A special industry event in Galway celebrated 2 key anniversaries in film in the city, the fifth year of UNESCO City of Film and the 30th anniversary of Galway Film Centre. Alan Duggan Galway Film Centre Lelia Doolan and Film Director Joe Comerford. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure
Film producer Lelia Doolan was awarded Galway UNESCO ‘City of Film/Ceantar Scannán’ Award during a special event last week at PálásPálás a new three screen arthouse cinema and cultural space in the UNESCO city of film- Galway. Designed by Architect Tom de Paor, Pálás is a seven story co... More Galway. The evening also celebrated Galway’s fifth year as City of Film and 30 years of Galway Film Centre.
In 2014 Galway became the fifth city in the world to achieve the status of UNESCO City of Film, in recognition of the rich history and vibrant culture of filmmaking that continues in the city and county to this day. Galway City of Film is now celebrating its 5th anniversary of that recognition, and is taking a wonderful opportunity to look back at what has been achieved so far.
In a happy
coincidence, this year also marks 30 years since the founding of Galway Film
Centre. With a number of short films, camps, community-led documentaries and
other important film industry schemes under its belt, Galway Film Centre’s
fingerprints, encouragement and vital support can be found on key projects
across Galway city and county. The Centre provides access for local industry
and talent to international connections across Europe and beyond, in additional
to being an industry representative body lobbying within Ireland and overseas
on behalf of local industry. The Centre facilitates inward production support
through ScreenWest and the Galway Film Partnership in addition to development
and production supports through the WRAP Fund.
We have made significant strides in developing initiatives to support local industry including the Fís TV Summit and the WRAP Fund and with the same spirit that delivered the designation itself, we continue to work with our partners to deliver initiatives locally such as Creative Enterprise West and to influence national policy making and regional planning for the industry.
Alan Duggan Manager – Galway Film Centre
confluence of these two events comes a unique opportunity to present our Galway
UNESCO ‘City of Film/Ceantar Scannán’ Award to local film producer Lelia
Doolan. It is difficult to think of anyone that has contributed more to the
local film industry than Lelia Doolan and Galway City of Film wish to honor her
and her legacy of incredible work by presenting this award to her as part of
The first time this was awarded, it was to Michael D. Higgins. It is an honour to be in such good company.” The award was hand-crafted by Galway designer Berina Kelly.
2014 by Uachtaráin Michael D. Higgins, Galway City of Film has offered valuable
supports and resources to the filmmaking community in the city over the last
five years that otherwise would not have been possible.
Originally launched in 2014 by Uachtaráin Michael D. Higgins, Galway City of Film has offered valuable supports and resources to the filmmaking community in the city over the last five years that otherwise would not have been possible.
Mayor of Galway Cllr. Mike Cobbard
With a number of short films, camps, community-led documentaries and other schemes under its belt, Galway Film Centre’s fingerprints can be found on fabulous projects all across Galway city and county.
Cllr. Jim McClearn, Cathaoirleach of Galway County
City of Film
highlights include organising camps for young animators, hosting the One Minute
Film Festival and 48 Hour Challenge, supporting short film funding schemes
through Galway Film Centre such as Science on Screen and the RTE Short Film
The award presentation was followed by a screening of Cumar, a feature film by Aodh Ó Coileáin celebrating Galway artists including Rita Ann Higgins, Tommy Tiernan and Noeline Kavanagh. Learn more about supports offered to filmmakers by visiting GalwayFilmCentre.ie