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 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.

March 2018 Recap

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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!

  1. Handy’s House, submitted by Philip Christie

    A kid’s TV presenter finds that he’s not cut out for the job.

  2. “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
    I Could’

  3. 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!

  4. 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
    need to Repeal the 8th.
    Click here to watch
  5. 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.


  6. 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.

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

February 2018 Recap

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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!

  1. Modern Mindfulness, submitted by Kenny Gaughan

    Modern Mindfulness is a 5 minute meditation demo designed to cause stress and anxiety!

  2. 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.

  3. The Great Dune, submitted by Niall Rooney

    A lone wanderer traverses a desolate wasteland in search of redemption.

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    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).

  4. Friends in Low Places, submitted by Michael Heneghan

    A tale of friendship.

    This film is not available online.

  5.  Bench, submitted by Jack McKenna

    Chris sits on a bench feeling sad for loosing Jack.

    This film is not available online.

  6. JayolaFM – Madness [Official Music Video, submitted by Matthew Blayney

    “Madness” Produced by Irish/Nigerian Artist/Producer HaszardBlasze.
    Performed by Irish/Nigerian Artist JayolaFm.

  7.  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.


  8. 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.

    Click Here To Watch

And that’s a wrap for February – as mentioned above, we’ll be back at the end of March with an Irish language screening, so dust off the foclóir and get to work on those Irish scripts!

Stay warm,
Kenny, Julia & Liam

January 2018 Recap

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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;

  1. 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.

  2.  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.

    aqua profundaThis film is not yet available online.

  3.  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.

  4. The Amiga Bond, submitted by Kenny Gaughan

    A short documentary featuring Trevor Dickinson explaining the bond which unites Amiga users the world over.

  5.  What Brings You Joy, submitted by Mairead Dewar

    Asking the people of Galway one simple question. What brings you joy?

  6.  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.

  7.  Human Asbestos, submitted by JOIN

    A journey through song and laughter with two bald friends.

    Click here to watch

  8. Zurich, submitted by Luke Morgan

    This film is not yet available online.

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.

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