Spot­light on new TV and film at Sky Road fes­ti­val

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

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.

dclarke@ir­ish­times.com

Scary Eire: Roger Cor­man’s Ir­ish ad­ven­tures are ex­plored in doc­u­men­tary It Came From Con­nemara!!

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