Tonight, Ireland’s leading film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, kicks off with a bang. And a creative momentum project is delighted to be part of it this year. Following a call for applications earlier in the year, filmmakers from Finland, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Sweden are on their way to Galway to take part in this year’s Fleadh, and especially the industry-focused Galway Film Fair.
The last in a series of ‘Creative Hotspot’ events – following Urkult Folk Festival (Sweden), Digital DNA @ The Planetarium (Northern Ireland), Arctic Design Week (Finland) and Vaka Folk Arts Festival (Iceland) – the West of Ireland finally has a chance to welcome creatives from across our partner regions. And NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission (WDC) are delighted to be hosting the group.
The companies who’ll be attending are, from Finland: Hepola Films, EverWhat Productions and Mutant Koala Pictures; from Iceland Fluga Hugmyndahus and Gústav Geir Bollason; from Northern Ireland Slieve Gullion Media and Joe Marcus; and finally from Sweden Mountain North Pictures.
And there’s a busy few days ahead. Tomorrow (Wednesday 12 July), all of the filmmakers supported to participate in the Fleadh will be speaking at a free, half-day Creative Exchange ‘Screen Industries on the Periphery’ at the Houston School of Film & Digital Media, NUIG. Following this, the group will be visiting Telegael, production offices and studio in An Spidéal with a chance to find out about the AV cluster that has developed in the area.
On Thursday (13 July), the group will be attending The Fleadh Forum, at the Radisson Blu Hotel as a chance to discuss and debate current issues in the Film industry. And that evening they’ll have a chance to meet with the many Irish and international film sector professionals at the Creative Europe MEDIA Networking dinner.
On Friday and Saturday, many of the filmmakers will hold scheduled one-to-one meetings with film financers, distributors and festivals through The Marketplace, which is the core of the Galway Film Fair. This opportunity to discuss projects in development with potential investors is a key opportunity for the supported film businesses. They’ll also be taking part in a number of Masterclasses which are such a popular feature of the Fleadh each year.
Friday afternoon (15.30-17.00) offers a really interesting event, a panel discussion ‘Creating Commercial Content for the New World Market’, a topic of huge relevance to all film professionals. And after this, it’s the Hollywood Classics ‘Irish Film Party’.
All of the filmmakers supported by ‘a creative momentum project’ to take part in this year’s Galway Film Fleadh are really looking forward to this great opportunity for international networking and the new connections and opportunities which this can bring.