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Galway Film Fair Industry Event Highlights
02 Jul 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Galway Film Fleadh kicks off on July 7
A perennially popular feature of the Galway Film Fleadh every year is the Galway Film Fair, a series of industry events exploring a variety of aspects regarding the profession of filmmaking.

As well as the Film Fair Marketplace which co-ordinates over 700 meetings in two days, the Real Deal Conference has been replaced with the ‘Fleadh Forum’ for this year – a focus on film finance, regional funding, marketing, distribution and festival strategy.

The Marketplace

A unique opportunity to meet with the world’s leading financiers in an intimate and informal atmosphere, allowing new talent to be discovered and long term partnerships to be made. The Marketplace co-ordinates pre-scheduled meetings between filmmakers with projects in development and/or completed films and invited Film Financiers, Distributors, Sales Agents, Broadcasters, Film Funds and Major Producers.

Some notable delegates at this year’s marketplace include:

  • Mike Powell – Entertainment One Features/Seville International
  • Tristan Whalley – Goalpost Films
  • John Von Thaden – Magnolia Pictures
  • Craig Kestel – William Morris Endeavour Ent.
  • Rowan Woods - BBC Films
  • Philippa Tsang - Film 4
  • Gabe Scarpelli - XYZ Films

In addition, programmers from Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and London amongst others will be in attendance.

The Fleadh Forum

A new take on the festival's annual conference, The Fleadh Forum is a platform to explore and share ideas about what is happening in the film industry. It brings together three key Creative Europe Programmes; ACE, EAVE and Screen Leaders. The forum is supported by the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland and Galway Film Fleadh. The schedule for the Fleadh Forum is as follows:

  • 2.00pm – 2.45pm - 'The Lobster' (A Film Finance Case Study) in association with the IFB
  • 2.45pm – 4.00pm - How to launch a film in the International Market in association with Screen Leaders and EAVE
  • 4.00pm – 5.00pm - The Rise of the Regions in association with ACE

    Northern Ireland Screen’s Short Cut to Features

    Northern Ireland Screen presents a panel session looking at the role of the short film in a film-maker’s career and the importance – or not – of starting off in short film before making the transition to feature film. Panellists include renowned and prolific producer Robert Jones; Northern Ireland director Michael Lennox, whose short film ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ was Oscar nominated and won a BAFTA this year and whose first feature ‘A Patch of Fog’ is currently in post-production; Northern Ireland director Stephen Fingleton, whose first feature ‘The Survivalist’ screened at Tribeca to great critical acclaim and is screening in the Galway Film Fleadh; Northern Ireland Screen Development Executive Ursula Devine, who works with the creative talent on script and career development and agent Craig Kestel from William Morris Endeavour, who represents a wealth of film-making writing and directing talent.

    Enterprise Ireland / Canada Animation Workshop

    Following on from already successful collaborations between Ireland and Canada in animation, Enterprise Ireland presents the Canada Animation workshop as part of the Galway Film Fleadh where Canadian industry representatives will discuss future opportunities and trends in Canadian and Irish animation. Discussion topics will include:

  • Industry dynamics: Trends and evolving role of online streaming services versus traditional broadcasters
  • Co-Production: Your role in the market (service work versus original idea projects)
  • Making your mark: Successfully pitching and selling to North America
  • Financial understanding: Knowing what to bring to the table and building effective partnerships

    Mazaars Film Production Tax Credit Seminar

    The session will include presentations from Paul Mee, Partner and Elaine Gill, Film Finance Executive, on how the film tax credit operates, how producers can access it and what projects/expenditure qualifies. The presentation will also discuss the new artiste withholding tax introduced for non-Irish/non-EEA Artistes working in Ireland.

    Irish Film Institute International 10th Anniversary Gathering

    The session will include presentations from film-makers and exhibitors; will identify funding and other resources available to international exhibitors of Irish film;discuss plans for 1916/2016 programmes; and will invite contributions from attendees on a range of festival experiences.

    Chaired by Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI Head of Irish Film Programming), speakers include Frank Berry (Director, ‘Ballymun Lullaby’, ‘I Used to Live Here’), Kelly O’Connor (Director, Irish Film London), Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh (IFI International Co-ordinator) and Christine Sisk (Director, Culture Ireland).

    Spotlight at Bow Street

    To celebrate the opening of Spotlight’s state-of-the-art casting studio and office at the Bow Street Academy, Dublin, Fleadh attendees are invited to meet the team and learn more about “Spotlight at Bow Street”.

    From their new base in Smithfield, they give help and support to existing Spotlight members, as well as promoting the benefits of membership to professional performers across the country.

    Their fully equipped premium casting studio is powered by state-of-the-art casting technology and offers casting and production professionals the same high-quality experience as they receive at their studios in London.

    The Spotlight at Bow Street team will be on hand to meet attendees at a special event in the newly refurbished McGettigan’s, Galway, Prospect Hill, on Wednesday July 8th from 5pm.

    This is a great opportunity for anyone working in theatre, film and TV to discover how they can benefit from Spotlight membership and to find out more about their services.

    For further information on any of these panels or the Galway Film Fair, visit http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/index.php/the-galway-film-fair/events/.

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