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Galway Film Fleadh launches 31st programme

This year’s programme was officially launched by guest of honour and newly elected Mayor Mike Cubbard on Tuesday evening at the Galmont Hotel.

The City of the Tribes will once again host the best of upcoming talent on a local and international level.

The Mayor said the film fleadh is a huge boost to tourism and is worth €7.5m to the local economy and “employs over 600 people.”

This year the programme will include an eclectic mix of short films, documentaries and a number of world premiers. More than 40 per cent of the entries are written, created and produced by female directors.

Programmer William Fitzgerald for his second year running commented, “It’s a huge privilege for me to be programmer, we’ve 99 featured films and ten world premiers, this year we have 16 new Irish films.”

Cumar- A Galway Rhapsody is directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin and will premiere at this year’s fleadh .This is a new bilingual feature documentary which focuses on the local arts community and features six well-known Galway artists involved within an eclectic mix of areas. This documentary mainly looks at how the environment in which the artists live impacts on their work as a whole.

“Galway has been good to me over the past 33 years, city of late-night song, music mecca and theatre town. UNESCO city of film and fishermen, I’ve being involved in all at different stages.

“I wanted to give something back; this film is a love song of sorts, a personal verse to the people and the place I live in. Artists have defined this place and in turn both Galway and Connemara have shaped the artist”, explains Ó Coileáin.

The annual film festival gives ample opportunity for first time film makers to showcase their talents. ‘Our Land’ has being written, directed and produced by MA filming student at NUI Galway Eoin Hartnett.

“We have a huge drinking culture in this country and I wanted to represent the younger generations’ opinions in terms of their views on culture, influence and politics. I especially wanted to focus on their perspectives’ in comparison to that of the older generation”,remarked the first time filmmaker.

Director of the film fleadh Miriam Allen added, “I’m so excited about this year’s programme, we have a feast of films and documentaries from over 30 countries. The

programme will whisk you away and is just amazing when you are watching something. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry and sigh with what we have in store.”

The fleadh takes place from 9th-14th of July and daily screenings will be held at both the Town Hall and Pálás Cinema.

Photo credit – Galway Film Fleadh