From Shorts to Features Conference
A chance to hear from industry professionals as they talk about their past, current and future projects
11AM - 1PM JIM SHERIDAN IN CONVERSATION WITH MARIE-LOUISE MUIR
Jim Sheridan is a playwright, screenwriter, film director, and film producer. From 1989 to 1993, Sheridan made three acclaimed films set in Ireland: My Left Foot, The Field, and In The Name Of The Father that between them received 13 Academy Award® nominations. Sheridan has personally received six Academy Award® nominations. In addition to the above–mentioned films, he is also known for the films The Boxer and In America.
In 1989, he directed My Left Foot, which became a critical and commercial success and won Daniel Day–Lewis and Brenda Fricker Academy Awards®. He followed that with The Field (with Richard Harris) in 1990; then with In the Name of the Father in 1993, a fictionalised re–telling of the case of the Guildford Four. The film won the Golden Bear at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1996 he co–wrote Some Mother's Son with Terry George. The Boxer (with Daniel Day–Lewis) was nominated for a Golden Globe for best film drama in 1997. In 2003, he released the semi–autobiographical In America, which tells the story of a family of Irish immigrants trying to succeed in New York. The film received superb reviews and earned Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou Academy Award® nominations. In 2005 he released Get Rich Or Die Tryin', a film starring rap star 50 Cent.
Sheridan helmed the 2009 film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, which was shot in New Mexico. He also directed the thriller Dream House, which starred Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz, and more recently The Secret Scripture with Rooney Mara, Aidan Turner, Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave and Irish actors Jack Reynor, Susan Lynch and Adrian Dunbar.
He recently directed the short film, The Eleventh Hour with Salma Hayek, which screens as part of this year’s Light in Motion Competition.
1PM-2PM LUNCH PROVIDED
2PM-3.30PM PANEL SESSION
JAMES FLYNN (PRODUCER)
James Flynn has a background in production finance and film funding and is one of Ireland’s most successful film producers winning awards for his work in both film and television. From 1993 to 1997, James Flynn worked as Business Manager of the fledgling Irish Film Board. James then became a full-time producer and in 1997 with Juanita Wilson established Metropolitan Film Productions Limited with the intention of making strong, independent films for the international market. As well as feature films such as Angela's Ashes (1999), Inside I’m Dancing (2004), P.S. I Love You (2007), The Secret Of Kells, Ondine (2009), As If I Am Not There (2010), Calvary (2014), and Tomato Red (2017). James has also worked extensively in television, as producer on The Tudors (2007-2010), Penny Dreadful, and Into The Badlands (2017), and executive producer on Raw (2008-2010), Vikings (2013-2017), Foyle's War (2013), The Borgias (2011-2013), and the gritty crime drama Love/Hate (2012-2014).
James also produced the Oscar® nominated short film The Door (2008), which also won the FFF LIM Award in 2008. James is also the producer of Unforgotten (2017), which screens In Competition at this year's festival. James' latest film The Widow stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert and Stephen Rea, and is directed by Neil Jordan.
AISLINN CLARKE (WRITER/DIRECTOR)
Writer/director Aislinn Clarke began her career as a film student making super 8 films and music videos hand-dyed with food colour. Since then she has had an extensive career taking in theatre and radio as well as film and television.
Her debut feature film The Devil's Doorway was snapped up as a work in progress by the prestigious sales agency Mr Smith (THE BFG, GIRL ON A TRAIN) and screened at the Cannes Film Festival Marché. It has secured international distribution and will be released in 2018. Her work has been praised by the Soska Sisters (AMERICAN MARY), who call her "a reincarnation of Alice Guy-Blaché" and "one of our favourite directors", as well as by Marianne Madelena (SCREAM) who described her short film Childer as “Magical, beautiful".
Aislinn is currently working on a BBC pilot, due to be shot in summer 2018, and has a second feature film in development with BAFTA nominated Screen Star of Tomorrow Farah Abushwesha (THE PARTY, IRREPLACEABLE YOU) as well as another feature in development with Boudica Films (THE FALLING, IONA).
