Founded in 1989, Galway Film Centre (GFC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of film, TV, animation and games as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland. To this end, we support creative talent, community and youth groups through mentoring, education, workshops, conferences, 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. Since gaining the designation Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Screen Ireland/Fís Eireann, Údarás na Gaeltacht and TG4 have all been involved in setting up a governance structure whereby the UNESCO City of Film offices are now housed within Galway Film Centre. This initiative is also supported by PÁLÁS, Galway Film Fleadh, Telegael, Eo Telifís and all of the main production companies and filmmakers based in Galway city and county.
We are located in Galway city, just a short walk from the Eye Cinema, in the Cluain Mhuire Campus of GMIT.
For further information contact:
Galway Film Centre,
Telephone: +353 91 770 748
Galway Film Centre and it’s activities are funded by Screen Ireland/Fís Eireann, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland/Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann, the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, CÚRAM Centre for Research into Medical Devices, RTÉ, and TG4.
Galway Film Centre Board:
- Meadbh Seoighe (Chairperson) Meadbh Seoighe joined Údarás na Gaeltachta over six years ago and works as an Enterprise Executive in the Enterprise & Employment section of the organisation. Within Údarás na Gaeltachta, her portfolio of companies include seafood, tourism and food enterprises. She works with a wide range of companies, from large scale to start ups. She works with clients to establish the most suitable supports tailored around each company’s business plan. Prior to that Meadbh worked in the television and film sector and as an independent marketing consultant. She has a B. Comm, MBA and MSc (Marketing) from NUI Galway.
- John Crumlish – John Crumlish is the CEO of Galway International Arts Festival. He is a graduate of NUI Galway and of the University of Ulster and served as a member of the Arts Council from 2006 until 2011,a member of the Fáilte Ireland West Forum (2010-2013) and a member of the Project Board of The Gathering (2012-2013).
- Mícheál Ó Meallaigh – Born 1951 in Leitir Mhic a’ Bhaird, Co. Donegal. Secondary school Coláiste Éinde, Gaillimh and St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny 1964 – 1969. UCD 1969 – 1973 Arts and H Dip in Ed. After college availed of opportunity to take up US citizenship and lived in New York until returning to Ireland in 1979 to buy a small seasonal hotel, Ostán na Fearthainne, in Portnoo, Co. Donegal. 1989 Applied for the first Údarás na Gaeltachta course set up to train people in television skills for the muted new Irish language television channel. Director on Now You’re Talking, language learning series for RTÉ & BBC. Appointed by Údarás to manage an EU fund to up skill Irish language producers / directors and in 1994 Appointed as one of two Commissioning Editors for TnaG the original name for TG4. Responsibility across all genres at various times but specialised particularly in Drama, Comedy and Documentary.
- Loretta Ní Gabháin – Loretta Ní Ghabháin is Founder & Director of the Award winning Digital Marketing & Production Agency Lorg Media. Loretta also works as a moderator and a Communications consultant. She began her career in film and television over eighteen years ago. She has worked in numerous roles both on and off camera with state broadcasters and Independent film makers, from film critic to Producer on the ground with the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also a former News Director and Presenter with Nuacht RTÉ/TG4. Her keen interest in promoting Irish Culture internationally is what motivates her work with her company Lorg Media. Lorg Media’s pioneering an innovative approach to video production and marketing is what sets them apart.
- Heather Grace Mills – Heather Grace Mills is a lecturer in Film, Documentary, and Animation at GMIT CCAM. A graduate of both GMIT (BA Film & TV Production) and NUIG (MA Film Studies: Theory and Practice), Heather has worked in Animation and Film Production, in the West of Ireland, for more than a decade. Heather has Line-produced and Produced award-winning animated series and feature films, in the format of traditional 2D animation, 3D-CGI, and also stop-motion puppet animation.
- Brenda Romero – Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright award recipient who entered the video game industry in 1981. As a designer, she has worked on 47 games and contributed to many seminal titles, including the Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series and titles in the Ghost Recon, Dungeons & Dragons and Def Jam franchises. Away from the machine, her analog series of six games, The Mechanic is the Message, has drawn national and international acclaim, particularly Train and Siochán Leat, a game about her family’s history, which is presently housed in the National Museum of Play. 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 in Dublin, Ireland. In 2017, she received the 2017 Development Legend award at the Develop: Brighton. That same year, she won a BAFTA Special Award for her contributions to the industry. In 2015, she won the coveted Ambassador’s Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. In 2014, she received a Fulbright award to study Ireland’s game industry, academic and government policies.
- James Hickey – James Hickey was CEO of Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board) from 2011 to 2019. During that period, Screen Ireland supported such feature films as “Room” directed by Lenny Abrahamson, “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan, “Song of the Sea” directed by Tomm Moore and “The Breadwinner” directed by Norah Twomey, all of which were nominated for “Best Picture” or “Best Animated Feature Film” at the Academy Awards. Before that he was from 1992 to 2011, a partner in and Head of the Media and Entertainment Law Group at law firm, Matheson, (formerly Matheson Ormsby Prentice), one of Ireland’s largest law firms. He was also Chair of the National Theatre Society Limited (The Abbey Theatre) from 1991 to 2001 and Chair of the Project Arts Centre in the 1980’s. He is currently a director on the board of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and on the board of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. He is also a member of the European Film Academy and through Copper Alley Productions is a member of Screen Producers Ireland and the European Producers Club.