Little Cinema August 2019 Recap!

Thank you everyone who came along to the August Little Cinema in the Roisin Dubh! It was an awesome night by all accounts, which was hosted by John Burke, Brigid Vinnell and Conor Quinlan!


We have links to some of the films which were shown on the night for you to check out below! Thank you to Brigid for the lovely photos of the filmmakers introducing their films.

Thank you to Paddy Finn  for the two beautiful pictures of the Little Cinema looking glorious below!



And great job to John Burke to have hosted the Little Cinema for the first time!


1. Derek Whyte – Quiet!

The first film of the night was from first time submitter Derek Whyte with his silent short “Quiet!”



2. Christian Craughwell – Chernobyl Prayer

The second film was Chernobyl Prayer, a short based on the final story in ‘Chernobyl Prayer’ by Svetlana Alexievich, made by Christian Craughwell.


3. Hampus Ingerson – Hole

The third film was by Swedish filmmaker Hampus Ingerson who came all the way from Sweden to show his film! Called ‘Hole’, it is about a prisoner who is taken out of his cell for the most important phone call of his life. Thank you to Hampus for coming to the Little Cinema and we look forward to seeing him again there!


4. Carmen Garcia Gonzalez – Trá na nMan – Ladies Beach

The fourth film of the night was the fabulous documentary Trá na mBan by Carmen Garcia Gonzalez introduced by Roisin Hughes; In the west coast of Ireland, a group of Irish women 40 to 80 years old swim every morning in the Atlantic cold waters come rain or shine.


5. Manolo Marceno & Lakshika Serasinhe – Daughter

The fifth film was the film Daughter, made by Manolo Marceno & Lakshika Serasinhe as part of the My Rode Reel competition. Give their film a watch a vote at the link with the video 🙂


6. Nigel O’Brien – Visitors or (Life , the Universe and Ice Cream)

Our next film was made by Nigel O’Brien as part of the Shot By The Sea competition.
Visitors: Bring peace and balance to the Galaxy, and ice-cream.


7. Eoin McLoughlin – Falklands – Laurie and Brian

The next film was an animation made by Eoin McLoughlin. A former vertern of the falklands war shares a tense experience where a bomb had hit his ship. Though it didn’t go off, there was the possibility it could at any moment.


8. Oisin MacCoille – Shauna

Our next film was Shauna, made by Oisin MacCoille.
Shauna has to come to terms with an unplanned event in her life and she has to do it alone.


9. Bip Henderson – Shmuel Coen’s Killer Script PILOT

The second last film of the night was made by Bip Henderson! After his latest flop, a wannabe film producer is on the hunt for a killer script.


10. Ray MacDonncha & Trevor Laffey – Was That A Yes

We finished the night with the fantastic film ‘Was That A Yes’ made by Ray MacDonncha & Trevor Laffey!

Thank you to the fantastic audience who came along and to all the filmmakers for making the night so special.

The September screening is almost full already and so if you’re interested in showing something at the Little Cinema, get in touch with us at

Also keep in mind that Halloween and Christmas are just around the corner and so have the specials in mind for them, if you have any ideas for Halloween or Xmas films, get in touch with us to keep a spot.

Thanks and see you all again soon!

Little Cinema July 2019 Screening

We had a great screening of films on Wednesday last week with a fantastic audience and loads of great films!

For those who weren’t able to make the night, we’ll share the links to the films here for you to check out!

First up we had Robert Shanahan with his film Shcrubs!

Robert Shanahan

Next up we had Gregory Kozma with his film The Interpreter, where an old lady helps the police with an investigation.

Gregory Kozma


Next up we had Nigel O’Brien introducing the documentary How We Broke Their Noses, a behind the scenes doc about the making of the short film Sons & Broken Noses!  The documentary isn’t available online at the moment but will be soon.



Last film before the break was a lovely animation introduced by Eoin McLoughlin, called Wawel Dragon The Real Story, where a  Joker is put in charge of the kingdom only to have a dragon take over the kingdom and steal all the food.  How will the joker fix this problem?
The animation isn’t available online at the moment.

Eoin McLoughlin


The first film after the break was from Christian Craughwell. Called “Ratlines”, it was a short film about the escape and resettlement of Nazi war criminals after World War.


