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Irish Filmmakers at the Berlinale Talent Campus

18th Feb 2008 New Irish talent was well represented at the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus held during the Berlin Film Festival 9 - 15 February. Six Irish filmmakers won places on the programme which aims to foster new talent by holding a week long series of workshops, lectures, seminars and mentoring sessions for young industry professionals from all over the world.

The Irish group was made up of directors Darach McGarrigle and Rebecca Daly, actors Rachel Rath and Kevin Marron, editor Aine Ni Fhaolain and screenwriter Nick Wilkinson. They joined over 300 hundred other ‘Talents' drawn from more than 3,500 applicants worldwide. 

The Irish filmmakers got a rare opportunity to take first hand advice from some of the leading lights in cinema including Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, Julie Delpy and Stephen Daldry. Rachel Rath took part in a session called the Garage Studio, playing the lead in a short film shot and edited in one day and released on the web as part of a workshop mentored by Mike Figgis while fellow actor Kevin Marron was asked to perform at script readings in front of audiences of international directors and producers. 

For screenwriter, Nick Wilkinson, the Talent Campus was an invaluable opportunity to network with other filmmakers.  "A lot of the time, you're writing on your own in a bubble, so it was great to meet people from Europe, Asia, Africa, America, everywhere - all looking for good stories to put on screen. It was inspiring to be around so many people who are that enthusiastic about making films."

See more information about the Berlinale Talent Campus at http://www.berlinale-talentcampus.de/

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