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7th - 11th November 2006 Featuring Children of Allah Le Grand Voyage The Edukators Offside Cars The Wind That Shakes The Barley Young Film Makers Screening Award-Winning Shorts Programme

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Tues 7th 10.00am Le Grand Voyage 12.30pm The Edukators 2.45pm My Left Foot 5.30pm Cars 8.15pm The Wind That Shakes

The Barley

Wed 8th 10.00am Le Grand Voyage 12.30pm Offside 2.15pm The Truman Show




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Sat 11th 10.30am Acting for Screen Workshop 10.30am Lunchbox Animation Workshop 11.00am Make-Up for Film & TV 12.00pm The Ugly Ducking and Me

All screenings €5.00 except Young and Junior Film Makers Screenings and the Some Fun Shorts €3.00

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7th - 11th November 2006 There really is something for everyone in this year’s jam-packed programme. We are delighted to screen a very special preview of the much anticipated family feature film The Ugly Duckling and Me. This innovative 3D animation was produced here in Galway and we are very grateful to Eclipse Pictures for giving us the opportunity to screen this wonderful film at our festival. We have two extended programmes of short films made by young people through our own Young Film Makers Project, Galway Film Centre’s Flying Film Squads, Youth Theatre Groups and individuals making their own movies at home. We also screen the Fresh Film Showcase which has films made by young people from Dublin, Cork and Cavan. It’s fantastic to see the wealth of imagination and talent that’s out there. Children of Allah is a wonderful documentary which gives us some insight into the daily lives of young Muslim boys in an orphanage in Kerala, India. This sensitive and enlightening film was made by two young talented film makers, Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth. We thank them for their participation and all proceeds from the screening will go to the orphanage in India. A Kid’s Life is a programme of six excellent short films which deal with issues ranging from loss, neglect, love and bullying to more surreal and sacrilegious matters. Thanks to Philip Ilson from the Halloween Short Film Festival for his contribution to this programme. Two further films coming from the Muslim experience are Offside from Iran, a comic gem that cleverly manages to deal with Iran’s repressive laws in a funny, light-hearted way and Le Grand Voyage, a powerful, moving road movie which brings us some incredible scenes of Mecca at it’s climax. Further screenings include the excellent German thriller The Edukators and two Leaving Certificate films My Left Foot and The Truman Show. As always a big thanks to Alicia McGivern at the IFI for her input. Special screenings for our visit to Ballygar in the Cinemobile include the recent releases Cars for the younger audiences and the award-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Some Fun Shorts is another treat for animation fans with some wacky and beautiful films from the UK, Germany, Ireland and the USA. As always we are very grateful to The Arts Council, Galway County and City Councils and all our sponsors for their continued support. We hope you can take the time out to join us at the festival in the Town Hall Theatre or the Cinemobile in Ballygar. See you there!

Le Grand Voyage PG

Cinemobile Ballygar Co. Galway Tuesday 7th November 10.00am

France | Morocco




Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi Cast: Nicolas Cazalé, Mohamed Majd, Jacky Nercessian, Gina Ognianova, Kamel Belgahsi, Atik Mohammed French and Arabic language with English subtitles

Town Hall Theatre Galway Wednesday 8th November 10.00am

A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself forced to drive his devout, elderly father to Mecca on a once-in-a-lifetime religious pilgrimage. Their 3,000 mile journey takes them through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia. What follows is a powerful, moving drama which highlights the many differences between father and son, generational, religious and linguistic, but ultimately their pilgrimage also becomes a journey towards reconciliation. Not only does Le Grand Voyage successfully challenge cultural preconceptions of Islamic belief, but in the climactic scenes amidst the collective fervour of Mecca, it achieves an unexpected emotional intensity. “A tribute to the 97% of Muslims we never hear about in the Western world” Ismael Ferroukhi (writer/director Le Grand Voyage) Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute A Study Guide will accompany this film

The Edukators Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei Germany | Austria





Director: Hans Weingartner Cast: Daniel Bruhl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaußner German language with English subtitles Cinemobile Ballygar Co. Galway Tuesday 7th November 12.30pm Town Hall Theatre Galway Thursday 9th November 10.00am

