Oscar winner coming to Derry

Andrea Arnold won the Oscar best short film, live action with her movie short, 'Wasp', in 2005.
Andrea Arnold won the Oscar best short film, live action with her movie short, 'Wasp', in 2005.

Oscar winning director Andrea Arnold and BAFTA winning producer Andrew Eaton will join a host of film industry luminaries at the Foyle Film Festival’s free two-day ‘From Shorts to Features’ conference in Derry next month.

The event, which will be held in association with Honeycomb – Creative Works, is likely to be one of the most popular events of this year’s festival.

From November 21 to 22, rising filmmakers have the chance to learn about how to make the transition ‘From Shorts to Features’ through an exciting programme of panels, workshops, case studies and special screenings. The two-day event is supported by Honeycomb – Creative Works programme which is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border programmed managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, and Northern Ireland Screen.

The conference marks the 15th year of the Foyle Film Festival’s Light in Motion (LIM) Awards, which allow recipients to qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Academy Awards.

Past LIM winners to proceed to Oscar glory include Andrea Arnold, who will open the conference at the Nerve Centre in Derry on Friday, November 21, with an ‘In Conversation’ event with former Hollywood Reporter editor, Stuart Kemp.

Following a win at the 2005 Foyle Film Festival LIM Awards, Andrea went on to win an Oscar for her short film ‘Wasp’, before making critically acclaimed features ‘Red Road’, ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Derry born producer Andrew Eaton, recipient of a number of awards including the 2004 BAFTA for Best Foreign Film for ‘In This World’, will join actor Nico Mirallegro, and producer/director Lisa Barros D’Sa for a panel discussion, sharing their experiences of the film development process.

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director, said the focus of this year’s festival is to encourage and inspire aspiring filmmakers.

“The Nerve Centre is delighted to welcome such fantastic filmmakers to our first Foyle Film Festival industry conference. The jump from making a short film to making a feature can be daunting for the first-timer.

“This conference is all about helping filmmakers bridge that gap and take things to the next level.”

This year’s Foyle Film Festival runs from November 19 to 22 and screenings will take place in the Nerve Centre, the Brunswick Moviebowl, the Hive in the Rath Mor Centre, the Guildhall and the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.