First Take is a training and development event for film and media students, emerging filmmakers and newly established film professionals. Through individual presentation, case studies and panel discussions, the event aims to promote fresh thinking and foster DIY ethics amongst attendees, inspiring them to create their own film projects, and to proactively promote their work.
Sessions will delve into the fundamental techniques of pitching and packaging film projects, explore the creative and practical processes involved in low-budget feature filmmaking, and provide a case study analysis of a high-profile Irish feature film from the 2018 Cork Film Festival programme.
Speakers and contributors include:
Moe Dunford – Actor, The Dig
Brian J Falconer – Producer, The Dig
Jessie Fisk – Producer, Feline Films
Neil Harrison – Executive Vice President, Head of International Tracking, Stagwell Media (NRG) UK / National Research Group
Oonagh Kearney – Director, Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect my Brain
Dr. Susan Liddy (MIC) – Co-Chair, Women in Film & Television Ireland
Beatrice Neumann – International Film Consultant
Harry Ponsonby – Vice President, International,Stagwell Media (NRG) UK
In partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Cork Film Festival continues to develop its focus on high-quality Irish and international documentary cinema. Doc Day seeks to inform, inspire and connect established and emerging directors, producers and writers with international producers, directors, programmers, sales agents, distributors and film sector leader to further understand and develop opportunities in the documentary landscape.
Sessions will include:
THROUGH THE LENS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR IRISH FILMMAKERS INTERNATIONALLY
Exploring alternative funding for feature documentary, the role of festivals in documentary distribution, and breaking into the international market.
DOCUMENTARY AS THE CINEMA OF SOCIAL CONCERN
Examining the experience of filmmakers who tackle social issues in their fi lmmaking: what inspires their eff orts, how do they choose their projects, and the politics of documentary filmmaking.
SUSTAINABLE MODELS FOR IRISH DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION COMPANY
A case study of the Northern Irish Production company Fine Point Film: how the company has built a sustainable model within the domestic and international markets, and the opportunities and challenges involved in producing a documentary specific remit in your output.
Speakers and contributors include:
Trevor Birney – Producer, Fine Point Films
Brendan Byrne – Producer, Fine Point Films
Isabel Davis – Head of Production / Producer, Pulse Films
Sarah Dawson – Programme Manager, Sheffield Doc Fest
Sarah Dillon – Development Manager, The WRAP Fund
Thomas Dumican – Director, No Greater Law
Calum Gray – Head of Sales, Embankment Films
Michael Hayden – Programme Director, Cork Film Festival
James Hickey – Chief Executive, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland
Katie Holly – Producer, Blinder Films
Marcel Karst – Head of Theatrical Sales, Dogwoof
Cynthia Lowen – Director, Netziens
Lea Marin – Producer, What is Democracy?
Justine Nagan – Executive Producer, POV
Treasa O’Brien – Director, Town of Strangers
Greg Philips – President of Distribution, Kew Media Group
Cork Film Festival’s inaugural Focus: Filmmaker Forum offers attending filmmakers the opportunity to take part in an informal networking event comprising a series of round table sessions aimed at guiding participants through the process of developing their first feature from development and financing, through production, festival strategy and distribution.
Participants sign up for five 20-minute sessions, where key Irish and international film industry players will take questions and advise on making the transition from short to feature filmmaking, and how to efficiently produce and exploit your film.