by Gearóid Gibbs

DU Film’s The Film Network is back and bigger than ever! For all those eager to learn the tricks of the trade, the award-winning conference looks to be a promising and informative weekend.

The Film Network, a two-day conference packed with talks, meet & greets and sessions from Ireland’s most talented in the film industry is back, courtesy of Trinity’s DU Film Society. The conference begins on the evening of Friday 19 January in Wynns Hotel on Abbey Street with a panel discussion about the current state of the Irish film industry followed by a drinks reception for all attendees and speakers. The following day will include talks by directors and producers offering an invaluable insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes.

For all those eager to learn the tricks of the trade at €15 for the two days, or €10 for the Saturday, the award-winning conference looks to be a promising and informative weekend. If you are curious about the Irish film industry and interested in film related careers, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from strong Irish talent.

DU Film Soc have so far confirmed an impressive guest list that promises to grow before the day itself. Confirmed to be in attendance to impart their wisdom thus far are:

  • Dr. Annie Doona, President of IADT and Chairperson of the Irish Film Board.
  • Neasa Hardiman, Director whose work includes esteemed television shows such as Netflix’s Jessica Jones, the BBC’s Happy Valley, and Amazon’s Z: Beginning of Everything.
  • Bob Gallagher, Music Video/Film/Commercial Director whose work this past year has included music videos for James Vincent McMorrow and Enter Shikari, two documentaries made in conjunction with Werner Herzog, and a national commercial for Irish Rail.
  • Maureen Hughes, Casting Director of RTE’s Striking Out, Love/Hate, and Rebellion, as well as several films such as Nick Kelly’s The Drummer and the Keeper.  
  • Liam Ryan, Producer and Programming Coordinator for Shorts at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.
  • Andrew Freedman, Producer of the new film Kissing Candice, along with numerous documentaries including the critical success His & Hers.
  • Bernard Rogan, Director of Element Post-Production, which specializes in commercial work and has collaborated with companies such as Virgin Media, Ballygowans, Toyota, and Just Eat, among many others.
  • Justin MacGregor, Professor of Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin with a specialization in screenwriting and practical filmmaking courses.
  • Nicky Gogan, Documentary Producer and Director who has worked on numerous award-winning projects, founded her own production company (Still Films), and established the Darklight Film Festival.

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