Jan and Peter are young anti-globalisation protesters who spend their nights breaking into the homes of Berlin’s elite. Their aim is not to steal from the wealthy but to warn them that their “days of plenty are numbered”. They are brothers with a cause and christen themselves ‘The Edukators’. Julia, Peter’s girlfriend, gets involved and when a job goes badly wrong, they find themselves kidnapping a businessman – ironically himself a former radical. Together in a cabin, the group learn about one another’s ideals and disillusionments and have to face up to some realities. The Edukators is a smart, tense, evocative thriller. Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute A Study Guide will accompany this film

My Left Foot 15A





Director: Jim Sheridan Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh O’Connor, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally, Ruth McCabe, Cyril Cusack The poignancy of the disabled writer’s struggle to express himself is powerfully rendered by a precise, detailed performance by Daniel Day Lewis, which won him the Best Actor Oscar. Brenda Fricker and Ray McAnally also give award-winning performances as Christy’s mother and father.

Cinemobile Ballygar Co. Galway Tuesday 7th November 2.45pm

My Left Foot is based on the life of Dubliner Christy Brown, who became a best-selling writer despite having acute cerebal palsy.

Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute A Study Guide is available for this title.

The Truman Show PG





Director: Peter Weir Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Ed Harris as an insurance adjustor. But something is wrong in his life. At first he can’t quite put his finger upon it, but soon he realises that he is at the centre of something that goes far beyond anything he could ever have imagined.

Town Hall Theatre Galway Wednesday 8th November 2.15pm

Truman Burbank leads what seems to be a simple life on the island of Seahaven. He has a loving wife, a best friend he can tell anything to, and a decent job

A challenging new addition to the Leaving Certificate Comparative Study 2008. Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute

Cars USA





Co-Directors: John Lasseter and Joe Ranft Voices: Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Michael Keaton.

Cinemobile Ballygar Co. Galway Tuesday 7th November 5.00pm

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town’s offbeat characters--including Sally, a snazzy 2002 Porsche, Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, and Mater, a rusty but trusty tow truck, who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship

The Wind That Shakes the Barley 15A

Ireland | Germany | Italy | Spain | France | UK




Director: Ken Loach Cast: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald, Liam Cunningham Cinemobile Ballygar Co. Galway Tuesday 7th November 8.15pm

Ireland 1919: Damian and Teddy are brothers fighting in a guerrilla war for Irish independence from the British, where the Irish workers unite to ambush the notorious Black and Tan squads. Through his military experience Damian, a trained doctor, becomes politicised. When a treaty giving an apparent level of victory to the fighters is signed between the British and Irish in 1921, the brothers find themselves pitted against each other. Civil War ensues and betrayals become inevitable‌


Offside Iran





Director: Jafar Panahi Cast: Sima Mobarak Shahi, Azari Soldier, Shayesteh Irani, M Kheyrabadi Farsi language with English subtitles Town Hall Theatre Galway Wednesday 8th November 12.30pm

Offside is a hilarious, comic and hugely entertaining film, cleverly illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran. The film depicts an incident during the 2005 World Cup qualification match between Iran and Bahrain at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. A teenage girl disguised as a boy tries to gain entry to the stadium where the match is due to kick off. But in Iran, females are forbidden by law from attending football matches, so she and some other street smart female football fans end up being detained by soldiers and kept together in a corner of the stadium where they can be isolated from the male crowds. Frustratingly, during their detention, these avid female fans can hear the various shouts and roars from the spectators, but they cannot see any of the footballing action. Instead they spend their time arguing and debating with their increasingly reluctant captors. Winner of the prestigious Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Offside is an entertaining, accessible critique of Iran’s repressive laws, a comic and exuberant film which makes its point beautifully and with great compassion. “Destined to be referred to as a Farsi ‘Bend It Like Beckham’...”  Jonathan Romney, Screen International Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute

Children of Allah 12A



Feature Documentary


Director: Keith Walsh, Jill Beardsworth Malayalam language with English subtitles Town Hall Theatre Galway Friday 10th November 11.00am

Children of Allah documents the lives of a group of boys living in a Muslim orphanage in Kerala, India. It is an unobtrusive, engaging and affectionate portrayal of their daily life. While exploring the impact Islam has on their lives as well as the relationships they have formed within the confines of the orphanage, this documentary acts as a testament to the power of the human spirit. The unhurried pace of the narrative coupled with the sensitive approach and unconscious presence of the camera allows the viewer to participate in the daily rituals and to inhabit the world of the orphanage. As this inviting journey unfolds, we get to know some of the boys who live there and how this orphanage provides a home for them, something their own homes could not do. This unity and sense of family is in sharp contrast to their difficult backgrounds. Filmed over a year and a half, during two trips to India, the film is the first feature documentary from filmmakers Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth who shot, directed and edited the film themselves. The film was produced by Donal R. Haughey (Hawkeye Films). All proceeds from this screening will go to the orphanage in India.


