Applications are now OPEN for this year’s Little Cinema Galway and Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge, taking place on 7th-10th June!
Entry for a team is €80 and like last year they will be making a film in just 48 hours in Galway! This year to add an extra layer of difficulty, teams will each provide us with a prop and they will be randomly distributed among the teams at the launch and then include the prop in their films! Teams will also have to include a specific line in their film which we’ll provide!
The launch will take place on Thursday evening at the beautiful PorterShed which will also serve as the Challenge headquarters for the weekend. On Friday comes the juicy part – the intense 48 hours of shooting and editing! The resulting films will then screen at the Town Hall Theatre Galway on Sunday 10th June.
There’s space for 10 teams and a prize of €500 for the winners!
If you’re interested in taking part, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org You can download the application form with all the rest of the rules & information here. Applications will close on the 10th May.
Hello all, and welcome to our recap of another great month at Little Cinema! For March, we put a callout for Irish language films, and were delighted to get some gems, so huge thanks to all who worked hard on these to get them ready for the screening! The whole screening was a delight, and we were delighted to see some new faces on stage introducing their work. As ever, if you missed out or would just like to watch these films again, we’ve put together a list of films from the screening which are currently available online. So before the long weekend ends, why not settle down and enjoy some incredible shorts with a nice cuppa!
Handy’s House, submitted by Philip Christie
A kid’s TV presenter finds that he’s not cut out for the job.
“What If I Could” – Apollo, submitted by Barra Convery
A silent short filmed turned music video, accompanying the release of Apollo’s second single, ‘What If
Mianach, submitted by Luke Morgan
A man gives his daughter’s boyfriend “the talk”, but not quite the way you’d imagine.
A White Spring, submitted by Lakshika Serasinhe
A White Spring In Galway!
Struggle For Choice, submitted by Meaghan McKeon Joyce
Fionnula Macliam shares her personal story with having an abortion in the hope to show others that we
Gra & Eagla, submitted by Caitriona Ni Chadhain & Aine Gallagher
The Irish have a deep ‘Grá’ for their native language that is hard to explain, but many are afraid to speak
Áine Gallagher questions the love & fear that Irish people feel towards Gaeilge as she develops a
bilingual comedy show.
Dogging, submitted by Gerard McAuliffe
A couple celebrate there anniversary at a fancy restaurant but soon find out the boyfriend has an unexpected sexual fantasy.
Thanks for checking out these films and supporting local talented filmmakers! We’ll be back again soon, at the start of May for our annual collaboration with the Galway Theatre Festival – be sure to come along to see some of the creative ways filmmakers create shorts in one take! The last few years have been amazing to see how people rise to the challenge, and this year will be no different! Keep an eye on our social media for more details.
Hello again! Hope you’ve all enjoyed the magical few days of beautiful snowy weather these last few days, and that you all stayed safe and warm! Huge thanks to all who braved the cold last Wednesday to join us for another fantastic screening – was great to see so many of you there, and our filmmakers were very grateful to see another packed house. If you did miss it, well not to worry, here are the links to the films currently available online. Please share any you liked and help out our local artists!
Modern Mindfulness, submitted by Kenny Gaughan
Modern Mindfulness is a 5 minute meditation demo designed to cause stress and anxiety!
A Penny For Your Thoughts, submitted by Rebecca Stiffe
A documentary exploring the various lives of Ireland’s homeless.
This film is not yet available online.
The Great Dune, submitted by Niall Rooney
A lone wanderer traverses a desolate wasteland in search of redemption.
Little Cinema As Gaeilge/GalwayTheatre Festival Promos
This month we’re looking for films made in the Irish language, and in May we’ll be collaborating once again with Galway Theatre Festival, in which we’ll be screening films which must be made in one single take, so get your creative juices flowing! Here’s two films from previous years for inspiration.
Remaking classic film scenes in Irish is just an example of what you can do for Little Cinema March, but anything made in Irish is eligible!
Hostage was made entirely in one take, and was one of my favourite Little Cinema productions to be part of, even if I did get killed at the end (sorry for the spoiler).
