Guiding Lights mentees at Galway Film Fleadh
Guiding Lights mentees at Galway Film Fleadh

Guiding Lights goes to the Galway Film Fleadh


31 July 2014

The mentees in this year’s Guiding Lights scheme are off to one Ireland’s leading film festivals, the Galway Film Fleadh for three days of talks, screenings and industry events

Mentees on Lighthouse’s acclaimed film industry mentoring scheme Guiding Lights are marking the beginning of the nine month programme with a trip to the Galway Film Fleadh.

The Fleadh is one of Ireland’s leading film festivals, attracting directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and backgrounds from across the globe. In addition to a wide variety of screenings, the mentees will also benefit from industry events and masterclasses with leading names in contemporary cinema.

This is the third year Guiding Lights mentees have visited the Fleadh as part of Lighthouse’s on-going close relationship with the festival. Alongside their involvement in the Galway Film Fair Marketplace, mentees will also take part in an exclusive bespoke Script-to-Screen masterclass which offers the group an opportunity to hear about the journey, process and challenges around the funding, production and distribution of a specially selected feature film from the Fleadh’s screening programme.

Past Galway Script-to-Screen masterclasses have been provided by the teams behind Parked and Life’s a Breeze, and this year, key contributors from the film Gold will be sharing their experience with the group.

Directed by Niall Heery and staring James Nesbit (The Hobbit) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Gold follows Ray, a down-on-his-luck guy who, along with his dying father, seeks out his estranged ex-girlfriend and their teenage daughter. He must decide what to do next when he finds out she’s started a new family with his former P.E. teacher.

Running across two days, the Marketplace offers the opportunity to meet with world leading financiers in an intimate and informal setting, alongside industry leaders from production, distribution and international festivals. Sessions this year include a Screenwriter’s Masterclass with Josh Olson (History of Violence), The Next Big (Tax) Break Workshop with ACE (Ateliers due Cinema Européen) & Irish Film Board, and an Acting Masterclass with Fionnula Flanagan. All this plus much more can be found in the Fleadh’s programme online.

Galway Film Fleadh runs from July 8 – 13

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).


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