Festival: Tommy Tiernan documentary to close Sky Road TV & Film Festival

The closing feature of the inaugural Sky Road TV & Film Festival in Clifden will be the World Premiere of ‘Tommy: To Tell You The Truth’, an edgy and revealing observational documentary directed by Pat Collins which provides an insight into the life and creative impulse of Tommy Tiernan, one of the leading comedians of his generation and one that is always pushing both himself and the boundaries of his material. Comedian Tommy Tiernan will attend the screening with a Q&A afterwards.

The festival will bring unexpected stories to audiences throughout the three days, both entertaining and thought-provoking from a broad range of emerging and established filmmakers, all of whom will be in the running for the Festival awards which will be announced on the Sunday night following the closing film.

The categories are: Best Short Film and Best Short Film, First Time Director; Best Feature Film; Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Documentary Series; Best 3 minute short, New Media, filmed on a mobile or smart device and Best 1 minute short, New Media, filmed on a mobile or smart device; the Spirit of the Festival Award will be presented in recognition of a film, television programme or event that encapsulates the spirit of the Sky Road TV & Film Festival each year.

The judging panel will include a range of figures from the Irish film Industry and film journalists including Jim Sheridan, Bob Quinn, Ross Whitaker, Martha ONeill, Paddy Hayes, Jill Beardsworth, Barbara McCann and film journalists Tara Brady, Donald Clarke, Daniel Anderson and Nicola Timmons.

In a unique and exciting opportunity TG4 are offering aspiring filmmakers a chance to pitch their ideas to make a 25 minute documentary worth €25,000. Participants will pitch to commissioning editors on stage at the Festival in either the Irish or English language. “Its an amazing opportunity. Applicants will have 5 minutes on stage; 2 minutes pitching their idea and 3 minutes of questions and answers immediately after with commissioning editors. If TG4 considers that the pitches are of an acceptable standard one pitch will be selected and we will announce the winner on Sunday September the 7th at the closing ceremony.” says Ó Cualáin.

The pitching session will take place at 1pm on Saturday September the 6th at the Station House Theater, Clifden, Co Galway. The selected pitch has a number of conditions attached e.g. the winner will need to select a television production company with a track record to contract with TG4. To register and Full details are on the festival website.

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