Friends in Low Places, submitted by Michael Heneghan
A tale of friendship.
This film is not available online.
Bench, submitted by Jack McKenna
Chris sits on a bench feeling sad for loosing Jack.
This film is not available online.
JayolaFM – Madness [Official Music Video, submitted by Matthew Blayney
“Madness” Produced by Irish/Nigerian Artist/Producer HaszardBlasze.
Performed by Irish/Nigerian Artist JayolaFm.
Barefoot, submitted by Fabian Oman
Alden is determined to make a success of the antique furniture shop he has inherited, but his sister Claire has other ideas.
Time Travellers For Choice Invade Galway, submitted by Colin Fleming
A few suffragettes from 1918, time travel to present day Galway for a day to try and help spread the word about repealing the 8th.
Hey all! What a great start to our year at Little Cinema, with a sold out screening of amazing short films last Wednesday at the Roisin Dubh! Thanks so much to everyone who came along on the night to support independent short filmmakers. It was great to see so many new faces, hope to see you all again next time! If you missed the screening, or would like another chance to watch any of the films, here are those currently available online;
Topographia Hibernica, submitted by Liza Bolton
Ireland, 1185, Giraldus, a Welsh Bishop, arrives in Ireland on the first day of lent, accompanied by his young novice, Bartholanus and they meet the natives.
Aqua Profunda, submitted by Patrick Fallon
Aqua Profunda follows Mark an enthusiast of all things aquatic and his difficulties with family, love and finding direction in life.
This film is not yet available online.
A City of Nature, submitted by Felicity Silverthorne
An insight into conservation and environmental efforts in and around Galway. The thoughts of three major contributors are used as a basis; Brendan ‘Speedie’ Smith, Ruth Hanniffy and Pauline O’Reilly.
Pulling Threads by O/N, submitted by Cian Wilkins
A Fox and a Stag search for each other across TIME AND SPACE.
The Amiga Bond, submitted by Kenny Gaughan
A short documentary featuring Trevor Dickinson explaining the bond which unites Amiga users the world over.
What Brings You Joy, submitted by Mairead Dewar
Asking the people of Galway one simple question. What brings you joy?
The Life of a Modern Samurai, submitted by Barra Convery & Daniel Mulcahy
A short documentary film on the history and modern ways of the old martial art, Kendo.
Human Asbestos, submitted by JOIN
A journey through song and laughter with two bald friends.
That wraps up out first show of 2018, and the bar is set high! Any budding filmmakers out there, get out there and get creating, and we’ll screen your film to a full house! We’ll be back again at the end of February, so keep an eye on our social channels to find out more.
This year marked our 7th annual Christmas Special and it was a magic number indeed. It was a cosy Tuesday night on 19th December and we screened seven wonderful films. There were a few reunions with some special Little Cinema folk, festive films, touching stories and pieces made specifically for the night, which is always a joy.
Here is a little recap for those of you that missed it:
1. Andy Reynolds – “Everybody’s Happy Cos It’s Christmas” by Gráinne Ní Mháille
A mega festive music video that got everybody smiling!
2.Damien Burke – Christmas 2017
A beautiful observational doc about how amazing Galway looks this time of year!
This was the second film of Wesley’s that we’ve shown at Little Cinema and this time he was able to attend all the way from California. Very neat black and white film with a Grinch-style motif and a cool twist!
4.Caitlin Jansen – Under The Same Stars
A very honest, sweet doc about the years and miles that separate us from our loved ones at Christmas.
5.Christian Craughwell – Ornamental
Halloween meets Christmas in this spine-chilling short.
6.Emily Murray and Jamie Hooper – A Christmas Karen
The guys have really knocked it out of the park with this one. A modern Irish take on a Christmas Carol.
7.Kenny Gaughan – The Ritual
A very exciting collaboration between Little Cinema peeps. A heart-warming piece about experiencing Galway on your own and random acts of kindness.
That’s all for this one, folks! We’ll see you on January 31st for the very first Little Cinema of 2018! Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and all the best to You and Yours!