Irish cinema enthusiasts are in for a major treat on Saturday 18th June, at An Taibhdhearc  Theatre, Galway from 11.30am with an entire day’s magical cinema for just €5.50 per person, headlined by some of the most respected names in Irish short film.

Leading the screening will be ‘Towards a Canon of Great Irish Shorts’, a selection of short films curated by Mick Hannigan, national film authority and programmer of the Indie Cork Film Festival.  This unique screening will be followed by two special free screenings on the day, including TG4 and the Arts Councils’ eight new Splanc! short film commissions. Splanc! is the Irish language arts documentary scheme that supports the creative exploration of the arts in Ireland, which was administered by Galway Film Centre this year. This forms part of the Galway UNESCO City of Film’s year-long 100 Years of Cinema Programme, a stellar celebration of Irish Short Film.  It also gives the opportunity for a very unique Father’s Day gift for Dad’s who’s a keen Irish cinema appetite.

The all-day screenings will commence at 11.30am with a free showing the Galway Film Centre’s training course films, consisting of two short documentaries and two short dramas, filmed in Galway city and county. At 12pm, the Splanc! films will be screened together for the first time ever, and will include Tadhg O’Sullivan’s Solas Céad Bliain, Oonagh Kearney’s Oíche Nollaig na mBan, Feargal Ward’s and Adrian Duncan’s Bungaló Bliss, Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s Áiliu Iath n-hÉrend (Invoking Ireland), Megs Morley’s and Tom Flanagan’s Cruth na Cumhachta, Pat Collins’s Idir Neamh agus Talamh: Saothar William McKeown, Sharon Whooley’s Imogen Stuart Dealbhóir and Art Ó’Briain’s The Souvenir Shop.

Mick Hannigan’s selection, ‘Towards a Canon of Great Irish Shorts’ will begin at 1pm and will feature an eclectic mix of some of the strongest and most influential films that Ireland has ever produced. The film titles will not be revealed until the day so the audience will get the first word on Mick’s Canon! Mick has an expert overview of the Irish Short Film art form, and has picked the best Irish Shorts for his Festival programmes for over 30 years, helping many emerging filmmakers to get their work shown and recognized. Currently, an Artistic Director of the Indie Cork Film Festival, he also serves as a board member of Clermont Ferrand Short Film Conference and he is also former Artistic Director of the Cork Film Festival. He will be joined and interviewed on the day by Felim Mc Dermott, lecturer in Film and Documentary at GMIT and former Galway Film Fleadh programmer.

A must for Irish Cinema enthusiasts, the Galway UNESCO City of Film ‘Irish Short’ promises to be an enthralling event for cinema lovers and is certain to excite Galwegian’s and visitors alike.

The 11.30am and 12pm screenings are FREE to attend. Tickets for the 1pm screening can be purchased at a cost of €5.50. To book, please call An Taibhdhearc on 091-562024. You can also book online at http://antaibhdhearc.com/imeachtai/

For full details of upcoming 100 Years of Cinema events please visit www.galwayfilmcentre.ie

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