The first Sky Road TV and Film Festival is coming to Galways this September, with a long list of film and TV content waiting for its chance to shine.
It's a new festival, all held within the bounds of The Station House Theatre in Clifden, Co. Galway. From the 5th to the 7th of September 2014, this space will play host to over 60 screenings of content from a number of different disciplines, including Feature Documentaries, Short Film and exciting New Media Categories.
And the best news of all - every screening is only a fiver!
This will include the Irish premiere of feature docEndure, a first hand account of the cycling challenge two young Irish lads set themselves to cycle 26,000km across 27 countries on 5 continents in 11 months andOne Ocean, No Limits, which follows a young rower through the highs and lows of rowing unassisted as part of a six man crew across the vast Atlantic ocean from Morocco to Barbados.
A highlight will no doubt be the screening of documentary It Came From Connemara on Saturday at 6pm, which is all about the work of acclaimed low budget producer Roger Corman in Ireland. And the screening will not only be attended by the films director but will also be followed by the first ever Irish theatrical showing of locally made Corman flick BLOODFIST 8 - TRAINED TO KILL!
And the festival is set to end on a high note thanks to a revealing documentary on the life Tommy Tiernan, with the comedy legend in attendance.
The Sky Road TV and Film Festival will be honouring films in several categories.“We have nine awards to be presented at our awards ceremony night on September 7th,” says Eamonn Ó Cualáin - festival chairman. “These prizes are in association with industry organisations such as TG4, RTE, BAI and the Irish Film Board and we thank them sincerely for their support and vote of confidence in this our first year.”
The categories are: Best Short Film and Best Short Film, First Time Director; Best Feature Film; Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Documentary Series; Best 3 minute short, New Media, filmed on a mobile or smart device and Best 1 minute short, New Media, filmed on a mobile or smart device; the Spirit of the Festival Award will be presented in recognition of a film, television programme or event that encapsulates the spirit of the Sky Road TV & Film Festival each year.
The judging panel will include a range of figures from the Irish film Industry and film journalists including Jim Sheridan, Bob Quinn, Ross Whitaker, Martha O’Neill, Paddy Hayes, Jill Beardsworth, Barbara McCann and film journalists Tara Brady, Donald Clarke, Daniel Anderson and Nicola Timmins.
Budding filmmakers will also get their chance to step into the spotlight with the chance to get a budget of €25k to make a 25 minute documentary. That pitch takes place on Saturday at 1pm.
You can get more information at the official site.
The Sky Road TV and Film Festival 2014 runs from the 5th to the 7th of September.