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Doc Day

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  • Tickets: €30
  • Date: Fri, 15th Nov 2019
  • Time: 10:00 - 16:45
  • Venue: Republic of Work

Registration, Tea & Coffee from 9.30am.

In partnership with Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, Cork Film Festival continues to develop its focus on high-quality Irish and international documentary cinema. Doc Day seeks to inform, inspire and connect established and emerging directors, producers and writers with international producers, directors, programmers, sales agents, distributors and film sector leaders, to further understand and develop opportunities in the documentary landscape.

Sessions at Doc Day 2019 will include:


Meet the Doc Funders

Funding bodies from north and south assemble to discuss options for sourcing funding your documentary on the island of Ireland; how best to utilize development funding for docs, production funds to suit the thematic narrative and structure of your non-fiction film, and opportunities for training and development support for documentary filmmakers.


Orla Clancy, Manager, Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office

Sarah Dillon, Development Manager, The Wrap Fund

Cian McElhone, Business Affairs Manager, Screen Ireland

Christine Morrow, New and Emerging Talent Executive, Northern Ireland Screen

Chair: Sinead O’Shea, Documentary Filmmaker


Distributing Docs | Managing Festival, Theatrical and VOD

An introduction to the process of script development and its integral importance in the filmmaking process, this presentation breaks down the work of the script editor, how best to interrogate story structure, character development, and the mercurial nature of script writing.


Robert Beeson, Managing Director, New Wave Films

Gillian Cooper, Distribution Executive, Wildcard Distribution

Marcel Karst, Head of Theatrical Sales, Dogwoof

Avalon Lyndon, Director of Theatrical Marketing, MUBI

Chair: Sarah Dillon, Development Manager, The Wrap Fund


DIY Doc Distribution | Burning Bridges Case Study

 Documentary producer Paul Williams presents a case study of the DIY distribution models he has employed for his independent non-fiction films, including Desolation Center, The Ballad of Shirley Collins and Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. Exploring how best to engage with specific audiences and employ grassroots strategies in the circulation of documentary film, he examines the power of event screenings (concerts, Q&As, panels), how to expand this to involve different communities, and new ways of pushing the limits of how a film can realise it’s capacity to find an audience… and a revenue.


Paul Williams, Producer, Burning Bridges


The Art of the Short Doc

To celebrate Cork Film Festival’s inaugural year as an Oscar® qualifying festival for Best Documentary Short subject, a panel of respected documentary filmmakers and programmers discuss the anatomy of short form non-fiction filmmaking as an autonomous art form, as well as its importance as a conduit towards creating feature documentary work.


Adrian Duncan, Co-Director, Floating Structures

Cara Holmes, Director, Welcome To A Bright, White Limbo

Mia Mullarkey, Director, Mother & Baby

Stuart Sloan, Programmer, Docs Ireland

Chair: Don O’Mahony, Senior Programmer, Cork Film Festival


The Street | Observational Documentary Filmmaking in Practice

Zed Nelson, director of UK documentary The Street, joins Irish documentary filmmaker Luke McManus in conversation to discuss the process of creating this long form observational documentary, and how he created its nuanced and complex depictions of gentrification, political upheaval and the changing face of Britain. 


Zed Nelson, Director, The Street

in conversation with:

Luke McManus, Documentary Filmmaker


Working with the Archives

An assembly of leading documentary directors and producers reflect on their experiences working with the archives; their creative approaches, best practice and advice for filmmakers endeavouring to use audio and visual archives in their films. The session also incorporates legal concerns around clearances, copyright and fair use.


Dermot Lavery, Co-Director, Lost Lives

Kyle Martin, Producer, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Clare Stronge, Archival Producer

Miriam Walsh, Archival Producer

Chair: Vanessa Gildea, Director / Producer / Archival Researcher


In Conversation | Alan Gilsenan

Alan Gilsenan, one of Ireland’s foremost filmmakers, examines his career and craft with acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins, with a specific focus on his prolific work in documentary film, including the seminal Irish documentaries The Road to God knows Where (1988), The Yellow Bittern (2009), and Meetings with Ivor (2017).


Alan Gilsenan, Filmmaker

In conversation with:

Pat Collins, Filmmaker, Song of Granite


Doc Day will conclude with a networking reception for delegates.

Doc Day is presented in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and is supported by Screen Skills Ireland.


This event was sponsored by:


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