Creative Europe MEDIA at the Galway Film Fleadh
02 July 2020

Creative Europe MEDIA at the Galway Film Fleadh

Since 2014, Galway Film Fair at Galway Film Fleadh has received Access to Markets funding totalling €371,750 from Creative Europe MEDIA. Our Creative Europe Ireland MEDIA Review 2014 - 2020 has the latest update on MEDIA funding awarded to Irish companies.

The cover image features actress Emma Mackey in a still from THE WINTER LAKE (Tailored Films), one of two Irish films supported by MEDIA development that will screen at the Fleadh. The other is ROSE PLAYS JULIE (Samson Films). For details on when the films will screen at the Fleadh see here.

CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA - THE FUTURE | Wednesday 8th July 12.00 – 13.00

MEDIA Office Galway will host a Webinar on plans for a future Creative Europe Programme for the period 2021-2027 with Key-note speaker Martin Dawson, Deputy Head of MEDIA, DG Connect, European Commission.  His key-note address will be followed by a discussion with Creative Europe MEDIA Beneficiaries from the West of Ireland.

  • Liz Quinn – Galway Film Fleadh
  • Moe Honan – Moetion Films / Animation Ireland
  • Niamh Fagan – Lunar Pictures
  • Cathal Ó Cuaig – Léirithe Rúnda
  • Chair: Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile – Creative Europe Desk MEDIA Office Galway

Register here for this free event.


In light of the current Government restrictions on large gatherings the Galway Film Fair will take place as an online limited-edition market event during the 32nd Galway Film Fleadh. The Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair co-ordinates pre-scheduled meetings between filmmakers with projects in development and/or completed films and invited Film Financiers, Distributors, Sales Agents, Broadcasters, Film Funds and Major Producers.

FLEADH FORUM | 8th to 10th July 2020

In 2020, the Fleadh Forum will be held online with free webinars on development, co-production and distribution. The Fleadh Forum is an annual platform to explore and share ideas about the audiovisual industry, delivering a unique opportunity for filmmakers and industry professionals to come together and exchange news and views.

Presented by the Galway Film Fair and the WRAP Fund, with the support of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Creative Europe MEDIA, the Galway Film Centre and Screen Skills Ireland in association with ACE Producers, the Fleadh Forum will move online. It will present a series of three free webinars with the theme of Looking Towards Tomorrow focusing on the pertinent issues facing our industry in light of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Joined by a host of industry experts, discussions will cover topics including development, the future of co-production and the next steps for film sales, distribution and exploitation.

The Fleadh Forum webinars are free but attendance is limited. Please sign up here

Webinar 1: Wednesday 8th July 14.00 – 15.00 | What We Do Today Will Create Our Tomorrow: What Is Your Development Strategy?

The world is experiencing a surge in content creation and now more than ever a captive audience demands engaging content. So how important is it to approach development strategically? In this talk, we will delve into the practical and creative strategies that successful companies pursue in developing their slates, working with talent and selecting the stories they want to tell.

Participants: Ben Coren (Film4), Dionne Farrell (BBC Films), Emma Norton (Element Pictures) and moderated by Sarah Dillon (WRAP Fund) with more speakers to be announced.

Webinar 2: Thursday 09 July, 14.00 – 15.00Co-Production In The Time Of Corona in association with ACE Producers.

International co-production has become a backbone of financing for independent films during this century, as market money for their production has declined and at the same time sources of public funding across Europe and the world have grown in size and accessibility. The pandemic has paralysed theatrical distribution and concentrated the exploitation value of films in a handful of global online platforms. With traditional distribution models unlikely to recover any time soon, with post-pandemic protocols sure to cause an overall rise in production costs, and with a new reluctance – for a range of reasons – towards producing a film in several countries, can co-production continue to function as the tool of choice for financing films outside the commercial mainstream?

Participants: Helge Albers (FFHSH/Hamburg Film Fund), David Collins (Samson Films), Rebecca O’Brien (Sixteen Films) and chaired by Simon Perry (ACE Producers).

Webinar 3: Friday 10 July, 14.00 – 15.00What Now? The Future of Sales & Distribution

With the disruption caused by the pandemic, the plans for the traditional exploitation paths for many films has been called into question. What innovative approaches are helping films reach audiences, and how will distribution and exhibition adapt even when the world gets “back to normal"? Industry Experts will look how we are navigating these changes and what challenges and opportunities the future holds.

Participants: Cara Cusumano (Tribeca Film Festival), Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Patrick O’Neill (Wildcard Distribution), Stephen Kelliher (Bankside Films) and moderated by Katie Holly (Blinder Films) with more participants to be announced.