The next film was called Stop by Conor O’Dwyer, where during a forced bus stop conversation, a detached millennial and an alcoholic senior realise they’re not so different at all. The film isn’t currently available online.


The second last film of the night was Chica Mala, by Carmen Garxia, a film about a girl struggling to find some quality time with just herself.  The film is not currently available online.



We finished the night with “Nothing Serious” by Emily O’Brien & Emma Sammon, which delved into the various descriptions people on online dating sites use to describe themselves! The film isn’t available online at the moment but will be soon.



Thank you to all of the filmmakers for their hard work in making the films, and to our amazing audience who really helped make the night so special! Thanks also to Conor Quinlan and Brigid Vinnell for helping out hosting the night and taking the pictures above for us!

If you’d like to submit a film to the Little Cinema, get in touch with us at

Thanks and talk to you soon!

Galway Theatre Festival One Take Challenge!

We are very very excited to be taking part once again in the Galway Theatre Festival!  The festival is a really inclusive and welcoming one and they’ve been a pleasure to collaborate with since we started the One Take Challenge in 2015. Check out our event page for the screening here! And you can grab your tickets here!


The idea for the One Take Challenge came when the Galway Theatre Festival was relaunched to take place in May of 2015, and they approached us to see if we had any suggestions for how to involve the Little Cinema in the Festival. We loved the idea of being involved but wanted to do something meaningful which would allow us to embrace the concept of theatre in the films that would get made. And so, the thing we saw that differentiated Theatre from Film is that (apart from the obvious), with theatre you only get one shot, and once you took to the stage, there was no going back!

It was from there that we decided to introduce that element of danger into filmmaking where once you started, you had to keep going, and just roll with the punches. The first One Take Challenge was in 2015 and we’ve had some cracking films over the years. To give some inspiration for filmmakers this year, we’ve shared some of the previously made films in one take. All of these would have been made in one take, and in the first take! Which is an amazing achievement.


This year we are removing the rule of having the film made in the first take, and just keeping the element of the one take, so you can now have a few run thrus to get it perfect. We also want films to be made without special effects in post production, so basically any effects you want to use should be done at the time of filming, like in Theatre  where what you see is what is createable on stage. The film should be 5 minutes long +/- 30 seconds and lastly, we’d like you to present the film on stage at the screening!

So here you go, happy viewing!

Films – 2015

Dave Thorpe: Before Life

Frank O’Malley & Ben Rogan – Robbed Blind

Kenny Gaughan – Hostage

Films – 2016

Matthew Blayney & Matt Kavanagh – Lullaby

John Valtners Paintner – Stirring The Pot

Films – 2017

David Patrick Emery – One-Take Thing

Matthew Blayney & Matt Kavanagh – Dispatched

Films – 2018

Kenny Gaughan – You can’t be Sheerios

Join – A Rose, And Go Now

Manolo Marcenó & Lakshika Serasinhe – Mind your Back


If you’re interested in making a film in one take for the challenge, or would like more information, get in touch with us via email at

Little Cinema March 2019 Recap

Well, we had an  amazing night on Wednesday 27th March for our latest Little Cinema screening!  There was a great mix of comedy, drama and music and was one of the most enjoyable nights we’ve had!

Audience March 2019

Below are the links to the available films, so now is your chance to check them out if you missed the evening!

1 Kenny Gaughan – You Can’t Be Sheerios

First up was a comedy sketch by Little Cinema’s Kenny. It was made for last years Galway Theatre Festival, which

involved filmmakers making a film in one take, to replicate the restriction of theatre. The sketch is about the time when Salthill was in lock down ahead of the Ed Sheeran gig in Pearse Stadium!

There is another One Take Challenge taking place this year with the Galway Theatre Festival on 8th May 2019, so if you’re interested in making something for it, get in touch with us 🙂

Kenny Gaughan

2 Brendan Tiernan – Stations

Brendan is a writer and musician based in South Sligo and ‘Stations’ is a beautiful song which  comes from his almost
finished album: “Ox Mountain Blues” – influenced by the landscape where he lives.

Brendan Tiernan

3.  John McLean – A Dance with Dutch

A Dance with Dutch is a satirical message about over indulging in alcohol!