Some Fun Shorts

International Animation



Eat Dog Cat Mouse UK | 2005 | Director: Kwok Fung Lam A folk tale about revenge and relentless eating; before Mouse finds a way to the delicious cornfields, Cat eats him with dire consequences for the food chain.

Knight Games (Ritterschlag) Germany | 2003 | Director: Sven Martin It’s an age old tale: the beautiful princess is held prisoner by two fierce dragons and her cries for help attract heroic knights from all over the kingdom. But who is really helping whom?

Pilgrim (a.k.a Fridge) Ireland | 2006 Director: Matthew Darragh A stranger in an unknown land braves many dangers as he strives to fulfil his function.

Knight Games

Tomcat (Kater) Germany | 2004 Director: Tine Kluth Luckily, cats have nine lives...

Pilgrim (a.k.a. Fridge)

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers USA | 2005 | Director: Michael Sporn A beautiful animated adaptation of the Mordicai Gerstein book inspired by the true story of the young French aerliest Philippe Petit who in 1974 made a breathtaking high wire walk between the Twin Towers in New York City.

The Fan And The Flower USA | 2005 | Director: Bill Plympton Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton’s poignant and moving love story between a ceiling fan and a pot plant.

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Town Hall Theatre Galway Friday 10th November 2.30pm

The Ugly Duckling and Me G

Ireland | Denmark | France | Germany




Directors: Michael Hegner, Karsten Killerich Voices: Morgan Jones, Paul Tylak, Barbara Bergin, Drew Lucas Town Hall Theatre Galway Saturday 11th November 12.00pm

Ratso, a success-starved rodent impresario, is forced to stay in a duckyard and persuades its hostile inhabitants that he is the father of a stray ugly duckling. When he discovers Ugly has an unusual talent, he schemes to make sideshow history and his own fortune by exploiting the young bird. The unlikely pair set off on a perilous journey towards their big breakthrough, but dangerous foes, teenage problems and unexpected paternal feelings dog their path. The Ugly Duckling and Me, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, is reinvented in this innovative 3D animated comedy produced in Galway by Magma Films; and featuring a cinema debut by Irish writer Mark Hodkinson. We are grateful to Eclipse Pictures for this very special preview.


A Kid’s Life

67 mins


Sister UK | 2005 | Director: Daniel Mulloy

As a fifteen-year-old Cantonese descent, Richard tries hard to fit into his adoptive home in Wales. On a dark winter morning on the school bus, his sister’s nagging disrupts his routine and he is thrown into the situation he fears the most. His instincts are forced to take over. BAFTA for Best Short Film, Wales 2005; ARTE Grand Prix at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2005

Town Hall Theatre Galway Thursday 9th November 1.00pm

Antonio’s Breakfast UK | 2006 | Director: Daniel Mulloy

Unable to dress, eat, move or breathe on his own, Antonio’s father depends upon him. Fourteen floors up and desperate to escape, Antonio won’t let himself leave. BAFTA for Best Short Film, Wales 2006; Official Selection Sundance 2006

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Spain | 2005 | Director: Marcal Fores Possibly the hippest film ever made, an indiepop dream with a riot grrrl soundtrack from Bratmobile, Le Tigre, and Comet Gain, this teen romance will charm you senseless. Winner International Jury Award, Brief Encounters 2005 Daughters of the Kaos Award, Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA, London 2006

Antonio’s Breakfast

The White Dress

Ireland | 2006 | Director: Vanessa Gildea The story of a young girl making her Holy Communion, but unlike most other children, she is making it all on her own. Runner-up Best First Irish Short Galway Film Fleadh 2006

Hibernation UK | 2005 | Director: John Williams

The White Dress

A strong film about grief, loss and not taking everything for granted - but also about deep friendship and insight. Winner Prix Du Public, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival; Winner Best British Short Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005 Teenage Jury Award, Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA, London 2006

Caffalic Educashun UK | 2004 | Director: Bronagh Keegan

When 9-year-old Biddy seeks refuge in a church from playground bullies, the sight of Christ on the Cross inspires her to commit a highly sacrilegious modification. The priest is not amused. Nominated Kodak UK Film Council Award for Best British Short Film 2004 Co-programmed by Philip Ilson (Co-Director Halloween Short Film Festival)


