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Directing Masterclass with Aisling Walsh


Directing Masterclass with Aisling Walsh

March 8-9, 9am-5pm at NIFCO
$100 for both days, lunch included.


As a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference, we invite you to join us for a special two-day masterclass with Canadian Screen Award-nominated director Aisling Walsh. In this masterclass, Aisling will cover the filmmaking process from the very first stages of development to finally releasing your film into the world and everything in between. Aisling will touch on visualizing the film in your head, script, casting and working with actors, choosing and working with crew members, locations, working with executives, pre-production and post-production.

This workshop is aimed at mid-career/established directors who are female (self-identified). Class will be limited to ten participants and is by application only. 

There are limited filmmaker travel bursaries for women living in Atlantic Canada. To apply for a bursary, please note it in your application and state where you will be travelling from.

Applications are due via email by 11:59pm (NDT) on February 21, 2018. Please forward completed applications or inquiries to: Successful applicants will be notified via email.

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Aisling Walsh is an Irish writer and director. She has made 4 award winning feature films as well as well as over 20 award winning films and mini-series for television. Born in Dublin Aisling studied Fine Art at The Dun Laoghaire School of Art from 1975 to 1979. Although specializing in Painting and Printmaking it was there she started to make films. She attended The National Film School in Beaconsfield. England from 1980 to 1984 to study filmmaking. She wrote and directed her first feature film Joyriders in 1988. Her second film, the highly acclaimed Song a Raggy Boy was made in 2002. The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and has won over 30 awards internationally. Between films Aisling has worked extensively in television in the UK directing television films and mini-series for the BBC. She has won 3 British Academy Awards and a Royal Television Society Award for her work in Television.

Her recent film Maudie, which was shot in Newfoundland, has been a huge success around the world taking over 6 million at the box office. It has screened at over 20 film festivals including Telluride, Toronto and Berlin. It has recently garnered 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations as well as 6 Irish Academy Award Nominations. Aisling has worked with a wide range of well-known actors including Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Tom Hiddleston, Kenneth Branagh, Aidan Quinn, David Thewlis, Janet McTeer and Samantha Morton.

Earlier Event: March 3
SJIWFF at Women Making Waves
Later Event: March 9
Maudie Film Screening