We have the most amazing workshops for you to choose from.

Date Time Venue Event Price
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th 10am to 4pm Satellite Centre 2 DAY SELF TAPING WORKSHOP with Maureen Hughes
An essential tool in the actor’s canon, this workshop will develop the actor’s skills in mastering this technique, benefiting those hoping to audition both here and abroad. Emerging and experienced actors will shoot one-to-one auditions with direction and critique from Maureen, including, framing, sound, lighting, performance, packaging, and delivery
Friday 27th 10:30 to 12:30 Palace Cinema UAL: CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS
A college of the University Arts London have produced a beautiful programme of animated shorts inspired by the English National Operas, Purcell’s The Indian Queen and Verdi’s La Traviata.
Screening followed by Discussion with Pratap Rughani, Course Director of the MA Documentary Film at the London College of Communication, who will screen his film Justine followed by 2 films of former students.
Friday 27th 12:00 to 13:30 Plaza Cinema ONLINE STORYTELLING with Donal Beecher
The workshop will examine how we can research and develop Character and Story for Script using online digital narratives as a research tool.
Donal Beecher lecturer and researcher in the Dept. of Creative Media, Music & Arts DkIT, lecturing in Writing for Screen, Communication & Research and Music in Film. He has also taught at NUI, and DIT and holds a Masters in Creative & Media Education where his research focus was on Script Adaptation and Online Storytelling.
Friday 27th 14:00 to 15:15 Plaza Cinema THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
Nancy Platt will screen one of her documentaries, ‘A West African Story’ 30m, discuss the process of development, research, production, and post-production using research documents, cutting scripts, commentary scripts, uncut rushes, rough cut, and final film.
Nancy has 20 years experience in broadcast, now making films for NGOs and charities and teaching on the MA Documentary Film course at LCC.
Friday 27th 15:30 to 16:45 Plaza Cinema ‘USING SOUND IN DOCUMENTARY FILM’ with Iris Wakulenko
“My universe is my eyes and my ears. Anything else is hearsay.” Douglas Adams, (1980) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Pan
How to work with contributors, workflow and resources Iris Wakulenko’s co-founder of women with a movie camera, recorded sound for award winning documentary Justine, she is currently Associate Lecturer at LCC, University of the Arts London.
Friday 27th 17:00 to 19:00 Satellite Centre “ACTOR & SCRIPT (Presenting a convincing performance with a short text)” with Pat Kiernan Artistic Director of Corcadorca Theatre Company.
Actors are often asked to respond and interpret text quickly for auditions. How do you present this interpretation, in a convincing and credible way, while also presenting your own ability and range? Each participant is asked to bring a short printed monologue with them, suitable for their age and gender, up to 2 mins, not previously performed by them, contemporary and in their own accent.
Introduced by Festival Director Noel Goodwin, followed by a discussion on the future for young filmmakers in the UK, with Producer Hilary Durman and one of the UK’s brightest young filmmakers, Rob Savage.
Saturday 28th 10:00 to 11:15 Plaza Cinema DRONE WORKSHOP, with Tom Vaughan of Oakwood Aerial Photography.
Drones are filling the headlines as well as the skies as they grow in popularity for filmmakers. With the surge in demand, we see an equivalent surge in the quality of the products available on the market and the rules governing their use. Tom Vaughan, an experienced photographer and filmmaker will host a practical workshop at the festival, explaining the rules and regulations controlling the use of drone cameras, giving advice on all aspect of the industry. A Q&A session will form a significant part of the workshop.
Saturday 28th 11:30 to 11:30 Plaza Cinema WILDCARD DISTRIBUTION SEMINAR with Patrick O’Neill, Macdara Kelleher and Gaby Smyth.
Patrick, Mac and Gaby will discuss key challenges of the film distribution sector, how to ensure your major endeavor achieves distribution, and what is the best strategy in reaching audiences. They will also be joined by director Peter Foott to discuss his upcoming feature film THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, which was shot in West Cork, and will be released by Wildcard Distribution later this summer. Gaby Smyth founding director of the Dublin International Film Festival, and current chairperson. Macdara Kelleher M.D. of Fastnet Films and Patrick O’Neill, M.D. of Wildcard Distribution.
