June 2018 Recap

Hello again, welcome back to our monthly Little Cinema recap! Hope you’ve all been out enjoying this unbelievable weather, we’ve certainly been making the most of it. Thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted their films for June’s screening, it was a fabulous mix of shorts. If you missed it, here are the links to those films currently available online.

  1. Bleached Blonde, submitted by Manolo Marceno & Lakshika Serasinhe

    Bleached Blonde, the first single from Dott’s eagerly awaited sophomore album “Heart Swell”, out on Gravfeface Records on June 8th.

  2. Breakfast & Belongings, submitted by Kacper Krysinski

    Two old friends who’ve had a falling out come face to face over breakfast.

  3. One Minute Film Collection, submitted by Last Minute Collective

    A collection of one minute films from various members of the Last Minute Collective.


  4.  Roses, submitted by Luke Morgan

    A man struggles with a bunch of roses which almost drive him to the edge.

  5. I’ve Been Dreaming, submitted by Liza Bolton

  6. Multiple award winner at the  London Music Video 48 Hour challenge, including  Audience Award, Best Song, Best Film and Best Director.
  7. The Hollywood Set, submitted by Michael Patrick Breen

  8. This first time, experimental film was shot over two days in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena and La Canada. Starring Karen Kahler, Michael Patrick Breen, and the Los Angeles Irish Set Dancers.
  1. Me Too, submitted by Veronica Bennici

    Made by Veronica Bennici as part of the Me Too movement.

    Dungeons and Donuts , submitted by Gordon Hudson

  2. A documentary about a gaming cafe in Galway City, famous for its incredible donuts and a vibrant, welcoming community.


Thanks again to all the submitters, and to everyone who came along to show their support on the night. We’ll be taking a wee break for summer, but we’ll be back to regular screenings again in August so make sure to follow our social media to keep up to date.

That’s all for now!
Kenny, Julia & Liam

Little Cinema 48 Hour Challenge This Weekend


Ohhh, the tension is building!

Our second 48 Hour Film Challenge in association with Galway City of Film is drawing near! We have 10 teams at the ready, all of which are going to be making a 5 minute film over the course of two days. This year they’ll have the added difficulty of a random prop and a line that they have to incorporate into their story somehow! Fun times!

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The Challenge is officially launching this evening in the beautiful space of Galway’s Portershed at 7PM! It will also be our headquarters for the three days, so you can find us there if you need to, there’s even space for teams to edit or recharge if needed. The teams will then sign on and start shooting at 11am tomorrow and deliver their films at 11am on Sunday.

At the end of it all there will be grand screening in Town Hall Theatre on Sunday at 6.30PM, followed by an Awards Ceremony. The winning film will win €500 and a slot in Galway Film Fleadh’s Way Out West Section. We also have awards for best actor/actress, cinematography and editing. All selected by our expert judges Eibh Collins, Alan Esslemont, Pat Comer and Oisin Mac Coille.


The entry is FREE, just make sure to book your ticket here.

On Sunday, we’ll also be recording our podcast and chatting to team representatives to tell us their stories from shooting! Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live updates. Our hashtags are #48hrsGalway #GalwayCityofFilm #littlecinemagalway and #galwayfilmcentre Oh… and the unofficial one: #excited!

To get into the mood and see what the excitement is all about, have a look at our behind the scenes video from last year, made by Raymond Grady Media!

The Little Cinema and Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge kindly acknowledges the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Anyone travelling to Galway can contact us at littlecinema48@galwaycityoffilm.com to avail of our GoBus discount!  

May 2018 Recap

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Hello all, and welcome to our recap of another great month at Little Cinema! We hope you’ve all been enjoying the lovely weather this long weekend. Huge thanks to everyone who made it  to our screening last week, and fair play to Julia who took over hosting duties this month, and absolutely killed it! But thanks most of all to all who submitted their films to be screened – if you missed out, here’s your chance to catch up and check out May’s line up.

  1. A Millennial Unplugged, submitted by Edel Bane

    This film follows a 23 year old girl, Megan, for an entire day as she has given up her
    phone for 24 hours. It shows our dependence on technology and how it affects our
    mood when it is taken away.