Young Film Makers PG

Town Hall Theatre Galway Thursday 9th November 2.30pm


Note: The first section of the programme runs for approximately 60 mins. There will be a ten minute intermission. Screening will resume at 3.40pm sharp for the Fresh Showcase which runs for 46 minutes. This screening will conclude by 4.30pm. It is incredible the amount of work produced this year by young people through our own Young Film Makers Project, the Galway Film Centre’s Flying Film Squads, Youth Theatre Groups and individuals just doing it for themselves at home. This programme is packed with fun, mystery, heartache and some more sobering themes. A special thanks to Galway Film Centre and the Fresh Film Festival for their involvement in this programme.

The Redemption Mercy Secondary School, Tuam, Co. Galway as part of the JFF Young Film Makers Project A short film about bullying, forgiveness and visionary insight in a girls’ secondary school. Film Makers: Orla Cahill, Hannah Fleming, Caitriona Gallagher, Nadine Garvey, Anna Marie Jennings, Anna Keane, Danielle King, Amanda Lally, Adele Mannion, Avril Mannion, Noelle Mannion, Maeve McMenamy, Apphia Ruttledge. The Redemption

Falling In Love Coláiste Mhuire, Transition Year A long time ago in a faraway Galaxy…

The Mill Foxford Youth Theatre

Strange goings-on in the theatre-coincidence or something more sinister?

Macbeth Roscommon County Youth Theatre The curse of the Scottish play strikes! Oh Alex! Scoil Naomh Pól, Oughterard, Co. Galway. A light-hearted love story.

So Close and Yet So Far

 erformed and produced by students with Trading Faces Stage School, Galway P The short concerns itself with the dramatic loss experienced in being orphaned. The stress endured and sibling anxiety that follows in the aftermath.

Wait Oughterard No Name Club

A prison break-out, an unsigned letter and a mysterious parcel, all is revealed at a secret rendez-vous. 14

The Night of the Slaughter

Film Makers: Clare Meenaghan, Áine Lawless, Fiona Lawless, Maeve Hughes, Aoife Geraghty A killer is on the loose!

The Revulcious Accusation No. 60 Ballinfoyle, Neighbourhood Youth Project

Brown envelopes, dirty deals, backhanders…something is rotten in the state of Ballinfoyle! Intermission (10 minutes)

Fresh Showcase 2006

Ireland’s Young Film-maker of the Year takes place at the Fresh Film Festival in Limerick each Spring. The Competition features the best films made by young people aged between 7 and 18 years. Next year’s festival will run from the 27th - 31st March 2006. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 24th February 2006. The films screened at this year’s Junior Film Fleadh are a representative selection of previous entries. For further details and entry forms contact Ireland’s Young Film-maker of the Year, Fresh Film Festival, Belltable Arts Centre, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick. Tel/Fax 061 319555 Email Web www.

The Fool’s Card (Winner Radharc Documentary Award at Fresh 2006)

Director: Sian Murray, Film Class, Wesley College, Dublin This drama documentary follows the life of a teenage Druid who is out and proud.

Your Band Sucks 

(Winner 3rd Place and Audience Award 2006) Director: Bryan O’Sullivan, Cork In this animation, we follow the bizarre adventures of a rubbish band as they try to find a singer.

A Date with Destruction (Winner 2nd place 2006) Director: Ciaran Maginn, RE Productions, Dublin A comedy in which a boy uses time travel to create the perfect date!

Your Band Sucks

The Cycle (Winner 1st Place 2006)

Director: Eoghan McQuinn, Neon Productions, Dublin This drama traces the last days of a group of friends coming to terms with their friend’s terminal illness.

One of those Days (Highly Commended 2006) Director: Finn Keenan, Cavan A unique look at the difficulties of being gay.

The Cycle


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We are delighted to screen work from a wide range of projects which young people from all over Galway City and County have been busying themselves with over the last twelve months. Special thanks to Galway Film Centre for their involvement into this programme.

Town Hall Theatre Galway Friday 9th November 1.30pm

Castlegar N.S. On Tour!

