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BAFTA, IFTA & Emmy Award Winning Directors Descend on Connemara
27 Mar 2013 : By Claire Murrihy
Directing workshop
A one-week directors workshop, hosted by ‘Gréasán na Meán Skillnet’ will give six novice directors the chance to develop new pieces of work under the tutelage of experts in drama direction.

On completion of the workshop each director will have the chance to film their short films throughout May and June 2013 for broadcast on TG4 later in the year.

‘Gréasán na Meán Skillnet’ represents a growing core of the various media industries predominantly based in the West of Ireland. It has identified media training needs that can be best addressed through an innovative and collaborative approach to training, one of which is the training initiative ‘Scéal’.

From over 70 applications submitted to the ‘Scéal’ initiative, six were chosen for development. Through mentoring under multi-award winning directors Declan Recks (Eden, Pure Mule), Paddy Breathnach (Man about Dog, Shrooms) and Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit, Shameless), these emerging directors will discuss their individual scripts and filming concepts with their mentors and will then have the opportunity to film two scenes from their short film. Working with a full crew, the directors will get a feel for working on a live set.

Inspired by the rich Irish tradition of storytelling, each film in the series hopes to adapt a visual and compelling script to screen, while celebrating emerging Irish talent. This fantastic experience will result in the development of their skills and eventually the production of six high quality, well-crafted short films.

• “Sínte” written and directed by Tom Sullivan • “Lá Bhreá Chuige” written by Deborah Grimes and directed by Louise Ní Fhiannachta • “Ar Fán” written by Bridget Bhreathnach and directed by Ruán Magan • “Grá mo Chroí” written and directed by Cathal ó Cuaig • “Díoltas” written by Marion Ní Loingsigh and directed by Séamus Moran • “An Chúirt” written and directed by Seán T. O’Meallaigh

These projects were selected from proposed contemporary adaptations of renowned Irish language short stories, poems or tales from folklore. Each short film promises captivating viewing and the exciting prospect of talented emerging writers and directors.

‘Gréasán na Meán Skillnet’ is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd supported through the National Training Fund by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

For more information about Gréasán na Meán and their available courses visit www.greasannamean.ie

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