Film­mak­ers ga­lore in Kil­more Quay

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

The 6th an­nual Wex­ford Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val drew a large gath­er­ing of di­rec­tors, speak­ers and au­di­ences to Kil­more Quay for a week­end of free film screen­ings, panel dis­cus­sions and work­shops.

A new ad­di­tion to this year’s fes­ti­val was an out­reach pro­gramme which held screen­ings in St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, the Art Stu­dio at Yola Hedge School and the Cre­ative Hub at the Bull­ring Mall in Wex­ford, widen­ing ac­cess to the pro­gramme of films sub­mit­ted by doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers from around the world.

A highlight of the out­reach pro­ject was the screening of ‘They Call Us War­riors’, an in­spi­ra­tional film about the Venezue­lan women’s soc­cer team, which was shown in parther­ship with New Ross Town Foot­ball Club. Lo­cal film­mak­ers and film stu­dents were once again an im­por­tant part of the fes­ti­val with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Gorey School of Art, Gorey Me­di­askool, and Car­low I.T. Wex­ford Cam­pus all tak­ing part. The fes­ti­val en­cour­ages lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion and was de­lighted with the re­sponse from film­mak­ers based in the county this year.

Ciara Ho­ran, a Gorey School of Art stu­dent, re­ceived the award for best stu­dent short for her film ‘Maeve’. Three stu­dents from the Wex­ford Cam­pus, Angie Young, Angela San­ina, and Una Mur­phy, won an award for ‘The Jour­ney’ which was deemed best stu­dent en­try in the 3 Minute Film Chal­lenge and a spe­cial Jury Award was pre­sented to Els Di­etvorst’s film, ‘I watched the white dogs of the dawn’, filmed in Kil­more Quay.

In­ter­na­tional film­mak­ers trav­elled to Kil­more Quay to at­tend the fes­ti­val in­clud­ing Or­ban Wal­lace from the UK, Alexan­der Klei­der, Barcelona, Can Yal­man, Turkey, stu­dent fil­mamk­ers from Aber­wys­t­wyth Univer­sity in Wales, and Ja­cob Pod­ber from the USA.

Among the 10 awards pre­sented were two Grand Jury prizes won by ‘Ber­lin Rebel High School’, di­rected by Alexan­der Klei­der and ‘An­other News Story’, di­rected by Or­ban Wal­lace; Best In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Short, ‘On Air’ by Ju­lia Paw­likowska (Aber­wys­t­wyth Univer­sity); Spirit of the Fes­ti­val Award, ‘They Call us War­riors’, by Jenifer So­corro, Ed­win Corona and David Al­sonso; Best Ir­ish Short, ‘A Light into Dark­ness’, by Shane Camp­bell; Best 3 Minute Film Chal­lenge, ‘On Life’s Shore’, di­rected by Can Yal­man and Best In­ter­na­tional 3 Minute Film Chal­lenge, ‘Vish­neva’, di­rected by Ja­cob Pod­ber. The Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val is grate­ful for the sup­port of all its spon­sors and sup­port­ers.

Film­maker Philip Cullen, fes­ti­val mem­ber Kevin Ryan, Arts Of­fi­cer Liz Burns, film­maker Ciara Ho­ran, film­maker Ja­cob Pod­ber and film­maker De­clan Cody. Wex­ford Cam­pus stu­dents Angela San­ina, Una Mur­phy and Angie Young with fes­ti­val mem­ber Kevin Ryan.

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