Line-up Announced for the Real Deal Industry Conference @ Galway Film Fleadh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, together with the Galway Film Fleadh, have announced the details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference which takes place on Thursday July 10th 2014. The theme for the 2014 edition of the conference asks ‘Where do we go from here?’

Globally the audio-visual industry is experiencing significant changes – shifts in the trends of audience content consumption, the rise of high end TV drama, the popularity of event cinema, the decline of DVD and pre-pay TV sales against the rise in VOD demand and falling production budgets are but a few.

In addition to these global changes, the Irish industry is about to enter a new era with the advent of the new tax credit and at the 2014 Real Deal, we want to take stock, discuss all of these challenges and perhaps find some solutions in a collegiate setting.

Moderated by Angus Finney – key international speakers include John Nein (Sundance Film Festival), Alex Stolz (British Film Institute) and Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures) who will give a key address on the international film landscape. We will also hear from local distributors, producers and practitioners who will discuss Irish industry trends & challenges.

The Irish Film Board are inviting strong audience participation in the event, so get in contact to book your place for the Real Deal conference by emailing

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


The Business of Creativity

 10.30 – 15.00 – Radisson Hotel, Galway

 The 2014 Edition: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

 In the words of Martin Luther King – in order to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?” which is our theme, “we must first honestly recognize where we are now”.

 Moderator: Angus Finney

10.30 – 10.45                 Welcome address by James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord  Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board

10.45 – 11.45                The International Landscape

Opening discussion on the international outlook with key addresses from John Nein (Sundance Film Festival), Alex Stolz (British Film Institute) and Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures).                                           

11.50- 12.50                  The Local Landscape

A conversation about the local distribution environment looking at the trends and challenges emerging with Patrick O’Neill (Wildcard Distribution), Andrew Lowe/Audrey Shiels (Element Distribution), Dave Burke (Universal Pictures) Graham Spurling (movies@) and Mike Powell (E One)

12.50 – 13.50                 Lunch (refreshments will be served)

13.50- 15.00                  “So….Where Do We Go From Here”

Having heard about the trends and challenges from both the local and international perspective – how do we navigate these challenges?  Is TV the new Black as talent migrates between Film and TV?  What are the new forms of financing models and how will they generate revenue and create a sustainable industry with Ed Guiney, Andrew Freedman, Jackie Larkin, Juliette Bonass, Morgan Bushe, and Rob Cawley.