  2. Double Lives, submitted by Peggy-Anne Knight

    On his birthday, a young man is haunted with reminders of his birthday last year which he spent at a party with his twin brother. But this year, he is alone

  3. Galway Is Really Nothing, submitted by Tome

    One womans tale of how she struggles to deal with a crisis that is crippling not only
    her but also thousands across the country.

  4.  The Bowl, submitted by Brian May

    An adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘the mirror’. Substituting the mirror for the toilet bowl.

    Sceitsi, submitted by Project Spatula

  5. A series of hilarious comedy sketches in the Irish language, made by Project Spatula, a collective of local filmmakers and artists.
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  7. I Am Daphne, submitted by Andrew Galea

  8. People from Malta, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sweden, Serbia, Poland, Vietnam, Uganda, America, Canada, India, Ireland, Scotland, England – all united to tell the world “I Am Daphne”


  1. Portershed’s Second Birthday/For Savita, submitted by Chris Tierney

    Almost six years ago we lost another life to the 8th amendment. Let Savita be the last.

    Making a 48 Hour Film – Behind The Scenes, submitted by Ray Grady

  2. Following the Last Minute Kings, as they make a film for Galway’s first 48 Hour Film Challenge in Summer 2017.
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Which leads us nicely to next weekend’s second 48 Hour Film Challenge, in association with Galway Film Centre! We’re super excited for this – last year was so much fun, and the quality of the films made was exceptional. We’re expecting the same high standard this year, and we hope you can all join us for the screening on Sunday night (June 10th), which is completely free – ticket are available now at this linkYou’re also welcome to join us at the Launch of the challenge, on this Thursday (June 7th) in the Portershed at 7pm.

That’s all for now!
Kenny, Julia & Liam

One Take Challenge 2018 Recap

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Hello again, welcome back to our monthly recap! This month, we held our annual One Take Challenge in association with the Galway Theatre Festival. This is one of our favourite screenings of the year – we set the challenge to create a five minute short film that has to be shot all in one take, and on the first take. We’re hoping to replicate some of the feeling of live theatre, where you can’t just start over and you need to roll with the punches. Each year we’re amazed by the creativity and ingenuity that filmmakers have brought to this challenge, and this year was no different. Huge congratulations to everyone who got involved, and to those who came along to the screening to support them! If you missed out, or want a second chance to view these incredible films, we’ve compiled a list here of all those currently available for your viewing pleasure!

1. Ed Sheeran Fans Be Like, submitted by Kenny Gaughan

Salthill has been closed off for the Ed Sheeran concert at Pearse Stadium…but it hasn’t stopped his fans trying to get past security!

2. Don Juan in Soho, Act 5 – Apollo, submitted by Jack McKenna

An Irish take on the 2006 British Play filmed in Galway’s West End!

3. Oreo, submitted by John O’Brien

Meeting your flatmate for the first time can be an unusal experience.

4. The Shortcut, submitted by Cormac Kelly

A couple walk home but are met with a fate they couldn’t have predicted…

This film is not yet online.

5. A Rose, And Go Now submitted by Join

A man in a field and a singular musical and comedic viewing!

6. Rehearsing Shaw, submitted by Justin Wade & Fabien Oman

When you rehearse Shaw, issues, sometimes arise!
This film is not yet online.

7. Mind Your Back, submitted by Manolo Marceno and Lakshika Serasinhe

A woman in her apartment after a hard day’s work. But is she really alone?

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Fair play again to all of the cast and crew of each film above, you should all be very proud! Looking forward to next years One Take Challenge! We’ll be back again on May 30th for another screening, hope to see you all there!

That’s all for now!
Kenny, Julia & Liam

48 Hour Film Making Challenge Applications Open

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 littlecinema48@galwaycityoffilm.com You can download the application form with all the rest of the rules & information here. Applications will close on the 10th May.

You can follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram and keep an eye out on the following hashtags: #48HrsGalway #GalwayCityofFilm #LittleCinemaGalway

Proudly supported by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.