May The Force Be With You – Navigating Resources, Budgets & The Funding Universe in Filmmaking

Saturday, December 02 2017.  McGrorys of Culfaff, Co. Donegal

Time: 4pm | Admission: €5

with Celine Curtin, Aideen Doherty, Johnny Gogan and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde

Celine Curtin, Aideen Doherty, Johnny Gogan and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde discuss the challenges and opportunities in independent film-making with advice on funding channels and resourcing budgets including information on the recently announced WRAP funding stream for the film, TV and game sectors.

Celine Curtin

Celine has been prominent member of the film industry in the west of Ireland for the last 25 years working as producer, production manager and educator.


In 1990, she was appointed manager of the Galway Film Centre. In 1995, when the legendary American producer, Roger Corman established Concord Studios, she worked as the Production Manager on several of the films. In 1999, she was appointed to oversee the building and establishment of the Cinemobile travelled throughout Ireland bringing cinema to small towns.


Between 2003 and 2005, she managed the Galway Film Fair, the international market at Galway Film Fleadh, a role in which enabled her develop relationships with many international financiers, distributors and producers.
She is a fulltime lecturer on GMIT’s Film & Documentary Programme. She serves as the current chair of Galway Film Centre and UNESCO City of Film.

Johnny Gogan

Johnny Gogan has operated Bandit Films for the past 20 years from rural North Leitrim. Across twenty productions the company has pursued a policy of local and regional collaboration at the heart of its model. This year has seen the broadcast premiere of the feature film Black Ice with Jane McGrath and Killian Scott (RTE Two); the concert film The Leitrim Equation (TG4) and the historical documentary The Nuncio and the Writer (RTE One).

Aideen Doherty

Aideen Doherty is the manager of the Donegal Film Office. The Donegal Film Office acts as the main resource for filmmakers in Donegal and those who wish to film in Donegal in cooperation with Bord Scannán na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board) assisting filmmakers to find locations, cast and crew, technical services and local service providers.

Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde

Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde is an Irish language writer from Donegal. He was co-writer on the newly released feature film Song of Granite directed by Pat Collins, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year and is Irelands entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2018 Oscars. In 2013 he starred in the award winning feature film Silence, which he co-wrote with Pat Collins and Sharon Whooley. Eoghan is currently completing his third collection of short stories and working with Pat and Sharon on their third feature length film.