Galway Film Fleadh Masterclasses 2018

#Fleadh18: Galway Film Fleadh announces three Masterclasses for 30th festival

The Galway Film Fleadh has announced Masterclasses with Andrew Scott, Madeleine Olnek and Ed Solomon. The Masterclasses offer a unique chance to learn from experts in their respective fields, in an intimate engaging environment.

The much-acclaimed Irish actor Andrew Scott, who has starred in a diverse array of projects across film, TV and theatre will deliver the Actors Masterclass on Saturday 14th July. Andrew has starred in a vast number of successful feature films. Recent work includes Denial, starring alongside Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall; Spectre from the James Bond franchise; Alice Through the Looking Glass with Johnny Depp, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, as well as his acclaimed role in hit British film Pride for which he received the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Andrew is perhaps best known on television for his role as Moriarty in the international hit series Sherlock, for which he was awarded the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor.  Andrew’s forthcoming film Steel Country will screen on Friday 13th July as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh programme.

Director & Writer Madeleine Olnek will be the subject of the Directors Masterclass, taking place on Thursday 12th July. Madeleine’s films have been nominated at SXSW, Sundance and Seattle International Film Festival, among others. There will be a screening of Madeleine’s latest feature Wild Nights with Emily – a comedy with absurdist leanings, focusing on the secret life of Emily Dickinson – taking place on Wednesday 11th July. Using Dickinson’s letters and poems, the film paints a much sunnier portrait of the poet than that of the reclusive spinster terrified of publication. Instead, the film imagines a lively woman forced to hide a lifelong love affair whose work was mostly rejected by a literary establishment that would embrace it after her death.

Screen Training Ireland are supporting the actors masterclass with renowned Irish actor Andrew Scott and the Directors Masterclass with Madeleine Olnek.

The subject of this year’s Screenwriting Masterclass will be Ed Solomon, taking place on Friday 13th July.

Ed Solomon began his career in his teens as a joke writer, playwright, and stand-up comedian. He was hired (while still in college at UCLA) as a staff writer on ABC TV’s hit comedy show Laverne and Shirley, which made him the youngest member of the Writers’ Guild at the time. He went on to write hundreds of episodes of television and dozens of feature films. Ed is best known for Men in Black, Charlie’s Angels, Now You See Me 1 & 2 and Mosaic starring Sharon Stone. Ed is currently working on the long awaited third instalment in the Bill and Ted franchise: Billy and Ted Face the Music, set to shoot in February 2019.


Directors Masterclass – €25 – Thursday 12th July from 10am – 1pm

Screenwriters Masterclass – €50 – Friday 13th July from 10am – 1pm

Actors Masterclass – €25 – Saturday 14th from 10am – 1pm


For more information or to apply for a place on any of the masterclasses, please contact Emma Owen by email:

The closing date for applications is: Friday 29th June 2018