Spotlight on new TV and film at Sky Road festival
The inaugural Sky Road TV and Film Festival begins in Clifden, Co Galway today and will run until Sunday.
“Our festival aims to shine a spotlight on the best of Irish Film, Television and New Media,” Eamonn Ó Cualáin, the festival chairman, says. “The quality and quantity of submissions in this, our first year, has been overwhelming which has made the final selection process very difficult. We are very excited about our first programme and look forward to presenting audiences in Clifden with a unique festival experience.”
Among the films on display will be It Came From
Connemara, a documentary on Roger Corman’s adventures in Ireland, and Pat Collins’s Tommy: To Tell You the Truth, a study of Tommy Tiernan. The festival will be handing out nine prizes in a range of categories. This writer will join Tara Brady, also of The
Ticket, and other members of the Dublin Film Critics Circle such as Gavin Burke, Daniel Anderson and Nicola Timmons in selecting the winning films.
Distinguished old hands Jim Sheridan, Bob Quinn, Ross Whitaker and Martha O’Neill are also on judging duty. There’s more. TG4 will be offering aspiring film-makers a chance to pitch their ideas to make a 25-minute documentary worth ¤25,000.
“It’s an amazing opportunity. Applicants will have five minutes on stage; two minutes pitching their idea and three minutes of questions and answers immediately after with commissioning editors,” Ó Cualáin explains. Go to skyroadfilmfestival.ie for info.
Scary Eire: Roger Corman’s Irish adventures are explored in documentary It Came From Connemara!!