Recently named as a BAFTA 'Breakthrough Brit’ Ray Panthaki is a British Actor/Producer/Writer/Director who is making artistic waves this year across the industry. Having already worked with filmmakers such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Danny Boyle, Wash Westmoreland and Gurinder Chadha and even Co-Producing cult hit movie 'Kidulthood', Ray is evolving to even greater heights in 2017, proving to be a rare breed of multi-hyphenate who is excelling in a number of filmmaking disciplines.
His film 'Convenience', starring BAFTA winners Vicky McClure and Adeel Akhtar, which he also starred in and solely Produced, picked up a BAFTA Cymru, after being released theatrically in the UK last October. The film opened to critical acclaim with Ray gaining particular praise and recognition for his hybridity, being described as 'the British Independent Film Industry’s new secret weapon’. The success of Convenience led to it being acquired by Netflix and Raindance naming Ray as one of the top ten Actor/Producers in the Film industry.
As a Director, and with a passion for making real and humanistic films, Ray made his debut with the hard-hitting Short 'Life Sentence' about the UK's knife crime epidemic. It went on to win 'Best UK Short' at the East End Film Festival and was subsequently long-listed for a BAFTA. The film was recognised for it's directorial flair and unique cinematography, with one review quoting 'It’s what Touch of Evil would have looked like if Orson Welles had grown up in Hackney.' The BFI named 'Life Sentence' as one of their Top Ten Films of the London Short Film Festival and this caught the eye of BBC Films who have since commissioned Ray to write, direct and produce his feature ‘My American Lullaby’.
As an actor, Ray has recently completed ‘Colette’ with Keira Knightley and Dominic West, which will have its world premier at Sundance 2018 and resumed his leading role in Primetime TV Series ‘Marcella’ for Netflix and ITV, scripted by ‘The Bridge’ writer Hans Rosendfelt. He also recently achieved a lifelong ambition by undertaking a lead at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Tanika Gupta's 'The Empress'. Ray will be seen in cinemas as the leading role in the Romantic Comedy 'One Crazy Thing' which will be released next autumn.
SIX MILE HILL
Six Mile Hill was formed in 2012 by Writer/Director Chris Baugh and Writer/Producer Brendan Mullin with the ambition of creating high-quality, character driven genre films for the international marketplace.
Their first project was the short proof of concept film BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, which won best Irish Short at the 2012 Kerry Film Festival. Their second short film,THE CAPTORS, was funded as part of the NI Screen/ BFI shorts to features Scheme and is currently enjoying a successful festival run. They have created content for TV including STUMPY’S BRAE, a horror drama for the BBC and DINOSAURS, a web pilot for RTE.
Six Mile Hill’s first feature film BAD DAY FOR THE CUT premiered to strong reviews in the Midnight section of the 2017 Sundance film festival. It is currently available on demand.
Chris and Brendan currently have a number of feature and television projects in development.
3.45PM - 5PM MERLIN CROSSINGHAM, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF AARDMAN
Aardman Animation will talk about their award–winning short and feature films, and give the audience a unique glimpse at some of the studio's latest work.
Based in Bristol and co–founded by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, Peter and David met Nick Park at the National Film and Television School when he was working on his student film A Grand Day Out. Nick joined Aardman full time in 1985.
Aardman Animation Studio is one of Britain’s biggest creative exports, producing multi–award–winning feature films, television series, music videos, advertisements and digital entertainment. The studio won three Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film – Creature Comforts (1990), The Wrong Trousers (1993), and A Close Shave (1995), and then went on to win Best Animated Film for Wallace & Gromit’s feature debut, The Curse of the Were–Rabbit (2005), which was also awarded the BAFTA for Best British Film. Popular theatrical releases have included The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Arthur Christmas (2011), Flushed Away (2006) and the studio’s highest grossing theatrical release, Chicken Run (2000). One of the studio’s earliest stop motion animation characters, Morph, has been a children’s television favourite in Britain since he first appeared on television in 1977.
Aardman’s most recent productions include Shaun The Sheep The Movie and follow–up feature Shaun The Sheep 2 due for release in 2019. Aardman’s latest animated feature Early Man, starring Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, and Tom Hiddleston, will be released in January 2018.