Presentation with Special Effects Designer and Senior Supervisor Paul Mann, Managing Director, Machine Shop

Saturday 27 November, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, Nerve Centre

Paul Mann has 21 years full-time experience in the special effects and exhibition industry. During this time he spent a period of over 9 years working in the BBC visual effects department. This employment contained extensive specialist training periods for pyrotechnic uses, underwater rigging and diving, budgeting, studio and safety practices. Primary project designer with overall responsibility for the work of the company and its future direction.

Qualified underwater diver with credits on programmes such as Walking with Dinosaurs and Planet of Beasts. Puppeteer with numerous credits on commercial and film. Experience on over 1000 projects as Designer/Supervisor. Has a great belief that ‘there is always more than one way to skin a cat’ and is skilled in pulling something out of the bag at short notice. He is the driving force behind the company ethos that “we should produce quality at any price”.

Machine Shop’s experience also comprises of work on models, miniatures, animatronics, stop-frame animation, sculpting, mechanical rigs, liquids, foods, large and small-scale engineering, underwater work, flying and rigging. This selection of pop videos, commercials Television programme and events which the company has worked on illustrates the variety and skill which is abundant within the company: Stone Roses,Tetley Beer, Smirnoff Smarienberg, AC/DC,Tina Turner, Pepsi Michael Jackson, U2, Heineken, Blur, Bjork, BT / ET series, Walking With Dinosauors, Beyonce party In The Park, Jennifer Lopez 2002, London Fashion Week 2004, Celebrity Big Brother 2002,

For more information please visit their website: www.machineshop.co.uk

Film Finance Seminar with Lucy Conran, Bank of Ireland

Saturday 27 November, 3.00pm – 3.30pm, Tower Hotel

Individual meetings can be scheduled to take place after the seminar until 6.00pm. Contact the festival office to arrange a meeting.

Seminar with Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor TV3

Saturday 27 November, 3.30pm – 4.15pm , Nerve Centre

Jane Gogan is the Commissioning Editor for TV3. As part of her role at TV3, Jane is responsible for the management of investments in and relationships with the independent production sector in Ireland. She also oversees all elements of TV3’s indigenous commissioning programme output. Jane has worked in the film and television industry since the early eighties and is an award winning independent producer of television drama and documentaries. Jane was a co-founder of Film Base training and information centre and Film Makers Ireland, an independent producers’ representative group.

TV3, Ireland’s first independent television network, launched an advertiser supported, national, free-to-air, entertainment and information service on 21st September 1998. TV3 is a full service broadcast network, providing news and information, sport, entertainment, comedy, movies, drama, documentaries and children’s programming. As Ireland’s second most watched channel TV3 has an audience of 14% nationally in its target market of 15 – 44 year olds.

For more information please visit their web site: www.tv3.ie

Seminar with Emma Davie, European Documentary Network (EDN)

Saturday 27 November, 4.15pm – 5.00pm, Nerve Centre

EDN is a meeting point for all professionals, who work with documentary film and television. It started September 1996 as a membership organisation for filmmakers, producers, production companies, distributors, associations, film institutions & boards, universities and festivals, broadcasters and film & television agencies.

EDN supports, stimulates and networks within the sector in Europe. One major focus has been to inform the members about possibilities for co-production and other kind of collaboration across the borders. This is done through individual service to members, including consultancy on film projects and through workshops and conferences. And through the indispensable EDN TV Guide and DOX Magazine.

Emma Davie is a Scottish based documentary maker. She is currently EDN (European Documentary Network) representative for the UK and in the past, programmed documentaries for the Edinburgh Film Festival, and served as jury member and tutor at various festivals/ workshops in Europe. Previous work includes" Seaview", "Buying Our Island"
(2003,BBC), "Mobile", "Flight" ( about Scots in Canada. BBC/ Vision). She has just finished a documentary for Channel4 about an incredible Art Room in the Highlands run by children whose cutting edge conceptual work is taking the art world by storm. She is one of the founders of Docspace, which is one of the key partners in the new European Docuzone – a digital network of 255 screens across 98 countries. Docspace will also lead the research into the audience and digital potential of European Docuzone.

For more information visit their website:www:edn.dk

Seminar with Derry O’Brien Managing Director, Network Ireland Television

Saturday 27 November, 5.00pm – 5.45pm, Nerve Centre

Derry O’Brien is Managing Director of Network Ireland Television, Ireland’s foremost independent TV and film distribution Company. He has over 20 years experience in international services in both the music, TV and film sectors, with EMI Records, Irish Trade Board and Network Ireland Television respectively.

Derry was responsible for the inauguration of the Ireland on Screen joint marketing initiative between LEDU (Local Enterprise Development Unit – Belfast) and ABT (The Irish Trade Board) which represented the joint Irish TV production industry, at both the MIP and MIPCOM television markets for 5 years, from 1991 – 1995 inclusive. Furthermore, as a Board Member of the Brussels-based E.U. programme Euro Aim for a similar period, Derry was actively involved in Euro Aim sales and marketing activities at both the Berlin Film Festivals, the Donestia Screenings and their Rendezvous Co-Production and at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 1995 Derry founded the first dedicated Irish-based international TV sales and marketing distribution Company. In the last 10 years their programme catalogue has grown to include a broad portfolio of 950 hours of TV and video material from Irish broadcasters and production companies which are available for sale to the international marketplace. They distribute the library of UTV, the ITV franchise company in Northern Ireland.

They also represent on the international market, the output of TG4, Ireland’s Irish language broadcaster, and selected titles from the BBC Northern Ireland library, along with programmes from over 100 Irish independent production companies. With over 330 short film titles in it’s catalogue, Network Ireland Television is also now regarded as one of the largest distributors of quality short programming in the U.K. and Ireland.

Sunday 28 November

Seminar with Micheál Ó Meallaigh, TG4, Documentary making as Gaeilge – the challenges Eagarthóir Coimisiúnaithe Sinsearach TG4 / Senior Commissioning Editor TG4.

Sunday 28 November, 2pm, Nerve Centre

After a varied career in New York and Donegal as a teacher and hotelier, Michael he trained as a television producer / director. He worked in the independent sector for a few years before moving to Údarás na Gaeltachta where his brief was to up the skills of new producers / directors for the promised Irish language broadcaster by commissioning pilot programmes.

Appointed as one of two Commissioning Editors for TnaG in Jan 1995. Has been responsible over the years for various programming strands that ranged from children’s / comedy / entertainment / travel / documentary / animation and drama. Currently concentrating on drama and documentary and promoting international coproductions.
Micheal will also touch on the new fund for Irish language productions which will be managed by the NIFTC.
For more information please visit their web site: www.tg4.ie