Saturday 28th 12:00 to 13:30 Palace Cinema COSTUME WORKSHOP with World Renowned Costume Designer Joan Bergin
JOAN BERGIN, working internationally in several areas of performance, theatre, dance, film and television will bring some of her very extensive wardrobe to display at the festival. Joan’s film career covers the Jim Sheridan greats, My Left Foot, The Field, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, and most recently ‘Secret Scripture’. Joan has received three Emmy Awards for Best Costume Design for her work on The Tudors and Camelot starring Joseph Fiennes along side 17 further nominations.
Saturday 28th 15:15 to 16:15 Plaza Cinema THE SILENT TREATMENT
A Treatment Workshop with Mike Ahern, one half of big nosed directing duo D.A.D.D.Y.
Directors don’t talk about writing treatments often but young directors have to write lots of them. Initially Mike had to google ‘how to write a treatment’. Years on he has written loads, successful and disastrous. In this informal workshop he will discuss ways to write treatments for short films, music videos, and commercials, walking you through a few D.A.D.D.Y projects from start to finish. Please shout questions at him.
Saturday 28th 16:00 to 17:30 Plaza Cinema MUSIC IN FILM: Stephen Rennicks in conversation with Maurice Seezer.
Following on from the success of Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank”, Stephen has had a very busy year scoring “Room” for Lenny Abrahamson, “Viva” for Paddy Breathnach, the Channel 4 series “Not Safe For Work” and the RTE mini series “Rebellion” among others. In this discussion Stephen will show clips from his work and discuss the collaborative nature of composing music for TV and Cinema.
Sunday 29th 10:30 to 12:00 Plaza Cinema UNDERSTANDING THE GRAPHICS POST PRODUCTION
Richard Merrigan of Windmill Lane will run a workshop involving an overview of the graphics post production process and an explanation of a typical project from script to delivery. Filmmakers will be brought through the making of some high-end commercials that Richard has worked on, followed by a Q&A session.
Sunday 29th 13:45 to 15:00 Plaza Cinema FROM DIRECTING TO CASTING, THAT VITAL CONNECTION
Jim Sheridan and Maureen Hughes will discuss the ins and outs of their relationship.
Casting is a vital part of the creative process in any production and the relationship between the director and casting director is crucial. Good casting is often the make-or-break ingredient between a hit, or a miss. To put together that magic blend of actors and actresses, directors rely on the expertise of a casting director. They are responsible for casting every role from the lead to extras on a crowd scene. Jim and Maureen will discuss their connection and how information must flow between the two roles in order to create a successful project.
Sunday 29th 13:00 to 14:30 Plaza Cinema SET DESIGN WORKSHOP with the Award Winning production designer of “Room” Ethan Tobman
A rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best production designers. ‘When shooting ‘Room’, in a 10×10-foot space, featuring a child actor who can only work 8 hours a day, and a 70-person crew needing access to that space, necessity becomes the mother of invention.’ Lenny Abrahamson
The idea Ethan Tobman proposed was to approach it like an inverted Rubik’s Cube. The floor, the walls and the ceiling were all comprised of one-by-one-foot tiles that could be removed, meaning sometimes the camera would be outside the room with the lens poking in through a removed tile. “That created an incredible challenge for the crew, but an incredible intimacy for the performers.” Ethan.
Sunday 29th 15:00 to 16:30 Plaza Cinema MUSIC IN FILM: Bill Whelan in conversation & Maurice Seezer
Best known internationally for being the composer of enormously successful Irish phenomenon that is “Riverdance”, Bill Whelan has had a very broad musical career to date, composing major orchestral suites for the concert hall. Bill will discuss his approach to composing music for film, referring to examples of his work from “Dancing At Lughnasa” for Pat O’Connor, “Some Mother’s Son” for Terry George and “Poitín” for Bob Quinn among others.

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