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It Was a Great Craic: Guiding Lights at Galway Film Fleadh


16 July 2014

After three days of meetings, screenings and masterclasses, Guiding Lights returns from another fruitful trip to Galway

Sat along the waterfront, the Galway Film Fleadh takes place primarily at the Radisson hotel, where there is a constant stream of filmmakers and industry figures buzzing around. In attendance were a wide variety of producers, financiers and distributors from Europe and the US, including companies such as Pathé, Protagonist, BBC Films, BFI Film Fund, Film4, Film Fund Luxembourg, Killer Films, HanWay Films, Moviehouse Entertainment, Studiocanal, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Endgame Entertainment, Altitude and many others.

Also in Galway were previous Guiding Lights mentees – Thomas Martin, Oonagh Kearney, Michael Lavelle, Ursula Rani Sarma, Innis Moore and Christine Hartland – who were in town to screen or pitch their latest projects.

As ever, one of the highlights of our time there was a bespoke Script-to-Screen masterclass, produced in collaboration with the Fleadh. This illuminating session offered 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 screening programme. This year, we had the pleasure of hearing from the team behind Gold, the latest feature from Irish writer/director, Niall Heery. Alongside Niall, we were joined by co-writer Brendan Heery, producers Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch and DOP, Tim Fleming.

During this private masterclass, the Gold team opened up about the highs and lows of their journey, offering a warts-and-all insight into the film’s production, with the Guiding Lights mentees taking the opportunity to ask questions, dig deeper and seek advice that will benefit their next steps.

Of course, a trip to the Fleadh wouldn’t be the same without catching a few films, including one of our own, BFI Short The Portrait (dir. Chris Forster) which was part of the New Irish Shorts programme, alongside a range of features.

We raise a Guinness to the Fleadh, this year’s group and the next nine months, and look forward to returning to Galway next year.


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