Ardán supported events and work screened at Galway Film Fleadh 2023

Ardán at Fleadh 2023
Ardán at Fleadh 2023


  • Ardan
  • Film Fleadh
  • galway city of film
  • Games
  • National Talent Academy Film & TV
  • Short Doc
  • Short Film
  • WRAP Fund

The 35th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh takes place this month, from 10th-16th July, with 95 films in total to be screened, along with 102 short films to view, and many events and workshops to attend. 

Ardán, as managers of Galway City of Film, National Talent Academy of Film & Television, and WRAP Fund, are delighted to have supported works screened and events scheduled at the 2023 Fleadh and Industry Fair. 

New Shorts Screenings: Short Films & Documentaries 


Juniper, winner of the 2022 Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge, directed by Lakshika Serasinhe and written & produced by Jamie Hooper and Conor Hooper will be screened on Wednesday, July 12th, at 12 noon at the Town Hall Theatre. The Hooper brothers also co-directed Nothing to be Done which will screen in this show. 

The annual 48 Hour Challenge is taking place on 3rd-6th August over the bank holiday weekend. There was a huge response to the call for applications, with all 10 places filling in 2 days.   


On Friday, July 14th at 10am, Misread by Aisling Byrne, Sinéad O’Loughlin, and Kilian Waters will be screened at the Town Hall Theatre. The film was made as part of the Ardán and RTÉ Short Film Commission, which is Ireland’s oldest funding scheme for short films, running on an annual basis for over 30 years.  


On Sunday, June 16th at 12 noon at the Town Hall Theatre, Wild Reconnection by Anna Konieczna and Deqa Ibrahim will be screened. Wild Reconnection was an awardee of the Galway City of Film bursary in 2022, and the team worked under the mentorship of documentary and filmmaker Donal Haughey. 

Being Put Back Together, the latest short documentary by photographer and filmmakers David McDonagh will also be screened at the same event on Sunday 16th at the Town Hall. David was the winner of the Galway City of Film supported Misleór Short Doc Bursary in 2021 for Dreamer. 

THE FIRES – Galway Film Fleadh

Andrew Thomas’ first feature, The Fires, will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on Thursday, 13th July at 2pm at the Town Hall Theatre, followed by a post-show talk. Andrew made a short experimental documentary – cultúr – as part of the Galway City of Film Dig Where You Stand Scheme back in 2018 (which is now known as the Short Documentary Scheme.)

Galway City of Film is supported by Screen Ireland, Galway City Council, and Galway County Council, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Bingham Ray New Talent Award 2023 

Ten nominees announced for Bingham Ray New Talent Award 2023 – Galway Film Fleadh 

David McDonagh has also been nominated for a Bingham Ray Rising Star award at the Film Fleadh 2023, along with Daniel Ryan, one of the lead actors in the Short Film Misread. The winner will be announced at the Town Hall on Sunday 16th, and we wish all of the ten nominees the best of luck on the night.  

Black & Irish Anti-Bias Event and Why Representation Matters Panel 

Black and Irish Seminar & Networking Event – Galway Film Fleadh 

The National Talent Academy Film & TV, an initiative of Screen Ireland and managed by Ardán, will host a Black & Irish Seminar and Networking Event on Wednesday, July 12th, at the Dean Hotel, with Briana Fitzsimons where important topics related to the lived experiences of BIPOC in Ireland will be discussed. 

Short Film Panel Why Representation Matters – Galway Film Fleadh 

On Sunday at the Galmont there’ll be a Short Film Panel: Why Representation Matters, to discuss ways of effecting meaningful inclusivity and diverse representation in the industry. This will be followed by a National Talent Academy Networking BBQ. Both events are free to attend, but registration is required. 

Pitching for Games 101

Pitching for Games 101 – Galway Film Fleadh

The Pitching for Games 101 event at Galway Film Fleadh will take you from the basics to the finer points of pitching your game to top-level international publishers. Participants will have the opportunity to present their game pitches to industry experts Henrik Jonsson, previously Industry Scout at Amplifier Game Invest, Bobby Wertheim, CEO at Kando Factory, and Paul Wilson, Quality Producer at Raw Fury.

This event is presented in partnership with the Wild Galway Games Initiative (WGGI) and Ardán, and supported by Galway City Council, Creative Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media.

WRAP Fund at the Industry Fair 

Film Fair Festival Mode 2023 – Galway Film Fleadh 

The WRAP Fund team is looking forward to taking meetings at the Fleadh marketplace and seeing the best in new Irish and International film and talents. WRAP Fund is committed to providing strategic investment on commercial terms to encourage regional production and development activity across the film, TV drama, animation, and games sectors. Our goal is to support local talent, create sustainable employment, build the AV infrastructure and contribute to the culture of the West of Ireland. 

You can get in touch with any questions you have or to book a meeting via  

The WRAP Fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Ardán in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta and the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.    

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