A still from Stephen Fingleton's feature film The Survivalist, screening at Galway Film Fleadh
A still from Stephen Fingleton's feature film The Survivalist, screening at Galway Film Fleadh

GUIDING LIGHTS AT GALWAY FILM FLEADH


21 July 2015

Guiding Lights participants receive an exclusive masterclass from BFI Shorts filmmaker Stephen Fingleton at Galway Film Fleadh.

Former Guiding Lights mentees attend a script-to-screen masterclass at Galway Film Fleadh
Former Guiding Lights mentees attend a script-to-screen masterclass at Galway Film Fleadh

As part of the annual trip to Galway Film Fleadh, each year the Guiding Lights mentees are treated to an exclusive Script-to-Screen masterclass, given by an established or emerging filmmaker whose film is being screened during the festival. Hosted in partnership with Fleadh team, this year we’re delighted that the selected film is The Survivalist, the debut feature by BFI Shorts writer/director Stephen Fingleton.

Stephen was selected for the BFI Shorts scheme in 2012, a high-level production initiative funded by the BFI. Managed and exec produced by Lighthouse, the scheme aimed to give emerging talent in the UK the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to make a feature. One of many success stories to emerge from the scheme, his short, SLR, won Best Irish Short at Foyle Film Festival and was long-listed for an Oscar earlier this year, making it to the last ten films from which the final five nominees were selected.

Earlier this year Stephen completed his debut feature, post-apocalyptic drama The Survivalist, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and is screening at Galway Film Fleadh. Joined also by producer Robert Jones, and cast members Martin McCann and Olwen Fouéré, The Survivalist masterclass will give our Guiding Lights 7 mentees an insight into the film’s journey, from concept to completion, including the process of writing, funding, producing and distributing it.

Lighthouse’s Senior Producer, Emily Kyriakides says: “Many of the Guiding Lights participants are themselves in the midst of getting major projects off the ground, including first or second features. In the past, thanks to the generosity of those leading the masterclasses, we’ve found the script-to-screen session to be invaluable. It’s especially rewarding for Lighthouse that Stephen and The Survivalist are the subject of this year’s masterclass, having worked with him on SLR, and supported him on his journey to making this extraordinary first feature.”

With this year’s mentees counting among their achievements so far, two BAFTAs, two Oscar nominations, a Berlinale Audience Prize, and a Hot Docs short documentary Award, we look forward to reporting on many more future successes.

Find out more about the Guiding Lights 7 mentees


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