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Moonstone 2003 set for Renvyle
10 Dec 2002 :
Moonstone International Artistic Director Jean-Luc Ormičres has announced the participants, and their projects, selected from throughout Europe for the Filmmakers’ Lab 2003, which will take place in Renvyle, Ireland between 28 January and 16 February.

Ireland - Barry Dignam 'Breaking Rocks'
Scotland - Kenny Glenaan 'Sabi’s Story'
England - Ashley Horner 'Another Girl, Another Planet'
England - Jude Kelly 'Unnatural Girl'
England - Femi Kolade 'The Scholar'
England - Pratibha Parmar Nina’s 'Heavenly Delights'
England - Minkie Spiro 'Ex'
Netherlands - Elbert Van Strien 'The Mirror'

Elbert Van Strien is the recipient of the UIP European Filmmakers’ Award, which fully underwrites the cost of putting a European director through the Moonstone Filmmakers’ Lab. UIP Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Philip Solomons commenting on the Award said: ‘ We at UIP value our relationship with Moonstone, and are happy to continue our support at this exciting and challenging stage in their development. We congratulate Elbert on being chosen for the UIP Award, and wish the best of luck to him and the other participants.’

Moonstone Filmmakers’ Lab 2003 has for the first time received support from VFG Ireland, a division of VFG Hire. VFG is a leading supplier of film/video cameras, grip equipment, along with lighting and generation to the Irish/European film and television industry.

VFG Ireland Managing Director, John Leahy, commenting on the new partnership said: ‘VFG are delighted to support the Moonstone Filmmakers’ Lab, which enables us to give something back to the film industry that supports our business, both in Ireland and further afield. We welcome such an opportunity and wish all the participants and Advisors success with the Lab.’

Moonstone’s Filmmakers’ Lab’s other principal sponsors are AVID Technology Ireland, Hubbard Casting and Sony.

The Filmmakers’ Lab is a 3-week programme. Participating directors will shoot and edit key scenes with professional actors and crews under the guidance of experienced director Advisors from the USA and Europe.

Previous Advisors include Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), Andy Wolk (The Sopranos), John Irvin (Hamburger Hill), Michael Hoffman (Midsummer Night’s Dream). The Filmmakers’ Lab Director for 2003 is Jim O’ Brien.

Recent Irish Moonstone participants, and their projects, include Brian Campbell’s and Laurence McKeown’s H3, and Maeve Murphy’s Silent Grace. Irish participants, whose projects are currently in production include Shimmy Marcus’ Headrush, Liz Gill’s Goldfish Memory, and David Gleeson’s The Real Thing. Terry Loane will commence shooting Jonjo Mickybo summer 2003.

Moonstone International Screen Labs is an advanced development programme for experienced writers and directors, who are working on feature film projects for an international audience. Moonstone runs three Labs per year: one Lab for directors and two Labs for screenwriters.

Moonstone International was founded in 1997 in consultation with the Sundance Institute, the organisation created by Robert Redford in North America, to support and develop the work of independent screenwriters and directors of vision. Chair of Moonstone’s Artistic Advisory Panel is Michael Caine.

Moonstone appointed French film producer Jean-Luc Ormičres as Artistic Director in July 2002. Jean-Luc succeeds Moonstone’s founding Artistic Director, the distinguished writer-producer John McGrath, who died in January 2002.

Further details available on the Moonstone site.

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