Bringing a touch of Hollywood to town
Lights, camera action -- the Georgian town of Birr, Co Offaly, will be turned into a mini-Hollywood for a weekend in November.
The Offline Film Festival takes place from November 18-21 and it will allow film fans not only to look at movies but to become involved in the glittering world of the cinema.
Participants are given the chance to produce their own short film in various locations around the Offaly town with the help of industry professionals.
There are large incentives for budding filmmakers to get the cameras rolling, as the winning short film will be screened at the 2011 Galway Film Fleadh and also €1,000 prize money is on offer.
The Birr Theatre and Arts Centre and The Edit Shack will host events, the Chestnut Pub in the town centre will be turned into a cinema and among the films on view will be 'The Ballad of Des and Mo' starring Kate O'Toole.
Director Marian Quinn will be there to answer questions after the screening of her film '32A'.
Among the film people present will be Gareth Nolan from Windmill Studios and professional scriptwriter Steven Goldsmith.
Pinewood Studios of London will be holding workshops focusing on scriptwriting and editing.
"We are hoping for lots of energy and excitement and that local people will join in," says Clodagh Fay of The Chesnut, who, with festival director Gary Hoctor, is hoping for a big turnout for the inaugural running of the festival.
Tickets can be purchased at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Mon-Fri 1-5.30pm. Phone: 057-9122911, all major credit cards accepted.