Cynthia Lopez of American Documentary/POV is to chair Guth Gafa’s competition for Irish student documentary
Executive vice president and co-executive producer of American Documentary/POV, Cynthia Lopez will chair this year’s student documentary film competition ‘The Next Generation’ at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival (10 – 14 June). Lopez is responsible for programming content, broadcast distribution, community-engagement activities, communications, marketing, online initiatives and overall strategic development of American Documentary/POV which brings point of view programming and documentaries to the American public through the public broadcasting system.
Cynthia Lopez will chair the Jury which will include Oscar-nominated producer Trish Adlesic, who produced the film Gaslands which is screening at Guth Gafa, festival director David Rane and an as yet unannounced Irish director. Trish Adelsic has worked on feature films with directors such as Robert Benton, Sidney Lumet, Michael Mann, James L. Brooks, Gus Van Sant and Jim Sheridan as Unit Production Manager, Production Supervisor and Location Supervisor. The winner of the competition will be announced after the second screening of the student programme on Monday June 13th at 1pm. The winner will get free production equipment and post-production time for their next film including equipment from Soilsiú, one day of picture post-production from Yard Media, one day of sound post-production in Ardmore Sound, plus a copy of AVID Media Composer software and a month’s free technical support from Tyrell CCT.
The new student documentary filmmaking category will be held by Guth Gafa and will screen ‘The Next Generation’ films in addition to the official line-up. Short documentaries from various colleges throughout Ireland including Griffith College, IADT, DIT, Galway-Mayo IT, Huston School of Film, Coláiste Dhúlaigh, NUI Galway, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge/Goath Dothair, University of Ulster, St. Cecelia's College and Dundalk IT will be aired at Guth Gafa as part of ‘The Next Generation’ competition.
“We think it is very important to support the upcoming generation of documentary filmmakers and offer them a great first opportunity to present their films on screen and discuss their work afterwards with the audience and film professionals,” says festival director David Rane.
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival takes place from the 10th – 14th June in Donegal.