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Industry Leaders to Gather for Cork Film Festival

Cork Film Festival will, for the first time, feature a series of round table discussions for attending filmmakers, taking place this Saturday (17 November).

The inaugural Filmmaker Forum takes place in Republic of Work, South Mall and is presented in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland. The networking event supports filmmakers in their short-to-feature development. The sessions with some of the leading names in the industry will cover development, financing, production, distribution and festival strategy.

Further industry days for the 63rd edition of the Cork Film Festival include the esteemed Doc Day on Friday (16 November), also at Republic of Work; and First Take, a training and development event for emerging and newly established filmmakers on Thursday (15 November) at the Triskel.

The Cork Film Festival’s flagship Doc Day, presented in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and supported by Screen Training Ireland, brings industry leaders together to discuss the landscape in which projects are conceived, developed and distributed.

James Hickey, Chief Executive of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland will open Doc Day with a discussion about the future of Irish feature documentary filmmaking and funding in Ireland. There will also be a panel examining the experience of filmmakers who tackle social issues in their filmmaking, comprising of directors Thomas Dumican (No Greater Law), Cynthia Lowen (Netizens), Treasa O’Brien (Town of Strangers), Astra Taylor (What is Democracy?) and producer, Lea Marin (What is Democracy?).

International documentary film industry players Isabel Davis, Head of Production/ Producer for Pulse Films; Calum Gray, Head of Sales at Embankment Films; Katie Holly, producer at Blinder Films; and Greg Phillips, President of Distribution at Kew Media Group, will also discuss how Irish documentary filmmakers can strategically promote their work on an international level.

The festival welcomes back producer Trevor Birney of Fine Point Films and Sarah Dillon, Development Manager at the WRAP Fund, who will talk on building a sustainable model for Irish feature documentary production, and Marcel Karst, Head of Theatrical Sales at Dogwoof, who will explore distribution.

The final session will look at the changing nature of documentary film. The esteemed speakers include Sarah Dawson, Film Programme Manager and Associate Programmer of Sheffield Doc/Fest; Michael Hayden, Programme Director of the Cork Film Festival; Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, Co-Directors of The Gospel of Eureka; and Justine Nagan, Executive Director of American Documentary and Executive Producer of POV and America ReFramed.

First Take, supported by Screen Ireland and Screen Training Ireland, will include a case study of the Irish feature and Galway Film Fleadh winner The Dig with leading actor Moe Dunford; co-directors Andrew and Ryan Tohill; and producer Brian J Falconer.

For further details on the industry days see corkfilmfest.org. The festival will continue screening movies until November 18. For Travel Ireland’s recommendations, click here.

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