Made as part of the JFF Junior Film Makers Project We travel with the kids on a fun filled day out to Athlone. Film Makers: Ashling McEvaddy, Anna Mongan, Linda Murphy, Tony Hogan, Darren Hosty, Nicholas Hogan, Danielle O’Connell, Aisling Diver, Rachel Murphy, Diarmaid Fahy, Isolde Heneghan, Louise Shanahan, Amy Costello, Colin Fahy, Aishling Shanahan, Lainey Fahy, Caleb Fox, Brendan Hogan, Stephen Fahy, Róisín Drumm, Marie Coady, Patrick O’Boyle, Doireann Hanniffy.

Up, Up and Away

Corrandulla Primary School, County Galway Whimsical tale of a globetrotting balloon.

No Entry Lisheenkyle National School, Oranmore, County Galway Not just a trip to Athenry but a trip through time too!

The Salmon of Knowledge

Scoil an Chlochair, Oughterard, County Galway. Based on the legendary story.


Lunchbox Animations

Some exciting animations created in three Lunchbox Animation workshops held by Galway Film Centre in the run up to the festival. Participating schools include: Barnaderg National School, Tuam Cashel National School, Connemara St. Joseph’s National School, Woodford

Fire Safety Flicks

Four animations made by kids for kids to heighten fire safety awareness. The animations are part of a fire safety awareness DVD for primary schools, commissioned by the National Safety Council and produced by LittleVision with sixth class students of Galway Educate Together National School and Scoil Sheamais Naofa, Barna.

Waking up in a Fire at Home Never Play with Matches or Candles The Fire Blanket Discovering a House on Fire

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Workshops Programme All workshops €10 per participant

Lunchbox Animation Workshops in association with Galway Film Centre Saturday 11th November, 10.30am - 1.00pm. 9 - 12 years Town Hall Theatre Galway

An exciting way for a class to explore creative story-telling and visual images through animation using the Animation Lunchbox. Participants will be shown under the watchful eye of Aideen Barry, visual artist, how to create their own images and characters and transform this into a short animated film. Watching the images come alive before their very eyes! This workshop is for young people aged 9 - 12 years and each participant will be given a DVD copy of the animations after the workshop.

Make-up For Film & Television Workshop Friday 10th November, 1.30pm - 3.30pm. 12 - 16 years Saturday 11th November, 11.00am - 1.00pm. 12 - 16 years This year we will be running our Make Up for Film & TV Workshop again with Joanne Boyle who has worked extensively in the industry. Participants will be given a demonstration on how to create all kinds of characters using the tricks of trade before being transformed into characters themselves! A Polaroid will be taken of each participant at the end of the workshop as a keepsake of the day.

Acting For Screen Workshop Friday 10th November, 10.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 11th November, 10.30am - 12.30pm This lively and fun two hour workshop (aimed at second level students) with Trevor Ó Clochartaigh (director Fair City, series producer Ros na Rún) will focus on how to prepare for an audition, the differences between screen and television acting and basic acting techniques. Places on workshops are strictly limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so early booking essential on 091 771726.


Acknowledgements Cathy O’Connor, Miriam Allen, Debbie McVey at the Galway Film Fleadh; Tracy Geraghty, Orlagh, Sé and Pete at Galway Film Centre; Noreen Collins and Goretti O’Brien at the Cinemobile; Marilyn Gaughan, County Arts Officer; James Harrold, City Arts Officer; Niamh McCaul and Siobhán Farrell at Eclipse Pictures; Alicia McGivern at the Irish Film Institute; Tina Talukder at the German Embassy; Michael Diskin and all at the Town Hall Theatre; Bob Brennan; Emma Teck and all at Fresh Film Festival; Aerly Bird Trans Global; Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth; Philip Ilson at Halloween Short Film Festival; JP Kavanagh; Róisín Doherty; Helena Gaughan, Jenny Keavey and Eithne McBrien. Festival Coordinator Annette Maye Festival Programmer Sadie Mackey Fleadh Team Cathy O’Connor, Debbie McVey Graphic Design Paul Callanan and Design Associates Web Design Paul Brennan Projectionists Fred Diviney at Town Hall Theatre; Gearoid Kirwan at Cinemobile Film Making Workshops Éamon Little, Martin McGagh, Florence Brument Printing Kilkenny People Printers Managing Director Miriam Allen Board of Directors Billy Loughnane, Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Máire Ní Thuathail, Kate O’Toole, TC Rice, Antony Sellers (Chair), Steve Woods

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2006 JUnior Film Fleadh  
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We are delighted to screen a very special preview of the much anticipated family feature film The Ugly Duckling and Me. This innovative 3D a...