Galway Junior Film Fleadh 2010

Last year I was one of the judges for the Galway Junior Film Fleadh pitching competition, and it was a brilliant experience. First off I was delighted that all four of the finalists were girls, and each of them had a great story idea.

I was also impressed with how they dealt with having to be on stage and pitch their story to the jury and the audience. That’s a daunting prospect no matter your age!

This year’s Junior Film Fleadh will take place from the 3 – 6 of November, and once again it’s running the script competition. Here are the details:

The Junior Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Galway Film Centre and SpunOut, (a leading national youth organisation) announce their third annual story pitch competition open to young people between the ages of 13 – 18 years old.

If you are interested in competing, you are invited to write a short (500 word) idea for a story – for a feature film, a short film, a documentary, a book or – even a video game!

Now write a draft of your idea, and practice in front of family and friends. Become comfortable relaying, even performing the story outline. Because, should your idea be one of the 3 shortlisted, you will be invited to present it on the stage at the Town Hall Theatre to an assembled audience and jury during the festival (4th November)

Maura McHugh (Screenwriter)
Felim Mac Dermott (Artistic Director Galway Film Fleadh)
Emily Lindenmuth (Editor,

Prize: Sponsored by Galway Film Centre
€100 voucher towards a course at Galway Film Centre +
1 year’s membership to the Centre (allowing entry to the RTE short script award) + weekly newsletter + discount on other courses

Closing date – Wednesday 20th October 2010.

Post or email entries to:
Junior Galway Film Fleadh Script Competition
36D Merchants Dock, Merchants Road, Galway

If you know any young people who would be interested in entering please tell them to write up their ideas and send them in.

I look forward to hearing this year’s finalists in November!

Plus, the Fleadh will be showing loads of great films, and you don’t have to be a young person to attend, so mark the event on your calendar and drop by to see some fresh and innovative cinema.