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Details Announced of Directors, Screenwriting for Film and TV and Post Production Masterclasses at Galway Film Fleadh

22nd Jun 2012
The Galway Film Fleadh has announced three Masterclasses that will take place during the 24th edition of the festival this year. Ventura Pons will host a directors masterclass, Bill Daly will deliver a post-production masterclass and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are set to host a screewriting masterclass. The Galway Film Fleadh will take place from the 10th to the 15th of July.


Ventura Pons is an award winning director who has directed such films as ‘Ocaña, an Intermittent Portrait', ‘Caricies', ‘Amic/amat', ‘Morrir (o no)',Anita Takes a Chance' and ‘Food of Love'. His films are continuously programmed in International Festivals and he has been the subject of homages by the Bogota, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Dijon and Luxembourg Film Festivals. Pons has been Vice-President of the Spanish Film Academy and has been elected to the Board of the Spanish Society of Authors. He has also been awarded with the National Film Award from the Catalan Government, the prestigious Ondas Award, the City of Huesca Award and the Spain Fine Arts Gold Medal and the Catalan Sant Jordi Cross.

The masterclass will take place on Wednesday the 11th of July from 2pm - 5pm (tbc) in the Radisson Hotel Galway and will befacilited by Kieron J. Walsh

To apply for a place, please go online at http://www.screentrainingireland.ie/ and register your details.

For further enquiries, contact Bronagh Keys at 091 562200 or email masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

Please note places are limited. Deadline for applications: Friday the 6th of July


This year's Screenwriters Masterclass in association with Fás Screen Training Ireland will be hosted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Since meeting at University, Alexander and Karaszewski have become one of the most successful Hollywood screenwriting teams. Following the critical and commercial success of Ed Wood, a passion project they wrote in just six weeks they have become the ‘go-to guys' for  ‘strange scripts about weirdos'. Their earlier work includes the likes of‘The People vs Larry Flynt', ‘Man on the Moon' and ‘Auto Focus' . Since then they have branched out into a variety of different genres including the Stephen King horror adaptation 1408 and hit children's films Agent Cody Banks and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The duo are currently writing and directing another off-beat biopic, this time about celebrated painter Margaret Keane, in the Tim Burton-produced Big Eyes, starring Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon. They continue to produce engaging work that transcends the traditional boundary between studio-produced Hollywood films and the more personal stories of indie cinema.

The Masterclass will take place on Thursday the 12th of July (TBC) in the Radisson Hotel, Galway and will be facilitated by Mary Kate O'Flanagan.

To apply for a place, please go online at http://www.screentrainingireland.ie/ and register your details.


Lisa Albert, writer/producer on Mad Men and Ciaran Donnelly, producer/director on Titanic: Blood and Steel and Camelot and director on The Tudors and Neil McCarthy editorial consultant and senior vice-president of worldwide drama for Fremantle Media will give a masterclass on how to create great television drama.

They will be looking at how to create vivid characters and memorable scenes, how to communicate economically and visually and how television writing differs from writing for the big screen. They will also examine why the best writers are gravitating towards television, how television and film can inform each other and will give practical advice on how Irish-based screenwriters and producers can look outside Ireland to get their work made.

There will be an opportunity for a Q & A session and five participants will also have a chance for a one-to-one meeting with Lisa Albert to receive feedback on an outline for a television series.

To apply for a one-to-one meeting, please send a one-page outline of your television series proposal to: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com  

Please apply before July 3rd to be considered for the one-to-one meetings, which will take place on Friday 13th July 2012.

The masterclass will take place on Thursday the 12th of July from 2.30pm - 5.30pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway and costs €50. It will be facilitated by Mary Kate O'Flanagan.  For further information or to apply for a place, contact Bronagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

The closing date for applications is: Friday - the 6th of July

NB participants who wish to attend both screenwriting masterclasses (film and television) can do so at the rate of €75 for both (instead of €50 each)


Bill Daly served at Warner Bros. for 25 years overseeing hundreds of theatrical motion pictures including all of the Harry Potter films, Space Jam, Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, The Matrix trilogy, Batman and Robin, Batman Begins, Troy, The Corpse Bride, Steven Spielberg's AI, Ocean's 11, The Perfect Storm, Superman Returns, The Departed, Happy Feet, 300 and The Dark Knight. Bill moved to Post Production as its Director in 1997; became its Vice President in 2003 and Senior Vice President in 2006. Bill departed Warner Bros. Pictures in December 2011 upon the completion of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Lucky One.

The Masterclass will cover a range of topics including:

  • - The challenges facing Post Production today
  • - Budget and schedule pressures being placed upon film-makers
  • - How the move from film to digital has changed the landscape
  • - What 3-D has done to change Post Production
  • - How the proposed increase in frame rate has come about and how these changes can affect the future of storytelling

The Masterclass will take place on Saturday the 14th of July from 10am - 12pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. It will be chaired by Jim Duggan, managing director of Screen Scene, and will be followed by a Q&A session. 

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Bronagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com. The closing date for applications is Friday the 6th of July.

The 24th Galway Film Fleadh will take place from the 10th to the 15th of July.

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