Film Network Ireland’s72-hour shoot and screen film festival 

by Alex Greaney
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Film Network Ireland (FNI) is delighted to announce a 72 hour ‘Shoot and Screen’ Festival in Dublin on the weekend of October 20th – 22nd. 

A screening of the films produced alongside a prize-giving ceremony will take place in the following weeks at a prestigious Dublin cinema venue, ensuring this event will become a highlight of the Irish creative calendar. 

From October 20th – 22nd the Griffith College Convention Centre will become a hub of creativity, collaboration, and cinema magic as teams work together to write, shoot, and edit short films in 72 hours.  Each team will be mentored by an experienced professional drawn from the ranks of FNI contributors and collaborators, as well as support from the core team for the duration of the weekend. Appointed industry judges will blindly choose the winner and runners-up and there are some amazing prizes available which include cash prizes as well as industry standard equipment and mentoring. 

Award-winning filmmaker Mark O’Connor (Cardboard Gangsters), a frequent collaborator with FNI, commented: “This unique and exciting initiative gives the amazing filmmaking talent in Ireland an opportunity to showcase their skills, working in partnership with mentors, professionals, and creative first-time filmmakers.  It will be an incredible outlet for actors, writers, directors, and crew to challenge themselves to produce a high-quality film in a short space of time that will then be screened to audiences.” 

All proceeds from the screenings of the finished films will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society, in memory of late actor Nika McGuigan, after whom the winning trophy will be named.  There will be up to €10,000 in cash and prize value on offer at Fast Fest.  

Colman Farrell, Head of Skills, Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland said “Screen Ireland aims to support and encourage new filmmaking talent across the country. We believe that FNI Fast Fest is an innovative programme which creates opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to bring their talent to the screen. We are delighted to be working with them and look forward to seeing the final projects.” 

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