still from ‘Yu Ming is Ainm Dom’
Yu Ming is Ainm Dom

Filmbase and TG4 announce Information Session for Lasair Short Film Awards

Seisiún ar ghearrscannáin Ghaeilge Lasair – Filmbase agus TG4

The lunchtime session will be held at Filmbase on December 15th from 1 – 2.30pm and is intended to inform prospective applicants about the scheme. Speakers will include Proinsias Ní Ghráinne, Commissioning Editor for TG4, Alan Fitzpatrick, Director of Filmbase along with writer/director Daniel O’Hara and actor/comedian Paddy Courtney. Daniel and Paddy’s Lasair, Yu Ming is Ainm Dom, was one of the standout successes of the scheme winning over 40 international awards. Daniel and Paddy will discuss their experience of making the film through the scheme, and the effect a successful short film has had on boosting their professional careers. There will also be a screening of a selection of films produced under recent rounds of Lasair. Anyone interested in attending the information session should contact to reserve their place.

**NB Application Deadline extended to 5pm Friday 27th of January 2012**

Lasair accepts applications from student as well as professional filmmakers. The application deadline has been extended to Friday 27th January 2012.

For more details on the award check out our website HERE>

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Last Remaining places for this course taking place this weekend!
1 Weekend: 3 & 4 December
There are still a couple of places left on this intensive 2-day workshop which takes place this weekend. Taught by lighting cameraman and DV Director Raja Nundlall, this course will introduce beginners to many aspects of camera and lighting work, as well as those looking to refresh their skills.

Tutor: Raja Nundlall
Cost: €270 waged / €250 unwaged (Deposit: €100)
Dates: Sat 3 & Sun 4 December
Times: 10.30am – 5.30pm
For more details visit our website HERE>

12 Weekends: Starts January 28th/29th!
Run over 12 weekends, this hands on course will take you through the filmmaking process from script to screen, culminating in two groups shooting two short films. With all tutors current film practitioners, this course has been designed to encourage and develop independent filmmaking. Ideal if you are looking for a way into the film industry or want to gain a better understanding of filmmaking – at the end of the course you will have a short film to use as part of a showreel for your Curriculum Vitae or film school.
Cost: €1150 waged / €1000 unwaged
Deposit: €500 (non-refundable)
NB Filmbase annual membership is included!
SPECIAL OFFER: Pay in full before Friday 16th December and get €100 off!!
Dates:12 Weekends – 28th Jan to 13th Apr
Class Times: Sat: 10.30 – 5.00; Sun: 11.00 – 5.30
More details on this course are available HERE>

8 Tuesday Evenings: Starts 17th January 2012

This screenwriting course is ideal for those with Screenwriting experience, or who have undertaken our Screenwriting for Beginners course. Geared towards students who wish to further develop current projects in a creative and stimulating environment, this course is an opportunity to brainstorm ideas with other writers and get feedback from professional & practicing screenwriter, Stephen Walsh (Where the Sea Used to Be).

Cost: €280 waged / €260 unwaged (Deposit: €100)
Tutor: Stephen Walsh
Dates: 17th January – 6th March, 8 Tuesday evenings
Times: 7 – 10pm


To book call Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 or pop in to Filmbase (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) during office hours (9.30am – 5.30pm). Please note Filmbase membership is required to access selected courses. For more info on membership click HERE>

You can also find more info on all of the courses available at Filmbase on or follow us on Twitter at @filmbasetrainer for news and announcements of courses, special offers and updates!


3 Days: Mon 12 – Wed 14 December

This three-day, hands-on course teaches students hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques. Learn how to create polished transitions, fix screen direction errors, edit multi-camera projects, work with nested sequences, create fantastic effects use filters creatively and composite like a pro.

Apple Pro Certification Level 2 Exam available with this course.

Cost: €520 waged / €500 unwaged

Dates: 12 – 14 December

Times: 10am – 5pm

** NEW 2012 DATES for FCPX **


3 Days: Dates in Jan and Feb available

This three-day, hands-on course teaches students to perform the key editing functions while becoming familiar with the new user interface. Starts with basic video editing techniques and works all the way through FCPX’s powerful advanced features. Students will work with dramatic real-world media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects.

