Thursday 30 October 2014

Lights, camera action as second Ablevision Film Festival is on its way to Droichead Arts Centre

Published 19/02/2014 | 05:28

The Ablevision crew get ready for the second film festival, which comes to the Droichead Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29.

The second Ablevision International film festival will be held in the Droichead Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, and will be hosted and run by people with Intellectual disabilities.

The crew are in training for the next six weeks in the Droichead Arts Centre where they are learning the presentation skills required to host a film festival, including camera, video and interviewing techniques. Participants from Drogheda's Malta Services, Midway in Navan, Steadfast in Monaghan, and Prosper Fingal, Co. Dublin are taking part in this project.

Entries for the festival from the UK, USA and around Ireland are still coming in. The main prize for a short film of less than 10 minutes is the Rory Staunton Award, which is named after New York native Rory Staunton who was active in a school 'respect' campaign involving people with intellectual disabilities before his untimely death at the age of 12.

Ablevision's main aim is to support people with intellectual disability to learn and develop the skills required for producing short films and TV programmes.

To date Ablevision have produced a documentary 'Through the same Lens' which was broadcast on Nationwide and SKY TV. Ablevision' s film 'Joe and Sarah', which was filmed in Drogheda, was shortlisted and nominated for Best Film at the Oska Bright Film Festival in Brighton in November 2013 and is being entered in the New York Film Festival. Just completed is a new film made with participants from Belfast on their perception of the northern troubles and being marginalised.

Tickets are available through the arts centre booking office in Stockwell Street, Drogheda.

Drogheda Independent

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