog Zulu who knows more about life than any human, dead or alive, today.


The Script Mentorship Scheme is an initiative of the Galway Film Centre in partnership with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland, Gréasán na Meán Skillnet and the WRAP Fund. 

Is tionscnamh é an Scéim Meantóireachta Scripteanna atá arna reáchtáil ag Lárionad Scannánaíochta na Gaillimhe i gcomhar le hÚdarás Craolacháin na hÉireann, Screen Skills Ireland, Gréasán na Meán Skillnet agus Ciste WRAP.

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