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Silk Road International Film Festival Masterclass Line-Up
23 Feb 2017 : Katie McNeice
The 5th instalment of the international festival runs from March 8th-12th in Dublin, with training events lined up on film scoring, editing and directing from acclaimed professionals.

This is an addition to its comprehensive programme of short, feature and documentary films. In line with the tradition of the festival, they hail from countries which were part of the historical network of ancient trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected Persia, Middle East, Arab, East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa.

Feature films are ‘Mustang’ (Deniz Gamze Ergüven) ‘Invisible’ (Dimitri Athanitis) and ‘The Albino’s Trees’ (Masakazu Kaneko). To explore all screenings please see the link to the 2017 programme below.

Directors Masterclass with Béla Tarr

  • Thomas Davis Theatre, TCD
  • Friday, March 10th

This masterclass is presented in association with Screen Training Ireland and is directed at directors, film students, film educators, actors, producers, cinematographers and writers.

The auteur director is Dean of the Film Factory at the Sarajevo Film Academy and is acclaimed for his contribution to arthouse cinema over the past three decades. With some fifty titles to his name, his accolades include a 2007 Palme d'Or nomination for ‘The Man from London’, the Silver Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for ‘The Turin Horse’ (2011), which also earned him the FIPRESCI Prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival the same year.

Martin Scorsese:
“[Tarr is] one of cinema’s most adventurous artists, and his films, like ‘Satantango’ and ‘The Turin Horse,’ are truly experiences that you absorb, and that keep developing in the mind”.

Gus Van Sant:
“Béla’s works … find themselves contemplating life in a way that is almost impossible watching an ordinary modern film. They get so much closer to the real rhythms of life that it is like seeing the birth of a new cinema. He is one of the few genuinely visionary filmmakers.”

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Editing Masterclass with Tony Kearns

  • Thursday, March 9th
  • Swift Theatre, TCD

Kearns is a renowned editor who has crafted music videos for The Prodigy (Firestarter, Breathe) Blur (Parklife, The Charmless Man) Pulp (Disco 2000, This Is Hardcore) Radiohead (Just) The Chemical Brothers (Block Rocking Beats, Believe), Coldplay (The Scientist) Manic Street Preachers (Design For Life) and many more.

He has edited TV and cinema commercials in Dublin, London and Paris since the late 1990s for brands such as Lynx, Peugeot, Diesel Fragrance, Foster’s Lager, Vodafone, Irish National Lottery, Dyson, Aviva.

His feature film projects also include ‘Charlie Casanova’ (Terry McMahon), ‘Citadel’ (Ciarán Foy) and Standby (Rob Burke, Ronan Burke).

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Film Scoring with Alex Oh

  • Edmund Burke Theatre, TCD
  • Sunday March 11th

Oh is an iconic composer in the Singapore music scene and has scored over fifteen feature films in Singapore, Australia, China and the United States. His notable projects are ‘Taxi! Taxi!’ (Kelvin Sng), ‘My Dog Dou Dou’ (Ng Say Yong) and ‘Faeryville’ (Tzang Merwyn Tong).

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Visit the full 2017 Programme Online

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