John McClean


4.  Brian Waldron & Cleo McKeon Burke – Late July

‘Late July’ is the music video for Galway artist Crazed

Brian Waldron

5.  Conor Quinlan & Ronnie Quinlan – Connection Interrupted

Connection Interrupted is the winning film from the 2018 Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge! It was shot and filmed over one weekend before screening at a packed Town Hall Theatre! There will be another 48 Hour Challenge this year, if you’re interested in taking part and possibly wining €500, get in touch with us!

Conor Quinlan


6.  Echo Harte – Scars Of Rag Week

Scars of Rag week is the music video by Galway artist Echo Harte

Echo Harte

7.  Manolo Marcenó & Lakshika Serasinhe – Mind Your Back

Mind Your Back was another film made in One Take for the 2018 One Take Challenge as part of the Galway Theatre Festival, made by Manolo Marcenó and Lakshika Serasinhe

Manolo Marceno


8. Andrew Thomas – Cultúr

Next was a trailer for ‘cultúr’ – a short experiential documentary that captures youth culture in Galway City
through the conversations of the young people that inhabit it.

The full length documentary can be seen at the Dig Where You Stand screening at an Taibhdhearc this Saturday 6th April, and tickets which are FREE can be booked here!

Andrew Thomas

9. Sarah Ingersoll – Somebody Somewhere Who Looks After Critters

Somebody Who Looks After Critics was introduced by Alan Cantrell, and is a beautiful documentary about a man who takes care of critters as he calls them on his own little patch of land in Ireland.

It’s not currently available online at the moment.


Alan Cantrell

10. Luke Morgan & Christine Valters Paintner –  Connemara Illuminated

We finished the night with Connemara Illuminated, a video made by Luke Morgan to accompany the poem written by Christine Valters Paintner.

Luke Morgan


Thank you to all the filmmakers and the fantastic audience who came along to the night. We can’t stress enough how important it is to have audiences there to provide the inspiration for the filmmakers or Galway and beyond to keep making their art and to continue to push themselves outside of their comfort zone!

Our next screening is the One Take Challenge on 8th May in the Roisin Dubh and then we’ll have a regular Little Cinema on Wed 29th May, followed by the Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge on 9th June 2019 at the Town Hall Theatre!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can email us at

Thank you




February 2019 Recap


Hello friends! Many special thanks this time to everyone who stuck with us through our cancelled screening in February – the power outing was very unfortunate and unavoidable, so thank you for returning to us last week to check out this great line up of short films. Here’s the line up once again – we think you’ll agree, it was another great month for short films, from both returning submitters to some brand new faces!

    1. Demo Reel, submitted by Felipe Rosa

      An incredible showreel chronicling the work of Felipe Rosa.

      Vampire Blues, submitted by Eric O Martin

      Modern life is hard when you’re a vampire. Directed by GTI student Eric O Martin.


      Nurses Vox Pop, submitted by Kenny Gaughan

      Vox Pop made by Kenny & Tony Walsh outside UCHG, getting the opinions of the striking nurses representing Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation – INMO.

      Waves, submitted by Emma Zukovič

      This short film was created as a response to the prominent stigma in Irish society surrounding mental health issues, particularly in relation to the experience of young men. The work aims to capture feelings and themes of mental illness and shine a light on this growing concern for people to share their inner turmoil. The piece however also offers a sense of hope that there is light following the darkness in the young protagonist’s life.

      Howdy Partner, submitted by John Murphy

      A little piece about positive mental health and being friends with yourself.


    2. Fear, by Beau Williams, submitted by Conor Quinlan

      A reading of a poem titled Fear, by Gaway based poet Beau Williams.


    3. Cinema Do Meu Bairro, submitted by Renata G. Lima

      From a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, the film revives the golden era of street cinema in Brazil. Intimate memories help tell the story of the three Santa Cruz cinemas.vlcsnap-2019-03-11-12h52m00s443



      Halcyon , submitted by Colin Buckley

      A film about an entire relationship in two locations.


    4.  Expert, Submitted by Patrick Szoltajsek

      A day in the life of a carpenter. Expert captures Damian from Damian Carpentry in action.

    1. Joinuary,  Submitted by Join

      More beautiful madness from Join, with another set of out-there comedy sketches.

  1. Thanks to all those who screened their films, and to everyone who showed up and created a fabulous, friendly audience. We’ll be back again at the end of March, so keep an eye on our social media accounts where we’ll keep you up to date.

Kenny, Julia & Liam