* Apple Pro Certification Level One Exam included *

Cost: €520 waged / €500 unwaged (Filmbase Membership required)

Dates: 30 Jan – 1 Feb; 27 – 29 Feb; 2 – 4 Apr

Times: 10am – 5.30pm


Please note that Filmbase Membership is required for the courses above, for more details on membership click here. For more info on post-production or multimedia courses at Filmbase please contact Paul Schwer on or 01 881 5114.

To book call Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 or pop in to Filmbase during office hours (9.30am – 5.30pm). Please note you must be a member of Filmbase to access selected Filmbase courses. Find more info on Filmbase membership


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Canon 5D December Equipment Special!
Rent any of the DSLR camera packages and we’ll include the Zacuto Z-finder at no extra charge!

Packages include DSLR body, lens, 2x 16GB CF cards, card reader, 2x batteries & charger and Vinten or Satchler tripod.

For a full outline of what’s available from the Equipment Department at Filmbase just check out our website at
painting by Jordi ForniesExhibition Mirabile dictu by Dublin-based artist Jordi Forniés finishes Sunday, Next Exhibition The Alchemist’s Chamber opens Thu 8th December
The Alchemist’s Chamber is an exhibition of new work by.

Catherine Albieth, Lian Callaghan, Mark Doherty, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Yanny Petters, Adrienne Symes, Emily Symes, Sarah Symes and Hanneke van Ryswyk. The exhibition opens on Thursday, December 8th 2011 at 7pm with guest speaker: Mary Tuohy chairwoman CIAS. The exhibition will run until December 18th. Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11am-7pm

About The Alchemist’s Chamber
It was once believed that alchemists could harness the powers of nature to prolong life and to transform worthless metals into silver and gold. Believing art to be the true panacea, Olivier Cornet, independent curator and artist’s agent, has invited 10 artists to harness their power, their creativity, to turn household objects and recycled furniture into works of art, to breathe new life into old artefacts.

Info session on IdeasTap / Sky Arts bursaries for emerging artists from any discipline

IdeasTap, is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help get young creative people into the arts. Recently they teamed up with Sky Arts to give two individual emerging artists from any discipline £30,000 each. They’re now re-launching this award, and are hoping to give away three bursaries of £30,000 each. These bursaries are open to young people aged 18 – 30 based in the UK or Ireland.

If you’re interested in applying there will be a free Q&A session with industry experts on Tuesday 20th December at the Science Gallery in Dublin; the singer Camille O’Sullivan and Sky Arts Channel Director James Hunt will be the key speakers.

You can read more about Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund and the seminars HERE as well as booking your place on the information session.


All the latest news from the Filmbase blog! Just click on the underlined link to read the full article on our news blog!

Upcoming Events / Screenings / Broadcasts:

– Movie lovers, put on your dancing shoes for Film Fatale’s musical extravaganza with Singin’ in the Rain on 17th December.

– The IFI is full of festive cheer with a season of musicals and popular classics this December.

Festival News:

– Short film Downpour by Claire Dix picks up Best Irish Short at Foyle Film festival.

– New Irish comedy feature Grabbers selected for Sundance.

– Series Co-produced by Irish Animation Company Boulder Media Scoops Awards at British Academy Children’s Awards.

– The Irish co-production Albert Nobbs which filmed in Dublin earlier this year has received a prestigious Independent Spirit Award nomination in the US.

Funding / Awards / Deadlines:

– beActive launch Digital Comedy Lab an incubation programme for film projects in the comedy mockumentary genre for the new YouTube generation, providing support in the following areas: Training, Script development, Production Financing and distribution.

– Bord Scannán na hÉireann /the Irish Film Board wishes to notify all applicants about an extension to the next funding application deadline.

Other News:
– Irish playwright’s work optioned for feature production.

If you have some news that you think would be suitable for the Filmbase Blog please email with a press release. (Please note Filmbase cannot guarantee all notices will be posted on the blog).
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