Focus Scannán na hÉireann (Irish Film Focus) – Programme

With the support of Culture Ireland, the Embassy of Ireland to Italy, Screen Ireland, curated by the Galway Film Fleadh

In the last twenty years Ireland has rooted itself in the heart of the wider European and World market, keeping up with bigger countries and well-established cinema industries. This is possible thanks to accurate policies, dedicated collaboration and funding schemes developed over the years and tailored to match the changing possibilities, the market requirements and the sensitiveness to cultural changes, such as a solid relationship with United States for locations services and animation production, or the funding schemes for co-production with Luxemburg, dedicated to female-directed projects, and with Canada. Irish filmmakers and producers have developed a great confidence in producing cinema and audio-visual content with flexibility, getting over any self-referentiality, realising works which are lively, and diverse and that openly and naturally speak to the whole world, despite any increasing or decreasing level of investment. All of it is possible thanks to a strong supporting network that the 4th volume of Torino Short Film Market invites to celebrate through this focus: Culture Ireland (Cultúr Éireann)is the body of promotion of Irish arts worldwide, creating and supporting opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international gatherings.

Screen Ireland (Fís Éireann) is the national development agency for the Irish film, television and animation industry, advocating for a vibrant, creative and sustainable industry that speaks and connect Irish film culture with audiences at home and abroad. It has developed a five-years strategy plan 2015-2020, made possible with extensive consultation with stakeholders from the industry (film, television and animation) detailing in it its ambitious vision through actions targeting leadership, gender & diversity, building audience, internal strength and a strong foundation. Distributors and film festivals also play a major roles in the development of this exciting panorama: Galway Film Fleadhand Fair is then the natural gathering point for the Irish film industry, as the leading film festival taking place every year in July (and the Junior Fleadh in November) and hosting with the Fair Ireland’s only film marketplace, but also being in Galway, a city with a strong and lively film community and audience. IndieCork promotes independent cinema of all forms, engaging especially with social and cultural matters and the overlap between music and cinema. Network Ireland Television is a film distribution company, eager to spread the quality of Irish Films within the country and abroad. This it wouldn’t be enough to describe the great variety and the strength of Irish productions, so better to come to discover the Gearrscannáin programme curated by Short Film Programmer Eibh Collins, presenting the best of 2019, in the market screening on November the 21st and 22nd, and to meet in person all the beautiful people that animate this industry on November the 21st at 5:30 during the panel Green Shoots – Why Ireland? introduced by Susanna Pellis of IRISHFILMFESTA. A networking reception hosted by the Embassy of Ireland to Italy will follow for invited guests.

Guests in attendance: Jennifer Smyth (Screen Ireland), Mr. Darragh Higgins, (Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Ireland to Italy), Eibh Collins, William Fitzgerald (Galway Film Fleadh), Mick Hannigan (IndieCork), Derry O’Brien (Network Ireland Television), Susanna Pellis (Irish Film Festa) Lara Hickey, Jack Hickey (Producer and Director of Cynthia); Ronan Cassidy, Paul Webster (Producer and Director of The Vasectomy Doctor), Fiona Kinsella (Producer of Something Doesn’t Feel Right by Fergal Costello), Claire Mc Cabe, Riognhnach Ní Ghrioghair (Producer and Director of Break US), Adam H Stewart (Director of Abe’s Story).

Gearrscannáin – Irish Shorts, 92’

With the support of Culture Ireland, Curated by Galway Film Fleadh We are excited to screen a selection of Galway Film Fleadh and Screen Ireland 2018-19 Irishshort film. This diverse programme of Animation, Documentary and Fiction/Live-Action filmswill give a quick taste of the best in Irish filmmaking craft, skill and humour.

  • November 21st, 1:00 pm, Sala Musica
  • November 22nd, 6:45 pm, Sala Musica

Abe’s Story by Adam H Stewart, 2019, 12′
Break US by Riognhnach Ní Ghrioghair, 2019, 9’
Cynthia by Lara Hickey, 2019, 17’
Hydebank by Ross McClean, 2019, 15′
Silence by Tristan Heanue, 2019, 12′
Something Doesn’t Feel Right by Fiona Kinsella, 2019, 10’
Streets of Fury by Aidan McAteer, 2019, 4’
The Vasectomy Doctor by Paul Webster, 2018, 11’

More details soon!